In today’s edition, learn about the future of the electric car. For Daimler, electric batteries have won a slight edge over hydrogen fuel cells, but for the Koch brothers, nothing should replace the traditional, polluting, gas guzzling ride. The two are plotting a multimillion-dollar assault on electric vehicles, the Huffington Post says. 

Quote of the day

“Cars with electric driving ranges of 500 kilometers and fast charging times of 20 minutes are within reach.” 

Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche, in the Reuters’ story Daimler says batteries have edge over fuel cells: Euro am Sonntag  

Lead stories 

Daimler says batteries have edge over fuel cells: Euro am Sonntag 
Electric batteries have won a slight edge over hydrogen fuel cells in their quest for future dominance in the car industry, Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told a German weekly.

The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles 
By Peter Stone – Huffington Post 
The oil and gas industry may have thought it had killed the electric car, but sales — boosted by generous government subsidies — rose dramatically between 2010 and 2014, and energy giants are worried the thing may have come back to life. 

Ford & LEGO Gang Up On Climate-Denying ALEC 
By Tina Casey – Clean Technica
The Intertubes have been buzzing with news that the iconic US auto manufacturer Ford has bailed out of ALEC, the super powerful, fossil-friendly, climate-denying lobbying organization.

The oil industry is using solar power in an ironic new way 
By Cassie Werber – Quartz  
There’s a huge project taking shape in the deserts of Oman. It will extract crude oil from the ground by pumping vast quantities of steam into it. To produce the steam, water will be brought to a boil using as much as a gigawatt of energy. The source of that energy: the sun. 

Donald & Ted’s Excellent Climate Adventure 
By Peter Dykstra – The Daily Climate 
Back when he was a mere Reality TV star, Donald Trump published a less-than-140-character dissertation on climate change. 


CERAWeek 2016 Energy Conference 
Energy Transition: Strategies for a New World 
February 22-26, 2016 
Houston, Texas

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit  
Columbia University Club, New York 
March 14, 2016

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table 
March 23, 2016 
Environmental Markets Association 
Office of Dentons, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York

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


China to build ventilation ‘corridors’ in Beijing to help tackle air pollution 
Authorities in Beijing are reportedly developing a network of ventilation “corridors” to help tackle the city’s notorious air pollution. 

Mercedes faces air-quality lawsuit 
By Andrew Harris – Bloomberg News  
Mercedes-Benz clean diesel models allegedly contain a device that causes the vehicles to violate U.S. emissions standards when run at cooler temperatures, making them less Earth-friendly than advertised.

Natural gas / coal

Coal advisers dig us a hole
By Michael West – The Sydney Morning Herald  
There’s a public meeting at Wollar, near Mudgee, this week at which US coal major Peabody will  seek community support for an approval to extend its Wilpinjong coal mine.

South Africa to Probe Eskom Coal-Supply Deals, Times Reports 
By Amogelang Mbatha – Bloomberg News  
South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan will order the national treasury to scrutinize all the coal-supply contracts awarded by Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources. 

State natural gas wells exempt from key leak-detection test 
By Mike Reicher – Los Angeles Daily News
He listened for hissing or rumbling nearly 2 miles below the earth, easing his microphone down the natural gas well known as SS 25. Mitch Findlay heard something that caught his attention.


Wave and tidal power ‘could make UK an energy leader’ 
By Perry Gourley – The Scotsman  
Plans to double government spending on energy innovation to £500 million could help the UK become a world-leader if the funds are targeted in the right areas, according to a new report. 
Global wind power capacity tops nuclear energy for first time 
The Japan Times
The capacity of wind power generation worldwide reached 432.42 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2015, up 17 percent from a year earlier and surpassing nuclear energy for the first time, according to data released by global industry bodies.

Wind-power support pays off for homeowners, businesses 
By Tom Darin – BizWest  
Colorado made an early decision to embrace renewable energy, and today homeowners and businesses alike are reaping the rewards as a result. 

Approved solar parks up at 33 in 21 states; solar power capacity crosses 5,000 MW: Piyush Goyal 
The total number of approved solar parks has risen to 33 in 21 states with an aggregate capacity of 19,900 MW, an official statement said on Saturday.

Canadian Solar Supplies 2.8MW Of Power To California Farmers 
By Jayson Derrick – Benzinga 
Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. were trading higher by more than 1 percent early Friday afternoon after the company announced that it supplied 2.8 MW of solar power to the Brar Family Partnerships in California. 

Clean tech  

Ontario government commits Rs 300 crore for Indian cleantech sector 
Government of Ontario, Canada has committed investments worth Rs 300 crore in India’s cleantech sector to boost the latter’s renewable and other innovative clean technologies. 
***LB: Also in this story “”During a recent mission to India, led by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario delegates signed a number of agreements with Indian businesses and the government, cutting across sectors, including 13 agreements in cleantech,” an Ontario government statement said.”


The innovators: looped water system for Earth friendly shower 
By Shane Hickey – The Guardian  
When he was working on an academic project with Nasa, Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, a Swedish industrial designer, realised there could be parallels between sustainability in space and on Earth.

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