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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 2.5.16

February 5, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement.

CLIMATE

Absurd January warmth in Arctic brings record-low sea ice extent (via Weather Underground)

Europe’s shift to dark green forests stokes global warming (via Reuters)

The Southwest may have entered a “drier climate state” (via Climate Central)

Climate shifts dramatically upended the lives of prehistoric humans, say scientists (via Washington Post)

ENERGY POLICY

After rapid growth, U.S. energy MLPs running out of road (via Reuters)

FERC Order 745 ruling a “good omen” for Clean Power Plan (via Utility Dive)

New report highlights the costs of ongoing utility-customer data divide (via Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES

China: NEA data… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 2.4.16

February 4, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

U.S. seafood species highly vulnerable to climate change, says study (via Carbon Brief)

COAL 

House lawmakers propose $1 billion in aid for struggling coal country (via Reuters)

Calstrs board votes to divest from four coal companies (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Renewables top fossil fuels as biggest source of new U.S. power (via Bloomberg)

Cumulative U.S. solar installs top 28GW, 16GW of renewables installed in 2015 (via PV Magazine)

France’s output from PV installations grew 25% in 2015 (via PV Tech)

New York just proposed its plan to reach 50% renewables (via RMI Outlet) 

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 2.3.16

February 3, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

NATURAL GAS 

Methane is leaking all over the place (via FiveThirtyEight)

Plug for California gas well leak draws closer in fits and starts (via Reuters)

Prosecutors file criminal charges in methane leak near Los Angeles (via Reuters)

CLIMATE 

Measuring ocean heating is key to tracking global warming (via The Guardian)

RENEWABLES 

Moody’s: Green bonds could top $50 billion this year on post-COP21 surge (via PV Magazine)

Chinese wind curtailment hit 15% in 2015 on 33GW new capacity (via Recharge)

Spain installed no wind power for first time since 80s in 2015 (via Bloomberg)

Solar-backed bond… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 2.2.16

February 2, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

Paris empowers Obama to impose deeper carbon cuts, say lawyers (via Climate Home)

New York City teacher’s retirement fund lost $135 million in fossil fuel investments (via CleanTechnica)

The elephant in the room for corporate emissions goals (via GreenBiz)

ENERGY POLICY 

Senate hopes to finish broad energy package by week’s end (via E&E Daily)

FERC v. EPSA ruling: A win for demand response and energy storage (via Navigant Research)

RENEWABLES 

China added 30.5GW installed wind power capacity in 2015 (via Renewable Energy World)

2015 marked record year for offshore wind energy market (via Navigant Research)

Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 2.1.16

February 1, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

Expert panel recommends ETS, carbon tax for Japan (via Carbon Pulse)

Energy coalition says Rhode Island needs a carbon tax (via Rhode Island NPR)

ENERGY POLICY 

U.S. economy slows sharply as oil and gas slump deepens (via Reuters)

Fossil fuel subsidy reform is not just for importers anymore (via Center for American Progress)

RENEWABLES

Germany installs just 1.37GW solar in 2015 (via PV Magazine)

Middle East has arrived as a multi-GW solar market (via PV Tech)

Japan’s auctions could cap new PV at 2GW a year, signal end of FiT (via PV Tech)

Optimism… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.29.16

January 29, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

Low prices raise concerns for China carbon market (via Climate Home)

Europe probes wood energy market, climate impacts (via Climate Central)

Copenhagen set to divest from fossil fuels (via The Guardian)

More than $1 billion in cap-and-trade funds unspent as budget negotiations begin anew (via Los Angeles Times)

COAL 

Coal industry struggling to rightsize as market shrinks, calls for “radical change” (via SNL Energy)

PGE: Coal-killing legislation would save up to $360 million over ballot measure (via Portland Business Journal)

RENEWABLES 

$12.1 trillion investment in new renewables needed in 25 years to limit climate change (via Green… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.28.16

January 28, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

States sidestep legal convention in bid for Supreme Court action (via EnergyWire)

Supreme Court urged to halt Clean Power Plan or risk irrelevance (via Greenwire)

Air regulator sues California utility over state’s historic methane leak (via Reuters)

COAL 

Australia, Japan, U.S. coal burners face “utility death spiral” (via Climate Home)

Coal will struggle to survive Australian solar surge (via Nasdaq)

RENEWABLES 

An illustrated guide to Mexico’s solar market: Short-term pain may bring long-term gains (via Greentech Media)

Solar-plus-storage to become $8 billion market by 2026, says Lux Research (via PV Magazine)

Wind corporate funding… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.27.16

January 27, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

ENERGY POLICY 

Energy in 2016: Five highlights from World Bank commodities report (via Carbon Brief)

The UK’s “looming” electricity supply gap (via Carbon Brief)

Murkowski’s energy bill set for senate debate (via Houston Chronicle)

In PURPA ruling, FERC says Entergy not obligated to buy from large QFs (via Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR 

China on course to meet 2020 nuclear capacity target of 58GW (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Green bond market will grow to $158 billion in 2016, says HSBC (via Bloomberg)

100% renewables possible in Chile by 2050, says trade group (via Recharge)

Germany boosts wind capacity… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.26.16

January 26, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

China to include eight industries in carbon trading market when it opens in 2017 (via Bloomberg)

Blue skies over Beijing? Decaying suburbs bear cost as China cuts pollution (via Reuters)

U.S. could cut power emissions 78% by 2030 using existing technology (via Carbon Brief)

MISO: Mass-based CPP 1/3 cost of rate-based compliance (via RTO Insider)

Missouri lawmaker wants Clean Power Plan cost on utility bills (via Midwest Energy News)

COAL 

U.S. coal leasing moratorium’s bark worse than its bite (via Greenwire)

California insurance commissioner calls for coal divestment (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Solar panel costs… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.25.16

January 25, 2016

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

GRID 

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obama Administration demand response rule (via Reuters)

Report: 2016 capacity additions will net 45GW to U.S. grid (via Utility Dive)

CLIMATE 

Hottest year on record got boost from El Nino to climate change (via Bloomberg)

Atlantic, Caribbean storms strengthen with warming (via Climate Central)

RENEWABLES 

India, France switch on global solar alliance (via Climate Home)

China is ranked a booming market for wind capacity growth (via Navigant Research)

Spanish parties propose repeal of “Sun Tax” (via PV Tech)

Solar+storage market opportunity: Bringing reliable power to at-risk communities (via Solar Power… Continue reading >

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