Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.8.15

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


Much of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must stay buried to prevent climate change, says study (via The Guardian)

Hot, unfriendly skies could alter future flights (via Climate Central)

EPA to delay U.S. carbon rule for power plants until summer (via Bloomberg)


Study: 80% of coal reserves need to stay in the ground (via BusinessGreen)

More than 90% of U.S. coal should stay underground: Climate study (via Bloomberg)


IHS remains cautious on PV market demand growth (via PV Tech)

India issues draft guidelines for 3 gigawatts of solar projects (via Bloomberg)

China pushing harder for PV manufacturing consolidation; 10 companies to dominate (via PV Tech)

Dubai utility DEWA produces the world’s cheapest solar energy ever (via Renewable Energy World)

Pace of Japan’s renewable development is slowing (via CleanTechnica)

A Caribbean island says goodbye diesel, hello 100% renewable electricity (via RMI Outlet)

Solar patents reach a record high (via Energy Manager Today)

Almost 4,000 U.S. schools are now running on solar (via Sustainable Business)

California on its way to meeting clean energy goals, say officials (via Huffington Post/AP)

Poll: 82% of Oregonians support renewable energy (via Portland Business Journal)

National Grid “officially” cuts ties with Cape Wind (via Recharge)

Department of Energy opens up $125 million fund for energy innovation (via GigaOm)

SunEdison buys 1.6GW of “PTC-eligible” wind turbines (via Recharge)

Tea Party is pushing for solar power in Florida (via Washington Post)

Perovskite solar cell reaches record efficiency (via


Oil plunge seen eroding emissions ambition on carbon and climate (via Bloomberg)

Carbon pricing in 2014 (via Energy Collective)

EPA to create CO2-slashing plan for states that won’t (via Climate Central)

71% of Washington State voters support proposed cap-and-trade system (via Seattle Times)


No chance of OPEC output cut, even after oil dips below $50, say Gulf delegates (via Reuters)

Shrinking foreign oil bill sends U.S. trade deficit lower (via Houston Chronicle)

Renowned trader sees $40 oil as “absolute price floor” (via Houston Chronicle)

White House not under pressure to expand U.S. oil exports, says Podesta (via Reuters)

White House issues formal Keystone XL veto threat (via The Hill)

Oil taxes tempt recession-scarred U.S. states as prices plummet (via Bloomberg)

Oil industry joins hands with solar in latest annual report (via Greentech Media)

DOE Secretary: Strategic Petroleum Reserve needs “modernization” (via Houston Chronicle)


Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple (via The Guardian)

Key GOP senator says gas hike is on the table (via The Hill)

New Oregon rules require 10% cleaner fuels (via Oregon Public Broadcasting)


Even in the off-season, utilities must prepare the smart grid with storage for natural disasters (via Renewable Energy World)

Why big energy companies want to invest in energy storage startups (via Forbes)


New U.S. generating capacity in 2014 was overwhelmingly natural gas, wind, solar (via Solar Industry Magazine)

Can nuclear energy compete in today’s energy markets? (via Forbes)


EU banned pesticides to help bees, but now other bugs are invading (via Bloomberg)

NOAA reduces odds of El Nino conditions this winter (via Weather Underground)


Why leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone (via The Guardian)

Smart money is on storing energy, not carbon, says economist (via

A tumultuous year for demand response (via Navigant Research)

Bold clean tech investing predictions for 2015 (via Greentech Media)

SMUD’s community renewable energy development program: Partnering for results in clean energy (via Renewable Energy World)

How to get famous in the solar industry (via Renewable Energy World)

Understanding the oil price drop: What does $50-per-barrel oil mean? (via Greentech Media)

Ten clean energy stocks for 2015 (via Renewable Energy World)

Cape Wind loses power contracts, becomes victim of class warfare (via Greentech Media)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.5.15

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


Global carbon emissions to rise 2.5% in 2015 (via RTCC)

Four questions for global carbon markets in 2015 (via The Energy Collective)

Aviation industry set to triple emissions by 2050 (via EcoWatch)

California cap-and-trade now covers transportation fuel retailers (via CleanTechnica)

Former Obama advisor calls for carbon tax (via The Hill)


China struggles to find prospective blocks for third shale auction (via Reuters)

Interior Secretary Jewell criticizes fracking bans (via The Hill)


Masdar announces construction of four Pacific island PV projects (via PV Tech)

Scotland’s power grid could be fossil fuel free by 2030 (via BusinessGreen)

2015 outlook: Brazil gets serious about solar (via Recharge)

UK wind power up 15%, smashes annual output record (via BusinessGreen)

