Canada features in this edition’s Leads section. As Keystone ruling nears, Canada short on time for climate plan, reports Reuters. Canada is running out of time to offer the U.S. a climate change concession that might clinch the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, as the country’s energy industry continues to resist costly curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, the article argues. Meanwhile, Quebec Carbon Credits Sell for Lowest Price in First Auction, reports Bloomberg. Quebec sold a third of the carbon-emission allowances offered in its first cap-and-trade auction this week and the permits cleared at the lowest possible price.

Quote of the Day:

“This is an extraordinary move by the big three repudiating a Commission proposal and pre-empting parliamentary debate even while the ink is barely dry.”

–Aoife O’Leary, a policy officer at T&E campaign group, in Reuters’ “RPT-UK, France, Germany attack EU aircraft carbon plan”

Lead Stories

As Keystone ruling nears, Canada short on time for climate plan
Reuters
Canada is running out of time to offer U.S. President Barack Obama a climate change concession that might clinch the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, as the country’s energy industry continues to resist costly curbs on greenhouse gas emissions.
http://jlne.ws/1dcZaVL

Quebec Carbon Credits Sell for Lowest Price in First Auction
Bloomberg
Quebec sold a third of the carbon-emission allowances offered in its first cap-and-trade auction this week and the permits cleared at the lowest possible price.
http://jlne.ws/1hFBcro

NZ to tweak carbon market
Reuters
Spot permits in New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme closed Friday at NZ$4.10 ($3.35), unchanged from last week as a much-awaited government announcement on changes to the scheme proved to contain little to move prices, traders said.
http://jlne.ws/IAmfIq

Unfinished business on carbon: PM
AAP
Tony Abbott has called on the Senate to do the “right thing” and vote to scrap the carbon and mining taxes, saying December is the time to deal with “unfinished business”.
http://jlne.ws/1krqmCl

RPT-UK, France, Germany attack EU aircraft carbon plan
Reuters
Leading European Union states Britain, France and Germany propose scrapping a plan to make all aircraft pay a carbon charge for using EU airspace, documents seen by Reuters show.
http://jlne.ws/1cu6CgK
**RKB — Britain, France and Germany’s proposal calls instead for no charges before 2016 when the ICAO will hold another general assembly.

Green bonds take root in maturing market
Financial Times
Green bonds are set to become a mainstay of investors’ fixed income portfolios, say analysts, who believe Zurich Insurance Group’s recent decision to invest up to $1bn in green bonds will transform the market.
http://jlne.ws/1dYL6Ux

Shanghai Orders Cars Off Roads as Pollution Exceeds Scale
Bloomberg
Shanghai ordered vehicles off the road and factories to cut production after pollution reached hazardous levels, as Hong Kong announced plans to introduce an air quality index that assesses health risks from smog.
http://jlne.ws/1brWaWE

Climate Council delivers fire verdict
Climate Spectator
The Climate Council has delivered its report into Australian bushfire risk as a result of climate change, finding hot days have doubled in the past 40 years and that heatwaves are longer and more frequent.
http://jlne.ws/1iOAhXa

Eastern States Press Midwest to Improve Air
The New York Times
In a battle that pits the East Coast against the Midwest over the winds that carry dirty air from coal plants, the governors of eight Northeastern states plan to petition the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to force tighter air pollution regulations on nine Rust Belt and Appalachian states.
http://jlne.ws/IWm6ih

NY appeals court tosses challenge to greenhouse gas program
Gannett
A mid-level appeals court on Thursday dismissed a challenge to New York’s participation in a regional cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, ruling it was filed well outside the statute of limitations.
http://jlne.ws/1f0S1c7

Events

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

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2014
March 26-28, 2014
San Francisco, California
www.nacw2014.org

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuel

Total and Amyris Form Joint Venture to Make Renewable Fuels
Bloomberg
Amyris Inc. (AMRS) and Total SA (FP), France’s largest oil producer, formed a joint venture to manufacture and sell biofuels.
http://jlne.ws/19kjnWx

