In this edition, a focus on California in the Leads section, including Effects of climate change in California are significant and growing from the LA Times. Elsewhere, China to spend more to tackle dire pollution from The Times of India. And, Coalition may buy overseas carbon permits in Financial Review.

Quote of the Day:

“We’re at a point now where demand starts to be driven by cold, hard economics rather than by subsidies and that is a game changer.”

–Jason Channell of Citigroup in FT’s “Renewables: A rising power.”

Lead Stories

Lignite power revenues boosted by cheap carbon prices
European electricity revenues generated from lignite are now three times as high as from hard coal, boosted by a collapse in the price of carbon permits, undermining Europe’s ambition to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Disgraced British ex-energy minister lands job with US firm
Former British minister Chris Huhne has taken up a senior job at a U.S. renewable energy firm, less than three months after he was released from prison where he was serving time for lying to the authorities about a speeding offence.

Effects of climate change in California are ‘significant and growing
LA Times
California is feeling the effects of climate change far and wide, as heat-trapping greenhouse gases reduce spring runoff from the Sierra Nevada, make the waters of Monterey Bay more acidic and shorten winter chill periods required to grow fruit and nuts in the Central Valley, a new report says.

Insight: California aims to ‘bottle sunlight’ in energy storage push
California, whose green ambitions helped the solar and wind industries take root, is taking an essential next step by proposing a sharp rise in energy storage to better integrate renewable power with the rest of the grid.

Satellite to track climate change
The Arizona Republic
The world’s first satellite dedicated solely to tracking atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide is being developed at a Gilbert, Ariz., manufacturing facility, as NASA scientists move to make space the next frontier in the study of global climate change.

Oil-Sands Industry Turns to Algae to Appease Obama
Canada’s response to President Barack Obama’s challenge to reduce emissions of global-warming gases from the oil sands starts with sewage and algae.

Unusual trades in natgas-linked securities canceled
Unusual trades executed before the opening bell in three natural gas-related securities were canceled Monday, Nasdaq OMX said.

Mexico opens up its energy sector
President Enrique Peña Nieto has unveiled plans to change Mexico’s constitution and open up the country’s energy sector to foreign investors for the first time in 75 years, a move that could unleash billions of dollars of investmentfrom oil majors struggling to find new resources elsewhere.

Renewables: A rising power
When Ricard Jornet opened his organic beachside restaurant outside Barcelona in 2007, he was determined to power it with the solar panels the Spanish government was then lavishly subsidising.

Cutting soot and methane may not give hoped-for climate help
A U.S.-led drive to reduce soot and other heat-trapping air pollutants worldwide is less promising than hoped as a new front in the fight against climate change, according to a study published on Monday.


Water and Society 2013
September 4-6
New Forest, U.K.

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27
Las Vegas

Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
October 14-17
Washington, D.C.

Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
October 14-17
San Francisco

FT Global Shale Energy Summit
October 21

Solar Power International
October 21-24

Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA


China to spend more to tackle dire pollution
The Times of India
China plans to accelerate investment in technology to save energy and tackle the dire pollution blamed for a series of health crises that have generated widespread public anger.

Coalition may buy overseas carbon permits
Financial Review
A Coalition government could be forced to buy international permits if its Direct Action scheme fails to deliver the cuts in emissions needed to meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 5 per cent by 2020.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Cameron Defends U.K. Shale Gas Push as Path to Cheaper Energy
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said shale gas will bring down power bills for Britons, writing to defend his push to kick-start the industry in the country.

The promise of advanced biofuels
Christian Science Monitor Guest Blogger
Corn ethanol has gone a long way to reducing our oil use, Holland writes, but it’s gone about as far as it can go due to the ‘blend wall.’ The next generation of biofuels can pick up the slack, with support from the EPA’s Renewable Fuels Standard.

Switch to coal power held back in gas-starved India
India’s Essar Power plans to lift coal imports by a fifth after converting plants currently using gas, but the move is unlikely to signal a broader switch to coal by the nation’s utilities in response to gas shortages and price reforms.


LDK Solar Expects a Return to Profit After EU Trade Deal
LDK Solar Co. (LDK), the Chinese solar-panel maker that’s reported eight straight quarterly losses, expects to return to profit this year on domestic demand and as a tariff deal promises better sales in Europe.

India May Decide on Solar Dumping Case Next Week: SIPPA
India may decide next week whether to impose duties on imports of solar equipment, according to the country’s Solar Independent Power Producers Association lobby.

Ikea to Buy Wind Farm in Ireland From Mainstream Renewable
Ikea Group, the world’s biggest home-furnishings retailer, plans to buy a wind farm in Ireland from Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. as part of plans to invest 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion) in wind and solar by 2015.

KfW Bank of Germany Funds 42-Megawatt Akuo Wind Farm in Uruguay
KfW Group, a German development bank, is financing a 42-megawatt wind-farm project by France’s Akuo Energy SAS in Uruguay.


Caribbean’s Largest Water Company Reports Profit Climbed 46%
Consolidated Water Co., the largest seawater desalination plant operator in the Caribbean, said second-quarter profit climbed 46 percent to $2.85 million from a year earlier. The shares rose today to a one-month high.


Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Polices Unit

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace

Mapping carbon pricing initiatives: developments and prospects (Posted May 30, 2013)
World Bank

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013 (Posted May 1, 2013)
Yale Project on Climate Change

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