Egypt’s first renewable energy tender twice oversubscribed on solar projects (via PV Tech)

SolarWorld speaks out against latest EU trade case on solar glass (via PV Tech)

Santander, Gamesa request permits for Mexico wind (via Bloomberg)

La Paz, Mexico to be 100% solar powered (via CleanTechnica)

A setback for SolarWorld, a trade case win for Chinese solar manufacturers (via Greentech Media)

Hanwha SolarOne says it can provide 600MW of tariff-free PV modules to U.S. in 2015 (via CleanTechnica)

Community and home solar remain great investments (via CleanTechnica)

Renewables over 13% of U.S. electricity production Jan-Oct 2014 (via CleanTechnica)

Xcel doubling renewable energy generation in Minnesota (via Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Future of wind farms cloudy in Ohio (via Columbus Dispatch)

Solar-powered EV charging initiative aids San Francisco apartment dwellers (via CleanTechnica)


2014 was hottest year on record globally, says Japan meteorological agency (via Climate Progress)

2014 was UK’s “warmest year on record,” confirms Met Office (via BusinessGreen)


Oil below $60 tests economics of U.S. shale boom (via Bloomberg)

U.S. Senate panel to introduce Keystone XL bill Thursday (via Reuters)

GOP prepares Keystone blitz (via The Hill)

Alaska Governor Walker bracing for budget crisis amid oil price crash (via Houston Chronicle)


China to extend new EV subsidies through 2020 (via Inside EVs)

Mexico to re-launch $3.75 billion high-speed train tender January 14 (via Reuters)

By 2017, under 50% of new cars will use conventional gas engines (via Autoblog)

Nissan Leaf set U.S. EV sales record in 2014 (via Climate Progress)

First hybrid-electric airplane uses 30% less fuel (via CleanTechnica)

Lower fuel prices could save U.S. motorists $80 billion in 2015 (via Autoblog)

December 2014 plug-in EV sales report card (via Inside EVs)

Tesla Model S demand continues to outstrip supply (via Inside EVs)


U.S. office buildings and schools to save $15 billion with new DOE standards (via Energy Manager Today)

Green buildings cost 25% less to operate (via Environmental Leader)


Government confirms £960 million cost of capacity auction (via BusinessGreen)

Massachusetts cities get $18.4 million for energy resiliency projects (via Energy Manager Today)


Voters give Obama, Congress poor grades on energy (via The Hill)

New Senate chairmen aim to undo Obama’s policies (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

Sen. Thune leaves wiggle room on gas tax (via The Hill)

EPA says Google, Kohl’s, REI reflect trends in green power (via GreenBiz)


South Africa faces looming water crisis, says newspaper (via Bloomberg) 

Pacific Coast sea bird die-off puzzles scientists (via Huffington Post)


The top ten electricity stories of 2014 (via Forbes)

The year of concentrating solar power: Five new plants to power America with clean energy (via Breaking Energy)

The Sol-Wind IPO: Can a renewable YieldCo win master limited partnership benefits? (via Greentech Media)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.30.14

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


U.S. cities face “blackouts” from climate-linked extreme weather (via RTCC)


Fukushima radiation: U.S. West Coast will likely see peak by end of 2015 (via Christian Science Monitor)


Enel Green connects two new solar farms to Chile grid (via Bloomberg)

UK businesses urged to weigh in on government’s rooftop solar plans (via BusinessGreen)

Poll: Americans prioritize alternative energy to fossil fuels by a 2-to-1 margin (via Houston Chronicle)

Graphene may double solar cell power, harvest hydrogen from air (via Green Car Reports)

U.S. places 2.5GW wind capacity in service through November (via Recharge)

Renewable energy review: The island markets (via Renewable Energy World)

Utah’s solar sector showing strong gains (via Solar Industry Magazine)

India’s railways plan 1GW solar power capacity (via CleanTechnica)


Portman has hope for energy efficiency bill in next Congress (via The Hill)


Inhofe says fighting environmental regulations won’t be top priority (via The Hill)


Lamborghini plug-in hybrid SUV reportedly in the works (via Inside EVs)


10 renewable energy questions for 2015 (via Breaking Energy)

Remember these energy numbers from 2014 (via Greentech Media)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 11.12.14

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


U.S. and China reach climate accord after months of talks (via New York Times)

U.S., China agree to emissions limits, but experts see little new (via Reuters)


G20 nations spend $88 billion a year on fossil-fuel exploration (via Bloomberg)

Germany plans tax relief to raise energy efficiency and cut emissions (via Reuters)

IEA pushes nuclear as carbon emissions set to reach limit (via Bloomberg)

