In this edition, Doha glow (if there was one) fades a bit: Belarus negotiator hints at Kyoto exit, says others could follow, reports Reuters. And from EurActiv, EU dismisses Polish warnings over carbon market fix. From the power section, German Power Grid Seen Needing $55 Billion on Renewables, says Bloomberg. And, featured in Leads, a report and blog from Ceres on a clean energy focus among the Fortune 100.

Quote of the Day:

“You’ve got 10 gigatons of hot air in the system. You’ve got 20 percent of the world emissions, which is the U.S., not participating in that system. The answers are simple in theoretical terms. Political terms, not so simple.”

–South African climate negotiator Alf Wills in Bloomberg’s “South Africa Says U.S. Should Adopt Carbon Budget by 2020”

Lead Stories

For The World’s Largest Companies, Clean Energy Commitments Are The New Norm
Ceres’ Mindy Lubber on Forbes
For The World’s Largest Companies, Clean Energy Commitments Are The New Norm There’s a new majority in the Fortune 100, and it favors a clean energy future.
http://jlne.ws/S5H6ad

THE REPORT:
Power Forward: Why the World’s Largest Companies are Investing in Renewable Energy
http://jlne.ws/S5HNAg

Capitalism, Not Collectivism, Will Be Key To Carbon Mitigation
Dennis Posadas, fellow with Climate Instiute, on Forbes Asia
The Kyoto Protocol emerged from the Doha COP-18 negotiations with an extension up to 2020, but much weakened with only a few developed countries agreeing to commit funds. Even with this treaty still intact, what has become clear is the mandatory nature of carbon mitigation is now in flux.
http://jlne.ws/X9Mg1r

South Africa Says U.S. Should Adopt Carbon Budget by 2020
Bloomberg
The U.S. should provide more detail about its probable emissions and consider installing a U.K.-like carbon budget to take advantage of global emissions markets by 2020, said a South African climate negotiator.
http://jlne.ws/RnS4Yw

Belarus negotiator hints at Kyoto exit, says others could follow
Reuters
Belarus, one of three fossil-fuel reliant states outmanoeuvred at Kyoto pact talks by small island states endangered by climate change, said it may consider quitting the process and Ukraine and Kazakhstan may do the same.
http://jlne.ws/TTPuIS

EU dismisses Polish warnings over carbon market fix
EurActiv
The European Commission has moved swiftly to deny a Polish data analysis contending that plans to suspend – or ‘backload’ – 900 million carbon allowances from auction on the Emissions Trading System (ETS) will blow a hole in the revenues of new EU member states.
http://jlne.ws/U6dDZE
**RKB – According to the Polish document, Warsaw stands to lose over a billion euros and 16% of its allowance revenues, under the proposed backload plan. EC dismisses that finding.

Keystone Review Meaningless Without Climate Assessment
Bloomberg
The U.S. environmental assessment of a new Keystone XL pipeline route from Canada will be meaningless unless it considers the effect mining of oil sands has on climate change, opponents of the project said.
http://jlne.ws/VyIDRz

Energy chief: Cold winter will be ‘critical’ for Europe’s supplies
EurActiv
Europe’s power grid stability is hanging in the balance this winter, with a cold snap liable to create a ‘critical’ situation, the director of one of Europe’s five biggest power grids has told EurActiv.
http://jlne.ws/S99CHO

COLUMN-Lack of will, cash hinder world efficiency standards:Wynn
Reuters
Climate talks in Doha last week highlighted the weakness of carbon targets as a tool to limit climate change while a lack of international financial and political support may equally undermine an alternative, technology-led approach.
http://jlne.ws/VBMQ6D

Shell Taps Solar Energy to Lift Heavy Oil From Kuwait
Bloomberg
GlassPoint Solar Inc., which is building the first plant in the Middle East that will tap heat from the sun to coax heavy crude oil out of aging fields, obtained funding from a group including Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSA).
http://jlne.ws/QUpJHS

Princeton’s nanomesh nearly triples solar cell efficiency
Extreme Tech
The gold mesh that sits on top is incredibly small. It’s only 30 nanometers thick. The holes in the mesh are a mere 175nm in diameter. This replaces the much thicker traditional top layer made out of indium-tin-oxide (ITO). This is the most important part of the innovation. Because the mesh is actually smaller than the wavelength of the light it’s trying to collect, it exploits the bizarre way that light works in subwavelength structures. This unique physical property allows the researchers to effectively capture the light once it enters the holes in the mesh instead of letting much of it reflect away.  The bottom layer of the cell remains the same, but this implementation allows the semiconducting layer of plastic in the middle of the cell to be much thinner.
http://jlne.ws/12juJIt
**repeats in Clean Tech

Iowa farmland prices set record high in 2012, ignore drought
Reuters
Red-hot demand for farmland in the top U.S. corn-growing state of Iowa drove prices to record highs in 2012, buoyed by demand from cash-rich farmers and ignoring the worst U.S. drought in the last 50 years.
http://jlne.ws/TTKi7J

