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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.4.13

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. 

TRANSPORTATION 

EV equipment sales will jump more than tenfold by decade’s end (via Autoblog Green)

With help from IBM, Europe’s EV charging network surges forward (via Triple Pundit)

Alternative-fuel vehicles fastest growing US auto sector in 2012 (via BusinessGreen)

Chevy Volt sales jump to 2,633; Nissan Leaf steady at 1,489 (via Autoblog Green)

GM tripled sales of Chevy Volt in 2012, selling one million vehicles over 30 mpg (via Climate Progress)

Honda to launch new 68 mpg Accord hybrid sedan in Japan this June (via Green Car Congress)

OIL 

Iceland bets on offshore oil to boost fragile economy (via Reuters)

Flooding, erosion caused 2.4 million gallons of pipeline spills over past two decades (via Huffington Post/AP)

Oil rig aground off Alaska damaged but not leaking, Shell and Coast Guard say (via New York Times)

Transocean agrees to $1.4 billion settlement in 2010 Gulf oil spill (via Los Angeles Times)

RENEWABLES 

China share of electricity from “clean energy” increases to 20.2% (via CleanTechnica)

Battle over wind subsidy leaves industry bruised (via National Journal)

PTC renewal won’t spark big US wind surge in 2013 (via Recharge)

Community-based solar models take root (via Pike Research blog)

US gauges interest in New York offshore wind projects (via Bloomberg)

In hard times, a solar startup focuses on soldiers and drones (via GigaOm)

TAR SANDS 

Canadian minister says Northern Gateway line can still go ahead (via Reuters)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Utilities challenged as US electricity use declines (via Wall Street Journal)

Commercial sector represents big opportunity for demand response (via Renew Grid)

New York State buildings ordered to improve energy efficiency by 20 percent (via BusinessGreen)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

US utilities to burn more natural gas as prices decline (via Mining Weekly/Reuters)

Methane leak data highlights concerns about natural gas drilling (via Yale e360)

Fracking trade secrets would get no protection under draft Alaska rule (via EnergyWire)

Fracking pre-buttal ad clashes on screen with “Promised Land” (via Bloomberg)

CLIMATE 

Global temperature goals could become impossible with climate inaction, study finds (via Huffington Post/LiveScience)

Global warming-El Nino link stronger but still not proven (via Climate Central)

Global warming threatens US ski industry (via The Oregonian)

EMISSIONS 

UK urged to curb CO2 concessions for biggest energy users (via Bloomberg)

GRID 

Nevada co-op becomes first out-of-state utility to join California grid (via Reuters)

POLITICS 

Democrats raise drilling safety concerns after Arctic oil rig accident (via The Hill)

Republicans shake up Senate energy committee team (via The Hill)

OPINION 

Fiscal cliff deal helped wind power, but our wind policy is still insane (via Washington Post)

Why Shell should just quit its Alaska drilling fiasco (via Forbes)

New EPA chief will face more legal battles, with less resources (via ClimateWire)

Our wireless addition is creating a big e-waste problem (via Treehugger)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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