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Maine lawmaker balks on plan to create public utility

UTILITIES: A Maine lawmaker amends his proposal to create a public utility in the state, instead advancing a bill to convene a task force to study the issue. (Bangor Daily News)

POLICY: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standard, which is the lowest in New England. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

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STORAGE: A New Hampshire utility’s energy storage pilot program could have implications for how the technology is implemented elsewhere. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIFICATION: Massachusetts lawmakers say plans for electrification bills are complicated by Attorney General Maura Healey’s recent decision striking down a municipal gas ban. (S&P Global)

NUCLEAR: It’s not yet clear whether Ohio’s bribery scandal will affect nuclear bailout bills in Pennsylvania that still remain in committee. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

WIND: Ørsted continues to search for an offshore wind interconnection site after withdrawing plans earlier this month to use a Delaware state park. (Delaware State News)

SOLAR: Cornell University researchers are studying the impacts of solar farms on agriculture land in New York, Maryland and Oklahoma. (Olean Times Herald) 

OIL & GAS:
• A hearing officer rejects a challenge to a proposed LNG export terminal in New Jersey. (Kallanish Energy)
• Pennsylvania regulators fine a natural gas drilling company $310,000 for spills and landslides related to its pipelines. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Three Pennsylvania lawmakers withdraw their request to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Delaware River Basin Commission’s authority over fracking. (Citizens’ Voice)
• The proposed Granite Bridge pipeline has become a campaign issue in New Hampshire’s gubernatorial race. (Seacoast Online)

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WASTE TO ENERGY: A proposed Rhode Island medical waste incinerator remains mired in a permitting battle between two neighboring municipalities. (East Greenwich News)

COMMENTARY:
• The CEO of Maine’s Chamber of Commerce says forming a public utility would create too much financial risk for the state. (Kennebec Journal)
• An advocate says Massachusetts “has a chance to lead the nation on a just and sustainable, climate-smart economic recovery.” (WBUR)
• The Audubon Society says the Trump administration’s regulatory rollbacks make it harder to develop offshore wind responsibly. (The Hill)

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