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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.26.12

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. 

CLIMATE 

Climate change already costs $1 trillion globally and effects are set to spiral (via BusinessGreen)

Imagining a warmer Arctic (via New York Times)

Climate change will shift North Pacific Ocean marine predators’ habitat (via Washington Post)

GRID 

Southeast Asia smart metering market to reach $6.9 billion by 2022 (via Renew Grid)

Illinois’ $72.5 million smart grid fund debuts (via Chicago Tribune)

SDG&E helping to develop ‘smart energy’ community (via Renew Grid)

RENEWABLES 

Solar Goliath: Europe accounts for 70% of global installed PV (via Greentech Media)

Vestas to scale down India sales operations (via Panchabuta)

China to boost local demand to aid ailing domestic solar sector (via Reuters)

EU energy chief urges ‘speed limit’ on German green power costs (via Reuters)

China pushes ahead with plans to boost distributed solar (via Recharge)

Geothermal utility launches in Colorado (via Greentech Media)

ENERGY POLICY 

Industries consumed more than 30% of US energy in 2011 (via US EIA)

TRANSPORTATION 

China’s drive to put more clean cars on the road hits a wall (via ClimateWire)

Toyota will make more than 1 million hybrids this year (via Autoblog Green)

Tesla to build national electric car charging network (via Forbes)

An electric carmaker struggles as its production lags (via New York Times)

NATURAL GAS 

Shale fracking makes US a natural gas superpower. Now what? (via Bloomberg)

EMISSIONS 

Thailand, Vietnam edge forward with carbon market plans (via BusinessGreen)

Markey-Waxman report: carbon pollution creating a ‘cocktail of heat and extreme weather’ (via Climate Progress)

$20 dollar per ton carbon tax could reduce US deficit by $1.2 trillion in 10 years (via Climate Progress)

Using carbon credits to pay for energy retrofits (via Forbes)

Meeting California’s goal of 80% GHG reduction possible, but difficult (via ClimateWire)

California carbon auction may trigger price drop (via Bloomberg)

OIL 

Exxon to drill for oil near Russian offshore nuke dump (via Forbes)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Report: 54% of hospitals say ‘green attributes important in purchasing’ (via Environmental Leader)

NUCLEAR 

Study shows 23 nuclear power plants around the world at high risk from tsunamis (via Inhabitat)

POLITICS 

Climate change a ghost issue in US election (via Montreal Gazette)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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