Daily Sprout

Farm Groups Win Battle for Offset Oversight: In a major victory for agriculture groups and defeat for environmental organizations that hoped the EPA would win authority to set rules for agriculture-based carbon offsets, lawmakers agreed last night to give the lead oversight role to the Agriculture Department. — ClimateWire via NYT

Solar En Route to Mainstream: A new study from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association finds solar power is on track to become a significant and competitive supplier to the electricity market by 2020. — Clean Edge

UN Turns to Social Media for Climate Deal: The UN has launched a web site called Hopenhagen to collect Twitter-like messages to pressure negotiators to adopt a strong climate treaty in Copenhagen this December. — WSJ’s Environmental Capital

Adaptec Taps Supercaps: Adaptec, which makes hardware and software for the data storage industry, with some products that can help manage power use, has unveiled a new family of controllers that use supercapacitors instead of lithium-ion batteries for back-up. — Cleantech Group

Utility Execs Jumping Ship for Startups: In a growing trend, executives are leaving utilities, as well as some big energy companies, to work at smart grid startups. — Greentech Media