Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.21.15

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


Keystone XL pipeline battle begins in Senate as Dems push trio of amendments to GOP-backed bill (via International Business Times)

Nebraskans file new lawsuits to stop Keystone XL pipeline (via Climate Progress)

Keystone XL builder files for eminent domain for pipeline route (via The Hill)


Study downgrades climate impact of wood burning (via Climate Central)

Global coal lobby downplays divestment fears (via RTCC)

$48 million to help states cut emissions (via New York Times)


Sleeping giants wake to give utility-scale solar yet another record year (via Renew Economy)

PV installations in China could top 15GW in 2015, says China investment bank (via PV Tech)

Badly located renewable power plants cost Europe $100 billion: Davos report (via Reuters)

Austria crosses 2GW threshold for installed wind (via Renewables International)

Chile sees 1.2 solar PV, wind in 2014 (via Recharge)

Japan could cut solar tariffs as much as 18% following cost drop (via Bloomberg)

Egypt to produce 20% of its energy from renewables by 2020 (via Ahram Online)

Australia installs more than 800MW small-scale solar capacity in 2014 (via CleanTechnica)

Clean energy bond investors want full buffet of options (via Clean Energy Finance Forum)

Abengoa to build world’s largest solar desalination plant (via Bloomberg)

Hawaiian Electric Company plans to reduce customer solar net metering credits (via Star-Advertiser)

Portland produces “in-pipe” energy from water pipeline (via Energy Manager Today)


The unlikely climate allies bridging divides in UN talks (via RTCC)


U.S. won’t intervene in global oil market (via The Hill)

BP, U.S. attorneys clash in oil spill trial opening statements (via Houston Chronicle)

Falling oil investment will hit U.S. economy (via Reuters)

Coalition of investors to pressure oil firms to go green (via The Independent)

U.S. shale oil growth hurts Canadians as well as OPEC (via Bloomberg)

Shareholders challenge BP to confront climate change risk (via The Guardian)


CCM forecasts 5-fold growth in China Li-ion market by 2017 to meet EV demand (via Green Car Congress)

New automotive propulsion technology patent activities surge six-fold in five years (via Green Car Congress)


Obama: Climate change is greatest threat to future generations (via The Hill)

Obama touts climate action, mocks “I’m not a scientist” caucus (via Climate Progress)

State of the Union 2015 fact check (via National Journal)


After December rains, California comes up dry (via Climate Central)

High, wide sand dunes worked during Hurricane Sandy, finds report (via Huffington Post)


Why India can’t stop at 100GW of solar (via Greentech Media)

How Australia could become a battery storage manufacturing hub (via Renew Economy)

EVs won’t die because of low gas prices (via Autoblog)

How the rise of a mega solar farm shows us the future of energy (via GigaOm)

Four things to watch for in 2015 energy storage market (via Greentech Media)

Uncovering green alternative energy mutual funds (via Renewable Energy World)

Could Keystone XL poison the Senate’s energy plans? (via Politico)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.26.14

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


Oil’s swift fall raises fortunes of U.S. abroad (via New York Times)


Is Europe leaving electric vehicle range anxiety behind? (via CleanTechnica)

Nissan Leaf may overtake Chevy Volt on cumulative sales in 2015 (via Autoblog)


China on pace to beat 2014 energy intensity reduction target (via Reuters)


Germans balk at plan for wind power lines (via New York Times)

Japan to build world’s biggest floating solar farm (via Greentech Media)

America’s place in the Sun: Energy Department report sets goal (via

CASE says U.S. solar sector harmed by decision to impose PV tariffs (via Solar Industry Magazine)

India announces 1.3GW solar projects to support domestic manufacturers (via CleanTechnica)


Investment in microgrid technologies expected to exceed $155 billion through 2023 (via Solar Industry Magazine)

New transmission replaces retiring coal plants (via Navigant Research)

Largest behind-the-meter energy storage system deployed in LA (via Energy Manager Today)

Flywheels get their spin back with Beacon Power’s rebound (via IEEE Spectrum)

Orix offers energy storage twist on solar leasing (via CleanTechnica)


Why the LEED Dynamic plaque is the way to go (via GreenBiz)

Ameren Missouri energy efficiency plan to save customers $260 million (via Energy Manager Today)


