Looks like something’s happening in Washington: The EPA is considering scaling back legal requirements on the use of ethanol amid complaints from refiners that statutory mandates would exceed their ability to blend it into fuels without putting engines at risk. Find the story in our Leads section. Also in this edition, Carbon capture development has slowed since 2012, says study.
Quote of the Day:
“I think that is wise. During the economic crisis we had more than one target and that has helped us a lot. Imagine if we had only had a CO2 target and the ETS (Emissions Trading System) during this crisis. Would Europe have continued to have such a strong focus on energy efficiency and renewables? I don’t believe it.”
–EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard in EurActiv’s Hedegaard: More 2030 climate targets would be ‘wise’
EPA Considers U.S. Ethanol Mandate Cut Amid Complaints
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering scaling back legal requirements on the use of ethanol next year amid complaints from refiners that statutory mandates would exceed their ability to blend it into fuels without putting engines at risk.
Hedegaard: More 2030 climate targets would be ‘wise’
The EU’s climate commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, has delivered a robust defence of EU climate policy and the need for ambitions to be raised higher than just one carbon dioxide emissions reduction target for 2030.
Southeast Asia agrees to adopt haze monitoring system
Southeast Asian nations agreed on Wednesday to adopt a new system to improve monitoring of smog caused by fires, an attempt to make plantation companies more accountable following the region’s worst air pollution crisis in 16 years.
Carbon capture development has slowed since 2012 -study
The number of projects that capture carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and industrial facilities – seen as a crucial tool for coal-reliant countries shifting toward a lower-emitting economy – is losing momentum, dropping from 75 to 65 worldwide since 2012, according to a new study released Thursday.
**RKB — Additional coverage in Carbon section
Study: Today’s climate will be ‘thing of the past’ by 2047
Nature/The Hill’s E2 Wire
Today’s global temperatures will become a “thing of the past” if climate change proceeds on its current trajectory, according to a new study released Thursday.
Alberta’s Current Carbon Strategy No Match for Keystone’s Emissions, Figures Show
Inside Climate News
The pipeline would increase carbon emissions by 20M tons a year. Despite claims, Alberta’s offset schemes would negate just a fraction of those emissions.
Germany Should Cap Clean-Energy Aid, Agora Energiewende Says
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third-term government should cap aid to clean-energy developers to cut the costs of the country’s plan to shutter nuclear reactors and expand renewables, a policy adviser said.
Bypassing the Power Grid
The New York Times
For nearly a century, wealthy countries have relied on just one model of power distribution: sending electricity over huge transmission grids from big generating plants to customers in their homes, offices and factories.
Google Invests $103 Million in California Solar Project
Google Inc. (GOOG), owner of the world’s largest search engine, invested $103 million in a solar project under construction in Southern California.
Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
San Francisco, California
FT Global Shale Energy Summit
Solar Power International
Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA
Despite Climate Concern, Global Study Finds Fewer Carbon Capture Projects
The New York Times
The number of large-scale projects to capture and bury carbon dioxide has fallen to 65 from 75 over the last year, a worldwide survey has found, despite a consensus among scientists and engineers that such projects are essential to meet international goals for slowing the buildup of climate-changing gases.
New Jersey Reconsiders Carbon Trading a Year After Sandy
What a difference a year makes. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which blew ashore last Oct. 29, New Jersey residents have warmed up to the threat that climate change poses to their beach-loving state and want politicians to address it more boldly.
Airlines’ Carbon Reduction Plan Spins Out of Control
The Energy Collective blog
Four years after airlines declared a 2020 target date to make their operations carbon neutral, there’s very little substance or science behind the industry’s plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
**RKB — Low-carbon meeting designer and sustainability communications professional Mitchell Beer is the contributor.
London’s net waste emissions fall for first time
Waste management activities in London are for the first time saving more carbon dioxide emissions than they are producing – largely due to a rise in material sent for incineration – a report commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA) has found.
Biz presses Obama on Keystone
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Powerful business groups hope to raise the political stakes in the Keystone XL pipeline battle by warning President Obama that blocking the project would shake investor confidence in the U.S. economic recovery.
Regency Energy to Buy PVR Partners for $3.8 Billion
The Wall Street Journal
Dallas-based Regency Energy Partners LP will pay $3.8 billion for PVR Partners LP, creating a large natural-gas pipeline and processing company focused on shale formations from Pennsylvania to the Texas Panhandle.
Vestas Wind Wins 108-Megawatt Order From STEAG in Romania
Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) said it won a 108-megawatt order from STEAG GmbH to supply turbines to the Crucea North project in Romania.
Apex to Sell 200 Megawatts of Wind-Generated Power in Oklahoma
Apex Clean Energy Inc., the Charlottesville, Virginia-based developer of wind projects, has agreed to sell 200 megawatts to American Electric Power Co. (AEP)’s Oklahoma subsidiary.
RES Sells Half of Turkey Wind Farm to STFA Amid Renewables Drive
Renewable Energy Systems Ltd., a U.K.-based clean-energy developer, sold 50 percent of a wind farm in Turkey to STFA Yatirim Holding AS.
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)
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)