The real story of U.S. coal: Inside the world’s biggest coalmine (via The Guardian)


Fossil fuels with $550 billion subsidies hurt renewables (via Bloomberg)

China set for 20% clean energy target as part of U.S. climate pact (via PV Tech)

Renewable energy investment in Australia dropped 70% in the past year (via The Guardian)

India commercial solar rooftops “to reach grid parity next year” (via PV Tech)

Large solar selling cheaper than fossil fuels in Texas, Georgia, India, Brazil, and Chile (via TreeHugger)

Renewable energy “creates more jobs than fossil fuels” (via EcoWatch)

Watch solar grow across the top 30 U.S. markets (via Greentech Media)

U.S. Ex-Im Bank approves $200 million in renewable energy exports (via Solar Industry Magazine)

U.S. named global wind production leader as industry fights for tax credit extension (via Renewable Energy World)

The rise of retail clean energy investing (via Renewable Energy World)

Rural co-ops taking lead on community solar in Midwest (via Midwest Energy News)

Study: California solar boom makes state a national leader, prepares new generation of workers (via

Illinois: Can the Land of Lincoln become the land of solar? (via Greentech Media)

Ford to debut wind and solar powered dealers (via BusinessGreen)


IEA: Shale boom masks multiple threats to world oil supply (via Bloomberg)

OPEC sees lower 2015 oil demand, Saudi output still high (via Reuters)

OPEC delegates start whispering about potential oil cut (via Reuters)

China seen overtaking U.S. as world’s biggest oil user (via Houston Chronicle/Bloomberg)


Some utilities are making it cheaper to drive electric cars (via Huffington Post)

Inside Tesla – A rare glimpse of electric carmaker’s culture (via Forbes)


Move over World Bank: Bilateral institutions lead investment beyond the grid (via Energy Collective)

Cross-state power flows complicate the Clean Power Plan (via Energy Collective)

Texas utility Oncor wants to invest $5.2 billion in storage: Can it get approval? (via Greentech Media)

Can buildings help regulate the power grid and integrate renewables? (via Energy Collective)


Drought is taking California back to the wild, Wild West (via National Journal)

Pennsylvania now has more than 500 frack water ponds (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)


Senate GOP steeling for battle against EPA (via The Hill)

Senate Democrats said to consider Keystone XL vote soon to aid Landrieu (via Bloomberg)

Awkward: Watch a video of Republicans using China as an excuse to do nothing on climate change (via Mother Jones)

The Democrats’ favorite denier: Why enviros are cheering Chairman Inhofe (via Politico)


Seven key lessons from the U.S.-China climate pact (via BusinessGreen)

Experts are skeptical over the U.S.-China emissions deal (via Time)

The U.S. and China just shook up global climate talks with major pollution pledges (via National Journal)

Why oil prices are a serious problem for Russia (via CNBC)

What a Republican Senate means for the environment (via The Hill)

Which do you like better: Clean energy and your money, or PJM’s proposed capacity market reforms? (via NRDC Switchboard)

New study says green jobs debate should be looking forward (via CleanTechnica)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.10.14

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


Scientists: Americans are becoming weather wimps (via AP)

Senate Democrats to launch climate offensive (via National Journal)

Boxer and Whitehouse: Dem leaders back new climate change push (via National Journal)

The front lines of climate change: Charleston’s struggle (via Climate Central)


Rift over new EU energy and climate policy deepens (via Reuters)

President Obama orders sweeping energy infrastructure review (via The Hill)

Sen. Inhofe wants EPA to report economic impact of regulations (via The Hill)

Report says drilling industry could add 44,000 jobs in Midwest by 2025 (via Columbus Business Journal)


US solar industry installs 1.4GW in 4th Quarter 2013 (via Facts of the Day)

Study finds ethanol credits not responsible for higher gasoline prices (via Des Moines Register)

2014: The maturation of clean tech (via Huffington Post)

Technique may lower biofuel production cost (via Environmental Leader)

New Mexico renewable energy rule to get a third review (via Santa Fe New Mexican)

New York Governor Cuomo announces $1 billion, 3GW solar initiative (via Facts of the Day)


Regulators face growing pressure after oil-by-rail accidents (via National Journal)

How a group of parents ended Radio Disney’s oil-funded educational tour (via Climate Progress)

North Dakota lawmakers meet with top regulators on oil railcar safety (via The Hill)


Chinese vehicle sales soar past 20 million, making smog worse than ever (via Green Car Reports)

Battery development may extend range of electric cars (via

Nissan’s Ghosn wants to double US Leaf sales after 2013 surge (via Bloomberg)

