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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.24.12

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 

Satisfying India’s thirst for power could be nation’s biggest challenge (via Washington Post)

GRID 

$800 million Florida smart meter project’s installation 75 percent complete (via Palm Beach Post)

California regulators push for energy storage for solar farms (via GigaOm)

Proposed New York State power line at center of divisive energy debate (via Greenwire)

COAL 

Coal plants still pressured despite Romney plan, EPA court loss (via Reuters)

American coal companies look to the Northwest for export opportunities (via Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Coal plant CO2 captured, stored underground in first US project (via Earth Techling)

RENEWABLES 

First Solar to build India farms as outages propel sun power (via Bloomberg)

Calls to lower ethanol quota rise as US corn crop withers (via Los Angeles Times)

“World’s first” community-owned tidal turbine set for Scotland (via BusinessGreen)

New wind power system claims 70% increase in wind speeds, triple the power output (via Treehugger)

California’s solar lease/PPA boom reached 44 percent of market in 2011 (via Earth Techling)

Cape Wind developer sets 2015 target for start of operations (via Recharge)

Solyndra’s glass tubes find second life as modern art (via San Jose Mercury News)

TRANSPORTATION 

US battery maker says China may lead the world in electric vehicles (via Scientific American)

Study finds challenges in secondary use of electric car batteries (via Plug-in Cars)

US auto efficiency rules coming soon – DOT (via Reuters)

Ultimate fast-charging tech could refill li-ion battery in a minute (via Autoblog Green)

Survey says? California plug-in drivers like solar, love their cars (via Autoblog Green)

Houston and Zipcar launch EV fleet sharing program (via Environmental Leader)

OIL 

Oil industry capital expenditures to jump 13 percent in 2012 (via Houston Chronicle)

How the US paved the way for Big Oil’s rise – and possible fall – in Iraq (via Grist)

GREEN BUILDING/ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

With funding tight, cities are turning to green infrastructure (via Yale e360)

Building resilience in a changing climate (via Energy Bulletin)

Building-integrated solar market set to quadruple to 4.6GW by 2017 (via Sustainable Business)

Is cutting energy use in homes possible? (via Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR 

Japanese fish show record levels of radiation from Fukushima nuclear disaster (via Inhabitat)

ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE 

Global desalination market to triple by 2017 to $17 billion market (via Bloomberg)

2012 on track to be worst wildfire year on record (via ClimateWire)

Drought disrupts everyday tasks in rural Midwest (via New York Times)

Weatherman talks climate in a red state – and viewers thank him for it (via Grist)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

What Texas can do about roads damaged by drilling (via StateImpact Texas)

OPINION 

Does NREL have the plan for clean energy scaling? (via National Geographic)

Extend wind power tax credit now, so it can eventually die (via Renewable Energy World)

Big Oil buys gusher: 5 pro-oil planks in Romney energy plan (via Climate Progress)

Four roadblocks to Mitt Romney’s energy plan (via Politico)

POLITICS 

Ahead of convention, Republican governors release energy plan (via Stateline)

Romney sees North American energy independence by 2020 (via Greentech Media)

Enviros say Romney plan a Big Oil wish list; industry offers praise (via Houston Chronicle)

Five things to know about Mitt Romney’s energy plan (via Washington Post)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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