In today’s edition, find out where Wall Street places its energy bets. And get to know the 10 rising stars in the energy and environment world. Also, the electric car era is upon us! (in the Clean tech section). Finally, in the Carbon section, carbon pricing is “too sluggish a weapon” against climate change, top UK envoy Sir David King said on Monday.

Quote of the day

“This is basically the second coming of the EV market, particularly in the U.S. It’s not just a Tesla thing anymore, and, by gosh, the electric vehicle market is no longer just a California thing.”

Roland Hwang, director of the energy and transportation program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in the Hill’s story Electric cars charging ahead in the Clean Tech section 

Lead stories

EPA smog rule ‘unachievable,’ opponents say  
By Timothy Cama – The Hill  
The Obama administration’s new ozone rule fails to consider sources of ozone pollution that are beyond states’ control, opponents of the rule said in court.  

Senate looks to wrap up energy, water spending bill 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
The Senate will look to finish its work on an energy and water spending package in the coming week, aiming to pass its first appropriations bill of the year.

Wall Street places its energy bets 
By Peter Schroeder – The Hill
Oil or natural gas? Wind or solar? Old technology or new?
How about all of the above? 

10 rising stars in the energy and environment world 
By Timothy Cama, Devin Henry and Megan R. Wilson – The Hill 
A changing of the guard is underway in the energy and environment arena. A new generation of lawmakers, lobbyists, advocates and staffers is making its presence felt, bringing novel ideas and enthusiasm to the policy battles shaping the nation. 

In Detroit, Fighting Hopelessness With a Climate Plan 
By David J. Unger – InsideClimate News  
As major cities across the globe begin to take a leading role in the world’s response to climate change, one U.S. metropolis has a decidedly grassroots approach to preparing for a wetter, warmer world.


Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California   

Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016  


UK envoy: carbon pricing ‘too sluggish’ to meet climate goals 
By Megan Darby –  Climate Home, part of the Guardian Environment Network
Carbon pricing is “too sluggish a weapon” against climate change, top UK envoy Sir David King said on Monday.

Natural gas / coal 

Coal Country’s top lawyer takes on Obama’s EPA
By Devin Henry – The Hill  
Patrick Morrisey led something of a victory rally the day after the Supreme Court shocked Washington and the energy industry by pausing President Obama’s landmark climate rule for power plants. 

Within One Week, Plans For Two Major Proposed Natural Gas Pipelines Are Scrapped 
By Katie Valentine – Think Progress 
It’s been a good week for anti-pipeline activists in the Northeast.


French combined wind, solar power output up 32% in March
An increase in installed renewables capacity saw output from wind and solar farms increase in March this year by 32% compared with the same period last year, according to the latest figures from French grid operator RTE. 

‘Innovation is in our blood’: how South Australia leads the way on renewables 
By Kathy Marks – The Guardian
South Australia is expected to generate more than half its electricity from wind and solar power this year. Who says you can’t run a modern economy on renewables?

Getting Cheap Wind Power Where It’s Needed Shouldn’t Be This Hard 
MIT Technology Review 
The wind power industry had another banner year in 2015, and the outlook for the future is strong. 

GE opens wind power training center in China 
General Electric (GE) has opened a center in Northeast China to train maintenance personnel for the wind power sector.

Clean Tech  

Electric cars charging ahead 
By Melanie Zanona – The Hill  
The electric car movement is finally moving into the fast lane. 

‘It’s my dream’: Achievement of scientist’s solar cell goal opens up potentially huge new markets 
By Peter Hannam – The Sydney Morning Herald
The sci-fi vision of solar cells coating surfaces from buildings to vehicles has been brought closer to reality after scientists at the University of NSW achieved new levels of electricity generation using non-toxic and abundant materials.


Clean water crisis threatens US 
By Sarah Ferris and Peter Sullivan – The Hill  
The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water.

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