Brazil appoints agribusiness advocate as agriculture minister (via The Guardian)


An open Cuba is poised for a green future (via Navigant Research)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.29.14

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


Study: Climate change could spark conflict in emerging economies (via BusinessGreen)

EU sets ambitious 2030 climate and energy goals (via Greentech Media)

Chinese vice premier meets Obama adviser on climate change (via Xinhua)


Japan edges back toward nuclear power with vote to restart first reactors (via BusinessGreen)

Nuclear industry touts environment benefits as it seeks to stem reactor retirements (via Bloomberg)


Poor countries tap renewables at twice the pace of rich nations (via Bloomberg)

EU on track for green energy goals, but 2030 a challenge (via Reuters)

Global PV operations and maintenance market to hit 237GW by 2018 (via Greentech Media)

Global hydropower to double in 20 years, but at what cost to wildlife? (via RTCC)

Millions in new investment cap record year for beyond-the-grid solar markets (via Energy Collective)

U.S. solar boom boosts European manufacturers REC and Solarworld (via Renewable Energy World/Bloomberg)

U.S. solar now 59% cheaper than analysts predicted back in 2010 (via CleanTechnica)

Wind and solar boosted California grid reliability during tough summer (via Renew Grid)


Shell seeks five more years for Arctic oil drilling drive (via Bloomberg)

Mexico’s state-owned oil giant Pemex is in uncharted waters (via New York Times)

Goldman Sachs expects U.S. crude to fall to $70 next year (via Houston Chronicle)

Scientists discover huge “bathtub ring” of sea floor oil from BP spill (via Climate Progress)


Increasing ethanol use has reduced average energy content of retail gasoline (via US EIA)

2016 Chevy Volt will have more EV range, bigger battery (via Autoblog Green)

California to require new buildings to be prepped for EV charging stations (via Green Car Reports)

Tesla announces new EV leasing package (via New York Times)

Indianapolis plans to add 425 EVs to municipal fleet by 2016 (via Green Car Congress)

GM to build Volt electric drive in Michigan (via Bloomberg)


U.S. banks deny fund to coal port near Great Barrier Reef (via RTCC)

Coal ash rule heads to White House for final review (via The Hill)

As rail congestion crimps coal supplies, expansion calls grow louder (via Navigant Research)


Australian government wins backing for compromise emissions scheme (via Reuters)

Drying Amazon could be major carbon concern (via Climate Central)

Climate change concerns push Chile to forefront of carbon tax movement (via New York Times)

EPA quietly revamps policy for alleged major air polluters, ends “watch list” (via SNL Energy)

Four carbon cap-tax hybrids (via Sightline Daily)

Oil-price plunge gives new ammo to divestment activists (via InsideClimate News)

Sen. Whitehouse to push carbon price bill (via The Hill)


Europe blackout threat looms amid power supply risks, says study (via Bloomberg)

Sandia evaluates batteries for modular grid energy storage (via Energy Manager Today)

Alevo unstealthed: New gigawatt-scale grid battery contender (via Greentech Media)


LEED retail participants on the rise (via Environmental Leader)

30% of building managers use no energy saving technology (via Energy Manager Today)


Most Canadians say environment trumps energy prices (via Bloomberg)

Environmental groups spending an unprecedented $85 million in 2014 elections (via Washington Post)

Millennials could make a difference on climate, if they voted (via Grist)

NextGen targets GOP Senate hopefuls in Michigan, Iowa (via The Hill)


Can OPEC survive the oil industry’s new economics? (via Bloomberg)

It’s not perfect, but EU energy and climate deal is great news for green economy (via BusinessGreen)

Liebreich: Nuclear – the thin end of a failing wedge (via Bloomberg)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.14.14

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


NASA: Earth just experienced the warmest six-month stretch ever recorded (via Slate)

Wild weather forces climate adaptation on Europe’s political agenda (via The Guardian)

Climate change threatens national security, says Pentagon (via Washington Post)

Only 7% of energy companies prepared for climate risks, says study (via RTCC)


Europe spends €10 billion a year on coal subsidies (via RTCC)


U.S. duties prompt Chinese PV shipment surge (via PV Tech)

Wind power is cheapest energy source, finds EU analysis (via The Guardian)

