In today’s edition, Brussels needs to work out $100 billion roadmap and iron out internal position before Paris talks, says Luxembourg environment minister Carole Dieschbourg. Also, the Obama administration is teaming up with three major unions to encourage creation of jobs that will be needed to implement the new climate rule for power plants. Finally, Chris Cline, the billionaire coal baron, revealed himself today as the donor behind a $1 million contribution to a super-PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.

Quote of the day

“This partnership will enable the Energy Department and our labor unions to work with the states on designing plans that maximize job creation.” 

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, in The Hill’s story Obama admin launches jobs program for climate rule 

Lead stories

EU needs climate finance plan by Paris, says Luxembourg presidency 
By Ed King – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
Finance ministers from the 28 member states are scheduled to meet on October 10, where they will discuss the duchy’s plan for a “toolbox” of measures to fund green projects in poor countries. 

COP21 and decoding the economics of climate change 
By Lauren Hepler – GreenBiz  
With just four months to go until international delegates descend upon Paris for the much-discussed United Nations climate conference, COP21, the stakes for shifting to a low-carbon economy are starting to come into focus.  

Obama admin launches jobs program for climate rule 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
The Obama administration is teaming up with three major unions to encourage creation of jobs that will be needed to implement the new climate rule for power plants.

The King of Coal Reveals $1 Million Bet on Jeb Bush
By Zachary Mider – Bloomberg News
Chris Cline, the billionaire coal baron, revealed himself today as the donor behind a $1 million contribution to a super-PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.

Green California Just Won the Climate Fight, Now Comes the Pain
By Alex Nussbaum – Bloomberg News
Here’s some irony for you. California, the world’s pioneer of carbon and climate change policy, may actually lose out on some clean power thanks to President Obama’s federal limits on carbon pollution.

HSBC India To Launch Green Bonds Soon 
By Smiti Mittal – CleanTechnica 
The Indian subsidiary of international banking giant HSBC is planning to issue its first green bond issue in the country this year. 
***LB: Also in this story “HSBC is the world’s fourth largest issuer of green bonds, and now looking to tap the Indian market as well.”


EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA 

2015 Rising Seas Summit 
Association of Climate Change Officers 
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA   


Renewables and paying a fair price for climate action 
Sydney Morning Herald (Editorial) 
Many readers have seen the commercial featuring Ray and Evon, the sun-stealing grey nomads who park their campervan outside your house and nick your solar energy. The message is, don’t waste your roof by not having a solar panel.  

Is the Caribbean a paradise for renewable energy? 
By David Ince – The Guardian
Derek’s one-door shop selling cakes, sweets and soft drinks in Barbados appears at first glance to be just like any other, until you lift your eyes upward.

Japan Heads for Nuclear Unknown With Reactor Restart
By Stephen Stapczynski and Yuriy Humber – Bloomberg News
Japan is about to do something that’s never been done before: Restart a fleet of mothballed nuclear reactors. 
***LB: Also in this story “The first reactor to meet new safety standards could come online as early as next week. Japan is reviving its nuclear industry after all its plants were shut for safety checks since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Dai-Ichi station north of Tokyo, causing radiation leaks that forced the evacuation of 160,000 people.”

In the post-RET twilight zone our biggest polluters champion renewable energy 
By John Hewson – The Guardian  
Welcome to the post-Renewable Energy Target (RET) twilight zone, where Australia’s biggest polluters are also apparently its biggest champions of renewable energy.

Natural gas / coal

$1 Natural Gas: Crazy Town?
By Alix Steel – Bloomberg News 
If you take a look at natural gas pricing in the Northeast not every price metric is depressed. 

South Africa’s Sibanye Gold seeks coal assets for power 
By Ed Stoddard – Reuters  
South Africa’s Sibanye Gold is looking to buy coal assets to help provide power, it said on Thursday, as it strives to reduce dependence on unreliable supplies from state-run utility Eskom.

Coal is not the answer to India’s energy poverty, whatever (Australia’s) Tony Abbott says 
EAS Sarma – The Guardian
Adani’s huge Carmichael coal mine – the biggest in Australian history – has been overturned by the federal court, causing much consternation for coal advocates, chief among them Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. 


US carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low 
By Seth Borenstein – AP  
Heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday. 

France launches tender for floating offshore wind projects 
France has launched a tender for several floating offshore wind turbine projects in what is set to be the first attempt to test this new technology on an industrial scale.

Sunverge Energy links with Ergon Energy for Qld home power storage program 
By Angela Macdonald-Smith – Sydney Morning Herald 
Californian electricity storage developer Sunverge Energy has forged an alliance with Ergon Energy for a limited commercial rollout of its power systems in Queensland homes, with at least two similar deals with other Australian partners expected to follow later this year.

Clean tech

Tesla’s new snake-like charger plugs itself in, but is it creepy, sensual or both 
The Guardian (+ Video) 
This metal snake is actually the prototype for the new charger from Tesla Motors. 

Tesla says it sent update for security flaws found by hackers 
Tesla Motors Inc said on Thursday it has sent a software patch to address security flaws in the Tesla Model S sedan that could allow hackers to take control of the vehicle.


Undamming rivers can offer a new source for clean energy 
By John Waldman and Karin Limburg – Yale Environment 360 (part of the Guardian Environment Network)  
Hydroelectric power is often touted as clean energy, but this claim is true only in the narrow sense of not causing air pollution.  

EPA team spills million gallons of waste water into Colorado rivers 
A team of U.S. regulators probing contamination at a Colorado gold mine accidentally released a million gallons (3.8 million liters) of orange-hued waste water containing sediment and metals into a local river system, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.  

Bilfinger launches water unit sale as it streamlines ops 
Struggling German engineering services group Bilfinger has launched the sale of its Water Technologies unit as it continues to streamline its activities following six profit warnings in a year, two people familiar with the matter said.

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