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
Reuters
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.
http://jlne.ws/1cIrP7W

Disgraced British ex-energy minister lands job with US firm
Reuters
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.
http://jlne.ws/19et76x

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.
http://jlne.ws/19oFzEr

Insight: California aims to ‘bottle sunlight’ in energy storage push
Reuters
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.
http://jlne.ws/1d15Bwx

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.
http://jlne.ws/14qvOgi

Oil-Sands Industry Turns to Algae to Appease Obama
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/144NuPk

Unusual trades in natgas-linked securities canceled
Reuters
Unusual trades executed before the opening bell in three natural gas-related securities were canceled Monday, Nasdaq OMX said.
http://jlne.ws/15wD0rw

Mexico opens up its energy sector
FT.com
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.
http://jlne.ws/13fzzuT

Renewables: A rising power
FT.com
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.
http://jlne.ws/14FeacK

Cutting soot and methane may not give hoped-for climate help
Reuters
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.
http://jlne.ws/165A1K8

Events

Water and Society 2013
September 4-6
New Forest, U.K.
http://jlne.ws/13bNnUA

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27
Las Vegas
http://jlne.ws/192w3CR

Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
October 14-17
Washington, D.C.
http://jlne.ws/14cGFtN

Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
October 14-17
San Francisco
http://jlne.ws/1bAKXT4

FT Global Shale Energy Summit
October 21
London
http://jlne.ws/1cemi7d

Solar Power International
October 21-24
Chicago
http://jlne.ws/184e0wa

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

Carbon

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.
http://jlne.ws/13UmW74

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.
http://jlne.ws/17l70t7

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Cameron Defends U.K. Shale Gas Push as Path to Cheaper Energy
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/1bpVUWz

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.
http://jlne.ws/1eFebyV

Switch to coal power held back in gas-starved India
Reuters
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.
http://jlne.ws/1bpXoAb

Power

LDK Solar Expects a Return to Profit After EU Trade Deal
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/14qxO8j

India May Decide on Solar Dumping Case Next Week: SIPPA
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/120sWtK

Ikea to Buy Wind Farm in Ireland From Mainstream Renewable
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/14FcaRK

KfW Bank of Germany Funds 42-Megawatt Akuo Wind Farm in Uruguay
Bloomberg
KfW Group, a German development bank, is financing a 42-megawatt wind-farm project by France’s Akuo Energy SAS in Uruguay.
http://jlne.ws/16LQsfC

Water

Caribbean’s Largest Water Company Reports Profit Climbed 46%
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/17kxURI

Reports

Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Polices Unit
http://jlne.ws/19LKChs

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy
http://jlne.ws/12z1YK5

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank
http://jlne.ws/14KrLza

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)
IEA
http://jlne.ws/12Bpk41

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace
http://jlne.ws/12Cyi0X

Mapping carbon pricing initiatives: developments and prospects (Posted May 30, 2013)
World Bank
http://jlne.ws/15iik9E

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013 (Posted May 1, 2013)
Yale Project on Climate Change
http://jlne.ws/ZWPD1Z

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