Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.28.15

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


Supreme Court to hear cases against EPA climate rule (via The Hill)

Why size doesn’t matter: Divesting from fossil fuels with a small endowment (via Huffington Post)


NTSB finds “systemic problems” in gas pipeline oversight (via The Hill)


Utility bosses see change coming, look to clean and distributed energy (via Grist)

How these energy geeks are reimagining an old school utility (via Reuters)

The University of California’s new retail energy supplier: Itself (via Energy Manager Today)


USTDA to commit nearly $2 billion to renewable energy projects in India (via PV Tech)

German ground-mount solar to be limited to 1.2GW for 2015-2017 (via PV Tech)

Brazil’s Banco Itau Unibanco to finance $408 million in renewable energy projects (via Recharge)

Bangladesh looks to establish world’s “first solar nation” (via Telesur)

U.S. solar complaint against India set to reopen as Obama leaves town (via PV Tech)

UK study says solar panels made from perovskite far cheaper, more efficient (via Reuters)

U.S. approves Argentina proposal to qualify for biodiesel credits (via Reuters)

NextEra-HECO deal likely linked with Hawaiian utility’s about face on rooftop solar (via Forbes)

Every $1 of solar incentives puts $2.46 into the economy (via CleanTechnica)

West Virginia legislature repeals state renewable portfolio standard (via Charleston Daily Mail)

Cape Wind project faces new hurdles (via Navigant Research)

Can you turn your home into a hydroelectric plant? (via Forbes)


Obama’s plan: Allow drilling in the Atlantic, but limit it in Arctic (via New York Times)

Green light for some would-be U.S. oil exporters, more questions for others (via Reuters)

Sen. Cruz won’t seek vote to end crude oil export ban (via National Journal)


American Airlines expects to save $5 billion from tumbling oil prices (via Forbes)

Kansas City Power & Light to build 1,000 EV charging sites (via Green Car Reports)

After steadily falling, gas prices notch an increase (via New York Times)

Boston Power targets own battery gigafactory (via Inside EVs)


U.S. corporate supply chains vulnerable to climate risks (via Environmental Leader)


Storage to follow solar’s path of falling costs, says Citigroup (via PV Tech)

Are carbon nanoballs the answer to renewable’s grid woes? (via BusinessGreen)

The case for long duration storage: Net electricity load in California is five years ahead of schedule (via Greentech Media)


Are stranded assets wearing down oil and coal industries? (via GreenBiz)

What utility executives think the future holds (via Utility Dive)

Solar Outlook 2015: Still growing, but no longer energy’s young kid (via Renewable Energy World)

10 Members of Congress who actually get sustainable business (via GreenBiz)

Another state fights war on solar and energy efficiency (via EcoWatch)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.31.14

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


IPCC preparing “most important” document on climate change (BBC)

Bangladesh leads 32 nations hit by extreme climate risk (via Bloomberg)

Brazil’s dangerous climate spiral (via National Journal)

Climate change a threat multiplier for farming-dependent states (via Reuters)

38 federal agencies reveal their climate change vulnerabilities – and what they’re doing about it (via Washington Post)


Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian natural gas supply (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

Oil rout seen diluting price appeal of U.S. LNG exports (via Bloomberg)

Toxic chemicals, carcinogens skyrocket near fracking sites (via U.S. News and World Report)


U.K. Green Bank mobilizes $8 billion for clean energy since launch (via Bloomberg)

Why are solar’s largest players entering the Latin American market? (via Greentech Media)

China is top developing nation for clean energy investment, finds analysis (via Yale e360)

Brazil election opens solar growth (via Recharge Magazine)

India’s wind energy capacity to double in five years: GWEC (via CleanTechnica)

Politics dim Obama’s Africa power plan as lights go out (via Bloomberg)

U.S. trade policy in action: SolarWorld now adding jobs and solar module capacity (via Greentech Media)

SunEdison’s plan to go big in China (via Forbes)


Report: U.S. gas prices driven more by international crude (via The Hill)

TransCanada applies to build Energy East oil pipeline (via Bloomberg)

Scientists investigate link between newborn deaths and Utah oil drilling (via Inhabitat)


Tesla looks to solar to power Australian supercharging network (via Renew Economy)

Volkswagen planning 20 new plug-in models for China (via Autoblog Green)

Toyota to test EV and PHV charging infrastructure expansion in Japan (via Green Car Congress)

