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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.13.12

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.


China extends energy levy to oil and gas projects with foreign firms (via Reuters)

Texas moves to raise wholesale power price cap 50% in August (via Reuters)


Federal loan cost estimates for $8.3 billion Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion still secret (via Augusta Chronicle)

Odd deterioration found in both San Onofre reactors (via Los Angeles Times)


US clean energy policies risk losing lead over China (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

Wind industry brought 6,816MW online in 2011 (via Houston Chronicle)

AWEA says PTC doubts have frozen 2013 wind projects (via Recharge News)

Kenya seeks investors for 3,000MW geothermal steam field (via Reuters)

Report: wind turbines have little impact on bird populations (via BusinessGreen)

Why BrightSource ditched its solar IPO (via Earth2Tech)

Ohio bill could pit cogeneration against wind farms (via Midwest Energy News)

Solar proposal shines new light on St. Louis brownfield (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


Global natural gas consumption doubled from 1980 to 2010 (via US EIA)

Fracking in LA? Test wells at urban oil field spark water worries (via InsideClimate News)

Pennsylvania’s gas-drilling law raises health concerns (via Morning Call)


Coulomb has shipped more than 2,400 plug-in vehicle charging stations throughout the US (via Autoblog Green)


Insurance giant Lloyd’s of London warns of “unique and hard-to-manage risk” of Arctic Ocean oil drilling (via ClimateProgress)

Parched western states rush to prepare for dangerous fire season (via Washington Post/AP)

National parks are focus of planned haze rule (via Texas Tribune)

Just how valuable are trees to a city? (via Washington Post)


House GOP hopes to revive Keystone fight with tie to highway bill extension (via The Hill)

Kinder Morgan to proceed with $5B expansion of Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta oilsands to west coast (via Green Car Congress)


EIA says US carbon emissions to fall again in 2012: back to 1996 levels (via Facts of the Day)

Deutsche Bank says EU CO2 set-aside won’t spur clean investment (via Bloomberg)

Emissions data confirms Canada struggling to meet carbon goal (via BusinessGreen)

Japan greenhouse gas emissions rose 4.2% on recovering economy (via Bloomberg)

Painting roofs white is as green as taking cars off roads for 50 years (via The Independent)


What the new 2011 EIA oil supply data shows (via The Oil Drum)

India replaces China as Iran’s top oil client (via Reuters)

Interior, Coast Guard probe 10-mile Gulf of Mexico sheen (via The Hill)

Myths and facts about oil and gasoline (via Media Matters)


How the Supergrid could help keep the lights on (via The Independent)

Mitsubishi companies launch smart grid demonstration system using EVs and used battery packs (via Green Car Congress)


Oregon port in talks to develop coal terminal (via Crosscut)


Fossil fuel subsidies are the real job killers (via Grist)

The only good coal is coal left in the ground (via Grist)

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