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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2017 


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Public News Service - CT: Energy Policy

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

As electric rates rise, seniors may try reducing heat and air conditioning to save money. (Steven Vance/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Electric ratepayers could see big increases in their bills starting next year, but there's still time to make their opinions heard at public hearings. United Illuminating has proposed raising electric distribution changes by more than 30 percent over three years. John Erl

A new report confirms that capping carbon spurs investment in renewables and energy efficiency. (Digitalpilgrim/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, continues to make real progress in reducing carbon emissions. A new status report from the Acadia Center finds the nine cooperating Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, including New York, are reaping benefits on multiple fronts. Pet

Expanding existing energy efficiency and renewables policies would help Connecticut reach target reductions in greenhouse gases. (SayCheeeeeese/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing in Connecticut, putting state-mandated reduction targets at risk. The state is legally required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020. But new analysis by the Acadia Center shows the state's tota

Shannon Laun, an attorney with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, speaks at a news conference this week in opposition to the diversion of RGGI funds. (CT Fund for the Environment)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to restore money for renewable-energy programs in the state budget. In its efforts to close the budget gap, the General Assembly's Finance Committee proposed taking $22 million from Connecticut's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative an

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