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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.21.12

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. 

ENVIRONMENT 

NOAA: 2012 to rank as second-costliest extreme weather year since 1980 (via Climate Central)

Top ten US weather events of 2012 (via Weather Underground)

US drought to last into 2013; impacts expected to intensify (via Climate Central)

Huge expansion of US protection proposed for Northern California waters (via Los Angeles Times)

EMISSIONS 

Federal court won’t revisit ruling allowing EPA to regulate emissions (via The Hill)

Study: tailpipe emissions are world’s fastest-growing cause of premature death (via Inhabitat)

Coal-fired carbon capture tops 238MW globally (via Environmental Leader)

California utility ratepayers to get cap-and-trade dividend (via Houston Chronicle)

Depleted US oil fields could store decades of carbon emissions (via Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES 

China orders release of $1.4 billion more in owed subsidies to renewable generators (via Recharge)

Solar milestone: first large plants without subsidy sought in Spain (via Bloomberg)

UK renewable power output leaps 25% year-on-year (via Recharge)

German wind power irks neighboring grids (via Reuters)

Britain set to spur solar and biomass energy (via CleanTechnica)

US wind industry in mad rush to meet tax break deadline (via EarthTechling)

Southwest Power Pool breaks wind energy record (via Renew Grid)

COAL 

China to end government price intervention in thermal coal market (via Reuters)

Moving beyond coal in 2012: by the numbers (via Huffington Post)

ENERGY STORAGE 

Energy storage projects top 700 globally (via Energy Manager Today)

Renewable power, evolving smart grid boost energy storage (via Renew Grid)

KEYSTONE XL 

Judge delays East Texas TransCanada pipeline decision (via StateImpact Texas)

CLIMATE 

Drought, floods, and one giant storm: the year in climate insanity (via Mother Jones)

Science groups call for changes to Australia’s FOIA laws to protect climate scientists (via DeSmogBlog)

Laws of global warming: how to regulate geo-engineering efforts to fight climate change (via Phys.org)

Fewer Americans say their actions can slow climate change (via New York Times)

ENERGY INDUSTRY 

Census: oil-and-gas heavy North Dakota is fastest-growing state (via The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION 

Hong Kong, choked by smog, bans most polluting vehicles (via Green Car Reports)

Tesla announces European pricing for Model S, “same level of profit” as in US (via Autoblog Green)

EV makers “to exit in 2013” (via Environmental Leader)

Report: electric cars can slash companies’ fleet costs (via BusinessGreen)

Researchers quantifying effect of driving style on EV performance, economy, perception (via Green Car Congress)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Why renters use more electricity (via New York Times)

NATURAL GAS 

As global natural gas use increases, inland and floating LNG projects proliferate (via AOL Energy)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Largest companies setting emissions reduction targets (via GreenBiz)

Sustainability “at a tipping point” in Canada (via Environmental Leader)

NUCLEAR 

Japanese PM to give cabinet posts to stimulus, nuclear advocates (via Wall Street Journal)

GRID 

Texas grid planners extending pilot project to lower peak demand (via Houston Chronicle)

OPINION 

2012 was big year for America’s clean energy economy, despite Solyndra (via InsideClimate News)

What would Secretary of State John Kerry do on climate and Keystone? (via Grist)

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