Nissan Leaf breaks its own annual U.S. EV sales record (via Green Car Congress)

Startup borrows financing model from solar, efficiency sectors to launch EVs in fleets (via Greentech Media)


Southeast Asia to be the next hot spot for smart grid investment (via Breaking Energy)

Survey: Utilities expect strong competition in U.S. grid build-out (via Renew Grid)

The electricity grid gets a value chain (via RMI Outlet)

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, utilities highlight grid efforts (via Renew Grid)


Nuclear industry lobbies to preserve tax credit; opposes similar wind incentive (via Bloomberg BNA)


Green buildings market grows to $260 billion (via Environmental Leader)

Energy codes help drive green buildings, says Lux Research (via Energy Manager Today)


Race for top House Energy Committee seat brings windfall to Democrats (via National Journal)

Poll: Swing state voters back climate action (via The Hill)

California’s Brown pushes water bond as election nears (via Bloomberg)


The world’s climate change watchdog may be underestimating global warming (via Washington Post)

Nine significant findings too recent to be included in the new IPCC report (via WRI Insights)

California’s carbon market is leaking (via Grist)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.30.14

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


Bangladesh leads 32 nations hit by extreme climate risk (via Bloomberg)

Two years on: Sandy inspires storm of climate research (via Climate Central)

Chuck Hagel: We should worry about climate change like we worry about ISIS (via Huffington Post)


Ukraine-Russia gas talks stalled in Brussels (via The Hill)

EIA says natural gas exports would boost economy, raise prices (via The Hill)

U.S. natural gas market players move from “cautiously optimistic” to “all in” (via Breaking Energy)


China rushes to harness wind while the government still pays (via Bloomberg)

Mexico’s clean energy certificate guidelines will support renewables development (via Breaking Energy)

Giant UK offshore wind farm hits power target earlier than expected (via BusinessGreen)

Solar presents solution to Brazil post-election economic woes (via PV Tech)

Scottish Power may cut size of English offshore wind farm (via Reuters)

Solar grid parity in all 50 U.S. states by 2016, predicts Deutsche Bank (via CleanTechnica)

Biogas, a low-tech fuel with a big payoff (via New York Times)

SunPower earnings: Solar is increasingly competitive (via San Jose Mercury News)

New York Green Bank in debut clean energy transactions (via PV Tech)

Getting off the grid in Hawaii becoming a family affair (via Bloomberg)

Ivanpah solar power plant energy production falling well short of expectations (via Breaking Energy)


Private banks invest record €66 billion in coal sector (via RTCC)


China’s trade dominance is bringing more pollution from an unexpected source (via Quartz)

German CO2 emissions to fall in 2014 as renewables deliver record 28% of country’s power (via BusinessGreen)

Breathing cleaner air to cost Americans on utility bills (via Bloomberg)

Hydropower may be huge source of methane emissions (via Climate Central)


OPEC sees little output change in 2015, says don’t panic on oil drop (via Reuters)


Average U.S. gas prices set to drop below $3 (via The Hill)

Tesla direct sales banned in Michigan (via Navigant Research)


Kerry wants Keystone pipeline decision “sooner rather than later” (via Reuters)

Landowners, tribes to intervene in Keystone’s South Dakota permit renewal (via The Hill)


Environmental groups sue feds over nuclear waste rules (via The Hill)


LEDs save energy and boosts profits, productivity in factories (via


George P. Bush and how the next generation of Republicans talk about climate change (via Climate Progress)

How cheap wind energy threatens to upend Kansas’ governor’s race and upset the Koch Brothers (via Climate Progress)

How Big Oil could be the big winner in Colorado’s elections (via Climate Progress)


Australia divestment war shows investment is now the main climate change battleground (via The Guardian)

What you need to know about the next big climate report (via Grist)

Why oil prices went down so far so fast (via Bloomberg)

While you were getting worked up over oil prices, this just happened to solar (via Bloomberg)

Experts: Reducing carbon emissions, increasing grid reliable are doable (via Forbes)

What New York City can learn from its relationship with the sea (via Huffington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.1.14

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


India plans to overhaul approach to UN climate talks (via RTCC)

Besieged by rising tides of climate change, Kiribati buys land in Fiji (via The Guardian)

Pentagon to escalate global warming preparations for bases (via U.S. News & World Report)

Wall Street’s climate war intensifies with new weapons (via National Journal)

The fine line between sugarcoating and panic on climate change (via Washington Post)


