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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.30.12

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. 

HURRICANE SANDY 

US East Coast power outages from Sandy hit 7 million (via Reuters)

The science behind Hurricane Sandy: a confluence of trouble (via Los Angeles Times)

Hurricane Sandy puts a rickety power grid to the test (via Time)

A $20 billion, 1000-year Frankenstorm? Sandy slams East Coast, smashes all-time records (via Climate Progress)

Hurricane may test limits of homeowners insurance (via Washington Post)

GRID 

MENA region needs $250 billion for electricity grid expansion (via Xinhua)

How solar-powered microgrids could bring power to millions of the world’s poorest (via MIT Technology Review)

An electricity eBay framework takes shape in Europe (via Smart Grid Library)

Can smart grid limit power outages from extreme weather? (via Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES 

IEA charts path to double global hydroelectric supply (via BusinessGreen)

South Africa approves $5.4 billion in clean energy projects (via Reuters)

Denmark won’t help Vestas if wind turbine maker needs rescue (via Renewable Energy World)

Poland renewables bill to forge new solar market as EU cuts back (via Bloomberg)

Renewable energy will overtake nuclear power in UK by 2018 (via BusinessGreen)

Corporate leaders offer insight into renewable energy investments (via AOL Energy)

Stat of the day: wind and solar at 4.72% of US electricity (via Greentech Media)

Texas utility commissioners decline calls for mandatory solar energy targets (via Houston Chronicle)

Bill Clinton throws his support behind Michigan’s renewable energy ballot initiative (via Climate Progress)

ENVIRONMENT 

US, New Zealand reach agreement of massive Antarctic Ocean preserve (via Treehugger)

Not-so-permanent permafrost (via Phys.org)

Top 10 US cities for clean air (via EarthTechling)

TRANSPORTATION 

Pike Research US consumer survey finds decreasing fundamental interest in plug-in electric vehicles (via Green Car Congress)

Hybrids and electric vehicles do well in reliability survey (via New York Times)

Small-battery PHEVs and gasoline hybrids the least-cost policy solution to reducing gasoline consumption (via Green Car Congress)

GREEN BUSINESS 

42% of companies say sustainability is key to business operations (via Environmental Leader)

POLITICS 

Hurricane Sandy poses ugly “October Surprise” for both Obama and Romney (via ClimateWire)

Clean tech 2012 election preview: what can we expect? (via Renewable Energy World)

OPINION 

Vladimir Putin is the new global shah of oil (via Forbes)

Yes, Hurricane Sandy is a good reason to worry about climate change (via Washington Post)

Did climate change supersize Hurricane Sandy? (via Mother Jones)

Are we headed for a sudden climate disaster? (via Grist)

What if New York City invested in climate adaptation like it has in combating terrorism? (via Treehugger)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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