Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.7.15

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


China carbon trading to almost double in 2015 (via RTCC)

California carbon market off to strong start in 2015 (via Reuters)

Low gas prices smooth path for carbon add-on in California (via Scientific American/ClimateWire)


China’s declining coal dependence is evident in the data (via Renew Economy)


India cuts floor price for solar energy credits to boost demand (via Bloomberg)

Denmark delivers “one-of-a-kind” wind power record (via BusinessGreen)

Pakistan to pull solar energy into national power grid (via Reuters)

Residential FiT aims to make Thailand the ASEAN solar leader in 10 years (via PV Tech)

Brazil approves $9.6 million financing for solar panel factory (via Bloomberg)

Solar cements status as low-risk investment in 2014 (via PV Tech)

U.S. solar tariff review hints at halved Chinese cells rate (via Bloomberg)

Fact sheet: Renewable energy job numbers (via Renewable Energy World)

Major setback for Cape Wind as two utilities opt out of power purchase agreement (via Boston Globe)

New York State solar growth is 63% per year (via CleanTechnica)

Republican-led group launches ballot petition to boost solar power in Florida (via Tampa Bay Times)

SolarCity inks $350 million solar fund deal with JP Morgan (via PV Tech)


Oil extends drop below $48 as U.S. stockpiles seen rising (via Bloomberg)

Oil lobby sets sights on export ban (via The Hill)


Solar-powered EV charging network takes shape in Jordan (via Navigant Research)

December 2014 EV sales hit record high in U.S. – almost 120,000 sold for year (via Inside EVs)

Clean energy banks could foster private investment (via Energy Manager Today)

California groundbreaking marks true beginning of high-speed rail in America (via Climate Progress)


White House: Obama won’t sign Keystone XL pipeline bill (via National Journal)

White House riles new GOP-led Congress with threat to veto Keystone XL pipeline bill (via Washington Post)

Obama Keystone veto threat spurs Democrat’s plea for deal (via Bloomberg)

Keystone bill said to be four votes shy of a veto-proof majority (via Bloomberg)


Machu Picchu threatened by climate change (via Euronews)

Ken Cuccinelli’s new business will not survive climate change (via Climate Progress)


Senators introduce bill to speed natural gas exports (via The Hill)

Fracking ban bill introduced in Florida (via EcoWatch)


Germany solar power storage system prices drop 25% (via CleanTechnica)

Which solar companies are active in the solar-plus-storage market today? (via Greentech Media)

Going off-grid might mean staying on grid in Germany (via Renewables International)

PG&E partners with BMW to test how EVs perform in demand response programs (via Greentech Media)


China to boost support for NGOs that sue environmental polluters (via Bloomberg)

Limits on rare-earth metals to end after China loses global trade case (via Green Car Reports)


Going solar: From Millennials to Baby Boomers (via Renewable Energy World)

Seven surprise Republicans to watch if you care about climate change (via National Journal)

U.S. oil production will be falling by end of 2015 (via Reuters)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.17.14

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


Research says latest international climate pledges still fall short of 2C goal (via ClimateProgress)

Europe’s record-hot year made 35 times more likely by climate change (via The Guardian)

New York, other major cities face more power outages thanks to climate change (via ClimateProgress)

Rutgers research shows climate change driving fish north (via Newark Star-Ledger)


Japan approves two new nuclear reactors (via The Hill)


Duties set by U.S. on imports of China, Taiwan solar goods (via Bloomberg)

New tariffs on Chinese solar-panel makers split the U.S. solar industry (via Greentech Media)

Beijing urges U.S. to be reasonable in search for trade settlement (via PV Tech)

David Cameron declares UK has “enough” onshore wind farms (via BusinessGreen)

British Columbia approves $7.5 billion hydropower dam (via Reuters)

Central America’s biggest wind farm gets $300 million from IFC (via Bloomberg)

Chile’s mines set hot pace on renewables – Australia should take notice (via Renew Economy)

