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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.6.12

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 

EPA maintains GHG thresholds, focus on larger polluters (via Environmental Leader)

NUCLEAR 

World atomic power output falls by record in Fukushima aftermath (via Bloomberg)

Spain extends operating life of nuclear power station for 10 more years (via EnergyBiz)

Troubled California nuclear plant may be too pricey to fix (via Houston Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION 

China plug-in market to reach 152,000 units/year by 2017, fall short of government targets (via Green Car Congress)

Prius popularity continues to soar, boosting hybrid sales (via Green Car Reports)

Nissan debuts new battery capacity estimators (via Autoblog Green)

FedEx Express to purchase 19 Boeing 767s, improve fuel efficiency 30% (via Environmental Leader)

RENEWABLES 

IEA releases first ever renewable energy market report (via AOL Energy)

China’s controversial Three Gorges dam completed (via The Guardian)

Chile’s big solar ambitions could face grid-capacity hurdle (via Recharge)

Solar, wind energy a missed opportunity for Cuba (via Houston Chronicle)

Wind power firms threaten to sue UK government over rumored subsidy cuts (via BusinessGreen)

Rural energy programs cut under House panel’s version of farm bill (via The Hill)

Hybrid solar electric, solar thermal panels could make rooftop solar mainstream (via Treehugger)

US ethanol output falls to 10-month low, drought darkens outlook (via Reuters)

NASA developing high-flying wind technology (via Treehugger)

Cape Wind to advance with ocean geotechnical survey (via Recharge)

Community wind arrives in the US (via Renewable Energy World)

Unemployed veterans will be trained to install solar panels (via Revmodo)

NATURAL GAS 

Chesapeake Energy cheat sheet: what’s been uncovered so far (via ProPublica)

GRID 

Silver Spring Networks poised to flick switch on European smart grids (via BusinessGreen)

How smart meters help fight power outages (via Earth2Tech)

Three things holding back grid energy storage (via Earth2Tech)

The smart grid for water gets bigger (via Greentech Media)

Electrical reliability demand can drive storage market (via The Energy Collective)

CLIMATE 

Scientists find that climate change stalls reef growth (via Time)

Cities are leading the charge on climate action (via Climate Progress)

Africa: climate change cripples farming (via All Africa)

Rising temperatures and drought create fears of a new Dust Bowl (via Time)

Heat wave, fires have climate change activists on offensive (via The Hill)

District by district, climate change in Los Angeles (via New York Times)

OIL/FUEL 

US hits record exports of diesel, other distillate fuels (via Houston Chronicle)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Ranking the states by per capita energy consumption (via Facts of the Day)

Study finds vampire energy far more costly than we thought (via EarthTechling)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Acting green vs. buying green infographic (via The Good Human)

POLITICS 

Another Obama-backed energy firm may be close to collapse (via The Hill)

Republican probes White House role in Cape Wind approval (via Greenwire)

OPINION 

Investment will follow if Congress renews the production tax credit (via Huffington Post)

We’re fighting the wrong fights over energy subsidies (via Grist)

Cut the price of solar in half by cutting red tape (via Forbes)

OTHER NEWS

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

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