In this edition, differing views on natural gas role in U.S. mix and as an export candidate, plus nat gas to factor in broad energy trading talks as Obama administration heads to Brazil. The New York Times has Dow Chemical’s Andrew Liveris “Foreseeing Trouble in Exporting Natural Gas.”

Quote of the Day:

“The strength of this year’s proxy season shows unwavering investor concern about how companies, especially energy companies, are managing the profound climate-related risks of fossil fuel production, including traditional and unconventional oil and gas extraction. Investors saw especially important progress in tackling flaring, hydraulic fracturing and methane emission impacts – all key contributors to climate change.”

–Ceres President Mindy Lubber in Business Green’s “US green investors secure corporate climate commitments”

Lead Stories

REDD+ Finance: What Do We Know About The Private Sector Contribution?
Ecosystem Marketplace
There is broad consensus that private finance and investment are needed for REDD+ to meet its climate change mitigation potential in the medium to long-term. Those who are familiar with REDD+ will have heard countless variations of an equation that currently does not balance. Annual REDD+ additional investment needs are estimated to be in the order of tens of billions of dollars, yet the current sums available – which are largely public funds- are a fraction of this number.

Foreseeing Trouble in Exporting Natural Gas
The New York Times
As Dow Chemical’s chief executive, Andrew N. Liveris has made himself into something of an outcast among his fellow business leaders.
**RKB — It’s important to understand his position: Liveris argues that the government needs to plan an energy policy that carefully balances the interests of the oil and gas companies that want to freely export natural gas with those of industries like Dow Chemical that fear that an export boom could outpace domestic gas supplies and bring higher energy prices.

EPA’s McCarthy: ‘Responsible’ gas production key to climate strategy
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy said natural-gas production — with the right safeguards — is a major piece of Obama administration efforts to combat global warming.

Obama administration to launch Brazil energy partnership next week
The Hill’s E2 Wire
A top Energy Department official will travel to Brazil next week to launch a high-level partnership aimed at developing the South American country’s oil-and-gas resources.

Power play: how global electricity markets are shifting
Electrification was the single greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century, according to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

India to spend $8.7b to upgrade grid for solar, wind
The Sydney Morning Herald
India plans to spend 6 billion euros ($8.7 billion) to build an electricity grid to evacuate power from wind and solar plants that have more than doubled in capacity in the last five years.

GOP lawmakers: Ex-EPA chief may have broken sunshine laws
The Hill’s E2 Wire
A pair of senior GOP lawmakers said former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson might have “intentionally” violated public records laws.

NYSE Euronext is Only Global Carbon-Neutral Exchange Operator for Third Year in a Row
Press Release
NYSE Euronext today announced that it has achieved carbon-neutral status for the third year in a row, again making it the only global exchange operator to do so. This distinction was accomplished through the implementation of company-wide energy efficiency initiatives as well as the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Carbon Offsets (COs).

US green investors secure corporate climate commitments
Business Green
The US shareholder proxy season saw a near record 110 shareholder resolutions filed relating to climate change and sustainability issues, securing a host of concessions from high-profile corporates in the energy and retail sectors.


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


Americans For Prosperity operative heads to pro-carbon tax group
The Hill’s E2 Wire
A group run by a former GOP lawmaker that advocates for a carbon tax has lured Americans for Prosperity’s grassroots director to lead its outreach efforts.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Column: Australian coal industry in final stage of grief
Australian coal miners have been in mourning over the rapid loss of profitability and expansion opportunities, but the industry is entering the final stage of the grieving process.

Air Pollution Concerns Halt Enormous Coal Plant In China
The Energy Collective blog
Yesterday news broke that Chinese authorities scrapped a huge proposed coal plant over environment and air pollution concerns. No need to do a double take, it’s true. The world’s largest coal consumer, home to a potential coal bubble, just shelved an enormous coal project over pollution concerns. This news comes just days after headlines screamed that coal use is up 50% globally. It looks like our Chinese friends responded by underscoring that local communities fed up with dealing with the deadly pollution can, when provoked, be an even more powerful force than the coal industry.

US ethanol biofuels mix hits the oil ‘blendwall’
In the slow-motion collision between US biofuels policy and the “blendwall”, it looks like the wall will be left standing.
The blendwall is shorthand for the maximum amount of ethanol that the US oil industry will mix into petrol. Given demand constraints in the US, this is a tad more than 13bn gallons this year.


Brazil Sees Less Wind Energy Applicants With Tighter Bid Rules
Brazil reduced the amount of wind-energy projects competing to sell electricity in an auction this month after tightening eligibility requirements to avoid delays.

U.K. Prefers Telefonica for Biggest Smart Meter Deal
Spain’s Telefonica SA (TEF) is the preferred bidder for two smart metering communications contracts worth 1.5 billion pounds ($2.33 billion), the U.K. government said, granting the industry’s biggest deal yet.

Nordex lifts growth forecast after European boost
Germany’s Nordex raised its forecasts for sales and profit margins this year as a new generation of products helps the wind turbine maker outperform the European market.

JinkoSolar climbs after solar shipments surge
The Sydney Morning Herald
JinkoSolar, a Chinese solar manufacturer, rose to the highest in 23 months after it shipped 62 per cent more panels in the second quarter and raised annual estimates.


S. Africa to Create Water Body to Run Infrastructure, Mail Says
South Africa plans to create an agency to build and manage water infrastructure, the Financial Mail reported, citing the Department of Water Affairs.

Unilever urges customers to shower it with green ideas
Business Green
Unilever has launched a new initiative to give people something new to think about in the shower – how to slash their water and energy use.


Media Slammed For Limited Analysis Of Major Report On Climate Change
The Energy Collective blog
The Columbia Journalism Review has criticized the NY Times and other major media outlets for inadequate coverage of NOAA’s annual State of the Climate report. In its critique, CJR points out “Considering the importance of the information, the mainstream press provided surprisingly limited analysis.”


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