Where does solar make sense? New state study shows big differences and surprises (via Breaking Energy)

NREL demonstrates 45.7% efficiency for solar cell (via NREL)

California approves major revisions in its Renewable Auction Mechanism (via Greentech Media)

Rural co-ops promise net metering but don’t always deliver (via Midwest Energy News)

Cape Wind will miss 2014 goal to close project financing (via Recharge)

Power options: Comparing costs of rooftop solar to traditional electricity (via WRI Insights)

Think tank proposes 40 options to change ethanol mandate (via The Hill)

Staples California announces green energy offering for small businesses (via Environmental Leader)


Beijing reveals bottom-up approach to national carbon market (via RTCC)

Australia quietly re-instates a carbon-trading scheme (via Renew Economy)

Industry’s mercury challenge could undermine attack on EPA climate rule (via Greenwire)

A carbon pollution policy with all the fixins’ (via Sightline Daily)

California pensions should divest coal assets, says state senate leader (via Reuters)

Washington Governor proposes carbon tax to fund pressing transportation needs (via Huffington Post)


OPEC net oil export revenues expected to fall in 2014-2015 (via U.S. EIA)

An OPEC of the West? North American nations eye stronger oil and gas ties (via Christian Science Monitor)

U.S. talking oil exports just when the world needs it least (via Bloomberg)

Investors in beat-up oil bonds lean on banks for rescue (via Reuters)


ABB-led consortium launches $10.5 million project to install EV fast chargers along key European highways (via Green Car Congress)

4,700 all-electric cars sold in Europe during October (via Inside EVs)

U.S. households to spend $550 less on gasoline in 2015 (via Houston Chronicle)

California, Washington lead all other states in EV ownership rates (via Green Car Reports)


Utility distribution microgrids are expected to reach $6 billion in annual revenue by 2023 (via Navigant Research)

Developing a reliable wind “super grid” for Europe (via

Cautiously, private utilities dip toes into microgrid pool (via Navigant Research)

Will states take over demand response markets in the U.S.? (via Renewable Energy World)

PG&E testing new grid-scale battery system at $160 per kWh (via Energy Manager Today)


Italy says it will oppose EU plans to scrap environmental law (via The Guardian)

Obama withdraws Alaska’s Bristol Bay from drilling (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

Top 10 universities taking the lead on sustainability worldwide (via EcoWatch)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working on more regulations than EPA (via Greenwire)

Rocky Mountain Institute, Carbon War Room join forces (via BusinessGreen)

Cutting the cord without blowing your power bill (via Sustainable Cities Collective)


McConnell says Keystone first item on GOP Senate agenda (via The Hill)

Lobbying of Hillary begins (via The Hill)

Jeb Bush may be “the smart brother” but he’s as much a climate denier as any conservative (via The Guardian)

Renewable energy companies use new clout in statehouses (via Stateline)


Is India’s grand solar vision becoming reality? (via Renewable Energy World)

Plunging oil prices are doing Obama’s foreign policy for him (via Washington Post)

Protecting Bristol Bay was an easy call for Obama – the hard ones come next (via National Journal)

Should the price of oil really impact renewable energy adoption? (via Greentech Media)

In defense of Massachusetts: Why the Bay State is leading in energy efficiency (via Greentech Media)

The real reason Tesla’s stock is tanking (via Huffington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.4.14

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


U.S. House backs one-year renewal of “extender” tax breaks (via Reuters)

New study claims energy industry is “up for grabs” (via Renew Grid)

NextEra buys Hawaii’s biggest electric utility (via Forbes)


Drought in U.S., Brazil linked to hottest year ever (via Bloomberg)

White House names 16 communities as climate “champions” (via The Hill)


Top ten PV module suppliers for 2014: Same group, different order (via Renewable Energy World)

One in five Australian households now using solar (via Renew Economy)

UK solar “competitive without subsidies” by 2020 (via RTCC)

