Summary

In today’s edition, how difficult it is for China to reduce its carbon emissions and how easy it is for the EPA rules to be applied and economically relevant, as well as, in the Water section, a new initiative by Beijing to trade water rights, in an effort to manage a growing water crisis that threatens to curtail economic growth and hurt food production.  

Quote of the day

“If we can have a cap on coal, that would almost be equivalent to a cap on carbon, because coal is such a dominant source of pollution and emissions.”

Professor Wang, a senior member of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, in the New York Times’ story China’s Plan to Limit Coal Use Could Spur Consumption for Years

Lead stories

China’s Plan to Limit Coal Use Could Spur Consumption for Years
Chris Buckley, The New York Times
Under pressure to reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions, the Chinese government is considering a mandatory cap on coal use, the main source of carbon pollution from fossil fuels.
http://jlne.ws/WGLrnV 
***LB: Also in this story “But it would be an adjustable ceiling that would allow coal consumption to grow for years, and policy makers are at odds on how long the nation’s emissions will rise.”

U.S. West States Met to Discuss EPA Emission Proposals
Lynn Doan, Bloomberg
Top air regulators from 13 states across the western U.S. met in private last week to talk about how they could work together on carbon-emissions cuts proposed by the Obama administration.
http://jlne.ws/1nnuvgb

EPA climate rule economically feasible, study says
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Turning to renewable energy sources and energy efficiency programs is becoming more and more economically feasible for utilities across the U.S., according to a new report. 
http://jlne.ws/1zaSWBh

Europe clears Germany renewable energy law
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The European Commission gave final approval to Germany’s law giving support to renewable energy sources, after the country made some tweaks to it. 
http://jlne.ws/1pPAUip

(UK) Voters want more renewables to tackle energy insecurity
BusinessGreen
Renewables are seen by the public as a better way to boost energy security than any other energy source, new polling has revealed. 
http://jlne.ws/1nnkNKT

Mayor Boris ‘set to miss’ host of green goals
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen
London Mayor Boris Johnson should examine how the London Underground could be powered by green energy, according to a new report that criticises the capital’s slow progress towards a slew of low carbon targets. 
http://jlne.ws/1pg1Kl3

Events 

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
http://jlne.ws/1qaR5eE

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 
http://jlne.ws/1n34Gif 

Carbon

Will other Asian consumer giants follow as Kao goes forest-friendly? 
Medelyn Manibo, Eco-business
Japanese consumer goods giant Kao Corporation has become the first major consumer company based in Asia to promise to remove forest destruction from its products. 
http://jlne.ws/1pPCSzg

Report: Nuclear industry’s safety measures are ‘inadequate’
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
The U.S. nuclear industry is not prepared to prevent or handle the catastrophic damage a natural disaster could wreak on a nuclear power plant, according to a new report. 
http://jlne.ws/1l064kq

White House indicates ethanol mandate could go up
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Got Biofuels? If so, White House adviser John Podesta’s meeting with Senate Democrats on Thursday may have brought good news. 
http://jlne.ws/1zaSh2N

Natural gas / coal

Coal Company Pain Accelerates as Bankruptcy Cases Rise
Dawn McCarty, Sonja Elmquist and Phil Milford, Bloomberg News
The coal business, after fueling the Industrial Revolution and powering U.S. growth for much of the past century, is now beset by a glut of cheap natural gas and tighter regulation.
http://jlne.ws/1ulssOk

Call for carbon market reform to reverse EU coal comeback 
Megan Darby, RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
Carbon emissions from coal power across the EU have risen 6% since 2010, despite falling electricity demand and increased renewable generation. 
http://jlne.ws/WO6SmV

Coal India undermined by basic equipment flaws
Reuters
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government looks to shape up Coal India Ltd for a potential major restructuring, the world’s biggest coal miner still faces basic problems: it does not have enough mechanical shovels, dumpers and explosives. 
http://jlne.ws/1lCYHPT

Rep. Gardner: Support for gas export bill came from states without fracking
Timothy Cama, The Hill
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said Thursday that some votes in favor of his bill to speed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications came from representatives of states that ban hydraulic fracturing.
http://jlne.ws/1nFBX7w

Power

SunEdison Buys 156 Megawatt Solar Project in Colorado
Christopher Martin, Bloomberg
SunEdison Inc., the best-performing solar company this year, bought the 156 megawatt Comanche Solar project in Colorado from Community Energy that will supply Xcel Energy Inc. customers in the state.
http://jlne.ws/1rgnblz

Energy Future seeks longer bankruptcy as it scraps plan
Tom Hals, Reuters
Energy Future Holdings, the largest power company in Texas, asked a judge to extend the period in which it controls its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and said it is scrapping its original debt-cutting plan in favor of an auction of its Oncor unit.
http://jlne.ws/1keEEwq

Italy to sell energy grid stake to China for 2 billion euros
Francesca Landini and Luca Trogni, Reuters
Italy’s Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) said on Thursday it was in advanced talks to sell a 35 percent stake in energy grid holding company CDP Reti to China’s State Grid Corp in a deal that could be worth some two billion euros.
http://jlne.ws/1lC9wBL

Solar revenues set to double worldwide by 2020, analysts say
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
The UK solar market may be having its fair share of difficulties at the moment, what with government plans to cut subsidies for large solar farms, planning constraints, and concerns about the level of available funding, but a new report this week seeks to reassure the industry that at a global level it is still booming. 
http://jlne.ws/1l053sF

Clean tech

Tesla Idles California Plant to Retool for Electric SUVs
Alan Ohnsman, Bloomberg
Tesla Motors Inc. halted production at its California assembly plant for the first time as it adds robots to accelerate production of electric sedans and prepares to build its Model X sport-utility vehicle. 
http://jlne.ws/Ux22c0

Water

China to roll out seven pilot markets for trading water rights
Reuters
China has picked seven provinces to host pilot markets for trade in water rights, as the government battles a spreading water crisis that threatens to curtail economic growth and hurt food production.
http://jlne.ws/1rBrUAn

India’s water reservoirs at 35 pct of capacity in past week
Reuters
Water levels in India’s main reservoirs in the week to July 24 were at 35 percent of capacity, down 16 percentage points from a year ago, government data showed on Friday. 
http://jlne.ws/1jZ2An2

California Tries to Measure Water Use as Drought Worsens
James Nash, Bloomberg
State and local officials in California are struggling to track water use as Governor Jerry Brown calls for a 20 percent drop in consumption to alleviate a record drought. 
http://jlne.ws/1xa3BJt

What kind of laws are you supposed to pass to convince 38 million people to conserve water during a drought?
Hunter Schwarz, The Washington Post
As California continues to face the driest period in its history, lawmakers are grappling with the best way to encourage water conservation in a state of 38 million people. 
http://jlne.ws/1nFBwKk

Miscellaneous

Greens launch ad campaign to back EPA climate rule
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) launched an advertising campaign to promote the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules to limit carbon pollution from power plants and attack the proposal’s opponents.
http://jlne.ws/1jYEf0u

Harvard historian: strategy of climate science denial groups ‘extremely successful’
Graham Readfearn, theguardian.com
In 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson had a special message for the American Congress on conservation of the environment. 
http://jlne.ws/1keEfKr

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