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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.21.12

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.

ELECTRICITY GENERATION 

Natural gas, renewables dominate electric capacity additions in first half 2012 (via US EIA)

Illinois power plants granted exceptions to release hotter water (via Chicago Tribune) 

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Can natural gas help tackle global warming? A primer (via Washington Post)

Diesel still used to ‘frack’ wells, FracFocus shows (via EnergyWire)

New York State getting ready to allow fracking (via StateImpact Texas)

Drilling through the mysteries of the Utica Shale (via EnergyWire)

RENEWABLES

Australians lead in fitting solar panels on homes (via Sydney Morning Herald)

JA Solar sees looming global grid parity triggering ‘explosive growth’ (via Recharge)

Ireland’s excess green energy could fill peaks in UK demand (via Daily Mail)

Australia’s reverse solar auction delivers ‘remarkable’ results (via Recharge)

China hits back at US in clean tech trade dispute (via BusinessGreen)

Will the Department of Defense help open the way to next generation biofuels? (via Renewable Energy World)

Algae fuel producers hope tax bill helps legitimize industry (via Midwest Energy News)

Signs of the California Solar Initiative’s coming end (via Greentech Media)

Ocean Power wins first license for grid-connected wave energy (via Sustainable Business)

OIL 

Shell’s drilling rig begins two-week trek to Arctic sea (via Houston Chronicle)

Fuel industry pushes Congress to keep high-ethanol blends off the market (via The Hill)

CLIMATE/EMISSIONS 

Could Australia sign up to Kyoto extension? (via BusinessGreen)

Experiment to test cloud geoengineering as way to slow global warming (via EurekAlert)

America breaks record for most acreage burned by wildfires (via Mother Jones)

The bigger picture on carbon emissions (via StateImpact Texas)

USGS says East Coast a “hot spot” for climate change and rising sea levels (via Inhabitat)

California suspends CO2 market rule on electricity imports (via Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION 

Report: electric vehicle sales to top 130 million by 2025 (via SmartPlanet)

Future state of charge: how clean will electric vehicles get? (via Climate Progress)

Clean energy’s possible role in charging electric cars (via Earth Techling)

GRID

Are VCs missing out on the next trillion dollar market? (via AOL Energy)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Biorefinery turns Starbucks waste into plastics, laundry detergent (via ScienceDaily)

Inside FedEx’s emissions-slashing strategy (via GreenBiz)

POLITICS 

Conservative group plans to push GOP toward action on climate, cleaner energy (via National Journal)

Where do the presidential candidates stand on energy efficiency? (via Renewable Energy World)

Hurricane season adds to convention unknowns (via Politico) 

OPINION 

The importance of greening government buildings (via Sustainable Industries)

Military renewables: why more than money is at stake (via Renewable Energy World)

King natural gas (via MIT Technology Review)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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