Green Climate Fund to start funding projects in 2015 (via RTCC)

Renewable energy lowers consumer utility bills in Alberta (via Renewable Energy World)

U.S. House renews main wind tax incentive for one year (via Recharge)

Solar crosses 1% total U.S. supply threshold in 2014 (via Sustainable Business)

No health impacts from wind turbine noise, says MIT study (via Recharge)

SolarCity creating a social network through a new app (via Forbes)

Meet Generate Capital, a new way to fund energy projects (via GigaOm)


EU vote puts Canadian tar sands label back on the agenda (via Reuters)


UN carbon market fights for its future at Lima talks (via RTCC)

CO2 takes just ten years to reach planet’s peak heat (via Climate Central)

Missing its own goals, Germany renews effort to cut carbon emissions (via New York Times)

India considers emissions peak 2035-2050 (via RTCC)

Norway to assess fossil fuel assets case-by-case (via CleanTechnica)

California-Quebec carbon auction raises $407 million (via Environmental Leader)

Behind their opposition, central states study EPA rule cooperation (via EnergyWire)


Saudi Arabia can’t stop the U.S. fracking boom (via National Journal)

Congress set to renew drilling permit program (via Houston Chronicle)

Production up but methane emissions down in Permian Basin (via Houston Chronicle)

Fed says U.S. economy expanding, shale production steady (via Reuters)

Sub-$50 oil surfaces in North Dakota amid regional discounts (via Bloomberg)

Britain promises oil industry tax cuts to rein in costs (via Reuters)


China overtook the U.S. in monthly electric car sales two months ago (via Green Car Reports)

Germany ready to offer more incentives to reach one million EV goal (via Autoblog Green)

AAA: “Remarkable” drop in gas prices isn’t over (via The Hill)

As gas prices fall, auto buyers abandon greener cars (via National Journal)

Boeing completes test flight with “green diesel” (via

Ford “working very hard” on F-150 hybrid (via Autoblog Green)

Californians now buy a plug-in EV for every two hybrids (via Green Car Reports)


SCE, PGE issue first-ever energy storage requests to meet AB 2514 (via Greentech Media)

In Texas, a conflict over grid batteries (via Greentech Media)


California deluge not yet El Nino, but it is a welcome respite (via Climate Progress)


Giving climate pact legal teeth could make it toothless (via Climate Central)

Oil prices plunge – is a shale bubble bursting? (via Christian Science Monitor)

Yet again, partisan wrangling leaves Wind Tax Credit in legislative limbo (via Climate Progress)

Solar uniquely positioned to help states meet new regulations (via Renewable Energy World)

Divest now: Time for Universities to stand up to fossil fuel interests (via NRDC Switchboard)

The gas tax has been fixed at 18 cents for two decades – now would be a great time to raise it (via Washington Post)

What will happen when the ITC is reduced? (via Energy Collective)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 11.5.14

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


Kerry: U.S., China cannot solve climate problems alone (via The Hill)

Queen Elizabeth admits “one has climate change concerns” (via BusinessGreen)

Tasmanian devils decline due to climate change, says research (via The Guardian)

Jersey retreating from rivers, but not coast, after Sandy (via Climate Central)

More activists arrested as climate demonstration continues at FERC (via Greenwire)


South Korea carbon market unlikely to deliver climate target, say analysts (via BusinessGreen)

Germany looks to fast-track exit from coal, as well as nuclear (via Renew Economy)

California readies for cap-and-trade next steps (via TriplePundit)

Church of England failing to heed call to divest from fossil fuels (via The Guardian)


How renewables in developing countries are leapfrogging traditional power (via Climate Progress)

Concerns amid low Brazil solar PV prices (via Recharge News)

Severe droughts hasten hydropower’s slow decline (via Navigant Research)

The end of a solar era: The Legacy of the California Solar Initiative (via Greentech Media)

