In today’s edition, no more green wash from automobile manufacturers: in the EU, their claims about fuel-saving and emissions will be double-checked on the road. Also, green is in fashion for philanthropists and businesses. The first group gives money to promote green energy, the second resorts to green energy and better efficiency to save money.
Quote of the day
“Right now, LIRR can’t launch more trains at one time because of the system draw. Each station where we install this can reduce consumption by 500,000 kilowatt-hours of energy throughout the year.”
Chad Hall, cofounder and vice president of marketing and product management for Ioxus, in the GreenBiz.com’s story Ioxus, Maxwell, Win Inertia bet on ultracapacitors to store energy
EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes
Barbara Lewis, Reuters
EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.
Survey: Saving money is number one reason to go green
A drive to cut costs and cope with increasing demand from customers for greener goods is encouraging businesses to adopt sustainability practices such as energy-efficiency building upgrades and donate to charity.
Ioxus, Maxwell, Win Inertia bet on ultracapacitors to store energy
Heather Clancy, GreenBiz.com
While batteries still generate more headlines, the role of ultracapacitors in energy storage and efficiency applications moved toward center stage this summer with high-profile transportation projects for two notable players, Ioxus and Maxwell Technologies.
***LB: Also in this story “Although they look a lot like batteries, ultracapacitors can be charged and discharged far more quickly, making them attractive for applications that require rapid bursts or occasional boosts of power.”
Israel Nears Gas Sales to Egypt as Mideast Unrest Flares
Shoshanna Solomon, Bloomberg
In the midst of some of the worst Middle East tensions in a decade, one-time enemies Egypt and Israel are negotiating deals that may mean the sale of $60 billion in Israeli natural gas to liquefaction plants in Egypt.
Africa to Add More Renewables in 2014 Than Past 14 Years
Justin Doom, Bloomberg
Growing demand for electricity and falling costs for wind and solar power mean more renewable-energy projects will be commissioned this year in sub-Saharan Africa than were added from 2000 through 2013.
***LB: Also in this story “Last month, Seville, Spain-based Abengoa SA (ABG/P) received loans of $142 million from the African Development Bank for Xina Solar One, a 100-megawatt, $884 million solar-thermal power project in South Africa. In March, Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd. secured $650 million in funding for its 310-megawatt wind project in Kenya.”
(UK’s) Leggett launches campaign to mobilise green philanthropic investment
James Murray, BusinessGreen
Solarcentury founder and green business campaigner Jeremy Leggett has launched a new effort to boost investment in clean technologies by tapping into the vast financial reserves held by philanthropic foundations and trusts.
***LB: Also in this story “Leggett, who also serves as chairman of charity SolarAid and NGO Carbon Tracker Initiative, this month kicked off a fund-raising push on crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo to raise £30,000 to support the launch of the “Big Boost Climate Project”.”
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FT European Gas Summit
The FT European Gas Summit brings together leading and aspiring gas suppliers from around the globe, as well as energy industry experts, commentators and government decision makers to review the potential barriers to new gas supplies for Europe, and the impact on the region’s economic competitiveness. The summit will be chaired by Guy Chazan, Energy Editor, Financial Times.
23 October 2014
Beijing expands carbon trading scheme
The Beijing municipal government will add 120 companies to its emissions trading scheme from 2014, bringing in sectors like public transport in a bid to strengthen control over the city’s rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions.
Microsoft aims to be greener and drops ALEC membership
Dara Kerr, Cnet
Microsoft announced that it’s cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative public-policy lobbying group. It appears this decision was made due to ALEC’s lobbing efforts to block the development of renewable energy.
Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change
Kate Galbraith, The New York Times
The threats from climate change are many: extreme weather, shrinking snowpack, altered ecosystems and rising and more acidic seas, to name a few.
Natural gas / coal
China’s ‘War on Pollution’ Sees Coal Drop for First Time in Century
Jerin Mathew, IB Times
China’s coal consumption has declined for the first time in about 100 years in the first half of 2014, as the world’s second largest economy is striving to achieve cleaner growth by declaring a “war on pollution”.
Thermal coal falls victim to China’s energy policy
Neil Hume, Financial Times
Thermal coal, long the power behind China’s industrial activity, is in the doldrums. Since reaching more than $130 a tonne in 2011, thermal coal has dropped almost 50 per cent and is currently trading at levels last seen in 2009 when China, historically a net exporter, started to import large quantities of the combustible rock to meet surging domestic demand.
China to Fine Coal Miners Exceeding Output Limits as Prices Drop
China will fine coal miners as much as 2 million yuan ($325,200) if they exceed national production limits after prices fell to the lowest in almost seven years.
‘Clean coal’ advert banned by UK watchdog
Megan Darby, RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
The world’s largest private-sector coal company has been banned from using an advert that implied its technology was not polluting.
***LB: Also in this story “Peabody Energy placed an advert in UK national media that presented “clean coal” as a solution to energy poverty around the world.”
Italy’s Energy Options Narrow Amid Ongoing Unrest
Christopher Coats, Forbes
Long dependent on foreign resources to meet its oil and gas needs, Italy has found itself on especially precarious footing over the last three years as disruptions continue to threaten output in two of its largest energy providers.
***LB: Also in this story “According to a Bloomberg report, Libya’s gas exports to Italy rose to 20 billion cubic feet in July of this year, which amounts to its highest amount since August 2013.”
Feds sell offshore wind rights for 80,000 acres near Maryland
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The Interior Department Tuesday sold the rights to build wind turbines on 80,000 acres off Maryland’s coast for $8.7 million.
UK Labour party pledges to revoke energy licences to protect consumers
Elizabeth Rigby, Financial Times
The Labour party has said it will give a new regulator the power to revoke energy company licences if customers are mistreated, if it wins the general election in 2015.
Iran to produce 400,000 electric motorcycles to help reduce air pollution
Parvez Jabri, Business Recorder
Iran plans to place 400,000 electric motorcycles and 140,000 hybrid taxi cabs on the market as part of a plan backed by the Oil Ministry to help environment protection, said the managing director of the Iran Fuel Conservation Company (IFCC).
Electric Grand Prix to be powered by algae
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen
The world’s first electric Grand Prix series will power its cars with electricity derived from algae as part of its promise to showcase the best in cutting edge zero emission technologies.
California Lawmakers Move to Protect the State’s Collapsing Groundwater Supply
Brett Walton, Circle of Blue
The worst drought in state history, a drought so deep that water supplies have never been lower, is prodding California lawmakers to tighten control of a valuable yet largely unregulated resource: its groundwater reserves.
Scientists hunting for the next big crop find 49 candidates
Niina Heikkinen, E&E
Scientists searching for the next big energy-producing biofuel, something such as switchgrass that power plants could burn to make electricity and reduce their carbon emissions, have a very fussy wish list.
Scientists seek high bar for climate engineering experiments
Eli Kintisch, Science
The first ever international public conference on geoengineering, the deliberate tinkering with Earth’s atmosphere, is under way in Berlin.