In this edition, a meeting of the world’s biggest cities, unwilling to wait for federal moves, say they’ve doubled climate actions over two years. In other local developments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality authority over greenhouse gas permitting this week, ending a long battle between the federal agency and the state.

Quote of the Day:

“We will have to drive national policy. On so many issues there is such gridlock at federal level that it must be driven at the local level and that is where most of these things happen.”

–Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter in Bloomberg’s “Cities Almost Double Climate Actions Over 2 Years, C40 Says”

Lead Stories

EU Parliament calls for three binding climate targets for 2030
Reuters
Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of three climate and energy targets for 2030, rebuffing a Commission plan for just one fully binding goal.
http://jlne.ws/N5LFAm

France launches probe into EU carbon market reform plan
EurActiv.com
The European Commission’s proposed carbon price stabilisation mechanism is a “masterpiece of Brussels technocracy” that could fuel greater market volatility, says a group of academics on the proposed package of 2030 climate legislation, EurActiv.fr reports.
http://jlne.ws/1avMNra

Oettinger feels the heat over climate remarks
EurActiv.com
Pressure is growing on the German energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger, over remarks he made at a BusinessEurope conference last week criticising the EU Commission’s 2030 climate and energy package, which he himself helped to design and launch.
http://jlne.ws/1c5AT28

U.S. Northeast carbon market emissions drop in 2013
Reuters
Greenhouse gas emissions fell 6 percent in 2013 in the nine northeast U.S. states that participate in a trading scheme to cut carbon dioxide from power plants, helped by mild temperatures and some use of cleaner energy sources.
http://jlne.ws/N5M1qw

Cities Almost Double Climate Actions Over 2 Years, C40 Says
Bloomberg
The world’s 63 biggest cities have almost doubled the activities they undertake to reduce climate change since 2011, according to a report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
http://jlne.ws/MtQFhg

Waxman’s successor as top House climate hawk may need new perch
E/E News
With the first two publicly declared contenders for Rep. Henry Waxman’s House Energy and Commerce post primarily focused on the “and commerce” pieces of the committee’s jurisdiction, the California Democrat’s successor as the House’s No. 1 climate hawk may have to find another perch from which to continue his legacy.
http://jlne.ws/N4LZze

US spied on UN climate summit, Snowden leaks show
EurActiv.com
EU commissioners and experts expressed bewilderment after “worrying” revelations on Thursday (30 January) that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on heads of state during the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in late 2009.
http://jlne.ws/1nVClgf

Events

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

The Microgrid, Distributed Energy, and Renewables: How They Work Together
February 25, 2014
New York
http://jlne.ws/1hTnxNR

Round Table: California Clean Energy Markets and Policy Strategies
EMA
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
www.nacw2014.org

GLOBE 2014
13th Biennial Conference and Trade Fair on Business and Sustainability
March 26-28, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia
http://jlne.ws/1cAETLI

Carbon

Wide gap between New Delhi, Beijing smog policies
AP
Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world’s pollution poster child.
http://jlne.ws/LA0jxV

E.P.A. Staff Struggling to Create Pollution Rule
The New York Times
In marathon meetings and tense all-day drafting sessions, dozens of lawyers, economists and engineers at the Environmental Protection Agency are struggling to create what is certain to be a divisive but potentially historic centerpiece of President Obama’s climate change legacy.
http://jlne.ws/1fSLVvR

Texas: State Gets Power to Grant Emissions Permits
The New York Times
The Environmental Protection Agency gave the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long battle between the federal agency and the state.
http://jlne.ws/1e4qELx

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Ethanol RINs break back above 50 cents; Philly refiner blames RFS
Reuters
The price of Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits extended gains on Wednesday, with refiner buying helping push ethanol RINs for the 2013 compliance year past the 50 cent mark for the first time since September, traders said.
http://jlne.ws/1itApYO

Global transport sector looks to ride natural gas boom
Reuters
Natural gas has started to challenge oil as the dominant transport fuel with companies building gas-powered ships and installing networks of service stations on water and land.
http://jlne.ws/1dryZso

Power

E.ON, VNG may sell gas grid EVG Thueringen – sources
Reuters
German utility E.ON and gas firm VNG AG are considering selling their jointly owned regional gas grid EVG Thueringen in an auction that could fetch 300-400 million euros ($406-540 million), two people familiar with the matter said.
http://jlne.ws/LRPKai

Water

California lawmakers preparing $644 million drought relief bill
Reuters
California’s senate leader is preparing a $644 million emergency drought relief bill designed to quickly fund shovel-ready projects to combat the state’s severe water shortage, according to a draft of the bill.
http://jlne.ws/1lBtUYE

National Water Quality Trading Alliance recently formed
Water World
A national consortium of leaders from the business, governmental, non-profit, and regulated community was recently formed to concentrate on enhancing and expanding market-based opportunities for improving water quality.
http://jlne.ws/1jhjSdj

Reports

California Carbon Market Watch: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Golden State’s Cap-and-Trade Program,Year One (January 8, 2014)
EDF
http://jlne.ws/1agCk0M

Assessing Corporate Emissions Performance Through the Lens of Climate Science (December 2013)
Climate Counts and Center for Sustainable Organizations
http://jlne.ws/1kZFzuA

Use of internal carbon price by companies as incentive and strategic planning tool (Posted December 11, 2013)
CDP
http://jlne.ws/1dspD1J

OECD: Effective carbon prices (November 4, 2013)
http://jlne.ws/176gahP

Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (Posted September 12, 2013)
CDP
http://bit.ly/16mBo8p

The Future of China’s Power Sector (posted August 27, 2013)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
http://bit.ly/14Bk1k2

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy
http://bit.ly/12z1YK5

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank
http://bit.ly/14KrLza

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