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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.13.12

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.

EMISSIONS 

New Zealand resists high carbon price, plans Australia link (via Bloomberg)

China paves way for carbon market (via GreenBiz)

US may allow states to regulate CO2 emissions using carbon markets (via Bloomberg)

Left-right climate group quietly weighing proposals for carbon tax (via The Hill)

GRID

PJM approves $943.2 million in transmission upgrades (via Reuters)

Maine high court sides with smart meter opponents on safety issue (via Maine Public Broadcasting Network)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Natural gas boom could isolate US on climate change (via The Hill)

Japan utilities burn record natural gas in June as all nuclear reactors shut (via Reuters)

Review of state fracking rules finds lots of gaps (via EnergyWire)

Texas sees spike in quakes near deep injection wells (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)

RENEWABLES 

EU says up to 1.5 billion euros ready for low-carbon investment (via Reuters)

India set to double solar capacity target (via Bloomberg)

Italy sets August 27 cut-off date for move to new PV FIT regime (via Recharge)

Brazil transmission delays leave 622MW of wind stranded (via Recharge)

Invenergy proposes 502MW wind project in Oregon (via Recharge)

Customer-generated solar at 122,516 California sites signals historic grid transformation (via Facts of the Day)

Retired US military brass wage political battle for biofuels (via Reuters)

Michigan renewable portfolio standard gets on November ballot (via Sustainable Business)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

UK ranked most energy efficient of world’s largest economies (via BusinessGreen)

US ranks ninth out of 12 countries in energy efficiency (via InsideClimate News)

New generation costs three times more than saving a kilowatt-hour (via Facts of the Day)

TAR SANDS 

US producers say Canadian pipeline company refusing to carry their crude (via Greenwire)

ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE

Sea level rise could be worse than we think (via Climate Central)

Sea level higher than previously thought during last warming (via Los Angeles Times)

Which country feels the most guilt about the environment? (via Mother Jones)

Poll finds more Americans believe climate change is happening (via Washington Post)

US declares largest natural disaster area ever due to drought (via The Atlantic)

US corn crop struggles as drought continues (via Huffington Post)

LA braces for hellish heat waves while world leaders diddle (via Grist)

TRANSPORTATION 

European electric vehicle charging-station revenue will jump tenfold by 2020 (via Autoblog Green)

As battery prices drop, will electric cars finally catch on? (via Washington Post)

Can car sharing accelerate electric vehicle adoption? (via Greentech Media)

A new source of support for natural gas vehicle tech: ARPA-E (via Earth2Tech)

Chevy Volt a plug-in hybrid? More electric than you think, owners say (via Green Car Reports)

CLEAN TECH 

Desalination technology achieves 99% water recovery rate at bottling plant (via Treehugger)

OPINION 

Government regulation, or the lack of people doing the right thing? (via The Good Human)

Wind turbines waste much less energy than fossil fuels (via Renewable Energy World)

Auto execs say to meet hype, electric car prices need to go lower and batteries longer (via PEEC)

OTHER NEWS

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

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