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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.15.12

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. 

EMISSIONS 

Carbon trading in China could secure global climate deal (via BusinessGreen)

Online database monitors CO2 emissions for world’s 60,000 power plants (via Inhabitat)

South Korea doubles emissions target for 2013 (via BusinessGreen)

NATURAL GAS 

Poland to invest 12.5 billion Euros in shale gas by 2020 (via Phys.org)

Natural gas producers begin joint methane leak study (via Houston Chronicle)

SUNY Buffalo defends controversial shale gas institute (via DeSmogBlog)

TRANSPORTATION 

Pike Research: 11.4 million EV charging stations installed by 2020 (via Autoblog Green)

Cumulative worldwide sales of Honda hybrids passes 1 million units (via Green Car Congress)

Germany questioning government EV subsidy support (via Autoblog Green)

Toyota dealers prefer selling hybrids over electric cars (via Green Car Reports)

RENEWABLES 

Wind power capacity additions in India down 40% in first half 2012 (via Panchabuta)

German tax to finance renewable energy skyrockets (via Boston Globe/AP)

UK tidal power capacity potential estimated at 153GW (via CleanTechnica)

Malaysia aims for 5.5% renewable energy share in installed capacity by 2015 (via CleanTechnica)

Solyndra files $1.5 billion antitrust suit against China solar companies (via Forbes)

Big steps from FERC and IEC toward renewables integration (via AOL Energy)

Federal plan designed to create large solar energy plans in US West (via Los Angeles Times)

Vestas cuts US jobs by 20 percent awaiting PTC decision (via Renewable Energy World)

Top ten US states for renewable energy installed capacity (via Renewable Energy World)

Interior Department to fast-track solar projects on public land (via The Hill)

Texas schools share wind-power profits (via Bloomberg)

Hawaiian island to become eco-lab that runs on solar power (via NBC News)

COAL 

Combatants start ‘huge, multidimensional chess game’ over Northwest coal exports (via Greenwire)

Coal ash decision stymied in election year (via Washington Post)

CLIMATE 

World’s biggest geoengineering experiment violates UN rules (via The Guardian)

In California, a grand experiment to rein in climate change (via New York Times)

ENERGY POLICY 

Political storm brews as German energy prices set to surge (via Recharge)

Should oil and natural gas tax breaks stay or go? (via National Journal)

Utility fuel switching is not so easy (via AOL Energy)

GRID 

Second-quarter boost in global smart meter shipments (via Renew Grid)

Smart meter shipments gaining steam in Europe and China (via GreenBiz)

KEYSTONE XL 

Last-ditch bid in Texas to try and stop Keystone XL pipeline (via New York Times)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Walmart to save $150 million with sustainability initiatives in FY2013 (via Environmental Leader)

Can Facebook activate a billion consumers to be green? (via GreenBiz)

America’s top 7 energy-efficient baseball stadiums (via EarthTechling)

OIL 

IEA sees oil supply rising as demand growth slows by 2017 (via Houston Chronicle)

Japan successfully extracts shale oil for first time in country (via Green Car Congress)

Obama’s slippery foreign oil promise (via Politico)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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