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FRACKING: A Carnegie Mellon University study says the economic benefits of shale gas development in the Appalachian Basin do not offset the damage to the environment, the climate and public health. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

SOLAR: New Jersey regulators approve a new incentive plan for solar development that attempts to rein in costs to ratepayers but has had mixed reviews from the industry. (NJ Spotlight)

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HYDROPOWER: As First Nations people in Canada draw attention to the environmental impact of major hydroelectric projects to serve Northeast states, there is also dispute over hydro’s short-term climate benefit. (VT Digger / Pulitzer Center)

ACTIVISM:
• More than 20 protesters are arrested trying to block a train delivering coal to the Merrimack Station power plant in New Hampshire. (NHPR)
• Climate Friday protests, including some with arrests, were held in several New England cities including Concord, Portland, Boston and Providence. (NHPR, WGME, CBS Boston, UpriseRI)

OIL & GAS:
• A federal bankruptcy watchdog asks a court to reject a closed Philadelphia refiner’s plan to pay seven executives $20 million in bonuses. (Reuters)
• Utilities and fossil fuel interests did “too little, too late” to thwart a Boston suburb’s move to ban gas service in new construction. (HuffPost)

OFFSHORE WIND: Officials from a Connecticut port that was not selected as the staging area for the state’s first offshore wind solicitation says they will continue with redevelopment in hopes of attracting other projects. (CT Examiner)

EFFICIENCY: An obscure state agency in Massachusetts that administers building codes is the site of battles between energy efficiency and climate advocates, and developers hesitant to move to net-zero energy standards. (CommonWealth Magazine)

UTILITIES: New Jersey’s largest utility unveils a six-year, $4 billion plan to make its energy cleaner and more efficient. (Denton Daily)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Delaware extends an electric vehicle incentive program that was supposed to finish at year’s end through 2020. (DelawarePublicMedia)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmentalist says federal regulators should require a full review of the proposed power line through western Maine to import Canadian hydropower. (Sun Journal)
• The League of Conservation Voters says New Hampshire trails the region in renewable energy and efficiency as state policies fail to keep up with market demand. (Concord Monitor)
• The mayor of Boston and president of Boston University break ground on the most energy efficient building in the city’s history, a computing center of the university’s campus. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• An editorial board from the winning city in Connecticut’s offshore wind solicitation celebrates its selection as the first hub in the state’s commitment to the industry. (CT Post) 

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