Reports: Utility competition increased costs for Maryland ratepayers

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NATURAL GAS:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoes a bill that would force utility companies to disclose the location of underground gas leaks to the public, citing flaws in the legislation.  (NBC 4 New York)
• A lockout of National Grid union workers and moratoriums on new gas connections are costing Massachusetts communities thousands in lost revenue and taxes.

Maine wind project waits in the wings

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ALSO:
• Officials for the Canadian utility backing the transmission project say the company has enough hydropower capacity to guarantee the electricity sent to New England is clean and renewable. (Portland Press Herald)
• Developers say they will begin construction on a long-delayed hydropower transmission project from Quebec to New York City in 2020.

Connecticut nuclear plant cleared for “zero emission” auctions

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SOLAR:
• A town outside Rochester, New York, passes a resolution asking developers to provide more documentation on a proposed 7 MW solar project that would cover approximately 31 acres of farmland. (Daily Messenger)
• Workers are installing solar projects on nearly a dozen buildings in Manhattan through a local solar initiative aimed at expanding solar energy to low-income people and communities of color.

Stronger storms challenge Northeast grid reliability

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ALSO:
• Connecticut utilities say they shouldn’t be required to identify opportunities for non-wires alternatives to traditional utility infrastructure because the technologies are too expensive, but the state’s consumer watchdog disagrees. (Microgrid Knowledge)
• House lawmakers in Massachusetts are expected to pass a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to National Grid’s gas workers, who lost their salaries and health benefits after the utility locked them out following failed contract negotiations in June.

Report: Transportation and energy reforms would add 33,000 jobs in Connecticut

RENEWABLES:
• A New England environmental group tells Connecticut’s incoming governor that improving transportation infrastructure and boosting clean energy would add 33,000 new jobs and $11 billion in economic benefits. (New Haven Register)
• Washington, D.C.’s green bank will fund projects that expand renewable energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase efficiency. (Smart Cities Dive)
• A coalition of businesses, nonprofits and other advocates seek to revive renewable energy policies in Maine. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• A farm in Vermont is successfully growing saffron beneath a ground-mounted solar installation as part of study launched by an electric company and the University of Vermont. (Addison County Independent)
• Developers double the size of a 3 MW solar project on a former landfill outside Providence, Rhode Island.