Enphase posts record quarterly revenue with more expected (via PV Tech)


TransCanada says Keystone XL project costs rise to $8 billion (via Bloomberg)

The Senate has a filibuster-proof pro-Keystone XL majority (via National Journal)


LED efficiency soars in 2014 (via Greentech Media)

NREL, U.S. Army validate energy savings for net zero energy installations (via


Halliburton CEO expects shale to reverse oil price slump (via Bloomberg)


PGE takes energy storage to the distribution substation (via Greentech Media)

EU plans power supergrid to boost renewables (via RTCC)


Denton voters pass first fracking ban in Texas (via Houston Chronicle)

Three of four Ohio towns reject anti-fracking measures (via Midwest Energy News)


Pollution halves India’s potential grain yield (via Hindustan Times/Reuters)

California passes $7.5 billion water bond (via Huffington Post)


The new GOP Senate is already gearing up to cause climate mayhem (via Grist)

Elections a half victory for climate billionaire Steyer (via The Hill)

RNC Chair Priebus: Obama will sign Keystone XL bill (via The Hill)

Congratulations, voters. You just made this climate denier the most powerful senator on the environment (via The New Republic)


Why two crucial pages were left out of the latest UN climate report (via Washington Post)

Despite everything, 2014 is another growth year for solar PV (via Renewable Energy World)

Which hybrids save you money? Not as many as you might think (via Autoblog Green)

There’s still no consistent way to value solar on the grid (via Greentech Media)

The California Water Bond is a beginning, not an end: Here’s what’s next (via Huffington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.17.14

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


China coal restrictions may have little impact on imports (via Reuters)

Coal sector eyes salvation in green bond market (via RTCC)

Coal industry market value contracting again after brief rebound (via SNL Energy)

Peabody Energy to be removed from S&P 500 index (via Post-Dispatch)

U.S. Corps of Engineers halts Oregon coal terminal review pending permit outcome (via The Oregonian)


China wind sector braces for feed-in tariff cuts (via Recharge News)

Funding released to accelerate 740MW of new renewables in Chile (via PV Tech)

UK solar farm issues Europe’s first certified climate bonds (via BusinessGreen)

PV industry loses $500 million a year through supply chain (via PV Tech)

Chile to get net metering for PV plants under 100kW (via PV Tech)

USDA Secretary expects 2014 biofuel use targets to rise (via Reuters)

When the power’s out, solar panels may not keep the lights on (via NPR)

Some see garbage, others see opportunity: Installing solar on landfills (via RMI Outlet)

Preliminary OK for large California concentrated solar project sparks debate over impact to birds (via Greenwire)

Burlington, Vermont’s electricity now 100% renewable (via The Week)


Natural disasters displaced more people than war in 2013, finds study (via The Guardian)

Rising sea levels a “sleeping giant” that could cost $226 billion, says report (via The Guardian)

Antarctic Peninsula glacier recession “unprecedented” (via BBC)

Climate change may add billions to wildfire costs, study says (via Los Angeles Times)

Mapping the future of sea-level rise on the Potomac, the Chesapeake, and the Atlantic (via Washington Post)

Drought-hit California faces future trouble as warming reduces water (via RTCC)


Study links increased drilling with earthquakes (via Wall Street Journal)

Study: Bad fracking techniques let methane flow into drinking water (via Washington Post)

Leaky wells spur call for stricter rules on gas drilling (via Bloomberg)

Fracking ban enrages Coloradans sitting on energy riches (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

Natural gas company seeks federal approval for Massachusetts pipeline (via Houston Chronicle/AP)


Businesses double down on carbon pricing while Capitol Hill idles (via GreenBiz)

EPA delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan (via The Guardian)

White House partners with industry to tackle refrigerant greenhouse gas (via Reuters)

EPA extends climate rule comment period (via The Hill)

Broad carbon tax outlines get positive legislative response (via The Oregonian)


Oil prices rise on prospect of OPEC output cut (via Houston Chronicle/Bloomberg)