Popularity soaring, Uber faces a backlash (via Navigant Research)


EPA to require California fracking reports (via USA Today/AP)

USGS says it may learn cause of Texas quakes within months (via EnergyWire)

100 local fracking activists receive grants from (via Huffington Post)


Marines are molding energy savings along with young troops (via ClimateWire)

Seattle building owners poised to save millions (via Energy Manager Today)


Keystone pipeline approval snag spurs oil to rail tankers (via Bloomberg)

State Department Keystone consultant lobbied for trade group linked to TransCanada (via Politico)


Report: China to offer cash rewards to regions that cut smog (via BusinessGreen)

Gov. Brown diverts California cap-and-trade money again, to cheers rather than jeers (via ClimateWire)


Microgrid market will reach nearly $20 billion in annual revenue by 2020 (via Navigant Research)

New York plans $40 million in prizes for storm-resilient microgrids (via Greentech Media)

Under pressure, utilities look to self-healing grids (via Navigant Research)


China mulls national pollution permit trading system (via Reuters)

We’re losing the war against e-waste, says new report (via TreeHugger)


New steps to strengthen the nation’s energy infrastructure (via

In 2014, utilities must adapt or retreat (via Navigant Research)

Reimagining New York for a New Reality (via Sustainable Business)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.12.13

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


Rising global temperatures accelerate drought-induced forest mortality (via

DOE to boost energy sector climate change efforts (via The Hill)

States seek flexibility in Obama climate plan (via Stateline)

Rising temperatures, shrinking snowpack fuel western wildfires (via Climate Central)

US admirals, generals link climate change to national security (via Public News Service)


Japan’s “third arrow” aims for renewables, energy storage (via Renewable Energy World)

Use of coal to generate power rises; greenhouse gas emissions next? (via Los Angeles Times)

Pumping water underground for geothermal or fracking could trigger major earthquake, say scientists (via The Guardian)


Q2 2013 global green investment at $53.1 billion (via Greentech Media)

France wind power feed-in tariff dispute nears finish line (via Recharge News)

New offshore wind turbines begin turning in Europe, but cash scarce (via Reuters)

California fast-tracks renewable energy projects (via Greentech Media)

California Solar Initiative shines with 391MW-installed record year (via CleanTechnica)

Walgreens taking on big boxes for solar energy leadership (via Midwest Energy News)


IEA sees 20-year supply peak outpacing demand in 2014 (via Bloomberg)

Fracking pushes US oil output to highest level since 1992 (via Houston Chronicle)

US oil soars above $106 to 15-month high (via Wall Street Journal)

Gulf oil spill settlement payment offers reach nearly $4 billion (via Houston Chronicle)

Leaner BP blanches at bill for oil spill cleanup (via New York Times)


OECD countries invest on average around 1% of GDP on road and rail infrastructure (via Green Car Congress)

The business model for solar-powered electric car charging (via Plug-in Cars)

Tesla Model S output speeds past 400 per week (via Bloomberg)


Air pollution kills more than 2 million people every year (via The Guardian)

Russia and Ukraine likely to block huge proposed Antarctic marine reserve (via The Guardian)

Glass sponge invasion follows Antarctic ice shelf retreat (via Los Angeles Times)

US drought grows for fourth straight week, South driest in weeks (via Reuters)

For Western landscapes, fire may be an agent of change (via ClimateWire)

Steep drop in coastal fish found in California power plant records (via Los Angeles Times)


Global smart meter unit shipments will peak at 131 million annually in 2018 (via Navigant Research)

Distributed management systems help utilities balance complex loads (via Navigant Research)

ComEd deploying 4 million smart meters in Illinois (via Renew Grid)


China raises natural gas prices 15% (via Energy Manager Today)

Distant seismic activity can trigger quakes at fracking sites (via Reuters)


How utilities can make any customer care about efficiency (via GreenBiz)

EIA launches energy efficiency program tracker (via Greentech Media)

Natgas industry push to repeal zero-carbon building law splits green community (via InsideClimate News)


Infographic: the anti-science climate denier caucus (via Climate Progress)

Reid, McConnell spar on EPA nomination in “nuclear” debate (via The Hill)

Congress tries to turn off lights on efficient bulb mandates (via Houston Chronicle)

Over 10,000 Google users protest company’s Inhofe fundraiser (via Climate Progress)


German tariffs make green energy too expensive to store (via BBC News)

Hey utilities – have you seen the traffic in Los Angeles lately? (via RMI Outlet)

How climate change makes it harder to keep the lights on (via Washington Post)