In this edition, much of the coverage across major publications is looking ahead to Obama’s speech Tuesday on climate change, his expected power plant ruling, and the impact on stakeholders. Plus, an upbeat shipments estimate from China’s biggest solar-cell maker JA Solar.
Quote of the Day:
“Today we must recognize the science of climate change is screaming at us for action. Working together, the U.S. and India can make this leap, and it will be to our benefit and the world’s.”
–U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Bloomberg’s “Kerry Urges India to Reduce Emissions of Greenhouse Gases”
Obama Said to Announce Emission Curbs on Power Plants Next Week
The initiatives to curb climate change that President Barack Obama plans to unveil will include the first limits of carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to a person familiar with the plans.
Obama to lay out climate change plan in speech on Tuesday
President Barack Obama said on Saturday that he will outline a climate change plan on Tuesday centered around reducing pollution from carbon emissions as he attempts to make good on a pledge for his second term.
Stakeholders brace for White House move on power plant emissions
Before President Barack Obama unveils a plan to lower carbon emissions from thousands of existing U.S. power plants, stakeholders on all sides of the issue have attempted to make their mark on the regulations.
IEA warns on US emissions ahead of Obama announcement
US carbon dioxide emissions have been falling only because of the cheap price of natural gas and could easily pick up again if the price of gas rises, the International Energy Agency has warned.
UN global carbon market needs $2.5 billion bailout
Responding to Climate Change blog
A $2.5bn fund could be enough to keep the UN’s carbon offset market alive until a potential successor is in place as part of the new 2015 climate treaty.
Kerry Urges India to Reduce Emissions of Greenhouse Gases
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on India today to join the U.S. in seeking to curb global warming, saying the world’s largest democracy and its oldest democracy are best suited to lead the effort.
Australia PM hits out at critics amid leadership turmoil
Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard hit out at critics of her record on Monday as speculation intensified of a fresh challenge to her leadership and opinion polls showed her divided Labor Party headed for a catastrophic September election defeat.
**RKB — Opposition leader Tony Abbott has also overtaken Gillard as preferred leader with promises to curb government spending if he wins power, as well as scrap a controversial carbon emissions tax and 30% profits tax on coal and iron ore mines.
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Israeli government approves 40 pct limit on natural gas exports
Israel’s government on Sunday approved limiting natural gas exports to about 40 percent of the country’s newly-discovered offshore reserves.
Solar Energy Spurs a Power Struggle
The Wall Street Journal
Disputes over the use of small-scale solar power are flaring across the nation, with utilities squaring off against solar-energy marketers over rules for the growing technology.
For Solazyme, a Side Trip on the Way to Clean Fuel
The New York Times
STARTING when they became friends in freshman year at Emory University in Atlanta, Jonathan S. Wolfson and Harrison F. Dillon would take off into the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado for weeks at time. They spent their days hiking in the wilderness and their nights drinking bourbon by the campfire, talking big about how one day they would build a company that would help preserve the environment they both loved.
JA Solar Expects Second-Quarter Shipments to Beat Estimate
JA Solar Holdings Co. (JASO), China’s biggest solar-cell maker, expects deliveries in the second quarter to exceed an earlier forecast on higher demand from the U.S. and Japan.
CMS picks GE wind turbines for Michigan wind farm
Michigan power company Consumers Energy agreed to buy 62 of General Electric Co’s 1.7-megawatt (MW) wind turbines for its Cross Winds wind farm in Tuscola County in east central Michigan.
India Allows Utilities to Increase Power Prices
The Wall Street Journal
India has allowed power generators to reflect the higher cost of imported coal in the power they sell to distributors, a move that will likely to revitalize the country’s ailing power sector.
Desalination Plants to Fuel Qatar Infrastructure Boom, GWI Says
Qatar General Electricity & Water Corp. has started the process of procuring two desalination plants to support the country’s infrastructure boom, Global Water Intelligence said without citing anyone.
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