Events

Aviation Carbon 2013
London
February 19-20, 2012
http://jlne.ws/RSzl7e

2013 Climate Leadership Conference
Washington D.C.
February 27-March 1, 2013
climateleadershipconference.org

Carbon

California Democrats Covet Carbon-Market Funds
Bloomberg
If you believe California officials, you might think the state’s long-running economic and budgetary problems are over, thanks largely to the flood of money from voter-approved increases in already high income and sales taxes.
http://jlne.ws/RnRvOo

EU, Germany, U.K. to Sell 819 Million Carbon Permits in 2013
Bloomberg
The European Union, Germany and the U.K. will sell 819 million metric tons of carbon permits for the third phase of the bloc’s greenhouse-gas market next year, according to the program’s regulator.
http://jlne.ws/UTciYV

Natural Gas/Coal

US should let NATO allies tap natural gas exports-Senator Lugar
Reuters
The U.S. Congress should give European allies access to burgeoning supplies of U.S. natural gas, Republican Senator Richard Lugar said on Wednesday, proposing a new law that he said would improve energy security in a critical region.
http://jlne.ws/VTXpbh

PetroChina on prowl offshore, buys into Australia LNG project
Reuters
China’s PetroChina Co Ltd has agreed to pay $1.63 billion for a minority stake in a controversial Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, as it steps up efforts to source more of its energy in foreign countries.
http://jlne.ws/TTOFja

Chesapeake in $2 billion midstream deal
Reuters
Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N) on Tuesday agreed to sell most of its remaining natural gas processing and gathering assets for $2.16 billion as it continues to sell assets to pay down its heavy debt load.
http://jlne.ws/X9ODkS

Power

German Power Grid Seen Needing $55 Billion on Renewables
Bloomberg
Germany’s power lines may require investment of 42.5 billion euros ($55 billion) by 2030 to cope with extra renewable-energy generators feeding electricity into the network, according to state-owned energy agency Dena.
http://jlne.ws/UTccR3

German energy agency says higher tariffs needed for grid upgrade
Reuters
Germany’s energy agency has called on the government to allow power grid companies to raise tariffs to provide a greater incentive for the billions of euros of infrastructure investment needed to support the shift to renewable energy.
http://jlne.ws/RorcaS

CleanTech

Princeton’s nanomesh nearly triples solar cell efficiency
Extreme Tech
The gold mesh that sits on top is incredibly small. It’s only 30 nanometers thick. The holes in the mesh are a mere 175nm in diameter. This replaces the much thicker traditional top layer made out of indium-tin-oxide (ITO). This is the most important part of the innovation. Because the mesh is actually smaller than the wavelength of the light it’s trying to collect, it exploits the bizarre way that light works in subwavelength structures. This unique physical property allows the researchers to effectively capture the light once it enters the holes in the mesh instead of letting much of it reflect away.  The bottom layer of the cell remains the same, but this implementation allows the semiconducting layer of plastic in the middle of the cell to be much thinner.
http://jlne.ws/12juJIt
**repeats in Leads

Water

The National Association of Water Companies Announces Inaugural Recipient of NAWC Living Water Award
Press Release
The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) is pleased to announce that California Water Service Company’s (Cal Water) Jan Mirts has been named as the first recipient of an NAWC Living Water Award.
http://jlne.ws/VRPnzL

Bird to Buy Western Canada’s Nason to Expand in Water Treatment
Bloomberg
Bird Construction Inc. (BDT) agreed to acquire Nason Contracting Group Ltd., which builds water and wastewater treatment facilities in western Canada, for C$12.8 million ($13 million) to expand in the water treatment market.
http://jlne.ws/X85Ued

Acciona Awarded Clean Energy Contract From Madrid Water Manager
Bloomberg
Acciona SA (ANA), a renewable energy and water provider, said a subsidiary won a 56 million-euro ($73 million) contract to supply electricity starting next month to Canal Isabel II Gestion, the Madrid region’s water manager.
http://jlne.ws/VTMBdg

Reports

Power Forward: Why the World’s Largest Companies are Investing in Renewable Energy (Posted Dec. 11, 2012)
http://jlne.ws/S5HNAg

Stock Exchange Benchmark On Non-Financial Reporting Rules (Posted Dec. 6, 2012)
Verdantix
http://jlne.ws/QM1A6f

Regional Investment of RGGI CO2 Allowance Proceeds, 2011 (Posted Nov. 27, 2012)
http://jlne.ws/Y2CJzg

2012 Report on Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends in the US (Posted Nov. 27, 2012)
The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
http://jlne.ws/TsQlPs

Climate Change Report Warns of Dramatically Warmer World This Century (Posted Nov. 19, 2012)
World Bank
http://jlne.ws/RQylgD

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