Deeper Saudi oil cuts seen after biggest drop since 2012 (via Bloomberg)

Can the U.S. cut off Islamic State’s oil sales? (via Christian Science Monitor)

Feds reveal details on Shell’s Arctic ambitions (via Houston Chronicle)

TransCanada sees itself in oil train business regardless of Keystone XL (via Reuters)


EVs are cleaner, but still not a magic bullet (via New York Times)

GM learning from current Chevy Volt owners as it works on next-gen model (via Autoblog Green)

Report suggests Tesla Model 3 to cost $50,000 or more (via Green Car Reports)

Tesla “ecosystem” changing the face of Silicon Valley (via Green Car Reports)


PG&E tops in U.S. smart meter deployments (via Energy Manager Today)

50 million U.S. smart meters and counting (via Greentech Media)

Demand response capacity expected to increase more than six-fold by 2023 (via Navigant Research)


Unilever aims to end deforestation (via Sustainable Business)

Drought-stricken California gets landmark groundwater legislation (via Sacramento Bee)


Obama welcomes report saying fighting climate change can be low cost (via The Guardian)

Bobby Jindal: White House are “science deniers” (via Politico)

Markey to seek halt on federal coal leases (via The Hill)


Fighting climate change makes economic sense; cities should take the lead (via Huffington Post)

Measuring up: How to assess the upcoming UN climate summit (via Climate Progress)

By the numbers: The new climate economy (via WRI Insights)

Mexico has reformed its energy sector, now what? (via Forbes)

Bobby Jindal’s soft climate-change skepticism (via National Journal)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.29.14

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


The year climate change closed Everest (via The Atlantic)

EPA chief returns fire in war over science (via National Journal)

Will global warming produce more tornadoes? (via Mother Jones)


Fossil fuel subsidies costing global economy $2 trillion, says IMF (via Renew Economy)

Russia and Iran reported in talks on energy deal worth billions (via New York Times)

Congress returns to tackle efficiency, tax credits, water law, appropriations (via E&E Daily)


Brazil may have 2GW PV by 2019 (via Recharge)

Japan’s 25-year plan to get solar power from space (via SmartPlanet)

UK solar market to lead Europe in 2014 (via BusinessGreen)

GE invests $24 million in Welspun’s India solar plant (via Bloomberg)

UK public backs renewables over fracking, shows survey (via RTCC)

Renewable electricity generation projections sensitive to cost, price, policy assumptions (via US EIA)

Why wave power has lagged far behind as an energy source (via Yale e360)

Can a DOE competition jump-start wind power in America’s vast offshore? (via ClimateWire)

Solar Wind wins approval for $1.5 billion power tower in Arizona (via Bloomberg)

SEPA names top 10 US utilities for new solar (via Energy Manager Today)

PG&E tops solar PV charts for US utilities (via Recharge)

Solar industry is a top donor in Georgia PSC elections (via EnergyWire)


Squeezed from many sides, Gazprom looks for advantage in Ukraine crisis (via EnergyWire)

Slovakia signs deal to deliver gas to Ukraine (via Houston Chronicle)

Ukraine to start natural gas import talks with Hungary (via Reuters)

FERC approval could become “regulatory black hole” for some proposed LNG export projects (via Energy Collective)


Fossil fuel divestment gaining traction (via SustainableBusiness)

Lobbying surprisingly strong on “pipe dream” carbon tax bill (via Bloomberg)

State legislators take preemptive aim at EPA power plant rules (via Midwest Energy News)

How commercial buildings can curb emissions (via Environmental Leader)

App shows carbon footprint based on your purchases (via Treehugger)


Coal company unlawfully polluted West Virginia water, rules federal judge (via Climate Progress)


DOE issues guidance on electric grid cyber security (via The Hill)


Democrats weigh Keystone XL vote options (via Politico)

Keystone XL protesters mark final roundup – for now (via Politico)


