In this edition: “California suspends CO2 market rule on electricity imports,” reports Reuters Point Carbon, while Climate Spectator offers a Q&A on Cali. The Washington Post asks: “Can natural gas help tackle global warming?”

Quote of the Day:

“Action in California on climate change is a significant part of the overall US picture as well as internationally, given that the state has 37 million people, represents the world’s ninth largest economy ($US1.73 trillion in 2011), and is by far the largest state economy in the US.”

–US Natural Resources Defense Council’s George Peridas in Climate Spectator interview.

Lead Stories

California suspends CO2 market rule on electricity imports
Reuters Point Carbon
California’s air regulator said on Thursday it would delay by 18 months a controversial part of its carbon market rules addressing imported electricity after coming under pressure from a Washington official who warned it threatened to disrupt western U.S. power supply.  

California’s carbon price rollout
Climate Spectator
Australia is certainly not going it alone on a carbon price – the latest cab off the rank will be California, which begins its cap-and-trade scheme in January 2013. Erwin Jackson from The Climate Institute talks to George Peridas from the US Natural Resources Defense Council on how the scheme will work, and how similar it is to Australia’s carbon laws.

Can natural gas help tackle global warming? A primer.
The Washington Post
This winter, the United States reached a striking milestone. Carbon-dioxide emissions from the energy sector sank to their lowest levels in 20 years. At a glance, the country appears to be making major progress in tackling climate change. And many analysts give credit to the recent flood of cheap natural gas, which is shoving aside coal as America’s top source of electricity.

Republicans pressed for hydrogen money while attacking clean energy funds
Washington Guardian
At the Republican national convention in Tampa later this month, the party’s stars are certain to trumpet their election-year mantra: the government needs to get out of the business of “picking winners and losers,” particularly in the energy sector.

Merkel’s Green Shift Forces Germany to Burn More Coal
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government says RWE AG (RWE)’s new power plant that can supply 3.4 million homes aids her plan to exit nuclear energy and switch to cleaner forms of generation. It’s fired with coal.

China Urges U.S. to Remove Stimulus for Renewable-Power Industry
China asked the U.S. to remove some of its stimulus measures for the renewable-energy industry, saying they’re against World Trade Organization rules.


GreenGov Symposium
ACCO & White House Council on Environmental Quality
September 24-25, 2012

Carbon Forum North America
October 1-2, 2012
Washington, DC

Sustainability Summit – Innovation Challenge
October 9, 2012
New York

EMA  2012 Fall Meeting
**Keynote speaker is Richard Sandor
October 24 – October 26, 2012
Santa Monica, CA



Why L.A. is ahead on gauging air quality
San Francisco Chronicle
Air regulators in the Los Angeles basin appear to be better prepared to gather information quickly about refinery fires than regulators in the Bay Area.

Study puts Ohio among most toxic states
AP/Dayton Daily News
A newspaper reports that a new survey puts Ohio near the top of the country’s top 20 toxic states.

Natural Gas/Coal

Chevron, Shell Swap Gas Assets
The Wall Street Journal
Chevron Corp. CVX -0.12% and Royal Dutch Shell RDSB.LN -0.32% PLC agreed Monday to swap stakes in two multibillion-dollar natural-gas projects in Australia, betting on the country’s ability to feed Asia’s growing energy demand just as competition from Africa and North America intensifies.

Kinder Morgan Energy to sell Rockies assets for $1.8 billion
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMP.N) will sell its stake in a pipeline and related assets in the Rockies for $1.8 billion (1.1 billion pounds) as part of a settlement with regulators to win approval for Kinder Morgan Inc’s (KMI.N) $23 billion buy of rival El Paso Corp EP.N.

Fuel industry pushes to keep high-ethanol blends off the market
The Hill’s E2 Wire
The head of a top fuel industry group wants Congress to take action that he says would protect consumers by keeping a more corrosive blend of gasoline off the market.


Merits of a Power Line From Quebec Are Debated
The New York Times
On paper, the proposal looks fairly straightforward: a 330-mile underground power line that would carry electricity generated by hydropower in Quebec, one of the cheapest power markets in North America, to New York City, one of the most expensive.

Ocean Power Gets License for First U.S. Wave-Energy Project
Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (OPTT) received permission to build the first commercial wave-power plant in the U.S.


Obama hypes clean energy in Iowa, Colorado radio ads
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Radio ads launched Monday in Colorado and Iowa tout the president’s clean-energy policies as job-creating while casting GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget plan as disastrous for that sector.


New Biorefinery Finds Treasure in Starbucks’ Spent Coffee Grounds and Stale Bakery Goods
Science Daily
With 1.3 billion tons of food trashed, dumped in landfills and otherwise wasted around the world every year, scientists have now described development and successful laboratory testing of a new “biorefinery” intended to change food waste into a key ingredient for making plastics, laundry detergents and scores of other everyday products.



European Power & Renewables Deals: Quarterly M&A outlook (Posted August 15, 2012)

Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future (Posted August 6, 2012)

Benchmarking Air Emissions Of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States (Posted July 31, 2012)

Per capita CO2 emissions in China reached European level (July 18, 2012)

The Interim Regulation of Voluntary Greenhouse Gases Emission Trading in China (Posted July 10, 2012)
The Climate Group

Measure for Management: C40 Cities (July 9, 2012)
Carbon Disclosure Project

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