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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 2.18.16

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not equal endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

China needs more power to crack down on polluters, says minister (via Reuters)

Canadian government mulling national carbon price floor (via Carbon Pulse)

Fracked fuel and petrochemical proposals in the Northwest (via Sightline Institute)

A carbon tax Jerry Brown thinks could have potential (via Sacramento Bee)

How California’s recycled tires turn into smog over state (via Green Car Reports)

NATURAL GAS 

Natural gas company to be arraigned over Los Angeles methane leak (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Japan solar installations to peak this year at 14.3GW, says BNEF (via Bloomberg)

Chile surpasses 1GW solar milestone (via PV Tech)

Philippines installed 122MW of solar in 2015 (via PV Tech) 

PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements top 9.5GW in January (via PV Tech)

Report says U.S. “wind drought” cause goes beyond El Nino (via Recharge News)

U.S. retail centers have 62.3GW of rooftop solar potential (via PV Magazine)

Powered by PTC, wind energy expected to keep booming despite Clean Power Plan stay (via Utility Dive)

CLIMATE 

Global warming crushes records, again (via Bloomberg)

Kiribati president: Climate-induced migration is five years away (via Climate Home)

The next front on climate change (via Foreign Affairs)

Water, security, and conflict: Violence over water in 2015 (via Significant Figures)

Mapped: The sensitivity of the world’s ecosystems to climate (via Carbon Brief)

Zika outbreak could be an omen of the global warming threat (via New York Times)

Every state’s temperature trend for every season (via Climate Central)

OIL 

Interactive: How the global oil trade is changing (via Carbon Brief)

Russia’s oil output may drop 14% by 2020-2025, says energy ministry (via Reuters)

Oil production in federal Gulf of Mexico projected to reach record high in 2017 (via U.S. EIA)

North Dakota has “big concern” with hedge funds buying oil assets (via Reuters)

Regulators say pipe corrosion led to California oil spill in May (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

TRANSPORTATION 

Ford becomes latest corporation to sever ties with conservative ALEC lobby (via The Guardian)

COAL 

Wyoming says its coal mine cleanup policy is flawed (via Reuters)

GRID 

Tesla to release Powerwall version 2.0 this summer (via Inside EVs)

Demand-side resources can be cheaper than large infrastructure upgrades (via Greentech Media)

Dispatches from DistribuTech: Settling the frontier of the grid’s edge (via Greentech Media)

Sonnen ships its 10,000th battery, putting pressure on Tesla and utilities (via Greentech Media)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Meet the $100 billion market of energy efficiency financing (via Energy Collective)

Why the Supreme Court Clean Power Stay stay “means nothing” for efficiency (via Utility Dive)

ENERGY POLICY 

Mississippi lawmakers push legislation to end PSC oversight of electric cooperatives (via Utility Dive)

ENVIRONMENT 

El Nino was supposed to bail out parched California, so what happened? (via Mashable)

OPINION 

Is Saudi Arabia winning the war against shale? (via Reuters)

What are we going to do about oil? (via Energy Collective)

Why the U.S. is cutting carbon emissions no matter what happens with the Supreme Court (via Washington Post)

Can Michael Bloomberg (finally) move the needle on climate disclosure? (via GreenBiz)

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