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Reports: Utility competition increased costs for Maryland ratepayers

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UTILITIES: Data compiled by consumer advocates shows utility competition meant to lower rates for Maryland residents has actually increased bills by as much as 50 to 75 percent.  (The Baltimore Sun)

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.  (The Patriot Ledger)

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TRANSPORTATION: The transit agency serving Martha’s Vineyard plans to power a new fleet of electric buses with an innovative microgrid system. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
Rhode Island is offering financial incentives to developers that build solar projects on polluted properties instead of forests or farmland. (Energy News Network)
Long Island’s second largest solar array is expected to produce enough energy to power 3,500 homes and generate $900,000 a year in tax revenue.  (Newsday)
Developers seeking to build a solar collection center in southeast New York hold a public meeting to explain the project, which is projected to generate 80 MW of energy and power 10,000 homes.  (The LEADER)
Developers want to build a second 2 MW solar project in northwest Maryland as part of a pilot community solar program. (Herald-Mail Media)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire’s consumer advocate says subsidizing wood-burning electric generating plants is an assault on consumer protections and asks federal regulators to find it in violation of federal utility law. (InDepthNH)

HYDRO: New York City officials announce plans to build a 6 MW hydroelectric plant at a reservoir in the Catskills. (The Daily Star)

CAP-AND-TRADE: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is considering whether to support a petition seeking a state cap-and-trade program. (Associated Press)

GRID: At a quarterly meeting an executive at ISO New England describes three new ways the regional transmission organization is dealing with fuel security this winter. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
Nuclear power subsidies requested by New Jersey utility PSE&G would be used to help the company maintain an 18 percent profit margin for investors while costing ratepayers an extra $300 million, says a consultant for a New Jersey environmental group. (Asbury Park Press)
Maine utility regulators should carefully consider the climate impacts of a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts, says an editorial in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.
If Pennsylvania’s government does nothing to keep the state’s struggling nuclear plants open, the short-term cost to consumers could reach $285 million annually, say state lawmakers. (The Tribune-Democrat)

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