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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.23.12

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 INDUSTRY 

NRG Energy buys GenOn, forming largest US independent power producer (via Reuters)

Power sector environmental regulations could cost consumers $2 trillion (via AOL Energy)

Texas ranks last in electrical power reliability (via New York Times)

NUCLEAR 

China in talks to build up to five UK nuclear power plants (via BusinessGreen)

Second Japan nuclear unit resumes power generation (via Yahoo! News/Reuters)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Study finds energy-efficient homes often command higher prices (via Washington Post)

Leaking energy, and money, from affordable housing (via GreenBiz)

California to improve nonresidential building efficiencies by 30% (via EarthTechling)

RENEWABLES 

GE blames drop in wind turbine sales on tax uncertainty (via The Hill)

China-US solar trade dispute escalates (via SmartPlanet)

50% increase in European offshore wind power in 2012 (via CleanTechnica)

US solar tax credit pays for itself with 10% return (via Bloomberg)

Military invests in large-scale mobile solar (via Sustainable Business)

New vertical axis wind turbine prototype takes aim at urban wind power (via Treehugger)

Ikea’s solar blitz adding up to massive power (via EarthTechling)

Largest US biomass plant online in Texas (via Environmental Leader)

Ball State breaks ground on final phase of largest US geothermal project (via Triple Pundit)

New York State draws 130 solar, transmission, wind proposals (via Recharge)

Wind farms add nearly $6 billion, 20,000 jobs to Illinois economy (via CleanTechnica)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Shale energy spits French government, may see ban lifted (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

Will the US export fracking to the rest of the world? (via Washington Post)

Drought helps fracking foes build momentum for recycling (via Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION 

Plug-in hybrid sales soar; all-electric cars stay in low gear (via Los Angeles Times)

California is nation’s key player in electric vehicle sales and development (via Sacramento Bee)

Honda delivers first Fit EV in California (via Autoblog Green)

OIL 

Shell wins Coast Guard ok on changes to Arctic-bound barge (via Houston Chronicle)

Shell’s Arctic oil spill response still behind schedule (via Climate Progress)

Arctic drilling close for Shell, but still elusive (via Washington Post)

CLEAN TECH 

New solar cells may bring ‘power’ windows (via United Press International)

Inside General Electric’s battery business (via SmartPlanet)

EMISSIONS/CLIMATE 

Tougher smog rules could have saved thousands of lives annually (via Yale e360)

Is science the answer to global warming? (via Mother Jones)

Ten things climate change is making worse right now (via Climate Progress)

When Beijing cleared the air (via New York Times)

COAL 

EPA to consider relaxing air pollution rule for new coal plants (via New York Times)

New report: coal exports overseas are increasing from Appalachian mines (via Climate Progress)

ENVIRONMENT 

Historic 2012 US drought continues to expand and intensify (via Weather Underground)

Worst Beijing rainstorm in 60 years leaves at least 37 dead (via Bloomberg)

US drought set to cut world corn supply by 60 million tons (via Bloomberg)

TAR SANDS 

Alberta to probe pipelines as oil spill furor grows (via Reuters)

Gateway pipeline risks exceed rewards, British Columbia premier says (via Globe and Mail)

OPINION 

We’re headed to $8 natural gas (via Forbes)

Its not just spills – the climate risks of Arctic drilling (via Time)

Loan guarantees for clean energy: a success story, not a scandal (via Miami Herald)

Is Arctic oil drilling ready for prime time? (via National Journal)

OTHER NEWS

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

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