Tar sands expansion cools down without Keystone XL (via NRDC Switchboard)


EU states avoid green energy overhaul after court backs Swedish scheme (via Reuters)

Renewables to get most of $7.7 trillion new power plant investments by 2030 (via Bloomberg)

China becomes world’s largest solar PV market (via Renewable Energy World)

Renewable energy saves Fortune 500 companies over $1 billion (via CleanTechnica)

Bangladesh to receive $78.4 million from World Bank for solar home systems (via Shanghai Daily)

The rise of Big Solar in Chile (via Forbes)

Solar companies sue to stop property taxes on leased rooftop panels (via Arizona Republic)

Six trailblazers banking on clean energy finance (via GreenBiz)

NRG Yield adds new solar assets (via Recharge)

Two-bladed wind turbines make a comeback (via MIT Technology Review)

Illinois putting $30 million into solar investments (via Southern Illinoisan)

Receding Lake Mead poses challenges to Hoover Dam’s power output (via EnergyWire)


China fuels new boom in natural gas (via ClimateWire)

New York’s top court says towns can ban fracking (via Financial Post/Reuters)

Fracking study finds new natural gas wells leak more than older ones (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

FERC approves second LNG export project (via Breaking Energy)

Shale’s junk debt at risk if Fed raises rates (via Houston Chronicle)


Carbon has best quarter in six years amid EU permit-supply curbs (via Bloomberg)

Court blocks Arch Coal mine expansion for not counting costs of carbon pollution (via Climate Progress)

Basis for EPA Clean Power Plan cuts a “mystery” (via Climate Central)


Here’s where solar, storage, and microgrids are taking hold in the U.S. (via Greentech Media)

Symantec warns of hacker threat against energy companies (via Bloomberg)


Capacity of U.S. petroleum refineries increases by 101,000 barrels per day (via Environmental Leader)

North Dakota and Texas now provide nearly half U.S. crude oil production (via U.S. EIA)


Supreme Court won’t hear dispute over California fuel standard (via Greenwire)

2015 Toyota Prius launch pushed back six months: Report (via Green Car Reports)


Plastic debris widespread on ocean surface, finds study (via Huffington Post)

Indonesia now has the highest rate of deforestation in the world (via Time)


EU leaders divided on 2030 energy efficiency target (via RTCC)

Energy efficiency investments create 17 jobs per one million dollars in U.S. Southeast (via Energy Manager Today)


Report: Voters more likely to back climate-friendly candidate (via The Hill)

All policy is local: 2014 Congressional races defined by energy issues (via Politico)

Coal fires up West Virginia House of Representatives race (via Politico)

Sen. Beigich talks climate change (via KCAW)

FERC Commissioner Norris expects not to seek another term (via SNL Energy)


U.S. steps toward more China solar tariffs – for the wrong reasons? (via Breaking Energy)

Happy birthday carbon tax….been god to know you (via Renew Economy)

Is climate change destabilizing Iraq? (via Mother Jones)

Closing the renewable energy investment gap (via WRI Insights)

What’s next for U.S. oil exports? (via National Journal)

Australia Institute director says Gore-Palmer ploy reset climate debate (via The Guardian)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.15.14

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


Fossil-free investment portfolios soared 50% in 2013 (via RTCC)

Obama said to put personal push behind EPA emission rules (via Bloomberg)


LNG, power demand driving shift in U.S. gas flow (via Houston Chronicle)

Overwhelming vote advances extenders bill, but hurdles remain (via E&E Daily)

Ohio’s manufacturers on both sides of debate over efficiency and renewables (via Plain-Dealer)


Bangladesh leads the world in small solar power home installations (via Mashable)

Is 3,000MW of new Nigeria solar power a model to end energy poverty? (via CleanTechnica)

India may back solar duties after probe finds dumping (via Bloomberg)

Netherlands’ largest offshore wind farm powers forward (via BusinessGreen)

80% of British support renewable energy (via Renewable Energy World)

US biodiesel producers hit hard by policy uncertainty (via

Senate debates wind tax credit extension (via Houston Chronicle)


Delays on climate change have cost us $8 trillion, says IEA (via New Scientist)

IPCC reports “diluted” under “political pressure” to protect fossil fuel interests (via The Guardian)

Warming shifting hurricane impacts away from tropics (via Climate Central)

Japan, Australia urge developing countries to do more on climate (via RTCC)