Floating nuclear power plant could resist meltdowns (via SmartPlanet)


North Dakota pipeline spill cleanup to top $11 million (via WDAY-ABC)

Why is the oil industry giving millions to the NRA? (via Climate Progress)

Fire chiefs play “catch-up as hazmat shipments rise with energy boom (via EnergyWire)


What’s the greenest car? A short guide to vehicle emissions (via Renew Economy)

Cutting-edge transportation maps will change how we plan cities (via Washington Post)


They’re not sure what “climate finance” is but say we need a ton of it (via Bloomberg)

What does today owe tomorrow? (via New York Times)

Three solar integration questions utility executives must confront (via Greentech Media)

How solar energy cuts electric grid costs (via Grist)

10 questions to ask about electricity tariffs (via WRI Insights)

10 questions that shine a light on electricity prices (via WRI Insights)

Did New York State just start an energy revolution? (via Forbes)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.22.14

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


China’s coal boom is waning with ambitious reductions targets (via Triple Pundit)

Ontario closes last coal-fired power plant (via Solar Industry)

Federal judge strikes part of Minnesota energy law preventing coal power (via MPR News)


China spreading the use of insurance to cope with climate change damage (via ClimateWire)

Climate-linked drought adding to Syria’s misery (via RTCC)

Hot West, cold East may be new normal as world warms (via Climate Central)

Since first Earth Day, US temperatures marching upward (via Climate Central)


China Premier Li reiterates plans to boost clean energy (via Bloomberg)

Australia’s renewables review kicks off with battle over numbers (via Renew Economy)

Top ten trends in Brazil biofuels for 2014 (via Renewable Energy World)

US to dodge solar shortage in 2014 despite looming PV tariffs (via Solar Industry)

Next step for solar industry: Leases for solar plus storage (via Renew Economy)

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gasoline (via AP)

US Army to build military’s largest solar array in Arizona (via The Hill)

Dropping cost of “grid defection” means you could soon ditch your utility (via Fast Company)

RMI’s plan to help Fortune 500 companies up their renewables game (via GreenBiz)

Surpassing milestone of 100,000 solar roofs, PG&E calls for “sustainable” solar policy (via Greentech Media)

Western Texas college joins Texas Tech University on wind energy degree (via PR Web)


Keystone backers keep their faith in embattled pipeline plan (via Reuters)

Horses, teepees arrive on Mall for Keystone XL protest (via Politico)

Keystone XL pipeline fate now in hands of Nebraska court (via Bloomberg)


China’s new environmental protection law submitted to parliament (via Reuters)

Brazil strips protected status from 5.2 million hectares of land (via Mongabay)

Consumer electronics industry sets recycling record (via Environmental Leader)

Apple offering free recycling on all used products (via ABC News/AP)

Interior Department launches landscape mitigation strategy (via Triple Pundit)

Wildfires in West increasing burn area at rate of one Denver per year (via Climate Progress)

Fields and farm jobs dry up with California’s worsening drought (via NPR)

Texas city first to reuse water from sewers as drought continues (via Bloomberg)


Alaska lawmakers back natural gas export plans (via New York Times)

Ohio utilities replacing thousands of miles of gas pipeline (via Midwest Energy News)


Divestment campaigns struggle against stock market, profits (via Houston Chronicle)


Russia ships its first Arctic oil – is a boom coming? (via Christian Science Monitor)

Four years later, a sharp divide on Gulf oil spill (via National Journal)

US railroads show untapped value of delay in building oil pipeline (via Reuters)


Musk says Tesla will make cars in China within four years (via Bloomberg)

Hybrids significantly more fuel-efficient in India and China than US (via CleanTechnica)

US exporting a “tidal wave” of gasoline, other fuels (via Houston Chronicle)

Nissan Leaf likely to offer larger battery for longer range (via Green Car Reports)

Tesla Gigafactory seeks North American raw materials to cut pollution (via Green Car Reports)