UK and Norway will install subsea transmission to trade green power (via BusinessGreen)

Higher efficiency technologies to dominate PV industry by 2018 (via PV Tech)

Survey: Utilities could do a much better job at streamlining solar interconnection (via Greentech Media)


Saudis tell oil investors low prices might stay (via The Hill)

Nearly 3% of oil output vulnerable if prices fall to $80, says IEA (via Reuters)

Arctic offshore drilling a winner in tight Senate contests (via Houston Chronicle)


Tesla talking to Slovakia about European EV plant (via Autoblog Green)

California reaffirms EV leadership (via Navigant Research)


Germany’s largest utility wants deep EU emissions cuts, early carbon trade reform (via Reuters)

EPA readies major ozone rule change (via The Hill)

Exxon blasts movement to divest from fossil fuels (via National Journal)

2014 Nobel Prize economist argues for binding emissions targets (via Greenwire)


Israel sees natural gas as key to transforming Mideast relations (via Bloomberg)

UK to allow fracking companies to use “any substance” under homes (via BusinessGreen)


Proctor & Gamble to cut water use an additional 20% by 2020 (via Bloomberg)


Koch Super PAC donors uncloaked (via Politico)

Paul Ryan doubts human role in climate change (via The Hill)


What’s the impact of falling oil prices? (via National Journal)

Three reasons solar will outshine fossil fuels in Mexico (via CleanTechnica)

The multibillion-dollar question: How to spend carbon revenue? (via The Energy Collective)

The great climate model (via Forbes)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.22.14

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


U.S.-China rifts on hacking, spying put aside for climate collaboration (via Bloomberg)

U.S. will not commit to climate aid for poor nations at UN summit (via The Guardian)

Three decades until carbon budget is eaten through (via Climate Central)

“Largest-ever” climate change march rolls through NYC (via USA Today)

Denying climate change “will cost us billions of dollars,” warns U.S. budget director (via Climate Progress)

Climate protesters pledge risking arrest during Wall Street sit-in (via Reuters)


European nations increasing electricity generation from no-carbon sources (via U.S. EIA)

China named most attractive renewables market; U.S. falls to #2 (via Solar Industry Magazine)

India to raise solar power goal to 15GW by 2019 (via BusinessGreen)

Middle East and Africa pipeline swells to 12GW (via PV Tech)

Brazil state solar auction to impose domestic content restriction (via PV Tech)

Citigroup sees 2.2GW Australian solar market by 2020 (via Renew Economy)

Coal India said to plan $1.2 billion in solar projects (via Bloomberg)

Barclays pledges £1 billion Green Bond investment (via BusinessGreen)

Abengoa offers first green bond to raise $642 million (via Bloomberg)

New cost analysis shows unsubsidized renewables increasingly rival fossil fuels (via Greentech Media)

Solar capacity increases sharply at U.S. schools (via Solar Industry Magazine)

Big factories go to work on biofuels (via New York Times)

Five states leading the distributed energy revolution (via Greentech Media)

Every SolarCity customer will get battery backup within 5-10 years (via CleanTechnica)

CalSTRS to triple clean energy investments to $3.7 billion (via Reuters)

Charting solar’s spotty rise in the Sunshine State (via EnergyWire)

New York City to build 100MW of solar PV (via Recharge)

LA launches streamlined solar permitting system (via Los Angeles Times)


The move to peak coal in China by 2016 (via Renew Economy)

China’s appetite for coal has likely peaked (via Bangkok Post)

The biggest loser: Bleak outlook for thermal coal (via Renew Economy)


China, US, India push world carbon emissions up (via AP)

China surpasses EU in per-capita pollution for first time (via Bloomberg)

Carbon output seen shrinking faster as EU mulls supply fix (via Bloomberg)

Half the globe backs World Bank carbon price movement (via RTCC) 

Philanthropies including Rockefellers, and investors pledge $50 billion fossil fuel divestment (via Reuters)

NJ Gov. Christie on regional cap-and-trade: It’s “a completely useless plan” (via Climate Progress)

DeBlasio promises to reduce NYC emissions by 80% (via Bloomberg)


Exxon, Rosneft said to halt Arctic well on Russian sanctions (via Chicago Tribune)

TransCanada: Keystone cost may rise 85% before U.S. decision (via Bloomberg)


