In today’s edition, coverage from China in Bloomberg’s China Doubles Pace of Adding Renwables Amid Pollution Cut, which says China doubled the pace of adding renewable energy capacity in the first 10 months of the year as the government worked to cut pollution in its largest cities. Chinese newsire Caixin Online, carried on MarketWatch, reports on a nat gas shortage in China. Elsewhere, Britain to change subsidies to boost offshore wind power, the BBC reports.

Quote of the Day:

“Our reforms are succeeding in attracting investors from around the world so Britain can replace our aging power station and keep the lights on.”

–U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey in Bloomberg’s U.K. Cuts Onshore Wind, Solar Aid; Boosts Turbines at Sea”

Lead Stories

China Doubles Pace of Adding Renwables Amid Pollution Cut
China doubled the pace of adding renewable energy capacity in the first 10 months of the year as the government worked to cut pollution in its largest cities.

China grapples with natural-gas shortage
Caixin Online
Winter has only just started, and China’s is experiencing its biggest natural-gas shortage ever. At a shareholder’s meeting in May, the chairman of China National Petroleum Co. (CNPC), Zhou Jiping, announced that “resources are extremely tight this year.”

Britain to change subsidies to boost offshore wind power – BBC
The British government plans to reduce support for onshore wind and solar energy while giving more backing to offshore wind power from 2015 onwards, the BBC reported on Wednesday citing sources within the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.

U.K. Cuts Onshore Wind, Solar Aid; Boosts Turbines at Sea
The U.K. government said it expects 40 billion pounds ($65 billion) of investment in renewables by 2020 after shifting incentives toward offshore wind power and away from projects on land in areas where residents object.

What are California Legislators Thinking About Cap-and-Trade?
Legal Planet
Today, UCLA’s Emmett Center and IOES hosted a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation with Senators Pavley, Correa, de Leon, deSaulnier, Lieu, and Assemblymember Bloom attending. The hearing featured testimony on climate science, on AB 32 implementation, and on opportunities to invest revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions in ways that create jobs, reduce pollution, and strengthen communities.
**RKB – Contributor is Cara Horowitz is the executive director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law.

UN’s Green Climate Fund: much like a pension fund
Financial Times
South Korea’s pride got a boost last year when it was chosen to host the UN’s Green Climate Fund, aimed at channeling billions of dollars to help developing countries mitigate the effects of climate change. But the challenges facing the fund loomed large on Wednesday at its star-studded launch in the new business zone of Songdo, near Seoul.

Australia’s $10 Billion Climate Fund Fights to Stay in Business
Australia’s A$10 billion ($9.1 billion) clean-energy fund, set to be wound-up by the new Coalition government, is lobbying to stay in business to aid the nation’s fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2014
March 26-28, 2014
San Francisco, California


Chevron CO2 Injection Wells to Cut GHG Emissions 40%
Environmental Leader
Chevron has started drilling carbon dioxide injection wells as part of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Western Australia, Oil & Gas Journal reports. The wells are expected to reduce the project’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 percent, the publication says.

EU OKs Bulgarian plan to give utilities free CO2 permits
The European Commission approved on Wednesday a Bulgarian plan to allocate free carbon allowances worth several hundred million euros to fund modernisation of its electricity sector.

Should EPA Mirror The Carbon Pollution Standards Set By The Northeastern States?
Forbes Contributor Blog
Final federal rules for existing coal plants and how much carbon dioxide they can emit are forthcoming. And one such regional organization is encouraging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to follow its lead, which the nine northeastern states say could become a national model.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Hunt’s new brown coal adviser
Climate Spectator
Climate Spectator understands that a new adviser, Mr Patrick Gibbons, has been appointed to Environment Minister’s Hunt’s office, who has a long history with efforts to discourage and dismantle policies supportive of renewable energy, energy-efficiency and carbon pollution reduction more generally.

Colorado Cities Sued Over Fracking Bans by Oil, Gas Group
The Colorado Oil & Gas Association sued the cities of Fort Collins and Lafayette claiming their voter-enacted bans on the extraction of oil and natural gas are preempted by state laws regulating those resources.

COLUMN-Coal, the dirty but indispensable fuel: Kemp
Supporters of renewables often imply the clean-energy revolution is close to phasing out fossil fuels for electricity generation in the United States, especially polluting coal-fired power plants.

Greece OKs major natural gas pipeline to Europe
The Christian Science Monitor
The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, which will carry natural gas from the resource-rich Caspian basin in Azerbaijan to Western Europe, cleared an important hurdle this week. The Greek Parliament voted to grant the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline access through Greek territory.


French-German Power Spread Widens to Most in Year on Record Wind
he gap between power prices in Germany and France widened to the biggest in almost a year amid forecast record wind output in Germany and cooler weather in its southwestern neighbor.

Vestas Says Mexican Wind Farm Project Delayed Further
Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS), the world’s biggest turbine maker, said the 396-megawatt Marena Renovables project in Mexico has been delayed further.

Osborne to use Autumn Statement to reveal cuts to fuel costs
Financial Times
Chancellor George Osborne will on Thursday attempt to neuter the success of Ed Miliband’s call for a 20-month freeze on energy bills as he uses his Autumn Statement to reveal his own plans to cut consumers’ fuel costs.

Ontario to refurbish existing nuclear reactors, not build new
The province of Ontario plans to refurbish units at the Darlington and Bruce nuclear power plants but no longer wants to build new reactors, according to its 2013 long-term energy plan.


Ambienta May Invest in Germany, Italy to Tap Water Market
Ambienta SGR SpA, a private equity investor, is looking to acquire stakes in two companies in Germany and Italy to tap demand for technologies that curb energy use and conserve water resources.


OECD: Effective carbon prices (November 4, 2013)

Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (Posted September 12, 2013)

The Future of China’s Power Sector (posted August 27, 2013)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace

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