A detailed look at the dreams and failure of Better Place (via Autoblog Green)


Renewable energy gains in 2013 but coal and gas still dominate (via Greentech Media)

Power players muster forces for electricity market reforms (via EnergyWire)

Obama Administration spared developers millions in fees for Georgia nuclear project (via Greenwire)


Not a single Republican has mentioned Earth Day in Congress since 2010 (via National Journal)


Two degrees: How the world failed on climate change (via Vox)

The clean energy transition is unstoppable, so why fight it? (via Smart Planet)

Where is the real innovation in wind energy? (via CleanTechnica)

World’s top serial bird killers put infamous windmills to shame (via Bloomberg)

Right wing trains its hysterical eye on renewable energy (via Mother Jones)

How conserving water, energy isn’t always about a green lifestyle (via Daily News)

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 – 1.14.14

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


Top global emitter China best on climate change, Figures says (via Bloomberg)

After years of decline, US carbon emissions rose 2% in 2013 (via Washington Post)


Google buys Nest for $3.2 billion (via Forbes)

Seattle energy benchmarking finds $90 million potential annual utility bill savings (via CleanTechnica)

Net zero at unprecedented scale on Illinois campus (via EarthTechling)

Nest gives Google its next big data play: Energy (via Forbes)


UK solar panels reach half a million rooftop milestone (via BusinessGreen)

How the new US-China trade case could change the American solar market (via Greentech Media)

UK renewable energy firms “looking to hire more staff” (via BBC News)

Clean tech venture investment is on the rise, says report (via GreenBiz)

Solar City takes 32% of 2013 3Q US residential PV marker as utilities squirm (via CleanTechnica)

Ethanol mandate unlikely to face repeal in 2014 (via Argus Leader/Gannett)

North Carolina to join California as top 10 global PV “country” in 2014 (via CleanTechnica)

Coal-dependent Michigan ready to make the switch to clean energy (via EnergyWire)

New ACORE head outlines renewable energy priorities (via National Journal)


Japan’s Tepco doubled coal burning on nuclear shutdown (via Bloomberg)

Coal reliance puts Australia second on OECD’s emissions list (via The Guardian)

China to boost annual railway coal capacity to 3 billion tons by 2020 (via Reuters)

Omnibus federal spending bill thwarts Obama on overseas coal funding limits (via National Journal)

Most states remain dependent on coal imports, draining billions from local economies (via Union of Concerned Scientists)


Massive Antarctic glacier has entered irreversible melt, could add up to 1 centimeter of sea level rise (via InsideClimate)

New assessment of climate change’s economic risks is ready for business (via Climate Progress)

Historic black colleges leading climate change advocacy (via Huffington Post)

The flood next time: Grappling with sea level rise sooner not later (via New York Times)

Massachusetts governor to unveil climate change prep plan today (via Boston Herald/AP)

Washington DC’s water utility takes lead in preparing for warming world (via ClimateWire)


Trains will still move oil despite wrecks, Keystone XL (via Climate Central)

Federal report says 400,000 gallons of oil spilled in North Dakota train derailment (via National Journal)


Nearly 2.6 million EVs will be sold in the US between 2013 and 2022 (via Navigant Research)

Ford F150 truck trail blazes new green technologies (via TriplePundit)

Annual North Carolina fee on electric vehicles starts this month (via Winston-Salem Journal)

Inslee won’t rule out low-carbon fuel standards in Washington State (via Washington State Wire)


Keystone XL: Texas high court gives hope to landowners in eminent domain fight (via InsideClimate News)


West Virginia chemical crisis: The latest (via National Journal)

Water restrictions lifted on day five of West Virginia chemical spill (via The Hill)


A123 installs 3MWh grid storage solution in Spain (via Renew Grid)

Upper Great Plains Region looking to join Southwest Power Pool grid (via Renew Grid)


How one utility giant created its own pipeline of skilled workers (via National Journal)

