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Solar project at Maine governor’s mansion highlights policy challenges

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SOLAR: Solar panels at the Maine governor’s mansion make a powerful statement but a variety of factors prevent the project from being economic. (Portland Press Herald)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY:
Tougher requirements for food waste recycling in Connecticut are not translating into increased production for the state’s lone waste-to-energy plant. (Energy News Network)
• Philadelphia zoning officials approve a carve-out of 23 acres at the closed and damaged oil refinery for a food waste-to-energy plant to create methane. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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CLIMATE: A city council in northern New York endorses federal legislation that would create a carbon tax. (WAMC)

NUCLEAR: The owner of the closed Pilgrim nuclear plant plans to remove 90 warning sirens around Plymouth but city officials say they can’t afford to maintain the system that cost several hundred thousand dollars yearly. (Patriot Ledger)

TRANSMISSION: The Green Party comes out strongly against a proposed $1 billion power line through Maine that would import Canadian hydropower destined for Massachusetts. (Sun Journal)

REGULATION: Connecticut regulators are poised to enact consumer protections that would prevent third party providers from selling energy to low-income residents and other “hardship cases.” (Journal Inquirer)

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OIL & GAS:
• Shale gas production is creating a petrochemical industry boom along the Ohio River Valley with $36 billion in projects on the drawing board. (Environmental Health News)
• An underground gas explosion rattled a Boston suburb, blowing off manhole covers but causing limited damage. (Boston Globe)

COMMENTARY:
•  Business leaders and investors are calling on New Jersey legislators to enact an electric vehicle law that would build charging stations and establish rebates. (news release)
• A natural gas institute says divestment of fossil fuel investments is short-sighted and fails to achieve its aim of reducing global energy demand. (LehighValleyLive)
• Environmentalists are calling on Pennsylvania representatives to work across party lines to enact the federal 100% Clean Economy Act to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050. (The Intelligencer)
• Academic researchers say models show eastern states are correct to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect them from pollution caused by Midwest coal power plants. (Bloomberg)

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