In today’s edition, China seeking EU’s input on pollution control. Also today, coverage from the alternative fuels space, in Obama energy adviser rejects calls to end biofuels mandate and Britain to limit funding for new power-only biomass plants.

Quote of the Day:

“It’s proven that cap-and-trade can work. The sky has not fallen in the Northeast despite some doomsday scenarios.”

–Peter Shattuck, director of market initiatives for Environment Northeast, an environmental research and advocacy group, in The AP’s “Northeast cuts power plant polluting allowances”

Lead Stories

Northeast cuts power plant polluting allowances
Less carbon dioxide is polluting the air in the Northeast, prompting state environmental officials to cut allowances for emissions in one of only two cap-and-trade programs in the United States.

INTERVIEW-China asks EU for aid in curbing pollution – EU environment chief
China has asked the European Union to help it tackle some of its most severe pollution problems, the EU’s environment commissioner said on Thursday, underscoring Beijing’s concerns about addressing a key source of social discontent.

FERC Increases Scrutiny of Electricity Market
The Wall Street Journal
A federal regulator established in 1920 to oversee hydropower projects is sending shock waves through Wall Street.

U.K. Offers Tax Breaks to Kick-Start Shale-Gas Production
The Wall Street Journal
Producers of shale gas in the U.K. will be offered tax breaks that more than halve the amount they pay on profits, the government said Friday, in a move designed to kick-start the embryonic industry.

California officials wrestle with handling trade secrets on fracking
Los Angeles Times
State officials have been flooded with more than 20,000 comments and suggestions regarding proposed regulations of a controversial oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking, officials said Wednesday.

Senate confirms McCarthy as chief environmental regulator
The Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy on Thursday to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a long-awaited move that could help President Barack Obama revive his plans to fight climate change.

New Brunswick should consider water market, study says
The Fraser Institute is calling for more buying and selling of Canadian water, a change that could ensure exploration companies pay an appropriate fee for the resource.


Water and Society 2013
September 4-6
New Forest, U.K.

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27
Las Vegas, NV

Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
October 14-17
San Francisco, Calif.

Solar Power International
October 21-24
Chicago, Illinois


COLUMN-EU-Australia CO2 union shows price tension: Wynn
The European Union and Australia last August agreed to link emissions trading schemes, with the aim of injecting new momentum into flagging moves for a global carbon price.

PG&E, Wildlife Society Back Foreign Offsets in California
Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison and the Wildlife Conservation Society joined forces today to endorse a plan that would allow California companies to use credits from forestry projects overseas to comply with state emissions limits.
**RKB — Link to Code REDD press release.

California’s $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Project to Be Carbon Neutral
Daily Fusion
By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. The cost for this first phase of construction is estimated to be $68 billion. By 2030 it is expected to save 2 to 8 million tons of CO2—an equivalent to closing one coal-fired plant.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Asian Coal Use Grows Despite Gas Challenge
The Wall Street Journal
Sometimes dismissed as the dirty fuel whose day is nearly over because of environmental concerns and ballooning output of cleaner-burning gas, coal is on a roll in Asia, with governments across the region ordering new coal-fired power stations.

Whitehaven Coal to Target Japan Over China for New Customers
The Wall Street Journal
Whitehaven Coal Ltd. is bucking a trend among Australian miners by targeting Japan over China for customers, despite studies showing that Chinese demand for thermal coal used to generate power will double by 2030.

Obama energy adviser rejects calls to end biofuels mandate
President Barack Obama’s energy and climate adviser on Thursday dismissed calls by critics, including oil companies and some Republican lawmakers, to repeal a federal mandate for the use of renewable fuels.

Britain to limit funding for new power-only biomass plants
New standalone biomass power plants in Britain will not be eligible for some subsidies unless they generate heat at the same time, under new government proposals, meaning many new plants could be cancelled, an industry lobby said.


China hits U.S., South Korea with solar material duties, skirts EU decision
China’s Commerce Ministry issued preliminary anti-dumping duties on imports of U.S. and South Korean solar-grade polysilicon on Thursday, but made no decision on tariffs on European Union exports of the raw material used to make solar panels.

REC to split silicon, solar units, move out of Norway
Norwegian solar equipment maker Renewable Energy Corp. will split the company into a separate solar and silicon divisions, independently listing the two and moving out of Norway, it said on Thursday.

China Aims Tariffs on Solar-Panel Materials at U.S, South Korea
The Wall Street Journal
China on Thursday announced tariffs on imports of raw materials from the U.S. and South Korea used to make solar panels, in the latest volley in a global trade fight that has ensnared Beijing, Washington and the European Union.


SoftBank Forms a Fuel Cell Venture With a Silicon Valley Start-Up
The New York Times
When Masayoshi Son, SoftBank’s chief executive, first visited the Silicon Valley fuel cell start-up Bloom Energy late last year, one word came to his mind: crazy.


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

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)
Ecosystem Marketplace

Mapping carbon pricing initiatives: developments and prospects (Posted May 30, 2013)
World Bank

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013 (Posted May 1, 2013)
Yale Project on Climate Change

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