Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.30.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.


Obama to unveil historic plan to cut U.S. carbon pollution by up to 25% (via The Guardian)

How Obama’s power plant emission rules will work (via Washington Post)

EPA’s approach on carbon limits to spark court challenges (via Wall Street Journal)

GAO shuts down McConnell’s push to block EPA carbon regulations (via The Hill)

NRDC says Obama climate rule will save consumers $37 billion (via The Hill)

EPA may nod to nuclear in carbon rules as generators fear closures (via Reuters)


China expects to launch national carbon market in 2018 (via RTCC)

CO2 monitoring could be “space-based” in the future (via Climate Central)


Brazil expects 3GW new wind power in auctions this year (via Recharge)

UK solar capacity passes 3GW (via RTCC)

Japan wind lobby boosts wind capacity target by half (via Bloomberg)

Iceland moves closer to power Europe with geothermal power (via Bloomberg)

UK radar fix could open up 1GW of onshore wind potential (via BusinessGreen)

Rooftop solar’s emerging markets are in middle-class neighborhoods (via Climate Progress)

Connecting the dots: How fossil-fuel interests are funding state RPS battles (via Greentech Media)

Biodiesel producers push for higher mandate (via The Hill)

Ohio freezes standards for renewable energy in landmark vote (via Bloomberg)

Solazyme opens commercial algae oil factory in Brazil (via GigaOm)

California moves closer to streamlined solar permitting (via Greentech Media)


AEP foresees coal plant closures on Obama plan (via Bloomberg)

Testing shows slow movement of coal ash in Dan River (via Roanoke Times)

Coal ash spill upends North Carolina politics, but will substantive legislation result? (via E&E Daily)


Fishing industry is poised to lose billions due to climate change (via Climate Progress)

Markey meets Pope to make common cause on climate (via Boston Globe)


Russia’s energy minister says no gas payments from Ukraine (via Reuters)

Pro-fracking bill flies through North Carolina legislature (via Climate Progress)


Study: Species disappearing far faster than before (via AP)

Brazil drought fuels World Cup blackout fears (via RTCC)


TransCanada credibility dented by Keystone defects (via Forbes)


California, seven other states ready for 3.3 million EVs by 2025 (via Autoblog Green)


Advanced battery capacity for utility-scale storage will grow 71% per year through 2023 (via Navigant Research)


Missouri utility to make up for lost time on energy efficiency (via Midwest Energy News)


Republicans on climate science: Don’t ask us (via Politico)

The House Science Committee spent yesterday in a climate change denial echo chamber (via Motherboard)

Harry Reid’s attacks on Koch Brothers sends GOP donors into shadows (via Washington Post)

Big money, the Koch Brothers, and me (via Politico)


Obama is planning his biggest climate policy yet – and he doesn’t need Congress (via Vox)

Wonks collide as Obama climate plan prompts new ideas (via Forbes)

Evolving the conversation on climate change (via Washington Post)

Lies, damn lies, and global warming rules (via National Journal)

You down with LCOE? Maybe you, but not me (via RMI Outlet)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.24.13

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.


Germany is torn over shale gas fracking (via Washington Post)

Natural gas price more than doubles from 2012 low (via Houston Chronicle)

Harvard report slams fracking chemical disclosure website (via Houston Chronicle)


Record carbon plunge means pain for Europe’s utilities (via Bloomberg)

US power sector readies for new emissions rules (via Wall Street Journal)

Utility Xcel Energy on track to surpass 20% CO2 reduction goal by 2020 (via Renew Grid)


Four charts on the future of the global solar market (via Greentech Media)

France backs plan for EU 2030 renewables target (via BusinessGreen)

Portraits of a maturing solar market: how key states are faring (via Greentech Media)

America now has more solar energy workers than coal miners (via Treehugger)

Hydropower, energy efficiency bills get early start in Congress (via Houston Chronicle)

ALEC picks up the pace: 16 states could repeal renewable energy policy (via Sustainable Business)

Wind map shows untapped energy potential in cities (via

IBM’s new concentrated solar technology may provide 80% efficiency (via BusinessGreen)

Colorado renewable energy requirement bill faces another test in legislature (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

How wind energy helped Iowa attract Facebook’s new data center (via Midwest Energy News)


Federal court backs EPA veto of mountaintop mining project (via The Hill)

New regional alliance opposes coal-export plan from Washington ports (via Seattle Times)

With natural gas costly, AEP burning more coal (via Columbus Dispatch)

LA City Council unanimously votes to phase out coal-fired energy (via Los Angeles Times)


Saudi Arabia blocks climate change from UN poverty goals (via RTCC)

Climate change as real business risk (via GreenBiz)

Climate’s best hope: another Bush presidency? (via Politico)


Obama Administration had advance warning on Fisker Automotive failure (via CBS/AP)

LA to host all-electric race car series (via Los Angeles Times)

Fisker execs will be questioned today over DOE loan, repayments (via Autoblog Green) 


Federal court rejects challenge to EPA power plant waste runoff rules (via The Hill)

Red River showdown: Texas-Oklahoma water war could reverberate across US (via Stateline)


New Jersey school cuts energy use 52%, wins EPA building competition (via Energy Manager Today)


India’s PM talks up clean energy, but can he deliver? (via RTCC)

US oil and gas boom has had a modest economic impact – so far (via Washington Post)

Why is Reuters puzzled by global warming’s acceleration? (via The Guardian)

How much does EPA’s objection to Keystone XL matter? A lot. (via Washington Post)

Breaking down on the road to electric cars (via New York Times)

NRG Energy CEO: solar should break up with wind, date natural gas, have distributed babies (via Grist)

Three thoughts on the Fisker debacle (via Scientific American)


Conservatives come out for renewable energy projects (via National Journal)

Murkowski sees wider support for clean energy tax break (via Bloomberg)

Obama’s pick for Energy Secretary blocked over cuts at South Carolina nuclear waste plant (via National Journal)