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Chamber study says fracking ban would devastate Pennsylvania’s economy

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TRANSPORTATION: Advocates of a multi-state effort to curb tailpipe emissions fear New Hampshire’s withdrawal will prompt other states to opt out of the fledgling compact. (E&E News)

GRID:
• Federal regulators order PJM to restrict state-backed renewable generation in its capacity market, which a dissenting commissioner says will make those resources harder to clear at auction. (Greentech Media)
• New Jersey regulators are quick to condemn the ruling saying it will impair the health and safety of state residents by promoting fossil fuels. (NJ Spotlight) 

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OIL & GAS: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a fracking ban would be “catastrophic” to Pennsylvania’s economy, but its study ignores costs related to climate change and public health. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• A New Hampshire town withdraws from a three-state task force studying offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine over concerns fishermen’s interests are not being addressed. (Seacoastonline)
• Maryland’s review of a previously approved offshore wind development will be limited to its larger turbines and not include other issues like financial support. (The Dispatch)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• More than a dozen groups urge New York regulators to begin a process that would set the state on a path to 70% renewable energy in a decade (Utility Dive)
• Rikers Island in New York City is poised to become a clean energy hub as the city prepares to close the infamous jail there. (Reuters)

STORAGE:
• An analyst says New York is the next market poised to grow energy storage as federal regulations slowly catch up with its potential. (Platts)
• Environmental damage was limited as a fire was contained at a battery storage plant in Connecticut. (Connecticut Post)

EFFICIENCY: A Maryland company says its headquarters is the largest net-zero energy commercial building in the world. (Quartz)

SOLAR: A New York town drafts a law that requires a 1-acre minimum for ground-mounted solar systems and limits panel height to 12 feet. (Post-Star)

POWER PLANTS: The New Hampshire power plant that is the target of recent  protests is the largest of three remaining coal plants in New England. (NHPR)

UTILITIES: The head of Central Maine Power says proponents of a consumer takeover of Maine utilities fail to grasp the complexity of running a modern electricity system. (WGME)

COMMENTARY: Recent developments like a multi-state effort to curb transportation emissions show progress on clean energy policy, but it’s not happening fast enough, an advocacy group says. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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