Maine took a step toward reducing its dependence on fossil fuel and cutting energy costs by 2030 when state leaders last week named the 13 individuals who will serve on the Commission to Study Infrastructure.

Gov. John E. Baldacci, Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell, and House Speaker Hannah Pingree announced the members of the commission, created under a law passed last month. The panel will study ways to entice investors in order to create jobs, build capacity, increase transmission systems and reduce green house gas emissions. Plans for the project have been circulating since March.

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