Tesla needs $6 billion through 2025, says Goldman Sachs (via Green Car Reports)

Tesla wins in Massachusetts, tries for more in New Jersey (via Autoblog Green)

Gov. Jerry Brown seeks more electric cars in California (via New York Times)

Business group’s gas tax increase opposition gets no traction (via Los Angeles Times)


Surging natural gas supply masks risk of winter price shock (via Bloomberg)


Green building materials market to reach $529 billion by 2020 (via Environmental Leader)

Is PJM costing consumers $1.3 billion by ignoring energy efficiency? (via CleanTechnica)

Green roofs sprouting up globally (via Navigant Research)


Japan’s new trade minister says energy policy difficult without nuclear (via Reuters)

Congress props up Ex-Im Bank but leaves nuclear energy to dangle (via Forbes)


Distributed generation leads microgrid investment opportunity (via Navigant Research)


Drought to continue across western U.S. (via Wall Street Journal)

EPA will wait until February to decide on Alaska mine (via The Hill)

Best Buy recycles 1 billion pounds of electronics, appliances (via Environmental Leader)

Does tarantula boom signal end of California drought? (via Washington Post)


Environmentalists fear loss of Senate firewall (via The Hill)

Why one senator wants to halt U.S. coal leases (via Christian Science Monitor)

Sanders demands carbon score from CBO for all bills (via The Hill)

Environmentalists question Hillary’s climate chops (via The Hill)

House bill would extend wind, other renewable energy tax breaks (via The Hill)


Will Germany join international community to restrict overseas coal finance? (via The Energy Collective)

The coming era of unlimited, free clean energy (via Washington Post)

Good news! There’s bad news for coal (via Grist)

Philanthropies are divesting from fossil fuels – but does it matter? (via National Journal)

Lord Stern: Global warming may create billions of climate refugees (via The Guardian)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.16.14

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


China bans coal with high ash or sulfur to fight smog (via Bloomberg)

GAO: More coal power plants to retire than previously thought (via The Hill)

Coal power shows zero growth in 2014, report shows (via Climate Central)

In mining country, “war on coal” hard to see (via Boston Globe)

Study: Black lung at historically high levels in Appalachia (via Charleston Daily Mail)


Big corporations leading the way on climate change with carbon pricing (via the Guardian)

Study: Urban air pollution may affect brains of young children (via Yale e360)


Global renewable energy capacity grows more than ever before (via Christian Science Monitor)

Yingli drops Q2 solar module manufacturing costs to less than 50 cents per watt (via Greentech Media)

India to up solar target fivefold to 15 gigawatts (via Bloomberg)

Musk solar strategy used as model for record investments (via Bloomberg)

Duke spends $500 million to expand North Carolina solar power (via Bloomberg)

DOE National Labs can also be regional economic hubs (via Energy Collective)

Block Island offshore wind farm receives final federal approval (via Breaking Energy)

New study reveals truth about wind turbines and bird deaths (via Inhabitat)


Nigeria to triple natural gas output for power supply (via Bloomberg)

Natural gas drilling is polluting water, but don’t blame fracking (via National Journal)

Fracking gives U.S. energy boom plenty of room to run (via Wall Street Journal)

Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico earthquakes (via Reuters)

North Dakota meets first benchmark to reduce flaring (via Bismarck Tribune)


NASA ranks August 2014 as warmest on record (via Climate Central)

Fixing climate change may add no costs, says report (via New York Times)

Coca Cola, Heinz, other major food companies warn climate change threatens businesses (via Climate Progress)

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change, says study (via Reuters)


OPEC expected to lower oil output target in November (via Reuters)

Russia says did not discuss coordination with OPEC on oil prices (via Reuters)


Autonomous and connected car technologies may progressively curb emissions (via ClimateWire)

Morgan Stanley: Tesla stock up “for the wrong reasons?” (via Los Angeles Times)


German clean-energy shift can do without storage, says study (via Bloomberg)

Homeowners to invest over $25 billion in generation and storage from 2014 to 2023 (via Navigant Research)

Capacity markets: Future of European demand response? (via Greentech Media)

Storing renewable energy in a thousand basements (via EnergyWire)

Stem banks $100 million for no-money-down energy storage (via Greentech Media)


