Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.12.15

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


Obama’s India visit could yield progress on climate change and solar power (via The Guardian)

Solar plus batteries unlikely to threaten utilities anytime soon, says study (via Forbes)

Wholesale power prices increase across the U.S. in 2014 (via U.S. EIA)


South Korea launches carbon cap-and-trade system (via The Hill)

Stanford professors urge withdrawal from fossil fuel investments (via The Guardian)


India plans five separate $5 billion green energy funds (via Panchabuta)

Solar at grid parity in most of world by 2017 (via Renew Economy)

Renewable energy investment surges, nearly surpasses 2011 mark (via Climate Progess)

Solar accounted for nearly half of all global clean energy investment in 2014 (via Greentech Media)

5GW wind-solar energy park planned in Gujarat, India (via CleanTechnica)

Indian oil corporation targets 10,000 solar-powered gas stations (via CleanTechnica)

SunEdison plans $4 billion India solar factory as demand climbs (via Bloomberg)

Morocco solar agency awards 350MW of concentrating solar power contracts (via PV Tech)

Chile will be home to latest challenger for world’s largest merchant solar plant (via PV Tech)

Wind developers seen bidding to build Brazil transmission lines (via Bloomberg)

Steady wave power could be cheaper than wind and solar (via BusinessGreen)

Wind forecasting receives $2.5 million boost from U.S. DOE (via CleanTechnica)

Morgan Stanley deal nudges 2015 U.S. residential solar investment toward $800 million (via PV Tech)

Net metering fight comes to New Mexico (via Navigant Research)

Utility commission order bolsters North Carolina’s status as a rising solar power (via Solar Industry Magazine)


White House: State Department studying Nebraska ruling on Keystone XL (via Reuters)

Not enough votes to override Keystone veto, says Sen. Coons (via The Hill)

TransCanada CEO: “We need Keystone” (via The Hill)


Countries could leave UN climate body if Paris fails, says Todd Stern (via RTCC)

Most physicians already seeing health effects of climate change in patients (via Yale e360)

72 percent of Republican Senators are climate deniers (via Mother Jones)


Oil tumbles to 5-½ year low as OPEC reaffirms stance (via Houston Chronicle/Bloomberg)

Venezuela, Saudi leaders meet to talk oil prices in Riyadh (via Houston Chronicle)

As oil plummets, how much pain still looms for U.S. energy firms? (via Reuters)

Oil drillers bail on U.S. boom, idle most rigs since 1991 (via Bloomberg)

Shell to cut five to ten percent of oil sands jobs (via Houston Chronicle)

Bakken oil producers need $55 a barrel to keep production steady (via Reuters)


Inflexible ethanol costs stopping further decrease in gas prices (via Autoblog)

2016 Chevy Volt arrives with 50-mile EV range, 41 mpg (via Autoblog)

Official Chevrolet Bolt details: 200-mile range, $30,000 starting price (via Inside EVs)

University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute (via Green Car Congress)


Idea for gas terminal off East Coast rankles fracking foes (via Houston Chronicle)

New York fracking ban seen as having little impact on supply (via Houston Chronicle/AP)


A next-gen battery to land in Hawaii, courtesy of Aquion Energy (via GigaOm)

Massachusetts awards $18 million for microgrids, energy resiliency (via Greentech Media)


Green building materials market to reach $235 billion in value by 2019 (via Environmental Leader)

New U.S. DOE lighting standards could save $15 billion (via CleanTechnica)

What’s unique about the Texas PACE-in-a-box toolkit? (via Renewable Energy World)


We can fix the Gulf dead zone, for $2.7 billion a year (via Grist)

New York is biggest city to ban foam packaging (via Grist)

California’s almonds use as much water annually as Los Angeles uses in three years (via Mother Jones)


How EVs could impact the grid in four charts (via Greentech Media)

How innovative solar business models can benefit all (via GreenBiz)

Bakken oil wells and the Red Queen’s revenge (via Reuters)

U.S. car travel has been on the decline for a decade – will cheap gas change that? (via Washington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.13.13

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


Global CO2 levels pass long-feared milestone (via New York Times)

UNFCC Paris meeting projected as pivotal climate point (via USA Today)

We’ve hit 400ppm – here’s what that means (via Mother Jones)


Is Canada’s oil too dirty for Europe? (via International Herald Tribune)

US decision on Keystone XL pipeline seen dragging past summer (via Reuters)

TransCanada files lawsuit to block Keystone XL protests (via The Oklahoman)


White House outlines framework for managing Arctic (via The Hill)

Half world’s plants, third of animals threatened by climate change (via Los Angeles Times)


PwC questions EU-China solar PV tariff claims (via Recharge)

Solar module manufacturing trends in 2012 (via CleanTechnica)

Hyundai’s 50-acre rooftop solar system will be South Korea’s largest PV system (via Autoblog Green)

Better batteries could revolutionize solar, wind power (via USA Today)

Wind industry wants PTC extended for big piece of energy pie (via Greentech Media)

A rare bipartisan clean energy bill is ready for passage (via InsideClimate News)

Is Xcel’s top spot in US wind power in jeopardy? (via Star-Tribune)

Maine governor wants wind energy goals out of state law (via Bangor Daily News)

Rooftop solar firms launch net metering advocacy alliance (via Solar Industry Magazine)


UK regulators defer smart meter rollout (via Navigant Research)

Smart grid revenue in China will surpass $15 billion a year by 2020 (via Navigant Research)


India’s coal import boom has limited beneficiaries (via Reuters)

Coal-export plans going off the rails in Pacific Northwest (via Grist)


Project aims to track carbon footprints of big cities (via

It’s not all about CO2: a plan to help cut short-term climate pollutants (via Grist)

Texas project called milestone for carbon capture (via Houston Chronicle)


Russia plowing $32 billion into nuclear over next two years (via SmartPlanet)

Exelon waiting for pricier power (via Crain’s Chicago Business)


Efficiency gains could cut cellphone network power use 90% (via GreenBiz)

DOE energy efficiency upgrade program nets over $41 million in savings (via EarthTechling)


Maine votes to ban ethanol in gasoline, takes stand against E15 (via Autoblog Green)

New interactive map tracks plug-in vehicle adoption in California (via Green Car Congress)

Ohio a potential hub for EV jobs (via EarthTechling)


Global oil prices pressured by US tripling crude exports to Canada (via Houston Chronicle/Bloomberg)


Tennessee Valley Authority to remain publicly owned (via Reuters)


US natural gas export plans stir debate (via NPR/AP)


Washington politics splits Silicon Valley on Keystone XL (via Greentech Media)

150 major Democratic donors urge Obama to reject Keystone pipeline (via InsideClimate News)

Elon Musk bails on Zuckerberg group after Keystone, drilling ads (via The Hill)


We just passed the climate’s “grim milestone” (via Mother Jones)

Should Washington go small on energy and climate policy? (via National Journal)

Adding an EV cut payback point of solar panel investment in half (via GigaOm)

Two conversations the wind industry must own, and soon (via Renewable Energy World)