Daily digest

IPCC warns time running out to avert climate disaster

CLIMATE: An anticipated IPCC report sets a benchmark for carbon emissions to avert the worst impacts of climate change, and says we’re on track to surpass it by 2040. (New York Times)

ALSO: The State Department says the U.S. is on track to cut emissions 17 percent by 2020; Wisconsin, on the other hand, has “lost a lot of momentum” in advancing policy to deal with greenhouse gases. (The Hill, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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SOLAR: A report by California regulators finds the state’s net-metering program is shifting costs onto ratepayers who don’t own solar panels, critics say the report ignores other financial benefits of solar power. (Reuters)

MEANWHILE: Solar power is expected to surpass wind in new installations for 2013. (Bloomberg)

WIND: Regulators approve a $250 million wind farm in western Wisconsin, after developers showed they could meet state noise standards. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OHIO: The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association opposes legislation to weaken the state’s energy efficiency mandate, but says the law has other issues that need to be fixed. (Columbus Business First)

COAL: A Nebraska power plant has been selected for a $19 million carbon capture pilot project. (Lincoln Journal Star)

OIL: Indiana regulators will require BP to drastically reduce mercury emissions from a Chicago-area refinery. (Chicago Tribune)

POLITICS: A Pew Research Center poll finds majorities of Americans support the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as President Obama’s plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. (The Hill)

ETHANOL: All gasoline in Iowa and Nebraska will now contain ethanol. (Omaha World-Herald)

TRANSPORTATION: Supporters rally to save an Amtrak line connecting Indianapolis to Chicago. (WLFI)

EFFICIENCY: An Ohio utility announces a winner in its contest to find the oldest working refrigerator in the state. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: Are electric vehicle charging stations utilities? (Advanced Energy Perspectives)

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