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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.1.12

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. 

CLIMATE /EMISSIONS 

Kenya first in Africa to have climate change law (via The Star)

OIL/GAS 

OPEC oil production rises to three-year high (via The National)

Sandia researcher calculates likely discharge of 4.9-5.8 million barrels of oil from Deepwater Horizon (via Green Car Congress)

Interior readies next round of drilling-safety rules (via The Hill)

Report finds pipeline oversight wanting (via New York Times)

Feds will move faster to update safety equipment rules (via Houston Chronicle)

Brazil will funnel $400 billion into oil and gas activity (via Houston Chronicle)

RENEWABLES 

A very large world thinks wind and solar take the easiest hit on a wallet (via Platts)

No, wind farms are not causing global warming (via Washington Post)

GE is watching your wind turbine (via Greentech Media)

Wind could power offshore platforms (via Houston Chronicle)

Three charts illustrate why solar has hit a true tipping point (via Climate Progress)

Good-for-nothing polluted land may be good for renewables (via Bloomberg)

SolarCity to file for an IPO (via Earth2Tech)

US Northwest wind curtailments begin earlier than 2011 (via Recharge)

Nanosolar looking at grid parity by 2015 (via CleanTechnica)

Report: Virginia could meet half its power demand with renewables by 2035 (via EnergyBoom)

TRANSPORTATION 

Toyota looking for high-volume Prius assembly in US by 2015 (via Autoblog Green)

Ford certifies first 67 dealers to sell Focus Electric (via Green Car Congress)

Pike forecasts sales of electric two-wheelers in Asia Pacific to reach more than 65M units in 2018 (via Green Car Congress)

Delta Air Lines buys refinery to get control of fuel costs (via New York Times)

Should the US cut import duties on electric-car parts? (via Green Car Reports)

ENERGY POLICY 

Japan-US statement to include energy ties (via Yomiuri Shimbun)

CLEAN TECH 

Nordic countries emerge as top green datacenter location (via BusinessGreen)

India’s enormous cleantech opportunity (via Climate Progress)

A/C on demand: smart outlet provides remote control (via CNET)

GREEN BUILDING 

Q and A: greening New York City’s zoning rules (via New York Times)

GRID 

54% of older customers won’t pay for additional smart grid services (via Greentech Media)

Navy plans for California blackouts nears completion (via Huffington Post/AP)

What have more than half of Midwest energy customers never heard of? (AOL Energy)

Entergy Texas utility seeks to join Midwest grid (via Reuters)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Will Ohio continue to be a regional dumping ground for fracking wastewater? (via InsideClimate News)

IRS looking at Chesapeake’s CEO well program-filing (via Reuters)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Lessons from Ceres: how to expand corporate leadership (via GreenBiz)

ORD airport vertical gardens feed 10,000 people per year (via Environmental Leader)

COAL 

EEI raises coal plant closings to 53,000 megawatts: what does it mean? (via Facts of the Day)

Media age of US coal plant is 46 years (via Facts of the Day)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

The secret energy drain on cities: streetlights (via The Atlantic)

NUCLEAR 

Japan’s finding it’s not so easy to go nuclear free (via Washington Post)

OPINION 

US coal is on the decline, and utility execs know it (via Grist)

Offering a conservative perspective on climate change (via Press-Citizen)

Oregon and Northwest neighbors must decide wisely on coal export proposals (via The Oregonian)

POLITICS 

Gas prices drop could benefit Obama re-election hopes (via Huffington Post/AP)

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