Kerry to warn of national security climate threats in speech (via The Hill)

Insurance company sues Illinois cities for climate damage (via ClimateWire)

Raging California wildfires fueled by unusually hot May weather (via Los Angeles Times)


U.S. crude output advances to 28-year high on shale boom (via Bloomberg)

Expert: White House likely to lift oil export ban (via Houston Chronicle)

Investors pressuring oil industry over $1.1 trillion exposure to high-cost projects (via Forbes)

California’s thirst shapes debate over fracking (via New York Times)


White House urges Congress to shore up depleted Highway Trust Fund (via Autoblog)

2015 Chevy Spark will have lighter, smaller battery (via Autoblog Green)

Elon Musk says yes to The Oatmeal’s $8 million request for Nikola Tesla museum (via Autoblog Green)


National Grid to spend more in U.S. for storm protection (via Reuters)

Three U.S. grid facilities you should know about (via


Beginning of end for coal? Citi sees structural decline (via Renew Economy)

Coal missing boom as climate foes clean Asia’s backyard (via Bloomberg)


Enviros bash industry-backed “green” building program (via Grist)


Steyer targets Rubio, 2016 hopefuls on climate (via The Hill)

Scott Brown urged GOP senators to kill Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill (via Huffington Post)


The first climate tipping point has arrived: Will it be the last? (via Huffington Post)

The $4 trillion mistake: Climate action delayed is climate action denied (via Climate Progress)

Is the White House worried about a Republican president overturning Obama’s climate legacy? (via Bloomberg BNA)

Time to act on U.S. natural gas exports (via CNBC)

Florida already feeling effects of climate change (via Tampa Bay Times)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.28.14

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


IPCC report: Climate change felt “on all continents and across the oceans” (via The Guardian)

Sinking island nations battle tides of climate change (via Deutche Welle)

Facing rising seas, Bangladesh confronts climate change consequences (via New York Times)


Environmentalists debate impacts of LNG exports on global warming (via Greenwire)

Fracking the USA: New map shows 1 million oil, gas wells (via Climate Central)

Report says each Marcellus gas well costs thousands in road damage (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)


2013: Renewable energy’s best of times, worst of times (via CleanTechnica)

Future of Chile’s energy sector lies with renewables, shows new report (via Renewable Energy World)

Wind power “could yield €8.3 billion” for Ireland (via Recharge)

As solar prices fall, wind still finds a role in microgrids (via Navigant Research)

New US wind power projects fall 93% in 2013 (via The Hill)

As net metering battles move to small markets, solar advocates claim early victories (via Energy Collective)

Solar “net metering” extended by California regulators (via San Francisco Chronicle)

California utility PG&E exceeds 20% renewable energy standard (via Greentech Media)

BOEM to hold competitive Maryland offshore wind energy lease auction this summer (via Recharge)

Waste-to-energy could help Wisconsin expand sustainable energy (via Journal-Sentinel)

Kansas flirts with repeal of renewable energy standard (via EnergyWire)

Virginia awards $860,000 in offshore wind research (via Virginian-Pilot)


RGGI announces 2015 CO2 allocation (via Environmental Leader)


One year after Exxon’s Arkansas spill, basic questions still unanswered (via InsideClimate News)


EVs, plug-ins already saving 45 million gallons of gasoline per year in US (via Autoblog Green)


North Carolina inspectors failed to notice crack before coal ash spill (via The Guardian)


Water, wildlife surge back into once-parched Colorado River delta (via Los Angeles Times)

US lists lesser prairie chicken as threatened, energy groups wary (via Reuters)


Ohio GOP drafts plan to freeze state’s renewable, energy efficiency rules (via Columbus Dispatch)

Indiana governor lets energy efficiency program expire (via Indianapolis Star)


Can evolution outrace climate change? (via FiveThirtyEight)

Spring training, and Spring, starting way earlier than usual (via Bloomberg)

Three utilities most likely to fall in death spiral, via Morningstar (via Forbes)

How distributed energy resources affect US capacity markets (via Solar Industry)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.30.13

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


Bad news for storm-battered Europe: More extreme weather’s on the horizon (via Time)

Bangladesh rated world’s most vulnerable country to climate change (via RTCC)

Meet the Pacific Rim’s new environmental superpower (via Quartz)

New Boston city zoning plans tied to changes in climate (via Boston Globe)

