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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.9.13

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. 

CLIMATE 

World Economic Forum report warns climate change among top global risks (via The Hill)

Historic heat wave brings Australia its hottest average temperature on record (via Weather Underground)

Barack Obama ‘seriously considering’ hosting climate summit (via The Guardian)

2012 hottest year on record in contiguous US, says NOAA (via Washington Post)

2012: warmest and 2nd most extreme year in US history (via Weather Underground)

“Wake-up call” – Chicago set to break 73-year old snowless record (via NBC News)

OIL 

Shell’s Arctic drilling plan under threat after US government orders review (via The Guardian)

US oil production to grow at fastest rate ever (via Houston Chronicle)

Federal offshore drilling safety committee may disband even as concerns mount (via InsideClimate News)

US oil production to jump 25% by 2014 – EIA (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Global challenges lie ahead for wind power developers (via New York Times)

Renewables deliver 32% of Spain’s electricity needs in 2012 (via Recharge)

Germany toasts new solar record as output soars 45 percent (via BusinessGreen)

France announces 1GW offshore wind tender (via Recharge)

Yingli stakes claim for title of world’s largest solar firm (via BusinessGreen)

Wind PTC extension means the equivalent of six nuclear plants will be built across US in 2013-2014 (via Facts of the Day)

Solar Mosiac fully crowd funds its new solar projects in less than 24 hours (via GigaOm)

New Jersey’s solar sector stalls and falls (via NJ Spotlight)

Sun power, pole by pole in New Jersey (via Wall Street Journal)

Solar tops Minnesota’s clean energy agenda (via Midwest Energy News)

ENERGY POLICY 

Average US wholesale electricity prices down compared to last year (via US EIA)

Gas and coal 2012 generation market shares were 30.3%, 37.6% respectively (via Facts of the Day)

Frustrated by Sandy response, NY Governor Cuomo seeks more state power over utilities (via Buffalo News)

GRID 

US military microgrids aim for 54.8MW capacity by 2018 (via CleanTechnica)

Maryland consumers get opt-out choices on smart meters (via Capital Gazette)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Report predicts US natural gas exports would slightly increase domestic prices (via Houston Chronicle)

Government panel urges fracking safeguards in Maryland (via Baltimore Sun)

TRANSPORTATION 

India’s grid not exactly ready for plug-in vehicles (via Autoblog Green)

Toyota Prius wins 2012 UK plug-in hybrid sales battle (via Autoblog Green)

GE puts the breaks on its 25,000-EV fleet plan (via Environmental Leader)

NUCLEAR 

Utility customers have paid more than $1 billion for idle San Onofre nuclear plant (via Los Angeles Times)

Vogtle nuclear plant contractor reducing construction force (via Augusta Chronicle)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Denver public school system using demand response, energy efficiency (via Renew Grid)

ENVIRONMENT

Harmful algae blooms increase as water warms in the world’s major lakes (via ClimateWire)

EMISSIONS 

European emissions permits may fall to record as glut expands (via Bloomberg)

GREEN BUSINESS 

State of the green business profession 2013 (via GreenBiz)

Canada catches LEED certification bug in 2012 (via EarthTechling)

POLITICS 

Congress takes aim at A123’s sale to China’s Wanxiang (via Greentech Media)

Obama environmental picks seen focusing on oil boom (via Bloomberg)

As Hagel faces confirmation battle, new and old energy issues likely to arise (via Greenwire)

OPINION 

2012 was the hottest year in US history, and yes – its climate change (via Time)

Who should pay for the costs of climate change? (via Resilience)

US coal continues its slow fade to black (via Grist)

Making BC’s carbon tax even better (via Sightline Daily)

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