DOE pushing new energy efficiency rules for hotel heating and cooling (via The Hill)


California drought threatens sushi, too (via Politico)


How fighting climate change could save the planet and rebuild the economy (via Washington Post)

China, the climate, and the fate of the planet (via Rolling Stone)

Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent (via Grist)

Has the great climate change migration already begun? (via The Guardian)

UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for cities? (via World Resources Institute)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.9.14

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


Greenhouse gas surge to impact atmosphere and oceans, says WMO (via Bloomberg)

World Bank to expand plan to buy emission project credits (via Bloomberg)

EU nations make little headway on carbon market reforms (via Reuters Point Carbon)

Obama to launch climate contest for U.S. cities (via The Hill)

With groundbreaking, large-scale carbon capture finds a home in Texas oil patch (via EnergyWire)


Power plants heading out to sea in post-Fukishima Japan (via Bloomberg)

Natural gas, solar, wind lead power plant capacity additions in first-half 2014 (via U.S. EIA)


Norway losing out to Sweden in $6 billion wind power boom (via Bloomberg)

Adapt or perish: Global shift to renewables inevitable, says IRENA (via Renew Economy)

The return of small commercial solar? (via Greentech Media)

U.S. DOE awards grant to study wind turbines’ impact on birds and bats (via Think Progress)

Power clashes cloud solar’s future in Washington State (via Seattle Times)

Five clean energy YieldCos you may not have heard about (via Greentech Media)

Ten clean energy stocks for 2014: September update (via Renewable Energy World)


Nine countries that could hold the next big shale play (via Houston Chronicle)

Amid Ukraine crisis, Europe weighs fracking (via Christian Science Monitor)

A tale of three countries: Water risks to global shale development (via World Resources Institute)

Fracking in China: Just add water (via Christian Science Monitor)


Research shows surprise global warming “hiatus” could have been forecast (via The Guardian)

Climate change may drastically increase forest fires in Europe (via Science World Report)

U.K. to reveal strategy for climate change talks (via The Guardian)

Mosquito-borne viruses hit Japan and the U.S. (via New York Times)

Hundreds of bird species at risk due to climate change (via USA Today)

Cities prepare for warmer climate without saying so (via Seattle Times/AP)

Prosecutors side with coal blockaders on climate defense, drop charges (via Climate Central)


U.K. government lends hand to BP in U.S. Gulf oil spill rulings (via Reuters)


Germany to cut transport emissions as it pushes electric cars (via Bloomberg)

Californians propel plug-in car sales with 40% of market (via Bloomberg)

UC-Riverside team shows new eco-routing navigation tool can cut EV energy use up to 51% (via Green Car Congress)


Europe’s dependency on Russian gas may be cut amid energy efficiency focus (via The Guardian)

Utility customers respond to variable pricing (via Navigant Research)

Opower enters rare partnership with FirstFuel to expand into commercial building efficiency (via Greentech Media)


DOE to fund $8 million in microgrid projects across U.S. (via The Hill)


Environmental groups hit $4 million for election campaigns (via The Hill)

Report says “green” businesses donate millions to congressional climate deniers (via EcoWatch)

White House threatens to veto bill to kill EPA water rule (via The Hill)


Should we curb air pollution from air travel? (via National Journal)

Why a carbon tax can help climate change and the economy (via Forbes)

Yale University ducks on fossil fuel divestment – and fails Leadership 101 (via Huffington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.26.14

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


13 states say EPA climate regulations illegally left out data (via The Hill)

GAO finds no fault with “social cost of carbon” (via The Hill)

Fossil fuel divestment: A $5 trillion challenge (via Bloomberg)


UBS analysts: “Large-scale power stations could be on path to extinction” (via Greentech Media)

“Major investment cycle” and rapidly changing U.S. energy markets pose challenges for FERC, says new chairman (via EnergyWire)

One electric utility is carbon neutral, today (via CleanTechnica)


India plans to add 10,000MW wind energy capacity every year (via CleanTechnica)

Pattern turns to solar after building top Chile wind farm (via Bloomberg)

Verizon to boost solar by $40 million, almost doubling its clean energy (via GigaOm)

SolarWorld wins trade case but faces sliding stock, parts recall, and more (via Greentech Media)

