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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.9.12

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.

GRID 

PJM to recommend pulling plug on PATH, MAPP transmission projects (via SNL Energy)

US builds fewer power plants in first half of 2012 than 2011 (via Reuters)

NRG will add 75 megawatts of new power generation to Texas grid (via Houston Chronicle)

CLIMATE 

NOAA data shows July was warmest month ever in United States (via The Hill)

US reaffirms support for UN 2 degree temperature rise after criticism (via Reuters/Huffington Post)

Already more record high temperatures in 2012 than in all of 2011 (via Climate Central)

Climate advocates see recent extreme weather as “teachable moment” (via Greenwire)

RARE EARTHS 

Reports: China moves to further restrict rare-earth exports (via BusinessGreen)

RENEWABLES 

Brazil’s solar push thwarted by subsidies ban (via Bloomberg)

Poland likely to start renewable feed-in tariffs in 2013 (via Renewable Energy World)

Follow Germany’s lead: streamlined solar permitting (via Renewable Energy World)

Wind hits 50 gigawatts in the US (via Greentech Media)

US Army seeks $7 billion worth of renewable energy projects (via AOL Energy)

Calls to scrap ethanol mandate intensify with drought (CNN Money)

Senate panel boosts offshore wind with tax credit vote (via AOL Energy)

GE trains wind technicians of the future (via Albany Times-Union)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Low US injections reflect already high natural gas storage inventories (via US EIA)

Texas’ fracking disclosure law leaves questions (via Houston Chronicle)

EMISSIONS 

Japan utilities emit record CO2 after Fukushima disaster (via Bloomberg)

Canada must target energy sector to meet emissions goal (via Reuters)

Profits on carbon credits drive output of harmful greenhouse gas (via New York Times)

Canada says emissions rise will be lower than forecast by 2020 (via Bloomberg)

EPA loses in court over oil and gas facility emission regulation (via Greenwire)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

UN efficiency drive skips commercial sector (via Yahoo! News/Reuters)

NUCLEAR 

An uncertain phase for nuclear power licenses (via New York Times)

TRANSPORTATION 

California needs 68 hydrogen fueling stations by end of 2015 to support first commercial wave of fuel cell vehicles (via Green Car Congress)

Toyota to mass produce fuel cell cars by 2015 (via Revmodo)

OIL 

Bakken crude and Canadian oil sands battle for space on US pipelines (via InsideClimate News)

ENVIRONMENT

How an EPA project backfired, endangering drinking water with lead (via NBC News)

OPINION 

Chevron refinery explosion reminds us that fossil fuels are killers (via Grist)

What voters don’t know about energy (via AOL Energy)

Following the polling on global warming (via ecoAffect)

The inevitability of solar PV in Australia (via Energy Collective)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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