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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental groups fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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Public News Service - ME: Energy Policy

The solar industry is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in Maine. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Implementation of a new rule for calculating electric bills for customers with wind or solar power has been delayed, but conservation groups say it would hurt families and businesses. The Public Utilities Commission announced Tuesday that the rule, originally set to go into

Maine lawmakers are giving solar farms a boost, but have chosen for now to put legislation promoting biomass energy on hold. (Flckr/World Bank)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Faced with key decisions on the best way to proceed on energy sources for Maine, state legislators have put off a bill to promote biomass, and moved forward on a measure to support solar power. Dylan Voorhees, climate and clean energy director with the Natural Resources Council o

Security experts in New England say a Trump Administration move to roll back the Clean Power Plan has the possible consequence of putting U.S. military facilities at risk. (Dept. of Defense)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- As President Donald Trump rolls back programs that help slow climate change, national security experts say it could pose major problems for the U.S. military he's trying to build up. Defense Council member Brendan McKinnon with the Truman National Security Project said he didn't

A broad based coalition is urging Sen. Susan Collins to join Sen. Angus King in opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. (Natural Resources Council of Maine)

AUGUSTA, Maine – With a vote possible as early as this week, environmental advocates are urging both of Maine's U.S. senators to unite in opposition to President Donald Trump's EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt. The Trump transition team calls Pruitt an expert in Constitutional law, with a deep unde

About 35 Maine students and local supporters occupied a local bank branch in Portland to protest loans the bank made to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Maine Students for Climate Action)

PORTLAND, Maine – While many people have been out holiday shopping this week, some local college students have been protesting a major bank's investment in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project. Ester Topolarova, an organizer for Maine Students for Climate Justice, was among the 3

A new study shows rooftop solar is saving big bucks for Mainers with solar  and also saving money for their neighbors. (Lucas Braun)

PORTLAND, Maine -- With some predicting that 2016 could be the hottest summer on record, a new study found that solar power in Maine is the most cost-effective way to meet peak demand. According to Phil Coupe, co-founder of ReVision Energy in Portland, solar power achieves its greatest output duri

Solar-energy advocates say the Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter is proof that even states with less sunshine, including Maine, can still reap big benefits from solar power. (NASA)

AUGUSTA, Maine - It works in outer space, and solar-energy advocates say the fact that the Juno space probe now orbiting Jupiter is running only on power from the sun points to the reliability and growth potential for solar power, even in states like Maine. Maine may not be the state with the most s

A broad coalition filed papers Friday in support of the Clean Power Plan. (ChristofferRiemer)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Both sides are preparing for the next round in the legal battle over the Clean Power Plan and the EPA's authority to regulate carbon and greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change. State House Assistant Majority Leader Sara Gideon says for many Mainers, climate change u

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