Trina Solar posts profit as module shipments jump (via Reuters)

Retail vs. wholesale energy pricing: One reason it’s easy for rooftop solar to be cost effective (via CleanTechnica)


Enbridge case reflects broader effort to fast-track pipelines (via Midwest Energy News)

Grain piles up, waiting for a ride, as trains move North Dakota oil (via New York Times)


China said to consider $16 billion EV-charging fund (via Bloomberg)

Are the EPA’s MPGe ratings hurting EV sales? (via Autoblog Green)

The story of Elon Musk and GM’s race to build the first mass-market EV (via Quartz)


Labour party attempts to strengthen UK fracking industry regulation (via BusinessGreen)

Fracking link to birth defects probed in early research (via Bloomberg)

Drilling underway at Pittsburgh International Airport (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)


Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul (via Reuters)

Health benefits offset costs of climate policies: MIT study (via Greenwire)

Visualize it: Old weather data feeds new climate models (via Climate Central)

Scientists go beyond science to explain their climate terror (via National Journal)


Investment in U.S. electricity transmission infrastructure shows steady increase (via U.S. EIA)

The Catch-22 of energy storage (via Energy Collective)


Chart: How many birds are killed by wind, solar, oil, and coal? (via Climate Progress)

San Joaquin is America’s most endangered river (via EcoWatch)


Sustainability standard developed for home appliances (via Environmental Leader)


In race for solar power, China is winning (via Christian Science Monitor)

Europe is burning our forests for “renewable” energy. Wait, what? (via Grist)

A climate for change: America should not wait while the world warms (via Washington Post)

How WWI killed the dream of a solar-powered world (via Sustainable Cities Collective)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.5.14

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


Glacier study reveals north-south divide in climate change (via The Australian)

Wildfire smoke proves worse for global warming (via Scientific American)

Preparing for climate disasters to get $100 million fund (via Bloomberg)

Toledo’s algae bloom in line with climate projections (via Climate Central)


Beijing to ban coal use to curb pollution (via Sydney Morning Herald/Xinhua)

King Coal deposed in West, but reigns in East (via Energy Collective)


India plans solar parks to host up to 20GW (via Bloomberg)

UK solar firms call for review of early end to subsidies (via The Guardian)

Japan may pull more solar project approvals behind schedule (via Bloomberg)

China said to consider policies to increase solar installations (via Bloomberg)

China said to add 10,000 tons to rare earths stockpiles (via Bloomberg)

Brazil’s hybrid revolution (via Recharge)

Nigeria energy minister back solar for rural communities (via RTCC)

France approves green energy law (via RTCC)

France announces $13.4 billion green energy plan (via CleanTechnica)

Morgan Stanley: Fixed charges on solar may cause grid defection “tipping point” (via Greentech Media)

Arizona Public Service’s new solar lease: More than meets the eye (via GreenBiz)

Renewable heating and cooling now mandated in Massachusetts (via Renewable Energy World)

Fees for distributed solar fire up advocates and utilities in Utah and Massachusetts (via Solar Industry)


Amid Ukraine crisis, will Europe frack? (via Christian Science Monitor)

Marcellus Region production continues growth (via U.S. EIA)

Pennsylvania drillers did not report half of spills that led to fines (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Colorado deal would keep fracking off ballot (via Wall Street Journal)

Why Twitter should matter to fracking firms (via Environmental Leader)


Fossil free indexes U.S. supports fossil fuel divestment (via CleanTechnica)


Bakken Shale fuels North Dakota’s oil production growth (via U.S. EIA)


EPRI, utilities, automakers partner on EV-smart grid integration (via Renew Grid)

Tesla trying to keep Model X demand low for now (via Autoblog Green)

Future power demand from electric cars sparks study (via Houston Chronicle)

When will electric cars compete in the mainstream market? (via Green Car Reports)

Elon Musk predicts price parity with gas-powered cars within 10 years (via ClimateWire)


Why some utilities are warming up to microgrids (via Midwest Energy News)

California plans “road map” to make more energy storage a reality (via Greenwire)

$600 million transmission project splits Texas power industry (via EnergyWire)


Europeans prioritize energy efficiency measure as price fears rise (via BusinessGreen)

Colorado craft beer brewers model energy efficiency (via Energy Manager Today)


