U.N. Sees Possible Progress at Cancun Climate talks
Despite last year's disappointment at Copenhagen, "significant progress is possible" at this week's climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, according to a top U.N. official. (The Washington Post)

Next Congress May Slow Green Jobs Growth
Republican gains in the next Congress will likely curtail spending on green construction projects, but the sector promises to be a source of job growth for an economy that sorely needs it, green building advocates said. (Reuters)

Obama's Climate Agenda Shifts as GOP Takes Over House
The fight over U.S. environmental policy will shift next year as Republicans take control of the House of Representatives, leaving the Obama administration chasing smaller victories in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (USA Today)

Californians Reject Effort to Suspend Climate Law
In a key test for U.S. environmental policy, Californians voted strongly in favor of the state's landmark climate change law, defeating a ballot measure backed by Texas-based oil companies that would have suspended it. (USA Today)

Maine Utility Company Defends Smart Meters
Emotions ran high at a five-hour public forum where more than 90 people discussed health concerns about Central Maine Power Co.'s new smart electrical meters, which have already been installed on 56,000 homes and businesses. (The Forecaster)

Proposed Nevada Home Energy Audits Spark Debate
Real estate agents and green energy advocates are at odds over a proposed regulation requiring energy efficiency evaluations of homes before they are sold. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

North Carolina Energy Code Update in Limbo
Despite assurances to the DOE that North Carolina would upgrade its energy code, the state voted to postpone consideration of the 2009 IECC until 2015 at the earliest. (Coastal Contractor)

Hoboken, N.J., Council to Weigh Solar Ordinance
The City Council has introduced an ordinance that will streamline its current solar panel approval system after hearing complaints from a number of installers about the city’s labyrinth-like process. (The Hudson Reporter)

Idaho City Moves Toward Green Building Code
Ketchum has established a team to draft more energy-efficient standards for residential and commercial construction. (The Idaho Mountain Express)