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New York board approves wind project over local objections

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WIND: A divided state siting board approves a 124 MW wind project in New York while rejecting a local zoning law as too burdensome. (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)

FRACKING: Pennsylvania environmental officials say there is a likely correlation between fracking and a series of minor earthquakes in the western part of the state earlier this year. (Wellston Journal)

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PIPELINES: Federal regulators deny New York’s request for a rehearing on their approval of a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York and New Jersey. (Reuters)

GRID: Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says legislation he co-sponsored that will be included in a Defense Department appropriation bill will enhance grid security from cyberattacks. (Maine Public)

EMISSIONS: The Environmental Defense Fund will launch a satellite that monitors methane emissions from oil and gas facilities worldwide. (Yale Climate Connections) 

TRANSPORTATION: Conservative groups and fossil fuel advocates have geared up opposition to a regional effort to reduce transportation emissions, which is expected to release a draft proposal today. (ecoRI)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Massachusetts sewage treatment plant adds it fourth anaerobic digester to produce energy and is now almost completely energy self sufficient. (Eagle Tribune)

STORAGE: New York signs a contract with an energy storage developer to build a 20 MW project that eliminates the need for a fossil fuel generator. (Solar Builder)

EFFICIENCY:
• Efficiency Vermont proposes a six-year plan that would focus its resources more toward reducing emissions, expanding weatherization and partnering with utilities. (VermontBiz)
• A Bronx multi-family project is recognized as the largest passive building residence in North America. (Environment+Energy Leader)

MARKETING: Maryland regulators will begin publicly posting complaints about marketers accused of committing utility customer scams. (Baltimore Sun)

SOLAR: One of the largest community solar projects in upstate New York with 1,000 subscribers is now online. (Albany Times Union)

COMMENTARY: A wildlife biologist says a proposed power line from Canada through Maine is one of the most ecologically damaging projects in state history and should be stopped. (Centralmaine.com)

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