Federal officials, lawmakers plan conservation fund promotion tour (via The Hill)

How invisible water sources could green the nation (via GreenBiz)

Five cities where the bacteria that contaminated Ohio’s water supply might strike next (via Climate Progress)


President Obama is beginning to make climate hawk noises (via Grist)

House Energy Committee fight runs into money war (via Politico)

Colorado Democrats reach a deal on fracking (via Climate Progress)


How ALEC fronts for fossil fuels (via Huffington Post)

Is the sharing economy really green? (via Marc Gunther)

California, here we come (via Sightline Daily)

Greening or greenwashing? Illinois cities’ use of RECs shows challenges with local energy choice (via CleanTechnica)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.23.14

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


China coal demand to peak by 2020, says Standard & Poor (via RTCC)

German coal power plants are Europe’s most climate-damaging (via Bloomberg)

Labor officials promise to fix black program for coal miners with black lung (via ABC News)


Industry to EPA: Climate rule “not workable” (via The Hill)

U.S. poll finds support for carbon tax grows when revenue funds renewables (via Green Car Congress)


Solar leasing market in Australia could reach $100 billion (via Renew Economy)

European wind industry slashes growth forecasts (via BusinessGreen)

Geothermal industry grows with help from oil and gas drilling (via New York Times)

Orix plans to build as many as 15 geothermal plants in Japan (via Bloomberg)

Iberdrola profit drops as Spain renewable subsidy cuts hit (via Bloomberg)

Self-cooling solar cells boost power, last longer (via Energy Manager Today)

Google offers $1 million prize for anyone who can build a better power inverter (via Forbes)

“Pay-as-you-go” solar financing hits new milestone (via Huffington Post)


Earth’s hottest June follows hottest May – a new normal? (via Christian Science Monitor)

U.S. and China presidents to attend September UN climate summit (via RTCC)

Study: Natural variations explain the global warming “pause” (via Salon)

Poll: U.S. leads the world….in climate denial (via Climate Progress)

Climate change hits all Pentagon operations, says official (via The Hill)

Obama attributes wildfires to climate change (via Huffington Post/AP)


EU Commission agrees to 30% by 2030 energy savings goal (via Reuters)

In Minnesota, “behavior” programs show energy-saving results (via Midwest Energy News)

California calculates the value of time in energy efficiency (via Navigant Research)

In New York, greening older buildings (via Navigant Research)

Energy efficiency finance in plain English: An intro to leases (via Energy Manager Today)


Industry pans DOE’s plan for natural gas exports (via Houston Chronicle)

Shale plays reduce political risk (via Reuters)

Pennsylvania Auditor General criticizes state oversight of shale gas industry (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


Brazil to auction 4,000 kilometers of new transmission lines (via Recharge)

Here’s what utilities really think about microgrids (via Greentech Media)

Keeping up with energy storage (via Renewable Energy World)


Alberta oil clout dominating Canada’s unbalanced economy (via Bloomberg)

Enbridge mulls Midwest rail terminal to ease pipeline congestion (via Reuters)

Maine port city bans oil loading as Canada seeks export options (via Reuters)

TransCanada spends big on K Street as pipeline fight heads to finish (via Greenwire)


Lithium-ion batteries for EVs will surpass $24 billion annual revenue by 2023 (via Navigant Research)

Electric cars equal gasoline cost of just 75 cents per gallon (via Green Car Reports)

Is this the site of Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada? (via Greentech Media)


Great Barrier Reef will be “pretty ugly” by 2050, say researchers (via Huffington Post)

Drier than the Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America (via Washington Post)

Unprecedented spate of wildfires incinerates homes in Pacific Northwest (via Scientific American)


Group tries to make climate change a winning wedge issue (via Huffington Post)

EPA chief in hot seat as lawmakers dissect carbon rule (via Reuters)

Obama announces nominations for Nuclear Regulator Commission (via The Hill)


British Columbia’s climate plan is working, so why stop now? (via The Tyee)

Why Australia’s carbon tax repeal is an economic step back (via CleanTechnica)

The dangerous truth behind wildfires (via Huffington Post)

I crashed a climate change denial conference in Las Vegas (via Vice)

How the South Portland city council foiled Big Oil’s plan to sneak tar sands out of Canada (via Climate Progress)