Summary

In today’s edition, beware: European clean tech industry falls into rapid decline. the future for onshore wind is not clear as an uncoordinated patchwork of policies across Europe continues to stifle progress, not least in the UK and Spain, says the European Wind Energy Association. Still in Europe, a Brexit is likely to be an ‘electric shock’: Power price would be much higher for consumers, the UK energy secretary says. Finally, the SEC Says Exxon can’t block climate change vote, a defeat for the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, which had argued it already provides adequate carbon disclosures.  

Quote of the day

“The outlook for 2016 is not as rosy and we’re likely to see a dip in installations this year. Beyond this, the future for onshore wind is not clear as an uncoordinated patchwork of policies across Europe continues to stifle progress, not least in the UK and Spain. We need to see more political appetite at European and national level, which means putting in place a vision for renewables into the next decade.”

Oliver Joy, spokesman for the European Wind Energy Association, in the Guardian’s story European clean tech industry falls into rapid decline 

Lead stories 

Brexit likely to be ‘electric shock’, says Amber Rudd 
By Pilita Clark – Financial Times
Britain faces an “electric shock” costing consumers at least £500m a year if it leaves the EU, the energy secretary will claim on Thursday. 
http://on.ft.com/1SiODh5 

Rockefeller family charity to withdraw all investments in fossil fuel companies 
By Rupert Neate – The Guardian  
A charitable fund of the Rockefeller family – who are sitting on a multibillion-dollar oil fortune – has said it will withdraw all its investments from fossil fuel companies. 
http://bit.ly/1UmsHFL 

European clean tech industry falls into rapid decline 
By Fiona Harvey – The Guardian
Europe’s once world-beating clean technology industry has fallen into a rapid decline, with investment in low-carbon energy last year plummeting to its lowest level in a decade. 
http://bit.ly/1Umu2fQ

The Struggle of Clear Climate Communication 
The Atlantic 
There has never before been a scientific study quite like the one released this week by James Hansen, a climate scientist and the former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. 
http://theatln.tc/1MneAgg

SEC Says Exxon Cannot Block Climate Change Vote 
Reuters 
The Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled Exxon Mobil must include a climate change resolution on its annual shareholder proxy, a defeat for the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, which had argued it already provides adequate carbon disclosures. 
http://for.tn/1UIN7s8 
***LB: Also in this story “In a Tuesday letter to Exxon seen by Reuters, the SEC said the oil producer cannot keep a proposal spearheaded by New York state’s comptroller from a full shareholder vote at the company’s annual meeting in May.”

Events 

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California 
http://goo.gl/Ah5s1I

CARBON EXPO 2016 
Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 
Cologne 
http://jlne.ws/1mg8bqR

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016 
http://jlne.ws/1mg6nOG 

Natural gas / coal  

GOP hits Obama administration over coal mining rule 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
Members of a House Natural Resources Committee panel on Wednesday peppered a top Obama administration official with complaints over a proposed coal mining rule. 
http://bit.ly/1XP6xtg 

Coal Plants Use As Much Water As One Billion People Every Year 
By Alissa Walker – Gizmodo 
Add this to the very long list of why burning coal for energy is a horrible idea. The world’s coal plants are using enough water to easily fulfill the needs of a billion people for a year. What’s more, they’re often located in places where water is already scarce. 
http://bit.ly/1UbvXTU

First US shale gas sails into Europe as Ineos carrier arrives in Norway 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian 
The first US shale gas sailed into Europe bringing controversy in its wake. 
http://bit.ly/1WKsoCa

Power  

Smart Metering Systems wins Ecotricity smart meter contract 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
Smart Metering Systems plc (SMS) announced yesterday it has signed a new agreement with green energy provider Ecotricity to roll out smart meters to its UK customers. 
http://bit.ly/1XP6caa  

Primrose Solar and PS Renewables power up ‘one of the last’ large solar farms in UK 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen
Renewable energy developers Primrose Solar and PS Renewables have this week announced the completion of a 49MW solar farm at Eveley Farm in Hampshire. 
http://bit.ly/1Mnd3GW

EDF Energy Renewables signs five-year turbine deal with Wind Towers Scotland 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
Wind Towers Scotland yesterday announced a five-year deal with EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) to supply wind towers to all the French utility’s onshore wind projects in the UK. 
http://bit.ly/1VHLWsk

EDF chief executive predicts green light for Hinkley Point 
By Jim Pickard – Financial Times  
The chief executive of EDF Energy has predicted that Hinkley Point will shortly get the go-ahead, even as he admitted that the new nuclear power station would be as expensive as burning oil at $230 a barrel. 
http://on.ft.com/1pzEW4c

Port Augusta ‘busting a gut’ to reinvent itself as a solar city when coal-fired power is switched off 
By Michael Slezak – The Guardian  
Each day a trainload of coal rolls into the South Australian town of Port Augusta, where it is burned and turned into electricity. But these days that coal is shipped from a mine that is no longer digging. It is burned at a power plant that is about to be demolished. 
http://bit.ly/1Zvmer2 

Fight to Keep Alternative Energy Local Stymies an Industry 
By Diane Cardwell – The New York Times  
Up and down the center of the country, winds rip across plains, ridges and plateaus, a belt of unharnessed energy capable of powering millions of customers, with enormous potential to help meet national goals to stem climate change. 
http://nyti.ms/21IksCr 

Clean tech

Dyson developing an electric car, according to government documents 
By Adam Vaughan and Damian Carrington – The Guardian
Dyson is developing an electric car at its headquarters in Wiltshire with help from public money, according to government documents. 
http://bit.ly/25nrBwH 

Seattle’s ‘aggressive plan’ to cut pollution with 15,000 electric vehicles 
By Francesca Perry – The Guardian
Seattle’s mayor Ed Murray wants to dramatically increase electric vehicle (EV) use in the city – by 15,000 cars by 2025 – in order to halve greenhouse-gas emissions from the city’s vehicle fleet. 
http://bit.ly/1RAESOp 

How South America’s lithium triangle is gearing up to feed our battery addiction 
Reuters 
ar from the soy and cattle that dominate its vast fertile pampas, Argentina harbours another valuable commodity that is rocketing in price and demand and luring newly welcomed foreign investors. 
http://bit.ly/1PsJbnt

Water

American tribes are in trouble, and most won’t get $48m to flee climate change 
By Autumn Spanne – The Guardian  
The tiny Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has called the coastal marshlands of southern Louisiana home ever since their ancestors settled there to avoid forced relocation under the Indian Removal Act of 1830. 
http://bit.ly/1UILhHz

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