Has shale gas really reduced US carbon emissions? The problem of coal exports (via Energy Collective)


Keep up the pressure, climate activists (via Washington Post)

Infrastructure snags: What’s so hard about moving energy? (via National Journal)

Why Nest could be a nightmare for Google (via Forbes)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.17.13

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


World Bank to limit financing of coal-fired plants (via Reuters)


Power plants face “collision course” with water, researchers say (via Houston Chronicle)

States file lawsuit against EPA over “sue and settle” strategy (via The Hill)


China in $5 billion drive to develop disputed East China Sea natural gas (via Reuters)

Brussels says no plans for EU-wide shale gas ban (via

California seeks record fine in PG&E San Bruno pipeline explosion (via Houston Chronicle)


Thailand boosts renewable energy goal to 13.9GW (via Recharge)

Dutch push back 2020 renewable energy targets (via Recharge)

New crystals yield solar power breakthrough (via BBC News)

Study says renewables more water-friendly than carbon capture (via Houston Chronicle)

US ranchers round up the power of the Sun (via Renewable Energy World)

Renewable energy survives ALEC’s attack in states, grows stronger (via Sustainable Business)

US oil executive says biofuel credits “out of control,” urges action (via Globe and Mail)

Xcel to boost its wind power in Upper Midwest by 600MW (via Minnesota Star-Tribune)

Proposed wind farm could double South Dakota’s wind capacity (via Argus-Leader)


Report: Keystone XL will hike gasoline prices for some US drivers (via Houston Chronicle)

Keystone’s public comments reveal economic woes of small towns (via InsideClimate News)


Demand response programs will reach nearly 22 million sites worldwide by 2020 (via Navigant Research)

Battery seen as way to cut heat-related power losses on grid (via New York Times)

Reconnecting buildings to the grid (via Navigant Research)


EU and Australia set to accelerate emissions trading links (via RTCC)

UK government promises electricity market reform to cut cost of decarbonization (via BusinessGreen)

ExxonMobil, PG&E fined for violating California emissions reporting rule (via Los Angeles Times)

Cement industry cuts carbon emissions 17% (via Environmental Leader)

Policies using carbon capture and storage in soil are too costly, say experts (via


Capacity at existing US oil refineries increases in 2013 (via US EIA)

Refinery receipts of crude oil by rail, truck, and barge continue to increase (via US EIA)


Honda seeks mass-market fuel cell car by 2020 (via Wall Street Journal)

AAA: $3 gasoline “a thing of the past” (via The Hill)

US House votes to keep $25 billion DOE advanced-powertrain loan program open (via Autoblog Green)


Thousands of years of rising seas (via MIT Technology Review)

Scientists predict looming climate shift: will ocean heat come back to haunt us again? (via Climate Progress)

More New Jersey homeowners targeted for flood buyouts (via Philadelphia Inquirer/AP)

Koch Brothers use Web to take on media reports they dispute (via Washington Post)


Ceres, ICCR draft blueprint for sustainable investing (via GreenBiz)

Investment funds divested from fossil fuels “will perform better” (via Energy Collective)

LEED brings Cradle-to-Cradle into green building certification (via GreenBiz)


The big book of building energy data, 2008-2012 (via Greentech Media)

EPEAT adds green ratings to mobile phones (via GreenBiz)


Climate policy is dominating the Australian election (via Grist)

Senate advancing federal flood insurance reform bill (via Washington Post)


Australia’s carbon mess a warning to the world (via Reuters)

Can Jim Yong Kim end World Bank backing for coal-fired power? (via The Guardian)

Costs of climate change and extreme weather pass the high-water mark (via Time)

Why don’t farmers believe in climate change? (via Slate)

Did US carbon emissions bottom in 2012 or will they fall 20% by 2020? (via Facts of the Day)

As solar panel efficiencies keep improving, it’s time to adopt new metrics (via Forbes)