Mexico Joint Energy Proposal to Break $95 Billion Monopoly
Bloomberg
Senators from Mexico’s two biggest political parties proposed a bill to break the nation’s 75-year oil monopoly by amending the constitution to allow production sharing contracts and licenses for outside producers.
http://jlne.ws/1f8jDwF

China private energy firm to invest $4 bln in coal-to-gas
Reuters
Privately-run Chinese firm Guanghui Energy Co Ltd will invest $4 billion in the northwestern region of Xinjiang to turn rich coal deposits there into cleaner-burning gas, the company said on Friday.
http://jlne.ws/1f9AqPY

Poland’s PGE says to start work on Opole plant in Feb
Reuters
Poland’s biggest power producer PGE will start work in February next year on its 11.6-billion zloty project to build a coal-fired power plant at Opole in the south of Poland, a company spokesman said on Friday.
http://jlne.ws/1iMCx1c

Wastewater Case Raises the Concept of Underground Trespassing
New York Times/Texas Tribune
A case involving the disposal of industrial wastewater pits two interests that are dear to many Texans against each other: oil and gas resources versus private property rights.
http://jlne.ws/1giQlP7

U.S. Midwest has enough gas to meet growing power demand – MISO
Reuters
The U.S. Midwest power grid operator said Friday the region has enough natural gas to meet growing demand as the price of the fuel remains relatively cheap and coal-fired units are forced to shut due to increasingly strict environmental rules.
http://jlne.ws/1ghx40m
**repeats in Power

Power

SunFarmer to Build Nepal Projects With SunEdison Grant
Bloomberg
SunFarmer, a developer of solar power in impoverished and rural areas, will build its first projects with backing from SunEdison Inc. (SUNE) for systems in Nepal.
http://jlne.ws/IK26z5

CDC Infrastructure Buys 7.5% of German Offshore Wind Farm
Bloomberg
CDC Infrastructure, a unit of French state bank Caisse des Depots et Consignations, bought a 7.5 percent stake in a German sea-based wind farm.
http://jlne.ws/18stlZ9

U.S. extends permits to 30 yrs for wind farms that accidentally kill eagles
Reuters
The Obama administration on Friday extended the length of permits that allow wind farms and other operations to accidentally kill protected eagles to 30 years, drawing fire from wildlife conservationists.
http://jlne.ws/1aLjEBD

U.S. Midwest has enough gas to meet growing power demand – MISO
Reuters
The U.S. Midwest power grid operator said Friday the region has enough natural gas to meet growing demand as the price of the fuel remains relatively cheap and coal-fired units are forced to shut due to increasingly strict environmental rules.
http://jlne.ws/1ghx40m
**repeats in Natural Gas

Renewable energy groups feel wind in their sails
Financial Times
New Earth Solutions, a Dorset renewables company with a patented technology to treat municipal waste, is considering an initial public offering to fund the expansion of its power generation division.
http://jlne.ws/1dd9uNk

Water

California Water Chooses Monterey Desalination Plant Contractor
Bloomberg
California American Water, a unit of the biggest publicly traded U.S. water provider, chose CDM Constructors Inc. to build a desalination plant as part of its proposed $320 million Monterey Peninsula water-supply project.
http://jlne.ws/1ci7QIa

Reservoir emissions: a quiet threat to expanding hydropower
E&E
Hydropower is a frequent target for criticism. Regardless of your views on global warming, turning a serene stretch of river into an artificial lake humming with electrical equipment can make you unpopular, and the announcement of any new hydropower project is often swiftly followed by outcries over habitat disruption and community displacement, among other concerns.
http://jlne.ws/1dfHp8b

Reports

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

Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit
http://bit.ly/19LKChs

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

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)
IEA
http://bit.ly/12Bpk41

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace
http://bit.ly/12Cyi0X

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