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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.20.12

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 

US power producers ignore scarce water costs, finds report (via Bloomberg)

Gas and wind dominate new generation in 2012 but new coal accounts for 20% of total (via Facts of the Day)

New York State grid sees more risk of outages in next decade (via Reuters)

OIL 

UK lawmakers seek moratorium on Arctic drilling amid concern over oil spills (via Washington Post/AP)

More oil pipeline spills reported by general public than leak detection systems (via Treehugger)

TRANSPORTATION 

UK electric car sales soar (via CleanTechnica)

Sales of plug-in electric vehicles to reach 400,000 nationwide by 2020 (via San Jose Mercury News)

US DOT announces $59.3 million for clean energy transit projects (via Greentech Media)

US approves California bullet train construction (via Los Angeles Times)

RENEWABLES 

State-level policies impact renewable energy most (via AOL Energy)

The $90 billion opportunity in crowd-funded energy access (via Climate Progress)

Studies cite increased demand for wind power, other renewables (via Renewable Energy World)

Exelon defends expulsion from AWWA over PTC position (via EnergyBiz)

GRID 

Spreading electricity demand thinner on the power grid (via New York Times)

Smart meter rollout to save UK £14 billion by 2030 (via BusinessGreen)

Energy Department invests $3 million in storage projects for EV, grid (via Renew Grid)

NATURAL GAS 

Canada targeting Japan for new LNG exports (via Reuters)

GREEN BUSINESS 

80% of real estate investors, managers have sustainability strategy (via Environmental Leader)

EMISSIONS 

Top CO2 emitter China agrees to work with EU to cut carbon (via Reuters)

How would a carbon tax work? Let’s ask British Columbia (via Washington Post)

In “crazy” world of carbon finance, coal now qualifies for emission reduction credits (via Climate Progress)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS 

How the new challenge to Keystone XL could be different (via StateImpact Texas)

Koch Brothers cashing in 220,000 acres of tar sands holdings (via InsideClimate News)

ENVIRONMENT 

Protected marine park ‘the size of the Moon’ takes shape in Pacific Ocean (via Phys.org)

China overtakes US as largest crop importer, shows WTO data (via Bloomberg)

POLITICS 

Comparing the candidates’ energy innovation policies (via Innovation Files)

White House threatens veto at GOP’s “War on Coal” bill (via The Hill)

CBO: nixing climate regulations would cut spending by $245 million (via The Hill)

OPINION 

Get used to ‘extreme’ weather – it’s the new normal (via The Guardian)

How cities around the world will sprawl in the next 20 years (via Washington Post)

‘Mineral security’ and the clean energy economy: are rare earths the new oil? (via Midwest Energy News)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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