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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - CT: Energy Policy

The new RGGI reductions will reduce carbon pollution by more than 132 million tons through 2030. (Benita5/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut and eight other states are stepping up their efforts to cut carbon emissions. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, has announced it will extend its pollution cap to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent of 2020 levels over the next 13 years. RGGI s

Opponents say lack of demand makes new gas pipelines unnecessary. (Monster4711/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gas companies fell far short of their goals to convert Connecticut homes and businesses to natural gas, and now environmentalists want construction of two new pipelines canceled. The state's Comprehensive Energy Strategy could be released later this week. The 2013 CES calle

A new report says 200 megawatts of shared solar projects would create 2,580 jobs in Connecticut. (Vote Solar)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Investing in community solar could bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in wages, investments and tax revenues to Connecticut, according to a recent report. The report, from the group Vote Solar, says a statewide program creating 200 megawatts of shared solar pow

Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have blocked or overturned pipeline charges similar to those being debated in the Connecticut General Assembly. (NPCA Online/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Environmental and consumer groups are urging passage of an amendment in the state Senate that would protect Connecticut electric customers from being forced to pay for new gas pipelines. The proposed amendment to Senate Bill 861 would overturn a pipeline tax passed in 2015 to fund

Animal waste from farms is a source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. (Cgoodwin/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Manure happens, and a bill now in the state Senate could help turn it into a source of renewable energy on dairy farms in Connecticut. There are 111 registered dairy farms in the state. The so-called "Cow Power" bill would create pilot projects on three of those farms, using

The Sierra Club survey found about 3.2 gas leaks per road mile in Hartford. (Sage Ross/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut ratepayers are footing the bill for natural-gas leaks statewide, according to a new report. Using sensitive equipment, a study commissioned by the Sierra Club found that about 43,000 cubic feet of gas per day is leaking into the air in Hartford alone. According

In a survey, 87 percent of Connecticut residents said Dominion Power should open its books to the public and state legislators. (energy.gov/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new poll shows a majority of Connecticut voters want the owners of the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant to open their books before any subsidy is approved. Dominion Power says it has seen a 44-percent decline in prices for its power over the past ten years. Legislators are l

Standard Service rates for residential electricity can only change twice per year. (Mike DelGaudio/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut voters are concerned about rising electrical costs and sales tactics used by third-party electricity suppliers. A survey, conducted by AARP Research, shows that almost 90 percent of state residents 45 and older want the state to continue requiring Eversource and U

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