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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 6.29.12

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.

ENERGY STORAGE 

Balancing Europe’s wind and solar with EVs, cold storage (via Greentech Media)

Spray-on battery makes power paintable (via CNET)

NUCLEAR 

Japan’s Tepco plans restart of world’s biggest nuclear plant (via Bloomberg)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Yale study puts shale gas net benefits at more than $100 billion per year (via Facts of the Day)

Engineers say UK fracking should proceed, but with caution (via BusinessGreen)

New York State agency gave inside edge to fracking lobby (via Albany Times-Union)

RENEWABLES

Japan clean energy funding to double as incentives start (via Bloomberg)

High-concentrating solar PV market to reach $1.6 billion in 2017 (via Environmental Leader)

Government reveals surge in UK renewable energy generation (via BusinessGreen)

Solazyme moving into biofuels in a major way (via Earth2Tech)

A second US-supported solar panel manufacturer will close (via New York Times)

Abound Solar failure revives debate over Obama clean energy policies (via Bloomberg)

COAL 

Mongolia mining bets China will double coal imports (via Bloomberg)

Coal generation booms in UK, displaces expensive gas (via Facts of the Day)

Coal plants: filthy, dangerous, and now a terrible investment (via Grist)

New York State adopts CO2 rules to limit new coal power plants (via Reuters)

EMISSIONS/CLIMATE 

Australia prepares for July 1 carbon tax introduction (via Voice of America)

CDP: European cities leading the way globally on climate change (via BusinessGreen)

Scientists: Western wildfires a preview of changed climate (via Reuters)

EU prepares to take legal action over UK’s air pollution problem (via BusinessGreen)

UK needs “fourfold increase” in emissions-cutting efforts (via BusinessGreen)

What’s happening with the Colorado wildfires, explained (via Mother Jones)

Climate showdown on Capitol Hill (via The Hill)

Preachable moments: evangelical Christians and climate change (via Yale Climate Media Forum)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy Department announces building energy efficiency investments in 22 states (via Energy.gov)

See what energy costs you with Energy Cost Calculator (via CNET)

GRID

Electricity woes could leave Texas with a black eye (via Houston Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION 

Global cities share secrets on EV readiness (via GreenBiz)

How long will your EV battery last? It depends where you live (via Green Car Reports)

ENERGY INDUSTRY

Thirst for power: how coal, nuclear, and gas waste our water (via Energy Bulletin)

Texas regulators raise power price cap by 50 percent (via Reuters)

Supreme Court confirms FERC authority on market-based rates, competitive power markets (via COMPETE Coalition)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

Backers vow to keep Keystone XL in pipeline (via Politico)

OTHER NEWS

An additional roundup of energy and climate news is posted at Climate Progress

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