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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.28.12

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 

EU plans joint carbon trading with Australia from 2018 (via BusinessGreen)

MIT study suggests carbon tax could help reduce US deficit, lower other taxes, reduce emissions (via Green Car Congress)

OIL 

Norway’s Statoil announces large oil discovery in North Sea (via CTV/AP)

Shell seeks more time to drill exploratory well in Chukchi Sea (via Los Angeles Times)

Alternative fuels create competition at the pump (via The Economist)

GRID 

Microgrids: so much more than backup energy (via Renewable Energy World)

Distributed energy is here to stay: why one utility thinks it is good news (via Forbes)

Transmission proposals aim to break Iowa wind bottleneck (via Midwest Energy News)

RENEWABLES

China beats US to become number one in installed wind power (via Triple Pundit)

India set to replicate its IT sector success with solar energy (via Renewable Energy World)

Troubled Vestas in partnership talks with Mitsubishi (via BusinessGreen)

Clean energy dominates US grid additions in first half of 2012 (via Sustainable Business)

Military spending on biofuels draw fire (via New York Times)

Army eyes waste-to-energy for base camps (via EarthTechling)

The unintended consequences of solar’s net metering fight (via Greentech Media)

Air Force’s largest solar project expected to start construction soon (via Arizona Daily Star)

US wind energy layoffs continue in Colorado, Iowa as federal policy uncertainty continues (via Renewable Energy World)

First portion of Sapphire Energy’s huge New Mexico algae farm is done (via GigaOm)

Solar business booming in New England (via Triple Pundit)

Michigan manufacturers oppose ’25 by 25’ renewable energy ballot measure (via Grand Rapids News)

NATURAL GAS 

Projected natural gas prices depend on shale gas resource economics (via US EIA)

Most US coal-to-gas switching permanent, says Moody’s (via Bloomberg)

GREEN BUSINESS 

GE among six new companies dropping ALEC (via Sustainable Business)

ENERGY STORAGE 

In Germany and elsewhere, energy storage is key to unlocking renewable energy (via Renewable Energy World/Bloomberg)

Ski lifts help open $25 billion market for storing power (via Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

ENVIRONMENT 

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists (via BusinessGreen)

Arctic sea ice shrinks to lowest extent ever recorded (via The Guardian)

TRANSPORTATION 

GM stopping Chevy Volt production for four weeks (via Autoblog Green)

In the Bay Area, renting electric BMWs by the half hour (via New York Times)

CLIMATE 

As Arctic ice reaches record low, meteorologists name humans ‘dominant’ cause of climate change (via Forbes)

Intriguing habitats, and careful discussions of climate change, in zoos and aquariums (via New York Times)

POLITICS 

Poll shows Obama with energy lead as GOP convention opens (via The Hill)

OPINION 

The US drought is mostly a problem for poorer countries (via Washington Post)

The networked energy web: how the convergence of IT and energy can remake the US for the better (via Climate Progress)

Could a carbon tax help the US avert the fiscal cliff? (via Washington Post)

Educating the next generation to compete in the clean energy economy (via Huffington Post)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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