In today’s edition, one of our last in this format, find out the details of the US, Canada, Mexico continent-wide clean energy plan. Also, Brexit or no Brexit, UK prime minister Cameron is urged to ratify climate deal before quitting. Finally, in the Power section, find out about Elon Musk’s dream of a post-carbon solar-powered future.
Quote of the day
“This is what can happen when countries come together in pursuit of a common goal, when we have a big idea and the political will to make it happen. Today’s climate agreement stands as proof that cooperation pays off and that working together always beats going it alone.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Hill’s story US, Canada, Mexico detail continent-wide clean energy plan
US, Canada, Mexico detail continent-wide clean energy plan
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico on Wednesday added new details to their new clean energy effort, a push to generate 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
Cameron urged to ratify climate deal before quitting as PM
By Roger Harrabin – BBC
Labour’s former climate change secretary Ed Miliband said “climate sceptics” might try to derail the deal if they gained positions of power following the EU referendum.
Germany waters down climate protection plan
Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to exit coal-fired power production and scrapped C02 emissions reduction goals for individual sectors, according to the latest draft of an environment ministry document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
***LB: Also in this story “An earlier version of the draft document that was leaked in May had suggested that Germany should phase out coal-fired power production “well before 2050″ as part of a package of measures to help Berlin achieve its climate goals.”
5 reasons there’s more to climate policy than a price on carbon
By David Roberts – Vox
In early June, the Canadian province of Ontario released its five-year climate plan, covering 2016 to 2020.
Natural gas / coal
Coal’s clout in Congress to take a hit
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
The coal industry is slated to lose clout in the next Congress, with term limits set to force out a chairman who has frequently battled with the Obama administration on behalf of mining companies.
What do Apple and Patagonia have in common? Making money from solar
By Matt Weiser – The Guardian
What does it mean when the solar panels on your roof were purchased by a clothing company? Maybe that you are part of a significant shift in the economics of solar.
Elon Musk’s dream of a post-carbon solar-powered future
By Richard Waters – Financial Times
It is a nice dream. You catch the sun’s rays in photovoltaic panels on the roof.
‘Tesla Solar’ Wants to Be the Apple Store for Electricity
By Tom Randall – Bloomberg News
Tesla Motors Inc.’s bid to buy the biggest U.S. rooftop solar installer has little to do with selling cars. Rather, it’s about solving two of the biggest problems standing in the way of the next solar boom. And perhaps a good deal more.
Siemens freezes new UK wind power investment following Brexit vote
By Arthur Neslen – The Guardian
Siemens is putting new wind power investment plans in the UK on hold due to uncertainty caused by last week’s Brexit vote, the Germany energy company has told the Guardian.
Volkswagen agrees to buy back diesel vehicles and fund clean tech research
German automaker Volkswagen AG will pay as much as $15.3 billion after admitting it cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years, agreeing to buy back vehicles from consumers and provide funding that could benefit makers of cleaner technologies.
Nestlé Discovers Water in the Arizona Desert, and Bottles It
By Eric Roston – Bloomberg News
A Nestlé bottling unit is opening a new plant in drought-stricken Phoenix because that’s where the water is. Really.