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Con Ed leads lawsuit to block Trump emissions rule rollback

EMISSIONS: Con Ed and several other utilities that have invested in emissions controls go to federal court to reverse a Trump administration attempt to roll back stricter regulations. (Reuters)

ALSO: A review of federal data shows the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in western Massachusetts include a university physical plant, closed landfills and power plants. (Gazettenet.com)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
• A Congressional subcommittee hearing in New Jersey hears the concerns of fishermen and recreational boaters over the proposals for large areas of offshore wind production off the state’s coast. (Press of Atlantic City)
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s press secretary has left the administration to become the spokesman for offshore developer Vineyard Wind. (SouthCoastToday)

SOLAR:
• A massive solar farm proposed in western New York would combine 280 MW of electricity generation with 20 MW of storage. (WHEC)
• Massachusetts solar developers are clamoring for changes to the state’s program to expand adoption announced nearly a year ago. (Greentech Media, subscription required)
• The first project under Connecticut’s community solar pilot program, a 2 MW array at a school administrative center, is now online. (Energy Manager Today)

NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania legislators return to the capitol after the summer recess and will consider a Republican-backed package of eight bills that mostly back the state’s natural gas industry. (WHYY)

CLIMATE:
• Connecticut creates an interactive website that predicts the impact of rising sea levels on the state’s shoreline. (CT Mirror)
• Maine’s agricultural commissioner joins colleagues nationally in calling for federal climate-smart agricultural programs. (Mainebiz)
• Catholic bishops in Massachusetts call for individual and government action to protect society’s most vulnerable people from the impacts of climate change. (Masslive.com)

REGULATION: A parade of state agency heads praise the qualifications of Dianne Martin to become the top utility regulator in New Hampshire at her confirmation hearing. (Union Leader)

NUCLEAR: Federal authorities want to extend the license of the nuclear storage facility in Idaho that stores the partially melted core of the Three Mile Island reactor. (Associated Press)

DISTRIBUTED ENERGY: Connecticut regulators conduct a proceeding to determine the value of distributed energy resources that includes environmental benefits and locational value. (Microgrid Knowledge)

EFFICIENCY: A new report ranks New York among the top states for energy efficiency jobs. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• The CEO of Central Maine Power says the company seeks to regain the trust of its customers after problems were caused by its new billing system, but notes three analyses have found no systemic failures in it. (Centralmaine.com)
• A columnist says a Maryland representative’s opposition to offshore wind on national security concerns diminishes the threat posed by climate change. (Baltimore Sun)

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