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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.29.16

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


As Japan’s electricity reform kicks off, Germany serves as a warning (via Reuters)

Investor network says utilities should face climate change stress tests (via Reuters)


China to extend anti-dumping duties on EU polysilicon (via PV Tech)

India attracted $14 billion renewable energy investment in three years (via CleanTechnica)

Mexico launches call for second electricity auction in September (via PV Magazine)

UK government survey finds 84% support for solar as fracking backing fades (via PV Magazine)

Finland to add more PV using community solar model (via PV Magazine)

Study finds positive link between UK solar farms and biodiversity (via PV Magazine)

U.S. installs most Q1 wind power capacity since 2012 (via Recharge News)

New renewable energy projects may find opportunity in old coal transmission lines (via High Country News)

NYISO warns Cuomo energy plan could raise New York consumer costs (via Politico)

LePage vetoes solar energy bill after compromise talks fail (via Portland Press-Herald)

Maine legislators push to override veto of controversial solar policy (via PV Magazine)

Solar advocates, lawmakers drop dueling Arizona ballot initiatives in cease-fire (via Utility Dive)

Arizona voter initiatives dropped in solar cease-fire (via Arizona Republic)

Texas utility slashes community solar program price amid lack of customers (via San Antonio Business Journal)

A graduate’s view of the Solar Ready Vets training schools (via PV Tech)


Climate change to widen range of disease-carrying mosquitoes, says study (via Carbon Brief)

Greenland ice sheet melting starts one month early (via Sydney Morning Herald)

Climate change is “devastating” the Great Barrier Reef (via Climate Central)

Unseasonably warm weather a clear sign of climate change, say scientists (via The Guardian)

Lured by early warm weather, scorpions emerge to swarm Arizona homes (via New York Times)


Saudis to push oil output higher but won’t flood market (via Reuters)

Rising oil prices throw lifeline to shale producers (via Reuters)


Ford CEO confirms 200-mile electric car coming (via Green Car Reports)


U.S. oil and gas boom is having global atmospheric consequences (via Washington Post)

EU carbon market drops most in two months as ruling sparks uncertainty (via Bloomberg)

China’s Sichuan province aims to launch pilot carbon market this year (via Carbon Brief)

14 states seek Clean Power Plan guidance despite stay (via Bloomberg BNA)

Conservative groups claim responsibility for state budget restrictions on Clean Power Plan work (via E&E Wire)

Illinois can meet its Clean Power Plan targets in three steps (via WRI Insights)


Diary of a grid defector: Scamming an efficiency competition and cows on the loose (via Utility Dive)

FERC rules demand response, generation not subject to same operational requirements (via Utility Dive)


No need to destroy forests to feed growing populations, says study (via Climate Home)

Global droughts: A bad year (via Significant Figures)

Brazil losing forest the size of two soccer fields per minute (via Reuters)


Republican lawmakers are turning to climate action to help keep their seats (via Climate Progress)

Conservative group America Rising targets Steyer, environmentalists (via Politico)


Scientists say there’s basically no way the Great Barrier Reef was bleached naturally (via Washington Post)

Why pipelines could soon feel the next devastating phase of the oil bust (via Forbes)

The little-known story of how “fracking” entered our vocabulary (via Vox)

Solyndra vs. SunEdison: Two bankruptcies show how solar has changed (via EnergyWire)

A conversation with David Crane on getting fired from NRG and what’s next for his energy plans (via Greentech Media)

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