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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.3.12

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.

RENEWABLES 

Japan’s first offshore wind farm to start in January (via Reuters)

German PV capacity ceiling ‘may spur new development rush’ (via Recharge)

China quadruples 2015 solar energy target to aid demand, prices (via Renewable Energy World)

New federal grid rules for solar and wind (via Greentech Media)

Wind generation jumps 29 percent in Q1 2012: now four percent of US electricity (via Facts of the Day)

Winds of change: wind industry is leaving the US (via Greentech Media)

Why wind farms sometimes pay to get rid of power (via Midwest Energy News)

US completes environmental review for 3GW Wyoming wind farm, largest in US (via Bloomberg)

New York State encouraging big renewables (via Renewable Energy World)

Competing groups debate constitutional amendment to raise Michigan’s renewable energy standard (via Detroit Free Press)

OIL

PHMSA proposes $3.7M penalty for Michigan oil spill, agency’s largest ever (via Washington Post/AP)

Shell moves to pre-empt Arctic drilling challenges (via Houston Chronicle)

Shell clarifies: it can ‘encounter’ 95 percent of an Arctic oil spill, not collect it (via Climate Progress)

CLIMATE/ ENVIRONMENT 

Scientists find ‘net present value of climate change impacts’ of $1,240 trillion on current emissions path (via Climate Progress)

Rise in sea level can’t be stopped: scientists (via Reuters)

Colorado’s table was set for monster fire (via Washington Post)

California coastline could rise as much as 30 centimeters over 20 years (via Huffington Post)

Agriculture undersecretary on wildfires: ‘the climate is changing, and these fires are a very strong indicator of that’ (via Climate Progress)

A climate scientist battles time and mortality (via New York Times)

72 percent of the US is experiencing dry or drought conditions (via Mother Jones)

Heat wave sets more all-time temperature records (via Climate Central)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Justice Department probes Chesapeake over possible collusion (via Reuters)

North Carolina senate overrides governor’s fracking ban (via Charlotte Observer)

EMISSIONS

Shell, GE urge EU to prop up carbon market (via Environmental Leader)

Impact of Australian carbon scheme may not be quite what you expect (via The Age)

Carbon-price future clouded as Gillard trails in polls (via Bloomberg)

Rapidly growing Arctic forests are releasing more CO2 than they absorb (via Inhabitat)

Global carbon dioxide emissions – facts and figures (via Energy Collective)

COAL 

New Wyoming coal mine aims to export (via Casper Star-Tribune)

GREEN BUSINESS 

College campuses’ climate lesson for companies (via GreenBiz)

Sony outlines vision for futuristic green technologies (via BusinessGreen)

A five-step guide to buying RECs and carbon offsets (via GreenBiz)

Toronto latest battleground for war on plastic bags (via BusinessGreen)

21st century conservation service corps will combat youth & veteran unemployment (via Treehugger)

TRANSPORTATION 

Pike Research projects plug-in sales to fall short of US 2015 target; strong growth through 2020 (via Green Car Congress)

EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2012 projects impacts of battery technology breakthroughs (via Green Car Congress)

US Navy’s ‘great green fleet’ sets sail for Pacific (via The Guardian)

White House pushes biofuels on Navy over lawmaker objections (via The Hill)

Winners and losers in Congressional highway battle (via The Hill)

For compact EVs, divergent approaches in quest for performance (via New York Times)

ENERGY INDUSTRY 

Congressional Budget Office: carbon capture efforts aren’t going so well (via Washington Post)

Burning rivers: how coal and nuclear are sucking up our fresh water (via Climate Progress)

US EIA chief wants ‘punchier’ agency (via The Hill)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Building energy management skyrocketing, Johnson Controls survey finds (via Environmental Leader)

Battle over ‘negawatt’ pricing heads to court (via Greenwire)

OPINION 

“No doubt” that climate change is playing a role in US fires (via Mongabay)

We are all ‘climate test dummies’ now, providing data on how humans respond to extreme weather (via Climate Progress)

Why Western wildfires keep getting worse (via Washington Post)

Feeling the heat (via Washington Post)

The new fossil-fuel glut: less glutty than you think (via Grist)

Oh, Canada: the government’s broad assault on environment (via Yale e360)

OTHER NEWS

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

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