In this edition, a South China Morning Post feature argues that while China launched five regional carbon emissions exchanges last year, and two more are expected soon, it is years away from having a mature trading platform. Plus, South Korea’s refusal to revise estimates of future greenhouse gas emissions could earn it the world’s highest carbon price, say researchers at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon.

Quote of the Day:

“This type of climate change-denying conservatism is willfully ignorant, head-in-the-sand nimbyist conservatism. When married to the Europhobia innate to parts of the Conservative party, you have a diabolical cocktail that threatens the whole long-term structure of U.K. climate change and energy policy.”

–U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey in Bloomberg’s “U.K. Party Politics Threatens Climate Efforts, Davey Says”

Lead Stories

S.Korea risking sky high carbon prices, worry for exports – analysts
South Korea’s refusal to revise estimates of future greenhouse gas emissions could earn it the world’s highest carbon price, and have a potentially damaging impact on its export-oriented industry, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon.

China treads cautiously in setting up carbon emissions trading
South China Morning Post
The mainland, which is taking a cautious approach in building a market-based mechanism for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, could shorten its learning curve by drawing lessons from the world’s largest carbon market in Europe.

California mulls easing environmental rule for gas-fired power plants
California, grappling with how to keep the lights on and meet environmental goals after closing a major nuclear power plant, is considering allowing owners to delay retiring some older gas-fired generators.

U.K. Party Politics Threatens Climate Efforts, Davey Says
The U.K. political consensus on climate and energy policy is crumbling, Energy Secretary Ed Davey will say today, in a swipe at both the opposition party and his partners in the coalition government.

Green energy firms clash with big utilities on EU policy
Leaders of six green energy firms challenged big utilities on Wednesday by advocating a tougher EU renewable goal to save billions in fossil fuel imports and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Environmental Movement to Test Its Muscle in Keystone Final Stretch
Inside Climate News
With the Obama administration heading into the endgame on the Keystone XL decision, now comes the final test for a resurgent U.S. environmental movement that has put all its chips on blocking the Canada-to-Texas tar sands pipeline.

A Star Is Born: U.S. Scores Fusion-Power Breakthrough
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. scientists replicated the power of the sun, if only for a fleeting moment, creating a miniature star that has rekindled hopes that nuclear fusion could one day offer a source of cheap and boundless energy on Earth.

The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy
Fast Company
The world has a challenge on its hands: As people rise out of poverty, their energy consumption rises, too, putting pressure on everyone around the globe to offer game- changing solutions to the greenhouse-gas crisis. These folks are meeting the task.


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


EIB raises 113 mln euros from EU carbon permit sales in January
The European Investment Bank sold 22.4 million EU carbon permits in January, the bank said on Wednesday, raising 113.2 million euros ($154.8 million) to fund renewable energy and carbon capture and storage projects in Europe.

Madagascar Sells First Forest Carbon Credits to Microsoft
The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that the Government of Madagascar has approved carbon sales with Microsoft and its carbon offset partner, The CarbonNeutral Company, and Zoo Zurich. The carbon credit sales will support the Government of Madagascar’s REDD+ Project (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation “plus” conservation) in the Makira Natural Park and mark the first sale of government-owned REDD+ credits in Africa.

Chevrolet buying carbon credits from U.S. colleges, universities
Clean Tech Canada
Chevrolet is launching a new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program that will see it buy carbon credits from colleges and universities in the United States.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Coal Burns Brighter as Utilities Switch From Natural Gas
Predictions of coal’s demise in the U.S. may be greatly exaggerated. Natural gas prices at a four-year high have utilities shifting to coal to generate 4.519 million megawatt-hours a day, the most since 2011, government data show. Within three years, coal’s share of power production could climb to 40.3 percent from about 39 percent last year, while gas’s share will probably drop to 27 percent from 27.5, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.

Same state, new spill
The Hill
West Virginia is facing another chemical spill, but this time it’s coal slurry. On Tuesday, coal slurry from a line in the Patriot Coal facilities spilled into Fields Creek — a tributary of the Kanawha River near Charleston.


NRDC and U.S. Utilities Urge Grid Payments for Solar
The Natural Resources Defense Council and the U.S. utility industry’s trade group are jointly calling for a new rate structure to account for customers that generate their own power with rooftop solar systems.

Equis Funds to invest $500 mln in Japanese solar projects
Alternative energy investment firm Equis Funds Group plans to raise $500 million over the next year to fund solar energy projects in Japan where the use of renewable energy is expected to at least double over the next 15 years.

Austria burdened by Germany’s shift to green power
Weather-driven surges of German solar and wind power may lead to higher costs for Austria as its grid is forced to take measures to avoid breaking down, a Austrian energy regulator said, calling for a region-wide solution to excess flows.

Statkraft looks beyond low power price with German gas plants
Norway’s Statkraft said on Wednesday it will persevere with its three remaining German gas-fuelled power plants despite weak electricity prices and grid priority for green energy.

U.S. Company to Develop 100-MW Gas-Fired Power Plant in Myanma
The Wall Street Journal
APR Energy PLC has won a contract to build a 100-megawatt power plant in Myanmar, becoming the latest American company to join a small contingent that is plugging into Myanmar’s potentially lucrative energy sector.

Drought threatens California’s hydroelectricity supply, but solar makes up the gap
San Jose Mercury News
Despite last week’s showers, the lack of rain in California this winter is having a dire impact on the rivers and reservoirs that power the state’s hydroelectricity plants.


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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