Major expansion of Surging Seas launched on Sandy anniversary (via Climate Central)


Understanding the Bakken flaring challenge (via Breaking Energy)

Radioactive pollution in Allegheny River not from fracking, says Pennsylvania DEP (via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)


States of change: Clean energy policy from Greece to Massachusetts (via Renew Economy)

French energy firms create Paris solar power R&D hub (via Reuters)

Renewable energy’s bird problem (via RMI Outlet)

The “science” of wind turbine syndrome (via Popular Science)

Some top solar states are flatlining: Where are “hidden” growth markets? (via Greentech Media)

Report: Ongoing Midwest renewable growth hinges on federal policy (via Midwest Energy News)

Ohio’s successful RPS program under attack in state senate (via Renewable Energy World)


Coal’s future hinges on unproven carbon capture technology (via National Journal)


Europe’s new models for demand response (via Greentech Media)

NREL software could cut commercial building energy audit costs 75% (via CleanTechnica)


Sandy struck a year ago, but some federal moves could make climate risks worse (via ClimateWire)

Hurricane Sandy hasn’t shifted climate narrative (via Climate Central)

Turning Hurricane Sandy’s scars into badges of survival (via New York Times)

One year after Sandy, many coastlines are still vulnerable to storm surges (via Huffington Post)


All across Europe, bicycles outsold cars in 2012 (via Autoblog Green)


GOP to drive “war on coal” line in 2014 races (via The Hill)

Polls show energy doesn’t spark Americans’ interest (via Politico)

Industry poll shows most voters oppose raising energy taxes (via Houston Chronicle)


3 ways Superstorm Sandy could change utilities forever (via Greentech Media)

Is attacking the EPA the bright idea Tea Partiers think it is? (via Huffington Post)

Going green doesn’t boost hotel revenue (via Environmental Leader)

Four facts that demonstrate clean energy is on the rise (via Triple Pundit)

Just how badly are we overfishing the oceans? (via Washington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.24.13

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


EU finance arm curbs loans to coal-fired power plants (via Reuters)

Chinese coal companies releasing toxic wastewater in Inner Mongolia (via The Guardian)

Why is Germany’s greenest city building a coal-fired power plant? (via InsideClimate News)

Lessons from the beginning of the end of America’s coal industry (via Energy Trends Insider)


Utilities missing opportunity on combined heat and power (via Midwest Energy News)

Senate offshore energy revenue-sharing bill has $6 billion price tag (via The Hill)


Chinese tariffs may hurt U.S. makers of solar cells’ raw material (via Washington Post)

New radar technology could double number of UK wind farms (via RTCC)

Highlighting trends in global renewable energy generation (via Houston Chronicle)

The real solar feed-in tariff story in Spain (via CleanTechnica)

House lawmakers say U.S. renewable fuel mandate will change (via Bloomberg)

How twelve states are succeeding in solar energy installation (via Climate Progress)

Offshore wind gains in Virginia, stumbles in New Jersey (via EarthTechling)

First Wind Energy proposes New England’s largest wind farm (via CleanTechnica)

Maryland governor to propose 25% by 2020 renewable energy target (via Washington Post)


Report: Keystone XL would boost oil sands output and emissions (via Houston Chronicle)

The Alberta oil sands have been leaking for nine weeks (via Mother Jones)

Study finds little environmental enforcement in tar sands infractions (via Calgary Herald)


Social cost of carbon battle hits House floor (via The Hill)

A carbon tax by any other name (via New York Times)

11 reasons to divest from the fossil fuel industry (via Resilience)

What if we could harvest electricity from carbon dioxide? (via Energy Manager Today)


Wyoming fracking study to be funded by industry after EPA pulls out (via InsideClimate News)


Ancient global warming raised sea levels nearly 70 feet (via National Geographic)

Global temperature plateau likely due to deep ocean warming (via Climate Central)

Arctic thawing could cost the world $60 trillion, say scientists (via BusinessGreen)

Biden, in India, calls climate change a risk to development (via The Hill)

Arctic shipping quadrupled in past year as global warming melts sea ice (via Slate)

Climate change threatens Bangladesh’s millennium development goal achievements (via Thompson-Reuters)

Heat and storms: research helps suburban homes adapt to climate change (via


US EIA says OPEC oil sales will decline through 2014 (via Houston Chronicle)

Hess, PetroChina sign China’s first shale oil deal (via Reuters)


EU in last lap of talks on global aviation emissions deal (via Euractive)

