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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.15.12

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. 

ELECTRICITY 

Japan to experience power shortages this summer, panel says (via Bloomberg)

Electric sector sparking natural gas optimism (via AOL Energy)

State electric retail choice programs are popular with commercial and industrial customers (via US EIA)

GRID 

China building transmission super highway for clean power (via Earth2Tech)

Offshore wind transmission line takes a step forward (via New York Times)

Vermont smart meter opposition: no opt-out fee under new legislation (via Huffington Post/AP)

TRANSPORTATION 

Study: reliability of electric-car charging networks varies wildly (via Green Car Reports)

Tesla will start repaying loans by end of this year (via Autoblog Green)

First national pay-as-you-go EV charging network goes live in UK (via BusinessGreen)

OIL 

Oil prices could double by 2022, IMF warns (via The Guardian)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Heartland Institute grows isolated as three more donors disassociate (via The Guardian)

ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE/EMISSIONS 

Study: many mammals won’t be able to outrun climate change (via USA Today)

Australian project simulates effects of runaway climate change (via The Guardian)

Why investors should be paying attention to California’s carbon auction (via Forbes)

California and Quebec will link cap-and-trade programs (via Triple Pundit)

WWF: we will need two Earths by 2030 (via BusinessGreen)

Carbon capture leak simulated in sea off Scotland (via BusinessGreen)

Geoengineering solutions getting closer, Gates & Branson funding them (via Sustainable Business)

New push to limit ‘super greenhouse’ gases (via Climate Central)

Is it too late to save the Potomac and other endangered rivers? (via Good)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

Energy exec: US production boom makes case for oil sands exports to Asia (via The Hill)

Lawmakers get down to business on Keystone (via The Hill)

RENEWABLES 

India may auction off offshore wind farm leases (via Panchabuta)

Europe braces for a summer of hot solar debate (via Renewable Energy World)

Predicting solar power via satellite and software (via Greentech Media)

Energy access practitioners seek $500 million from World Bank at Rio+20 (via Energy Boom)

Italy may delay solar tariff cuts, Deutsche Bank says (via Bloomberg)

Biodiesel production hits record levels: now equals one day US oil consumption (via Facts of the Day)

New geothermal technology uses CO2, not water (via Sustainable Business)

Clean tech a beacon in the California economic gloom (via Earth Techling)

EU’s feed-in tariff rebranded as CLEAN program for Americans (via InsideClimate News)

NUCLEAR 

NRC increases oversight at Florida and Virginia nukes (via Reuters)

Report questions safety of equipment at troubled San Onofre nuke plant (via Washington Post/AP)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Gas-rich states lose fracking lottery (via Reuters)

Waterless fracking technique makes its debut in Ohio (via Midwest Energy News)

COAL 

Obama administration will appeal court ruling that erased EPA coal mine veto (via Greenwire)

POLITICS 

Energy sector donations fuel Obama campaign (via Politico)

OPINION 

Clean energy as culture war (via Grist)

Clean tech headed for stagnation (via The Innovation Files)

Lots of solar power may reduce, not increase electricity prices (via Renewable Energy World)

OTHER NEWS

For additional energy and climate headlines, check out the daily news roundup at Climate Progress

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