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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.28.12

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. 


EPA chief set to leave; term fell shy of early hope (via New York Times)

Acting EPA chief among most likely to succeed Jackson (via The Hill)

Next EPA administrator pick faces tough confirmation battle (via Houston Chronicle)

Rep. Markey to seek Sen. Kerry’s seat (via The Hill)

New Hawaii senator pledges to tackle climate change (via The Hill)


EU agrees on measures to speed up grid links for renewables (via Recharge)

Indian government may miss rural electrification target due to difficult terrain (via Panchabuta)

States want control over power line decisions (via Stateline)

Pepco smart meter installation is behind schedule (via Washington Examiner)


2012 a record year for utility-solar installations (via CleanTechnica)

Uruguay aims to be world’s wind leader by 2015 (via SmartPlanet)

Wind farm developers run a race against the calendar (via New York Times)

Building integrated solar panels set to boom over next five years (via GigaOm)

200MW California Ridge wind project powers up in TVA territory (via Renew Grid)

Top ten PV projects under construction in the US (via Greentech Media)


Carbon taxes make Ireland even greener (via New York Times)

EPA grants waiver to California’s Clean Cars program (via Autoblog Green)


LNG exports still iffy, even if they win approval (via Christian Science Monitor)

After Jackson, EPA faces big decisions on US fracking boom (via Reuters)


What were these businesses’ greatest sustainability frustrations this year? (via GreenBiz)

Fossil fuel front groups on the front page (via Huffington Post)

What were the biggest sustainability trends of 2012? (via GreenBiz)

Atlanta Hawks arena to run on green energy for 2012-2013 season (via Mother Nature Network)


Energy efficiency saves New England $260 million in transmission costs (via CleanTechnica)

Some of NYC’s oldest buildings are more efficient than new LEED-certified ones (via Sustainable Business)

San Antonio retrofits 20,000 street lamps with LEDs (via EarthTechling)


Mississippi River receding faster than expected (via Bloomberg)


Time for US to confront climate change (via New York Times)

Global warming experts should think more about the Cold War (via Bloomberg)’s divestment campaign is on the money (via GreenBiz)

Silicon Valley’s green energy mistake (via Wall Street Journal)

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