Renault-Nissan sells its 100,000th electric car (via Green Car Congress)


Severe drought plagues northeast Brazil (via Al-Jazeera)

China weighs environmental costs of economic growth (via Wall Street Journal)

Louisiana state agency to sue energy companies for wetland damage (via New York Times)


Smart meters must better integrate into utility operations (via Greentech Media)

Construction on 700-mile Clean Line transmission project could begin in 2015 (via The Oklahoman)

Microgrids and micro-municipalization (via RMI Outlet)

Demand response helps NYISO defend against record heat wave (via Renew Grid)


Green job placements lag (via Environmental Leader)

“LEED for sustainable purchasing” to help corporate buyers (via GreenBiz)


Houses of the rising sun: developers build homes that make more energy than they take (via Washington Post/AP)

Milwaukee launches $100 million PACE program (via Journal Sentinel)


House bill limiting EPA power draws veto threat (via The Hill)

House Energy Committee chairman: biofuel-blending system “cannot stand” (via The Hill)


Reuters climate change coverage declined significantly after “skeptic” editor joined (via Media Matters for America)

Last week’s hearing on social cost of carbon put right-wing objections to bed (via Climate Progress)

Washington heading for another round of devastating energy innovation cuts (via Energy Collective)

U.S. natural gas use must peak by 2030 to fight climate change (via Center for American Progress)

New Jersey offshore wind: Dead or alive? (via Huffington Post)

Is Georgia the next frontier for US solar development? (via GreenBiz)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 6.6.13

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


Research assigns US three times CO2 reduction responsibility as China (via Bloomberg)

Brazil’s emissions fall 39% since 2005, now 10% below 1990 levels (via Mongabay)

Obama officials raise “social cost” of carbon in federal regulations (via The Hill)

Schools addressing students’ fossil fears without divesting (via Bloomberg)


Canada oil output will double by 2030 if pipelines are built (via Houston Chronicle/Bloomberg)

US crude output exceeds imports for first time in 16 years (via Houston Chronicle)

BP to pump $1 billion into its Alaska drilling efforts (via Grist)


Smarter energy use by UK industry could cut electricity demand 75% (via

Amendments could sink bipartisan Senate energy efficiency bill (via Politico)


UK solar investment jeopardized by EU tariffs on China (via Bloomberg)

Japan PM’s power plan lifts renewables at utility expense (via Bloomberg)

Brazil may unlock 21GW renewable energy market (via Recharge)

US solar PV demand to grow 20% in 2013 to 4.3GW (via CleanTechnica)

Interior Department Approves Up to 4Gw Of New Renewable Energy Projects (via CleanTechnica)

Will Master Limited Partnerships campaign put wind tax credit at risk? (via Politico)

DOE issues regulatory roadmap to spur geothermal energy development (via Green Car Congress)

Offshore wind advances create greentech investment opportunities (via Greentech Media)

Solar gardens taking root in US communities (via EarthTechling)

MIT creates solar potential map of Cambridge (via Treehugger)

Renewable energy gets a rural boost in Colorado (via Climate Progress)

Michigan legislators seek offshore wind power restrictions (via Record-Eagle)


UK prepares for US-style shale gas boom (via CNN Money)

Summer to bring upward pressure on US natural gas prices (via Wall Street Journal)

EPA Inspector General to investigate efforts to reduce natural gas pipeline leaks (via Washington Post/AP)

With more solar on the way, does Xcel need more gas peakers? (via Midwest Energy News)

North Carolina House panel Oks more cautious fracking bill (via Houston Chronicle/AP)


Russia continues to block UN climate talks (via RTCC)

As extreme weather increases, Bangladesh braces for the worst (via Yale e360)

How investors can help avert climate catastrophe (via GreenBiz)

Stormy weather set to increase due to climate change (via RTCC)

Rising sea levels, stronger storms will threaten US coasts through end of century (via Times-Picayune)

The Obama climate move that nobody noticed (via Grist)

US tailors regional climate plans to help farmers beat the heat (via Bloomberg)

Agriculture Secretary: “America must take steps now” on climate (via The Hill)


China to cut coal use in key industrial regions (via Reuters)

Sierra Club sues BNEF over coal dust from trains in Washington State (via Houston Chronicle/AP)


US new-car average gas mileage at highest level ever: 24.8 MPG (via Green Car Reports)

