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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.27.12

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 

Barring unusual cold, 2012 will be hottest year on record (via Climate Central)

Venice Lagoon research indicates rapid climate change in coastal regions (via Phys.org)

ENERGY POLICY 

India, US officials meet to increase collaboration in energy (via Panchabuta)

Britain could become net power exporter by early 2020s (via Reuters)

Electricity, gas groups press for Dodd-Frank delay (via The Hill)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Dems push DOE for environmental analysis of natural gas exports (via The Hill)

Adapting gas-fired power to a greener grid (via New York Times)

Diesel in water near fracking confirm EPA tests disputed by Wyoming (via Bloomberg)

Two-thirds of frack disclosures omit ‘secrets’ (via EnergyWire)

RENEWABLES 

Sharp to end solar panel business in US, Europe (via Bloomberg)

EU wind capacity hits 100 gigawatt mark (via Reuters)

US lawmakers press for broader restraints on China solar imports (via Reuters)

Austria adopts new feed-in tariffs (via CleanTechnica)

UK renewables output soars as new figures fuel fears over ‘dash for coal’ (via BusinessGreen)

From Dusseldorf to Duluth, the promises and pitfalls of solar (via Midwest Energy News)

10,000 US wind energy jobs expected to be lost this year (via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

US solar module shipments surge 43 percent (via Houston Chronicle)

Google powers a data center directly with wind for the first time (via GigaOm)

Which state has the best solar REC market? (via Greentech Media)

Georgia Power files largest solar initiative in state history (via Energy Central)

KEYSTONE XL 

What’s next after the Keystone XL pipeline’s latest court victory (via StateImpact Texas)

ENVIRONMENT 

Record Arctic snow loss may be prolonging North American drought (via Wired Science)

Three ways to solve the water crisis now (via Forbes)

COAL 

Coal fights back, and wins in Europe (via Energy Collective)

Coal’s unprecedented collapse (via Sightline Daily)

Biggest English polluter spends $1 billion to convert coal plant to biomass (via Renewable Energy World)

GRID 

ERCOT approves $57 million in West Texas transmission upgrades (via Reuters)

GREEN BUSINESS 

One in three hospitals switching to greener purchasing (via Triple Pundit)

TRANSPORTATION 

Why some households are paying too much for electric car charging (via Green Car Reports)

Less than half of shoppers will pay more for green cars (via Green Car Reports)

POLITICS 

What will the 2012 election mean for the future of US clean energy? (via Greentech Media)

46 Republicans claim wind credits are too costly after voting to retain billions in oil subsidies (via Climate Progress)

OPINION 

How certain can we be about climate change? (via Grist)

Even as the ice melts, drilling in the Arctic gets tougher (via Washington Post)

Maryland’s clean energy economy: innovation powered by progressive policy (via CleanTechnica)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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