In this edition, coverage from several sources as British lawmakers on Tuesday rejected an amendment to the coalition government’s Energy Bill which would have locked the power sector into tough carbon cuts from 2014. Meanwhile, Chinese environmental news makes our Leads section, featuring China Sticks to Carbon-Intensity Target and China says rural environment problems worsen in 2012.

Quote of the Day:

“Doubts about whether a future government will stay committed to supporting low carbon technologies after 2020, fears that instead it will bet the farm on another dash for gas, and a lack of clarity about the level of strike prices to be proposed for the new Contracts for Difference regime have all unsettled investors. The only certain consequence of this is that investment will be slower and the risk of a capacity crisis greater.”

–Tory chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, Tim Yeo, in Business Green’s “Decarbonisation target goes down to narrow defeat”

Lead Stories

Decarbonisation target goes down to narrow defeat
Business Green
The government narrowly averted a rebellion that would have forced it to introduce a decarbonisation target for the power sector, after a cross party amendment was defeated by 290 votes to 267.

Britain reject tough CO2 cut target for power sector
British lawmakers on Tuesday rejected an amendment to the coalition government’s Energy Bill which would have locked the power sector into tough carbon cuts from 2014, two years earlier than planned, and limited new gas plants being built after 2020.

China Sticks to Carbon-Intensity Target, Dismisses CO2 Cap
China’s Chief Climate Negotiator Su Wei reaffirmed his nation’s commitment to lower emissions relative to economic output while dismissing reports that it will adopt an absolute cap on greenhouse gases.

China says rural environment problems worsen in 2012
Pollution in China’s vast countryside worsened further in 2012 as a result of the encroachment of industry and mining on farmland and an expansion of animal husbandry, the environment ministry said on Tuesday.

Google expands renewable energy sourcing with Swedish wind deal
Financial Times
Google has struck its second renewable energy deal in less than a week, this time a 10-year agreement to buy electricity from a Swedish wind farm.

Offshore Wind Projects Seen Advancing as U.S. Sets July A
The U.S. will hold its first auction for offshore wind-energy development in federal waters off Massachusetts and Rhode Island next month.

Interior Dept. plans for offshore wind leases draw GOP fire
The Hill’s E2 Wire
GOP lawmakers on Tuesday sharply criticized the Interior Department’s move to hold the nation’s first offshore wind lease sale.

EU Hits China With Solar-Panel Duties in Dumping Dispute
The European Union imposed tariffs as high as 67.9 percent on solar panels from China in the largest EU commercial dispute of its kind, seeking to help revive a withering industry in Europe.

Map: Another Major Tar Sands Pipeline Seeking U.S. Permit
Inside Climate News
Canadian energy giant Enbridge is quietly building a 5,000-mile network of new and expanded pipelines that would achieve the same goal as the Keystone.

Rising Sea Level Tied to Faster Melt
Accelerated melting of polar ice sheets and mountain glaciers was the driving factor behind a rise in the global sea level of 16.8 millimeters, or about two-thirds of an inch, between 2005 and 2011, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Geoscience.


Waste Conversion Congress East Coast
Boston, Massachusetts
June 17-18

2013 Rising Seas Summit
Association of Climate Change Officers
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 18-20

New York Energy Week
New York, NY
June 24 -28

Converge Paris
Sustainable Energy Tech Conference
Paris, France
June 24-28

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Alternative fuels group taps new vice president
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Sustainable Energy Strategies Inc. (SESI) named a new vice president on Monday. David J. Gelman will join the alternative fuels consulting group to lead efforts on expanding services for federal clients.

Heating with Wood Biomass Making Inroads Across Northeast, Gaining Policy Support
Renewable Energy
A quiet revolution is taking place across the northeast, as heating with wood finds broad new acceptance in applications from residential wood pellet stoves and boilers, to institutional and industrial pellet and chip heating of schools and factories, to district heating of downtown centers and college campuses.
**RKB — Contributor is wood biomass exec — Charlie Niebling, Principal and Partner, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions


Sen. Alexander proposes ‘grand principles’ for cheaper sustainable energy
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) proposed “four grand principles” to guide the United States toward clean energy independence.

COLUMN-Solar, biomass push out offshore wind in EU targets: Wynn
The European Union’s three biggest member states are developing solar power, biomass and other renewable energy technologies in place of plans for offshore wind, according to data on actual versus projected deployment.

Developing South American Solar: Playing the Long Game
Renewable Energy
After securing a US$41.4 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank in March, Spanish project developer Solarpack began construction on its 25.5 MW Pozo Almonte solar plant in Chile’s Atacama desert. The plant will sell its power to the Dona Ines de Collahuasi mining company, accounting for 13 percent of the mine’s energy use.

Commentary: Why Master Limited Partnerships are a Lousy Policy for Solar, Wind, and Taxpayers
Renewable Energy
If you follow the renewable energy industry and haven’t been sleeping, then you’ve probably heard about one of the few pieces of federal legislation purported to help clean energy that’s actually moving: expanding Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) to cover wind and solar energy. (H.R.1696). This is not a good thing.
**RKB — Contributor is John Farrell, who directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at ILSR.

How to Generate Better Intelligence, More Wind Power and Increased Profits
Renewable Energy
Since 2007, more than 40,000 MW of new wind generation has been built in the U.S., according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Tens of thousands of new turbines are operating, a testament to the entrepreneurial and engineering spirit of renewable development firms, equipment suppliers and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies.

ET Solar Provides 3.3 Megawatts of Panels for Chile Power Plant
ET Solar Group Corp., a Chinese photovoltaic-panel provider, furnished 3.3 megawatts of power equipment for a project in Chile’s northern commune of Pozo Almonte.


Landholders learn secrets to create flourishing farm dams
Wellington Times
Landholders recently gathered at Glanmire and Mudgee to learn all about cost-effective ways to improve water quality and biodiversity in and around their farm dams.

Cambodian Leader Inaugurates Water Plant in Capital Phnom Penh
Cambodia’s prime minister inaugurated a $90 million water plant in Phnom Penh today to help meet demand for supplies in the capital, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the premier.

Saudis Approve 32 More Water, Sewer Projects in Kingdom
Saudi Arabia approved 32 more contracts valued at 325 million riyals ($87 million) for water and sanitation projects across the kingdom, state-owned Saudi Press Agency said, citing the water and electricity minister.


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World Bank

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

Clearing the Air: Reducing Upstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Natural Gas Systems (Posted April 8, 2013)
World Resources Institute

The State of Green Business 2013 (Posted February 12, 2013)

Can the US Get There from Here? (Posted February 6, 2013)

The Billion Euro Aviation Bonanza – Aviation’s Participation in the EU ETS (Posted January 22, 2013)

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