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Study finds evidence that fracking wells affect human infant health

ADVOCACY: A conservative-led clean energy advocacy group forms in Wisconsin, joining similar chapters in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and other states. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: New research shows that mothers who live near fracking wells are more likely to give birth to a less healthy child, signaling “the most convincing evidence that fracking has a causal effect on local residents,” the author says. (The Atlantic)

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• As more U.S. cities commit to 100 percent renewable energy goals, utilities are realizing they must either work with municipalities or risk losing customers. (Utility Dive)
• Some local residents express concerns over a planned wind-solar project in northwestern Minnesota. (Detroit Lakes Online)

• Ikea finishes construction on the largest rooftop solar installation in Illinois at the company’s distribution center in Joliet. (Daily Southtown)
• Residents in an Upper Peninsula town in Michigan have some concerns about community solar, but are overall supportive, according to a new survey. (UPMatters.com)

GRID: American Transmission Co. seeks approval from Wisconsin regulators for a $140 million project to connect a new major manufacturing complex to the grid. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• Proposed legislation in Michigan would prohibit local officials from voting on wind projects if they stand to financially benefit. (Midland Daily News)

• Indiana regulators approve bailouts for two coal plants “despite uncontested evidence that shows that retiring these plants would save customers money.” (WIMS)
• A company planning to restart a smelting facility in Indiana is concerned local restrictions on coal mining could affect operations. (Evansville Courier & Press)

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BIOFUELS: Top lawmakers from ethanol-producing states say they would consider proposals that help the oil refinery industry cope with federal biofuels regulation as long as changes don’t diminish the U.S. biofuels program. (Reuters)

• A University of California Berkeley researcher says Minnesota’s clean energy policies are distorting the market and driving up electricity prices. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
A series of stories on complaints and alleged health impacts from living near wind projects is “simply irresponsible journalism.” (DeSmogBlog)
• An Ohio editorial board says state lawmakers should give “more thoughtful consideration” to a proposal that eases wind setback requirements. (Findlay Courier)

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