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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.26.12

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. 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

New York City’s law tracking energy use yields some surprises (via New York Times)

US Army invests $208.8 million in energy efficiency since 2011 (via Energy Manager Today)

CLIMATE 

Scientists report Western Antarctica warming twice as fast as thought (via New York Times)

EMISSIONS 

China to direct more private capital toward emissions cuts (via China Daily)

EPA finalizes boiler emissions rules (via The Hill)

DOE estimates at least 2,400 billion metric tons of US CO2 storage resource (via Green Car Congress)

California issues official notification for February emissions allowance auction (via Green Car Congress)

California emissions law tests company responses to carbon costs (via New York Times)

RENEWABLES 

Wind power generation beating natural gas in US in 2012 (via Bloomberg)

5 charts that show solar’s massive growth in 2012 (via GigaOm)

US to launch first floating wind turbine (via BusinessGreen)

Sandia National Lab launches sustainable innovation foundry (via Renew Grid)

Ontario grid upgrades to help balance renewable energy intermittency (via Renew Grid)

California sets a new record for winter solar power generation (via Inhabitat)

Oregon gets 10-year clean energy plan (via Sustainable Business)

New York State renewables push gets fresh $250 million (via EarthTechling)

New Mexico regulators increase clean energy requirement for utilities (via Renew Grid)

Biggest US community solar project opens in Colorado (via Sustainable Business) 

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING

EPA releases update on ongoing hydraulic fracturing study (via AOL Energy)

In fracking culture war, celebrities, billionaires, and banjos (via Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION 

China’s Wanxiang looking to defuse political fears over A123 purchase (via Autoblog)

GM wants to jumpstart Chinese EV market with car-sharing (via Plugin Cars)

Canada to boost EV charging station networks in provinces (via Green Car Report)

Electric bus and taxi market forecast to grow to $54 billion in 2021 (via Green Car Congress)

Pike Research projects Ford to lead US plug-in EV market (via Green Car Congress)

Hybrids expected to trump EV sales with li-ion batteries skyrocketing (via Autoblog Green)

Tesla begins East Coast fast-charging corridor (via New York Times)

Chargepoint’s new smartphone app can see “all” US EV charging stations (via Autoblog Green)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Record number of US companies issuing sustainability reports (via Triple Pundit)

Seattle mayor calls for divesting city pension funds from fossil fuels (via Climate Progress)

ENVIRONMENT

Amazon rainforest failing to recover after droughts (via Mongabay)

OPINION 

Why it’s the end of the line for wind power (via Forbes)

10 energy numbers to remember from 2012 (via Climate Progress)

Why are US firms going green – CEOs or customers? (via Christian Science Monitor)

2012’s green business heroes (via Marc Gunther)

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