US hybrid & plug-in sales continue strong gains, 32,300 PEVs sold in 2013 (via Green Car Congress)

EPA to issue ethanol use targets this summer (via Reuters)

US added 180 EV charging stations in May (via Autoblog Green)

Study says California’s low-carbon fuel rule is working, but threats loom (via InsideClimate News)


Smart and micro grids can minimize power outages during hurricane season (via Breaking Energy)

Cheap batteries for backup renewable energy (via MIT Technology Review)


Americans for Prosperity targets Democrats up for re-election with anti-carbon tax campaign (via The Hill)

Congressional Democrats change climate message to focus on disaster costs (via ClimateWire)

Offshore drilling proponents launch new Congressional push (via Houston Chronicle)

The billionaire force behind GOP attempts to dismantle Maine’s renewable energy standards (via Bangor Daily News)


EU solar outlook still bright after binge (via Reuters)

Global signs of leadership on clean energy (via WRI Insights)

Why I wanted to be CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (via Greentech Media)

Don’t let another hurricane season blow by without climate action (via The Hill)

Now is the time to be an infrastructure hawk, not a deficit hawk (via Washington Post)

An obscure new rule on microwaves can tell us a lot about Obama’s climate policies (via Washington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.23.13

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


EU may have road map on modified carbon fix in June (via Bloomberg)

EU carbon trading reform could face second ballot in June (via RTCC)


Canada launches oil sands online environmental monitoring portal (via CBC News)

EPA balks at State’s “insufficient” review of Keystone XL route (via The Hill)

Americans more supportive of Keystone than Canadians, poll finds (via Financial Post/Bloomberg)

Keystone XL foes say 1 million comments show power of grassroots (via Houston Chronicle)

Tar sands spill poses unusual threat (via Houston Chronicle)

Hedge-fund billionaire leads donors in pushing Obama on Keystone (via Bloomberg)

Former top US pipeline regulator backs Keystone XL (via Politico)

Keystone XL opponents to train 60k activists in civil disobedience (via The Hill)


BNEF: renewables investment set to triple by 2030 (via BusinessGreen)

India offers to foot bill for 30% of solar construction costs (via Bloomberg)

As cities fill with smog, China embraces stable and regulated renewable development in 2013 (via Renewable Energy World)

US states turn against renewable energy as gas plunges (via Bloomberg)

Senators to offer bill expanding financing mechanism to renewables (via The Hill)

New tool to attract solar investors: monitor real-time performance (via Sustainable Business)

Will we ever really make much electricity from the ocean? (via EarthTechling)


Report: EU urged to develop climate adaptation strategy (via BusinessGreen)

Despite unseasonable cold in EU and US, March was 10th warmest on record (via Mongabay)

Bangladesh focuses on adaptation strategy as climate fears grow (via RTCC)

US shows rapid rise of temperatures since first Earth Day (via Climate Central)


Report: EVs to make up 2-10% of world’s cars by 2035 (via Greentech Media)

US hybrid vehicle market share grew 41% in 2012 to 3.1% overall (via Green Car Congress)

West coast cities dominate Greenest Car Shoppers list (via Autoblog Green)

NYC launches electric taxi “fleet” with six Nissan Leaf EVs (via Autoblog Green)

Fisker Automotive misses DOE loan payment (via Los Angeles Times)


Is Saudi Arabia losing its importance in the oil market? (via Motley Fool)

Halliburton seeks a deal over Gulf oil spill (via New York Times)


Nest unleashes power of smart thermostats with data-driven services (via GigaOm)

University of British Columbia unveils smart grid energy storage system (via Renew Grid)

Why doesn’t dynamic pricing make sense for electricity customers? (via Greentech Media)


Interior chief Jewell: “one size doesn’t fit all” on fracking (via The Hill)

US trucking industry set to expand use of natural gas (via New York Times)


US drought worsens, scorching much of the country (via AOL Energy)

Texas and Oklahoma head to Supreme Court over water (via StateImpact Texas)


Facebook lifts the lid on its water, energy use (via GreenBiz)


How Americans see global warming – in 8 charts (via Washington Post)

What BP doesn’t want you to know about the 2010 Gulf spill (via Newsweek/The Daily Beast)

Infrastructure and resilience: forging a national strategy for reconstruction and growth (via Climate Progress)

How the climate reform effort was poisoned from the inside (via The Nation)

Why aren’t younger Americans driving anymore? (via Washington Post)