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Pennsylvania to study fracking’s health effects

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NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania will spend $3 million on two studies to examine the health effects of fracking after months of activism by residents affected by a rare form of cancer. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Natural gas fracking is feeding petrochemical and plastics industries as Pennsylvania communities look to them to replace coal jobs. (DeSmog)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Connecticut officials consider strategies to make sure low-income communities aren’t left out of a plan to boost electric vehicle adoption in the state. (Energy News Network) 

ACTIVISM: Climate protesters storm the field at a Yale-Harvard football game, disrupting the game for 40 minutes as they demand both schools divest from fossil fuel. (New Haven Register) 

WIND:
• The director of Delaware’s offshore wind center says larger turbines planned  off the state’s coast will be difficult to see from the shore. (Delawareonline)
Two turbines are added to a western Massachusetts wind farm owned by a municipal cooperative bringing its total capacity to 19.6 MW. (Masslive)

GRID:
• A report says the three grid operators managing the Northeast waste $1.4 billion annually paying for excess capacity. (Utility Dive)
• New York’s grid operator expects the state’s last coal plant to operate through the winter even though its owners filed notice that it could close as early as Feb. 15. (Utility Dive)

BIOGAS:
• A company wants to extract methane from a Maine landfill to use as a motor vehicle fuel. (Bangor Daily News)
• A Pennsylvania town extends its contract at a lower rate with a company that uses landfill gas to produce electricity. (Herald Mail)
• A company that processes poultry waste in Delaware plans to build an anaerobic digester to produce gas for its operations. (Delawarebusinessnow)

SOLAR:
• As community solar projects spring up across New York, state officials say they are keeping a close eye on contractors for unscrupulous practices. (Corning Leader)
• Massachusetts officials received more than 200 complaints in a year from consumers dissatisfied with their solar energy installers. (Boston25News)

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MARKETING: The loss of a sales tax break on Long Island causes commercial customers to leave the competitive electricity market. (Newsday)

COMMENTARY:
Renewable Energy Vermont says the state’s clean energy policies need to be updated, starting with a prohibition on utility purchase of out-of-state renewable energy credits. (VT Digger)
• An editorial board praises the creation of a Massachusetts mayors’ coalition committed to 100% renewable energy by 2045. (Berkshire Eagle)

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