Daily Sprout

EPA Grants California Emissions Waiver: The U.S. EPA today granted California a long-sought waiver to set tougher tailpipe emission limits than federal standards, a key step in the Obama administration’s plan to mandate higher MPGs nationwide. — NYT’s Green Inc.

China Loosens Hybrid Rules: China has just revised rules for some types of so-called “new energy” vehicles. Hybrids with lithium-ion batteries can now be produced at will, but companies will have to get government approval to sell them. — AutoblogGreen

New Role for Electronics Retailers?: As home energy systems, appliances, and electric vehicles grow more connected, Best Buy (s BBY) aims to serve as a resource for products and expertise in making everything work together. — GreenBiz

Oncor Wants $317M for Smart Grid Tech: With guidelines for the Department of Energy’s smart grid stimulus programs issued only last week, Texas utility Oncor’s announcement today that it will request $317 million makes it one of the first utilities to set a dollar figure on its buildout. — Greentech Media

Suppressed Science? Hardly: The story of a “suppressed” report by an economist at the EPA who opposed plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions continues to grow, despite the fact that it was apparently based on shoddy science. — Grist