Yesterday we promised to keep you posted on efforts that will be made by farmers to curb emissions. In today’s edition, infos given by Ag. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Also, food for thought in a story on how Americans must act more like Europeans to keep their power costs down. And finally, a call for a ‘uniform’ voice from business leaders, to combat climate change. 

Quote of the day

“By developing a framework for climate stabilization based on a menu of ambitious and pragmatic steps accessible to any company, we are equipping businesses to develop their own plans for greenhouse reductions and enhanced adaptive capacity.”

BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer, in the E&E’s story Success in Paris climate talks may require ‘uniform voice’ from business leaders, group says 

Lead stories

U.S. Power Grid’s $2 Trillion Push Needs European Efficiency
By Harry Weber and Mark Chediak – Bloomberg
A $2 trillion push in the U.S. to blend renewable energy into the power supply and fortify transmission lines against extreme weather means that Americans must act more like Europeans to keep their power costs down.

Success in Paris climate talks may require ‘uniform voice’ from business leaders, group says 
By Daniel Cusick – E&E  
A year-old initiative to mobilize the global business community around the risks and opportunities of climate change has entered a second phase, according to the nonprofit group BSR. 
***LB: Also in this story “It will focus efforts in 2015 on deepening private-sector understanding of climate science while also helping develop collaborative strategies to reduce and mitigate against warming’s most harmful effects.” 

Don’t judge Paris on level of carbon cuts, say top emitters  
By Ed King – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
Leading economies don’t think the success of a Paris climate change summit should simply be measured on the level of greenhouse gas cuts it manages to deliver.  

Japan hikes target for emissions cuts to about 25 pct by 2030-media 
Japan is considering cutting emissions of greenhouse gases by around 25 percent by 2030, up from an earlier target of about 20 percent, as its contribution to a global summit in Paris on climate change later this year, media reports said on Friday. 
***LB: Also in this story “The target is still lower than that outlined by the United States, which says it will cut emissions by as much as 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 and the European Union which is proposing at least a 40 percent cut from 1990 levels by 2030.” 

Canada will match other industrialized nations’ CO2 cuts: PM  
Canada will set a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that will be “similar” to those of other industrialized nations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday after the country published higher historical emissions data. 

Malaysia to raise climate change during Asean summit
Malaysia will raise the issue of climate change and its impact on the region’s socio-economy during the 26th Asean Summit, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel. 

U.S. agriculture secretary calls on farmers to address climate change in speech at Michigan State 
By Fritz Klug – 
A new climate strategy for agriculture was announced at Michigan State University on Thursday in East Lansing by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 
***LB: Also in this story “Specific actions announced in Vilsack’s plan included: reducing the unnecessary use of fertilizer and methane emissions from cattle and swine, replanting trees in areas damaged by wildfire and disease, encouraging tree planting in urban areas and using wood as a building material to store carbon material and offset use of fossil fuels for energy.”


World Green Economy Summit 2015 
22 April 2015 – 23 April 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2015
North America’s premier conference on climate policy and carbon markets
Presented by the Climate Action Reserve
April 28-30, 2015
Los Angeles, California  

The National Fuel Cell Symposium 2015
Industry, government, and academia will convene to discuss the current state of the Stationary Fuel Cell development and deployment in the U.S.
May 7, 2015 
Sacramento, California 

Nearing the Finish Line: Perspectives and Updates on EPA’s Clean Power Plan (webinar)
April 23, 2015; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table
May 19, 2015; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Dentons: 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NY

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


Carbon ‘Blueprint’ Shows Risks From Not Preparing for Cheap Fuel
By Justin Doom – Bloomberg
Oil and natural gas companies that fail to consider the risks of a warmer planet and cheaper fossil fuels are jeopardizing shareholder value, according to a report by Carbon Tracker Initiative and Energy Transition Advisors. 

Australia’s new carbon price fails to attract big polluters 
By Byron Kaye – Reuters  
Australia said on Thursday its new climate policy will pay A$13.95 a tonne for carbon in an effort to cut emissions, a price seen as too low to attract big polluters but enough for the government to call its first funding auction a success.

Natural gas / coal

Top Exporter of U.S. Coal Seeks Refuge in Natural Gas Boom
By Mario Parker – Bloomberg
Xcoal Energy & Resources LLC, the largest exporter of U.S. coal, is betting on natural gas as the world’s appetite for the cleaner-burning fuel expands at coal’s expense.   

Chinese banks must cut coal lending, shift to cleaner businesses: study  
China needs to cut lending to coal-related industries and shift more financing to cleaner businesses in order to address a huge funding gap that is hindering the country’s war on pollution, a study drawn up in part by central bank researchers said.

Asia can copy U.S. coal-to-natural gas switching: Russell 
By Clyde Russell (columnist) – Reuters
Can Asia replicate the coal to natural gas switching that has revolutionized power generation in the United States? 

RWE Says Germany’s Coal-Power Policy Threatens Its Existence
By Tino Andresen – Bloomberg
RWE AG, Germany’s largest power company by output, said government plans to force aging coal-fed plants to pay more for emissions threaten its future as a going concern. 

Bilfinger says half of power problems are home-made
Bilfinger is as much to blame for problems at its power plant business as it is a victim of market developments that have hurt its customers, it said on Thursday.


Portugese floating wind farm gets green light from Brussels
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen  
Plans to install a 25MW floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Portugal have been given the green light by the European Commission. 

Costa Rica Continues Record Run 100% Renewable Electricity 
Costa Rica News
In 2004, almost 47% of Costa Rica’s energy came from renewable sources, today Costa Rica has gone 113 days (or 3 months, 23 days) using only renewable resources for electricity.

Rwanda raises power generation objectives 
By David White – Financial Times  
For a decade or more it has hovered like a tantalising promise — the prospect of meeting a large part of Rwanda’s energy needs from the gas trapped on the bed of Lake Kivu. 

Clean tech

Fuel Cell Maker Targets Sales in Dubai With Abramovich Backing
By Louise Downing – Bloomberg
AFC Energy Plc, a U.K. fuel-cell maker backed by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, is working with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence to study possible locations to install its technology in the city.

Tesla Wants to Power Wal-Mart
By Dana Hull – Bloomberg
Tesla Motors Inc. is signing up big customers like Wal-Mart and Cargill, accelerating efforts to become a leader in energy storage — a new market that’s poised to boost sales and profit at the electric vehicle pioneer.


Antofagasta sells Chile water business for $1bn 
By James Wilson – Financial Times
Miner Antofagasta has sold its water business in Chile for almost $1bn, strengthening its balance sheet as it tries to develop various projects amid volatile copper prices.

Even China Won’t Finance This Dam as Water Fight Looms
By Kamran Haider and Natalie Obiko Pearson – Bloomberg
China’s $45 billion push into Pakistan is skirting one of the Indian subcontinent’s most dangerous flashpoints.


Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power
By Jeremy Van Loon – Bloomberg  
Oil fracking companies seeking to improve their image and pull in a little extra cash are turning their waste water into clean geothermal power.

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