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 – 3.7.13

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


US shale revolution hinges on exports, say executives (via Houston Chronicle)

Railway says fuel savings inspired LNG test (via Houston Chronicle)

Enbridge CEO interested in providing natural gas for trains (via Houston Chronicle)

New York State Assembly votes to block fracking until 2015 (via Reuters)


Clean energy, transportation posed to create 110,000 jobs (via Sustainable Business)

Wal-Mart beats 20% emissions reduction goal a year early (via BusinessGreen)


Weak global coal market threatens low-margin mines (via Reuters)


Japan’s wind industry headed for boom after solar surge (via Bloomberg)

Green investing update (via AOL Energy)

Despite major growth, SolarCity shares drop on Q4 loss (via GigaOm)

Wind energy lessons from Illinois: Q&A with AWEA’s Rob Gramlich (via Midwest Energy News)

SMUD launches pilot to study the grid impacts of solar (via Renew Grid)

Clean energy coalition ups ante on renewable energy in Minnesota (via Pioneer Press)

Minnesota lawmakers consider rate-based solar power incentives (via Star-Tribune)


Fossil fuels still fastest-growing global energy source (via Energy Manager Today)

Dearth of skilled workers imperils $100 billion in US projects (via Bloomberg)

US oil and gas boom takes many by surprise (via NBC News)

California CEOs say current energy policies helpful but too complicated (via Renew Grid)


Top 1% of US homes consume 4 times more electricity than average (via Outlier)

Energy efficiency cut 107TWh of US electricity demand in 2011 (via CleanTechnica)

The industrial sector: low-hanging fruit for demand response? (via Renew Grid)

Chicago buildings aggregate energy data to participate in better demand response (via Energy Manager Today)


Canadian official: Keystone rejection wouldn’t harm US-Canada relationship (via The Hill)

Four factors that could turn Keystone’s fate (via Politico)

Canada pitches oil sands crude as greener choice for US (via Houston Chronicle)

Keystone XL critics now hang hopes on delaying the pipeline (via Reuters)


EEI expects $15 billion in transmission investment this year (via Renew Grid)

US smart meter market is far from saturated (via Greentech Media)

Heating and cooling no longer majority of US home energy use (via US EIA)


Misunderstanding seal-level rise and climate impacts (via Science Blogs)

How climate change worsened violence in Syria (via Mother Jones)

EPA, DOE can tackle climate change on several fronts (via Washington Post)

Climate change turns an already troubled ski industry on its head (via High Country News)

Washington governor, senators disagree on terms of climate-change bill (via Seattle Times)


Saudi Aramco committed to US oil exports, says CEO (via Bloomberg)

German oil executive: country’s clean energy dream now a “nightmare” (via Houston Chronicle)

Texas oil production may hit record by 2020, says state regulator (via Bloomberg)

BP CEO: no retreat from Gulf of Mexico despite spill (via The Hill)


EV efficiency should be ranked on miles/KWh, not MPGe (via Green Car Reports)

FedEx Express fleet beats 20% fuel economy improvement goal, sets new target of 30% improvement by 2020 compared to 2005 (via Green Car Congress)

GM targets lower car weight, long-range EVs (via Reuters)


Bangladesh, India, China at “high-risk” from natural disasters (via RTCC)

UK consumer consumption footprint more than 1½ times its land area (via BusinessGreen)

Endangered or not, species at least no longer waiting (via New York Times)

House votes to increase weather satellite funding (via Climate Central)

Texas shields free-market habitat program from federal scrutiny (via Greenwire)


Feds look to ship Washington radioactive waste to New Mexico (via Post-Intelligencer)

Hanford nuclear leak: budget cuts threaten cleanup efforts (via Politico/AP)


Harry Reid: the closet environmentalist (via National Journal)

Obama pick for Interior Department faces hearing; agency under fire (via Reuters)

Interior nominee Jewell championed outdoor jobs over oil (via Bloomberg)


Why food riots are likely to become the new normal (via The Guardian)

Better Place was supposed to revolutionize electric cars – what went wrong? (via Washington Post)

BP CEO: “peak oil” talk quieted by abundance (via The Hill)

Are environmentalists wrong about Keystone XL? (via Christian Science Monitor)