In this edition, a Yale study that finds a sizable chunk of Americans would pay an extra $100 a year if their power company would generate 20% of its electricity from renewable sources. Climate Progress blogs on that Yale study, noting that 57% of Democrats — and 19% of Republicans — believe climate change should be a high or very high priority for Congress or President Obama. There were areas of something that somewhat resembled partisan agreement, too, Climate Progress notes.

Quote of the Day:

“There’s no doubt that in terms of price competitiveness solar photovoltaic is cheaper. What really gets me excited in the morning is that there are 50 million American buildings that should have solar PV on them.”

–NRG Energy Inc. CEO David Crane in Reuters’ “California solar plant greeted with fanfare, doubts about future”

Lead Stories

Despite Costs, Most Americans Want Action on Climate Change, Report Finds
Yale Environment 360
A large majority of Americans — 83 percent — say the U.S. should make an effort to reduce global warming, even if those efforts have economic costs, according to a new report from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

Republican rank-and-file back carbon regulation
Climate Progress
While 57 percent of Democrats — and just 19 percent of Republicans — believe climate change should be a high or very high priority for Congress or President Obama, there were areas of something that somewhat resembled partisan agreement.
**RKB – Climate Progress blogs on Yale survey that begins our Lead Stories section.

Singapore Taps Voluntary Carbon Market With Energy-Efficient Projects
Ecosystem Marketplace
Despite its status as a leading Asian economy, Singapore has lagged behind its neighbors in developing carbon offsets. But the sale of two energy efficiency projects could pave the way for more to come in this densely-packed, high-tech country. The first project replaced five chillers, and saved an estimated 2,169 tCO2e, through improved cooling installations at New Tech Park, while the second saves a similar amount – 2,397 tCO2e per annum – replacing inefficient light bulbs with LED lights at Jurong Town. The Jurong Town project refitted more than 86,000 LED in 588 residential building corridors, staircases and communal areas.

REDD Still On California’s Radar
Ecosystem Marketplace
Major doubts have been expressed recently about whether offsets from reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) will ever make it into California’s cap-and-trade program. But state regulators affirmed this week that REDD credits are still on their radar.

Study Finds Methane Leaks Negate Benefits of Natural Gas as a Fuel for Vehicles
The New York Times
The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.” But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from traditional diesel fuel to natural gas could actually harm the planet’s climate.

U.S. May Impose China Solar Duty in Threat to Installers
The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to rule today on a complaint that’s intended to protect the U.S. solar industry and may hinder more companies than it helps.

U.S. wants poor and rich countries alike to cut emissions under next climate treaty
If the U.S. gets its way, developing countries will need to roll up their sleeves and do more to slow down global warming. The Obama administration is taking the position that poor and rich countries alike should be legally obligated to reduce the amount of climate-changing pollution that they produce after 2020, when a new climate treaty is expected to take effect.



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

The Microgrid, Distributed Energy, and Renewables: How They Work Together
February 25, 2014
New York

Round Table: California Clean Energy Markets and Policy Strategies
February 28, 2014
San Francisco,CA
Click here for more information and to register.

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

GLOBE 2014
13th Biennial Conference and Trade Fair on Business and Sustainability
March 26-28, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia


First California Carbon Offset Project for Compliance-Grade Forest Verified by SCS Global Services
Press Release
California’s first forest carbon offset project under the California Compliance Offset Protocol developed for U.S. Forest Projects has been registered, marking a milestone in the statewide Cap-and-Trade Program. SCS Global Services verified that the Yurok Tribe/Forest Carbon Partners CKGG Improved Forest Management Project avoided more than 800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions from 2012 to 2013, the first forestry offset credits from a native compliance project, meaning that it had been developed as compliance-grade from inception.

Higher Ed To Get Cleaner, More Efficient, With Boost From Chevrolet
Ecosystem Marketplace
When Ball State University joined the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), it pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2020 and 50% by 2050, and it identified nine pilot projects “to be completed as funding becomes available”.

A British carbon tax freeze will not cut power bills -analysts
The British government is expected to freeze the carbon tax on fossil fuels but at a level unlikely to alleviate high power bills for consumers and energy-intensive companies, analysts said on Thursday.


Goldman’s ReNew in Solar Dash as U.S. Moves WTO: Corporate India
India will award permits this month to build solar power plants in the first national auction since 2011 as a trade spat with the U.S. over import curbs deepens.

California solar plant greeted with fanfare, doubts about future
One of the world’s largest solar projects, which uses heat from the sun to generate power in California, opened on Thursday but may be the last of its kind in The Golden State.

Policy key to record wind project: CEC
Climate Spectator
The approval of Senvion Australia’s $1.5 billion Ceres Wind Farm demonstrates how the national Renewable Energy Target and supportive government policy can work together to generate major economic benefits, the Clean Energy Council said yesterday.


State of Green Business 2014

California Carbon Market Watch: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Golden State’s Cap-and-Trade Program,Year One (January 8, 2014)

Assessing Corporate Emissions Performance Through the Lens of Climate Science (December 2013)
Climate Counts and Center for Sustainable Organizations

Use of internal carbon price by companies as incentive and strategic planning tool (Posted December 11, 2013)

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

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

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