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Massachusetts city to ban new natural gas connections

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NATURAL GAS: Voters in a Boston suburb approve a measure to ban gas pipes in new buildings to provide heat and hot water in a first for a Massachusetts city. (Boston Globe)

ALSO:
• The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill that would allow utilities to substitute geothermal energy for natural gas for heat and hot water. (Engineering News-Record)
• The showdown between New York state and National Grid over pipeline constraints will culminate next week when the utility has been ordered to present a plan to connect new customers. (Bloomberg)

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OFFSHORE WIND: A developer of offshore wind transmission submits its first application to federal regulators in its bid to build a network that would interconnect several projects in southern New England. (Bloomberg)

EFFICIENCY: In New York City, offices and residential building owners will be required to start posting energy efficiency letter grades next year. (New York Times)

POWER PLANTS:
• The operator of the last coal power plant in New York asks regulators to waive a 180-day notice of closure to shutter the plant as early as Feb. 15, 2020. (Power Magazine)
• PSEG Power sells its remaining shares of two Pennsylvania coal power plants. (Indiana Gazette) 

EMISSIONS: The climate caucus in the Vermont legislature is planning to turn emissions goals into legal requirements in the upcoming session. (VT Digger)

OIL: Philadelphia’s City Council endorses turning a closed oil refinery that was damaged in a June explosion into a facility that would promote the city’s emissions reductions goals. (WHYY)

SOLAR: A new study finds customers in Northeast states save as much with solar as those in warmer states, in part because solar panels are more efficient in cold weather. (The Day)

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UTILITIES: Central Maine Power is threatening to shut off power to dozens of customers who are involved in billing disputes with the company, though state regulators prevent shutoffs during the winter. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
Environmentalists say two new studies point to economic and environmental benefits for Pennsylvania if it joins a regional compact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Environmental Defense Fund)
A pellet boiler manufacturer in Maine says federal tax incentives are needed to promote advanced wood heating systems as the state aims to wean residents off fossil fuel heating systems. (Portland Press Herald)
The Conservation Law Foundation says Massachusetts should pass proposed legislation that would require utilities to prepare for climate change impacts before natural disasters occur. (WGBH)
An environmental ministry says Pennsylvania legislators’ proposals to subsidize the natural gas industry ignore its responsibility to operate in ways that protect public health. (PennLive)

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