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Rural states want a say in regional transportation emissions plan

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TRANSPORTATION: Advocates for a multi-state compact to reduce transportation emissions say it must address concerns of rural areas where many residents are more dependent on private cars. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• A bankrupt oil refinery in Philadelphia that was damaged by an explosion this year will be sold at auction in January as union and city officials are given a say by the court. (Reuters)
• A court gives the refinery permission to tap into the balance of a $100 million loan as it prepares for its eventual sale. (Bloomberg)
• An emergency official in southeastern Pennsylvania calls for a criminal investigation of the source of gas odors that responders have been unable to find. (Daily Times)

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PIPELINES:
• PennEast appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court to build a pipeline through Pennsylvania and New Jersey after a federal court last week refused to rehear the case. (Associated Press)
• High school students produce a documentary of the gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities a year ago that killed one and affected thousands of homes and businesses. (WBUR)
• Massachusetts communities and activists opposed to a new gas compressor say they have limited opportunities to stop it after it won a key state approval this week. (Patriot Ledger)
• A modest amount of new pipeline capacity was added this year to serve natural gas demand, especially in the Northeast. (Platts)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• The CEO of an offshore wind developer vying for a Connecticut project says there is a need for multiple ports as staging hubs, including both New London and Bridgeport. (The Day)
• Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse criticizes a wind developer in Massachusetts for not consulting with fishermen opposed to its project and says his state offers a better example for outreach. (E&E News, subscription required)

SOLAR: Solar developers on Long Island have twin concerns of changing incentives from New York State and the increased commitment to offshore wind. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES: Central Maine Power ranks dead last in a nationwide survey of 21,000 business customers of 87 utilities. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• As other Northeastern states enter the offshore wind market, a Massachusetts lawmaker says the state should double its commitment and enact changes that would help it maintain its leading position. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• An energy consultant warns that storage proponents may be overestimating the need for batteries to provide balancing services to the grid. (Utility Dive)

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