Often considered a climate villain, Canada is defying critics in today’s edition, as it switches on the world’s first carbon capture power plant. Also, (Hey, go Canada!), Genalta Power – which develops and operates power plants that produce and sell environmentally friendly electricity – is the first in Alberta to earn carbon offset credits by converting flare gas into electricity (in the Carbon section). More innovation in this edition still, with Solarbox, a young company offering free solar-powered mobile phone charging points in London.

Quote of the day

“I think at this stage of the game, because the concept is so new, having a revenue stream from the CO2 is critical to help the economics.”

Ian Yeates, the SaskPower executive in charge of CCS, in the’s story Canada switches on world’s first carbon capture power plant 

Lead stories

Canada switches on world’s first carbon capture power plant 
Suzanne Goldenberg,  
Canada has switched on the first large-scale coal-fired power plant fitted with a technology that proponents say enables the burning of fossil fuels without tipping the world into a climate catastrophe. 
***LB: Also in this story “In Mississippi, Southern Company has spent more than $5.5 bn over the last six years trying to bring a new-built CCS project, the Kemper County Energy Facility, into operation. The opening is now delayed until mid-2015.”

Iconic London phone boxes inspire first ‘solarbox’
James Murray, BusinessGreen
One of London’s iconic, but increasingly unused, phone boxes has today been turned literally and figuratively green with the launch of the capital’s first “solarbox”. 
***LB: Also in this story “Solarbox, the company founded by recent LSE graduates Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston, aims to monetise the technology by selling advertising space in the new boxes. It is planning to deploy a number of solarboxes across the capital from early next year.”

Administration launches climate competition
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The Obama administration launched a competition Wednesday aimed at helping cities and towns cut greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change.

Role Of Carbon Markets Still Evolving In Run-Up To Peru Climate Talks 
Ecosystem Marketplace
Less than three months ahead of the next round of international climate negotiations, it is still unclear what the potential role of the carbon markets is going to look like in a future agreement or even if carbon markets will be mentioned in the document.

Europe Skirting Freeze Preserves Gas Amid Ukraine Crisis
Rachel Morison and Isis Almeida, Bloomberg News
Europe will have another mild month in October, preserving the region’s fuel reserves as it braces for a winter with the threat of natural gas supply disruptions.


EMA’s 18th Annual Meeting 
Join the Environmental Markets Association and environmental industry professional for two days of dynamic sessions, two nights of networking receptions, and countless opportunities to increase your business contacts. 
October 22 – 24, 2014
Santa Monica, CA

FT European Gas Summit 
The FT European Gas Summit brings together leading and aspiring gas suppliers from around the globe, as well as energy industry experts, commentators and government decision makers to review the potential barriers to new gas supplies for Europe, and the impact on the region’s economic competitiveness. The summit will be chaired by Guy Chazan, Energy Editor, Financial Times. 
23 October 2014 
London, UK 


Genalta Power earns carbon offsets for turning flare gas into electricity
 Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald 
 A Calgary company says it has become the first in Alberta to earn carbon offset credits by converting flare gas into electricity. 
***LB: Also in this story “Genalta Power — which develops and operates power plants that produce and sell environmentally friendly electricity — announced this week that its Cadotte Peace River facility has generated 8,208 tonnes of carbon offsets for the 2013 calendar year.” 

Natural gas / coal

US power plant emissions tick upwards, as fracking methane falls
Methane emissions from fracking projects in the US fell 73 per cent between 2011 and 2013, according to new official government figures.

Alpha Sees as Few as 2 Large U.S. Coal Miners After Slump 
Tim Loh, Bloomberg News
There may be only two to four “really, really” large U.S. coal producers left in the future as the industry shrinks amid moribund demand and falling prices, Alpha Natural Resources Inc. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Crutchfield said.

Fracking in wintry areas linked to high ozone pollution
Margaret Munro, Postmedia News
Emissions wafting out of oil and gas operations can trigger “extreme” ozone pollution events that rival those seen in congested cities such as Los Angeles, according to an international study.

LNG boom fuels Australia export ambitions
Jamie Smyth, Financial Times
The flame flickering on top of a gas flare tower on Curtis Island in Gladstone is a symbol of a rising power in the liquefied natural gas market as three huge coal seam gas plants prepare for switch on.

Feds clear Maryland natural gas export proposal
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Monday approved a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Maryland, the first one on the East Coast.


India eyes first offshore wind farm
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
India’s plans to build the country’s first offshore wind farm took a major step forward this week, as the government signed a memorandum of understanding with a coalition of companies to build a 100MW pilot project.

(UK) DECC sweetens solar farm subsidy shake-up with renewables funding boost
James Murray, BusinessGreen
The government has today announced it has increased the budget for supporting the UK’s next wave of renewable energy projects by £95m, arguing that the shift to a system of auctioning support contracts to renewables developers will curb costs for billpayers while mobilising clean energy investment.

Holding out on solar? It’s time to reconsider
Strategic Sourceror,
Whether a data center colocation provider, health care center or business park, organizations are regarding the benefits associated with solar energy with a grain of salt.

Wave and tidal industry offered £5.4m research funding
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Wave and tidal power companies are being invited to bid for a share of 7m  euros (£5.4m) to invest in research projects that can help advance the fledgling market.


Californians Ring In New Water Year with Trepidation 
Circle of Blue
No champagne bottles or deep-lunged blasts from a noisemaker accompanied the turn of the calendar Wednesday in California.

Small Business Administration hits EPA over water rule
Tim Devaney, The Hill 
A fight is breaking out inside the Obama administration over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed water regulation.


Retailers offered sustainable strategies toolkit
A program to help retailers identify and develop more sustainable long-term strategies has been launched in the US. 
***LB: Also in this story “Annual retail sales in the US have topped $4.5tri and the sector accounts for around a third of GDP.”

The social costs of energy transitions
Clark A. Miller, The Hill
Even as leader after leader in New York exhorted each other last week to take action to address climate change, a steady drumbeat of news has also highlighted just how rapidly global energy systems are beginning to change — and how fast the disruptive social and economic consequences of energy transitions are beginning to grow.


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