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Maine lawmaker seeks ‘consumer-owned’ utility

CLIMATE: Officials in Concord, New Hampshire hope that other cities will follow their lead and adopt 100 percent renewable energy pledges. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: A Maine lawmaker says she will co-sponsor a bill intended to replace Central Maine Power with a “consumer-owned utility.” (Ellsworth American)

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GRID: A bill in the Rhode Island legislature would establish a committee to study the reliability of the state’s natural gas and electricity systems. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Legislation in New Jersey aims to encourage private companies to team up with municipalities on energy efficiency efforts. (NJ Spotlight)

NATURAL GAS:
• New York regulators approve Consolidated Edison’s $223 million plan to reduce natural gas demand in areas where supply is constrained. (Daily Energy Insider)
• A “casing integrity issue” a mile underground is blamed for the shutdown of a gas well near a Pennsylvania reservoir. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

POLLUTION: New pollution standards just approved by Baltimore’s city council could force a waste-to-energy plant to shut down. (Baltimore Sun)

WIND:
• Developers of the Vineyard Wind project and a fishing industry group agree to extend a deadline for a compensation agreement for commercial fishermen. (EcoRI)
• A report from New Jersey regulators highlights the state’s progress in advancing offshore wind. (news release)

SOLAR:
• U.S. solar jobs continue to decline amid reduced demand resulting from Trump administration tariffs, according to a new report. (Reuters)
• A Vermont project explores whether a solar array is a good location for lucrative saffron farming. (Solar Power World)
• Federal research finds strong potential for floating solar arrays, such as the one at a wastewater plant in New Jersey, to provide clean energy without taking up valuable land. (NBC News)
• A Pennsylvania cyber academy says its new solar array will offset a third of its building’s energy consumption. (Solar Builder)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Meatball grease is among the various sources of energy being tapped at a New Jersey wastewater plant. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

BIOMASS: Massachusetts issues $2.9 million in grants to promote wood-fired heating. (MassLive)

HYDROPOWER: In one of the first cases of its kind, removal of a dam has resulted in significant ecological benefits for the Kennebec River in Maine. (EcoWatch)

COMMENTARY: A Maine newspaper endorses the Green New Deal: “If anybody has a better idea, they should speak up now.” (Kennebec Journal)

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