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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.2.15

September 2, 2015

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

COP21 

National emissions plans too weak to limit climate change, says study (via Reuters)

Analysts urge Paris deal to set 2025 emission target or risk 2C target failure (via Carbon Pulse)

Fossil fuel majors say they back global climate deal (via BusinessGreen)

Australia, New Zealand defend climate plans, say face high costs (via Reuters)

COAL 

South Africa may expand nuclear power to cut reliance on coal (via Reuters)

Coal ash can contain radioactive elements up to 10x higher than coal itself (via Climate Progress)

Recipe for change: Recycling coal plant residue to make bricks (via GreenBiz)

RENEWABLES 

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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.1.15

September 1, 2015

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

COP21 

UN climate talks begin divided, but with hope for Paris accord (via Reuters)

UN chief said to summon leaders to closed-door climate change meeting before COP21 (via Bloomberg)

Countries divided on priorities for UN climate deal (via RTCC)

NUCLEAR 

Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Global solar PV installed capacity expected to reach 652GW by 2025, says GlobalData (via CleanTechnica)

Indian cell tower companies eye renewables to cut costs (via CleanTechnica)

Japan’s quarterly module shipments fall below 2GW (via PV Tech)

Germany sees 132MW solar installed in JulyContinue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.31.15

August 31, 2015

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

ENERGY POLICY 

Fossil fuels losing cost advantage over solar and wind, says IEA (via Bloomberg)

60% of $18 billion US clean energy tax credits from 2006-2012 went to top 20% by income; 90% in plug-in program (via Green Car Congress)

CPUC turns down SDG&E peak pricing periods proposal (via Utility Dive)

COAL 

China passes new pollution law, sets sights on coal consumption cap (via Reuters)

U.S. coal burn back down to early 1980s levels (via SNL Energy)

RENEWABLES 

15% of India’s power by 2030 to be green (via Panchabuta)

3GW more solar capacity for Madhya Pradesh in two… Continue reading >

Renewables Could Generate 48% of ICT Industry’s Power Supply By 2020

August 28, 2015

Renewable energy could supply up to 48% of America’s total ICT industry electricity supply by 2020, reports the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.28.15

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

EMISSIONS 

China may bring additional sectors into national ETS from the start (via Carbon Pulse)

Australia nowhere near meeting inadequate emission target, says study (via Carbon Pulse)

Poll shows “overwhelming majority” back Obama climate rule (via The Hill)

ENERGY POLICY 

Mexico’s dragging energy reforms threaten green reputation (via RTCC)

Massive Texas utility bankruptcy tests regulators (via Texas Tribune)

RENEWABLES 

China’s flagging economy complicates Brazil’s PV market (via Recharge)

UK to end small-scale renewables aid in blow to solar (via Bloomberg)

The next big thing in Bangladesh – solar irrigation pumps (via CleanTechnica)

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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.27.15

August 27, 2015

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

CLIMATE 

Global sea levels climbed three inches since 1992, says NASA research (via Reuters)

UN chief orders world leaders to speed up climate talks (via Reuters)

In Northern Canada peaks, scientists are tracking impact of vanishing ice (via Yale e360)

The troubling reasons NASA is so focused on studying sea level rise (via Washington Post)

New NASA videos show stark ice loss from Earth’s ice sheets (via Carbon Brief)

OIL 

Oil industry needs half a trillion dollars to endure price slump (via Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES 

WTO says India’s local content requirements violate global trade rules (via PV Magazine)

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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.26.15

August 26, 2015

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

ENERGY POLICY 

Smart utility rates could slash grid investment costs and monthly bills (via Greentech Media)

DC regulators block Exelon’s $6.8 billion Pepco takeover (via Greentech Media)

CLIMATE 

Capitol Hill staff messaging foreign embassies ahead of Paris talks (via Greenwire)

NOAA’s new Climate Science Strategy outlines efforts to build resilience (via Phys.org)

Climate change increasing ER visits for diseases, injuries unrelated to heat (via Climate Progress)

Bracing your financial portfolio for climate change (via GreenBiz)

RENEWABLES 

Germany: 35% more solar PV-storage installations (via PV Magazine)

Brazil auction to have 341 projects of 11.3GW competing (via… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.25.15

August 25, 2015

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

EMISSIONS 

Carbon credits undercut climate change actions: Report (via BBC)

China lawmakers discuss new pollution bill, coal cap clause expected (via Reuters)

COAL 

India’s coal industry in flux as government sets ambitious coal production targets (via U.S. EIA)

RENEWABLES 

Renewables cover almost 100% of German power demand (via PV Magazine)

Globo Brasil to inaugurate country’s first PV factory (via Recharge News)

Market troubles hit solar stocks (via PV Magazine)

Obama adds $1 billion in loan guarantees for clean energy (via Bloomberg) 

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.24.15

August 24, 2015

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

CLIMATE 

EU calls for urgency in “seriously lagging” Paris climate talks (via The Guardian)

Climate change is pushing Earth’s boreal forests to “tipping point” (via Christian Science Monitor)

India says rich world has responsibility to curb climate change (via Reuters)

California looks to boost clean energy with ambitious new climate bill (via Grist)

RENEWABLES 

Investment bankers think solar and wind will grow faster than IEA forecast (via Greentech Media)

India primed for renewables spurt in climate plan (via RTCC)

UK may use EU small print to dodge impact of green cuts (via Reuters)

France doubles solar tender… Continue reading >

US Solar PV Cost Fell Over 50% In 5 Years: Government Report

August 20, 2015

The average solar PV cost for new projects in America has fallen more than 50% in the past five years, according to a new government report.

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