In this edition, an alert to watch Friday for more Washington developments as a Carbon tax vote looms in House, The Hill’s E2 Wire reports. And, increased access to a sustainability network will be coming our way: Guardian Sustainable Business (GSB), launches a US network as part of the Guardian’s growing global expansion.

Quote of the Day:

“I don’t see the political upside to the president of affirmatively supporting Keystone. It’s not like the oil industry all of a sudden will fall in love with him. It’s not like Republicans will all of a sudden fall in love with him. What does he get? He gets the ire of his base and gets nothing in return. This is a legacy issue.”

–Stephen Brown, a former political aide to then-House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, a Missouri Democrat, who now lobbies for Tesoro Corp. (TSO), a San Antonio-based oil refiner, in Bloomberg’s “Keystone Kremlinologists Trying to Decipher Obama.”

Lead Stories

Carbon tax vote looms in House
The Hill’s E2 Wire
A House referendum on carbon tax proposals. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) will offer an amendment that will put lawmakers on record on the idea. He’s tacking the amendment onto GOP legislation that requires congressional approval before the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies could issue many regulations.

GOP lawmakers ask for study on increased ‘social cost’ of carbon
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Republican lawmakers from both chambers are asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Obama administration’s increased assessment for the toll that carbon emissions have on the public.

Guardian Launches US Sustainable Business Network
Nike, Procter & Gamble and the United Nations Global Compact Sign-on as Launch Partners
Press release
Today, Guardian Sustainable Business (GSB), a leading platform for corporate leaders that curates the world’s most authoritative voices on sustainability, launches a US network as part of the Guardian’s growing global expansion.

Britain Pledges $100 Million for Offshore Wind Industry
The U.K., the world’s largest offshore-wind market, pledged funds to increase jobs in the industry sevenfold in a bid to spur economic recovery.

Vestas Wins Largest South African Order from EDF
Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) will supply 105 megawatts of wind turbines to Electricite de France SA (EDF)’s Innowind unit, its biggest ever order in South Africa.

Enel to curb Spanish investments if energy reform not changed
Italy’s biggest utility Enel said on Thursday its future investments in regulated businesses in Spain were at risk unless an energy reform there was amended.

REDD+: What You See Isn’t Always What You Get
Ecosystem Marketplace
A colleague recently likened his experience tracking climate and REDD+ money in Mexico to an archaeological dig. Little by little, fragments of your object begin to reveal themselves, but not without a significant amount of time, resources and tenacity.


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

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

U.S. Awards $22.5 Million to Groups Developing Algae Biofuels
The U.S. Energy Department awarded about $22.5 million in grants to companies and researchers seeking to produce fuel from algae and other types of biomass.

Keystone Kremlinologists Trying to Decipher Obama
President Barack Obama twice in the past week has made openly critical comments about the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta, questioning its value as a job creator and suggesting Canada do more to assuage environmental concerns.

Brazil Loans for Sugar-Cane Mills to Grow 46% to Boost Ethanol
Brazil’s state development bank expects to disburse 46 percent more in loans this year to sugar-cane mills as the nation seeks to boost ethanol production.

Shell Earnings: Energy Giant Falters in Shale
The Wall Street Journal
Royal Dutch ShellPLC on Thursday posted a 60% drop in second-quarter profit, largely because the oil and natural-gas giant wrote down the value of its North American shale assets by more than $2 billion after tax, highlighting the difficulties that energy companies face in finding new oil they can pump at a profit.

U.S. Oil Reserves Continue to Bulge
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. oil companies added a record amount of crude oil to their reserves, according to the federal government’s latest count, offering further evidence that new drilling technologies are positioning the nation to be a top global producer for years to come.

Independent Scotland would boost oil revenues, SNP says
Financial Times
An independent Scotland would be able to increase returns from North Sea oilby working more closely with industry and being more flexible in policy than UK authorities, says the country’s energy minister.


Deepwater Wins First Auction for U.S. Offshore Wind Lease
Deepwater Wind LLC won the first auction for offshore wind-energy development in U.S. federal waters, agreeing to pay $3.8 million to lease two blocks off Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Brazil Rooftop Solar Power Seen Reaching 1,400 Megawatts by 2022
Brazil expects to have 1,400 megawatts of solar panels producing power on buildings by 2022, up from about 11 megawatts this year, as equipment costs fall.

Spain Hurts Solar With Plan to Penalize Power Producers
Spain plans to make consumers pay for the clean electricity they generate and use themselves, a move unheard of in any other market.

Light to Build Cogeneration Plant at Coca-Cola Factory in Brazil
Light SA (LIGT3), the Brazilian power utility, plans to build a 90 million-real ($39 million) cogeneration plant at a Coca-Cola factory by December.

Allete to add 200 MW to North Dakota wind power farm
Allete Inc’s Minnesota Power unit plans to start expanding its Bison wind farm in North Dakota by 200 megawatts later this year, enabling the company to meet Minnesota’s renewable energy requirements about 10 years early.

Poland picks advisers for listing of power company Energa
Poland has hired advisers for this year’s listing of power supplier Energa – the country’s last fully state-owned electricity utility, the ministry overseeing the privatisation of state assets said on Thursday.


How microgrids can help developing nations leapfrog the landline
Buying vegetables in a small town in Ecuador from a woman who had trekked barefoot from her farm miles away in traditional indigenous garb made me feel I was back in time.


Calgon Signs 10-Year Carbon-Reactivation Pact With Thames Water
Calgon Carbon Corp. (CCC) won a 10-year contract from Thames Water Utilities Ltd., the U.K.’s largest provider of water and wastewater services, to reactivate carbon used to treat drinking water.

Macquarie Buys 49 Percent Stake in Mexico Hydro-Power Project
Macquarie Group Ltd. (MQG), Australia’s largest investment bank, acquired a 49 percent stake in a hydroelectric project that Acciona SA will build in Mexico.


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

View all reports >

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This Story