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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.3.13

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable. 

FISCAL CLIFF IMPACT 

Energy sector scores wins from fiscal cliff deal (via Politico)

Green industries eye “fiscal cliff” boost (via BusinessGreen)

Tax break extension breathes new life into US wind power (via Reuters)

Fiscal fiasco bright spot: 2013 will be a huge year for wind (via Grist)

US biodiesel tax credit revived through 2013 by Congress (via Reuters)

EMISSIONS 

Oil and gas companies lag far behind other firms on emissions cuts (via InsideClimate News)

Carbon traders deliver record activity during 2012, but market value plummets (via BusinessGreen)

UK government backs new Low Emission Zones with £2 million grants (via BusinessGreen)

California carbon trading scheme gets underway (via BusinessGreen)

CLIMATE 

Cost of combating climate change surges as world delays – study (via Reuters)

Climate coverage, dominated by severe weather, falls further in 2012 (via The Daily Climate)

Sandy aid will get vote this month after Congressional delay (via Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES 

China’s solar industry faces stress test (via ClimateWire)

UK gets 10% of all electricity from renewables (via Energy Manager Today)

Latin America & Caribbean solar markets to explode (via CleanTechnica)

Will the sun shine on solar power in India in 2013? (via India Economic Times)

Abengoa completes first solar-thermal plant in South America (via Recharge)

Buffett utility buys $2.5 billion SunPower solar projects (via Bloomberg)

Cellulosic biofuel finally hits the big leagues (via Good)

No winter doldrums: California sets peak solar record (via EarthTechling)

GRID 

Smart grid core and enabled tech market to reach $220 billion by 2020 (via Renew Grid)

Policy shift will cut Brazil’s $10 billion smart meter market 50% (via Bloomberg)

Study: concentrating solar with storage can benefit the grid (via Greentech Media)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

In US, export lure may further fuel natural gas boom (via Yale e360)

NOAA confirms high methane leakage rate up to 9% from natural gas fields (via Climate Progress)

Fracking is deemed safe in New York State (via New York Times)

TRANSPORTATION 

Pike forecasts hybrids and plug-ins to reach 4% of European market by 2020 (via Green Car Congress)

Why charging infrastructure is critical to the success of EVs (via GreenBiz)

Avis buying Zipcar for $500 million (via Autoblog Green)

OIL 

Feds say response delay made Yellowstone River oil spill worse (via ABC News/AP)

Shell spoof site draws fresh attention after rig runs aground (via Houston Chronicle)

ENVIRONMENT 

Dust Bowl wilting US wheat as funds turn bearish (via Bloomberg)

Key stretch of Mississippi could shut this week (via Environmental Leader)

Alaska’s boreal forests undergoing transition (via Anchorage Daily News)

GREEN BUSINESS 

CEOs look to renewables, natural gas, tax breaks for energy savings in 2013 (via Energy Manager Today)

Commercial building owners flock to demand response, says Pike (via Energy Manager Today)

Wal-Mart’s sustainability strategy used in MBA course (via Mother Nature Network)

ENERGY INDUSTRY 

10 predictions for North American utilities in 2013 (via GigaOm)

EPA researchers suggest US electricity consumers should be willing to pay more for emission-free power due to health impacts (via Green Car Congress)

Survey shows support for clean energy, opportunity for EVs & smart grid (via CleanTechnica)

POLITICS 

House Oversight Committee adds energy subcommittee (via The Hill)

Wind energy PTC extension underlines lobby’s growing heft in DC (via AOL Energy)

OTHER NEWS 

An additional listing of clean energy and climate news is posted at Climate Progress

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