Lots of breaking news in today’s edition, such as the fact that, purportedly, the European Commission tried to derail some specific environmental plans, the fact that China wants to stop using coal by 2020, as well as U.S. new investments in the power sector in Africa, and finally, the liberalization of the Mexican energy laws, offering opportunities to companies such as Siemens in the wind sector. 

Quote of the day

“The upside is unbelievable. All of a sudden, you’re seeing a lot of wind development there.”  

Kirk Edelman, head of energy financing at Siemens Financial Services, the Munich-based company’s project-financing unit, in the Bloomberg’s story Siemens Eyes Mexico Wind Market as Investment Law Relaxed

Lead stories

How the (European) Commission ‘blocked’ key environmental plans
Exclusive / Plans to crack down on endocrine disruptors and illegal timber being imported into the EU, were buried by the outgoing President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and his secretary-general Catherine Day, according to a senior EU source.

Obama announces $12B in new aid to Africa power sector
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
President Obama unveiled $12 billion in new pledges from the private sector and government institutions on Tuesday to help strengthen Africa’s electric power infrastructure. 
***LB: Also in this story “More than 600 million Africans are without a reliable electricity supply, Kerry said on Tuesday. That’s nearly twice the population of the U.S.”

Reports: Beijing to ditch coal use by 2020
Beijing is set to ban coal sales and use across its six main regions by the end of 2020 in a bid to cut air pollution, Chinese state media has reported.

Asia Climate Partners promises to mobilise green private equity investment
Asia’s fast-expanding clean tech sector received a boost this week with the launch of a venture that promises to mobilise private equity investment in low carbon projects across the continent.

Mexican Congress Approves New Rules for Oil Industry
Elisabeth Malkinaug, The New York Times
Mexico’s Congress approved on Tuesday a sweeping overhaul of the energy industry that cleared the way for international giants to tap Mexico’s rich reserves of oil and gas.

Siemens Eyes Mexico Wind Market as Investment Law Relaxed
Stefan Nicola and Alex Webb, Bloomberg
Siemens AG (SIE), the biggest European engineering company, is considering opportunities in Mexican oil, gas and renewables industries after efforts by President Enrique Pena Nieto to open up the country’s energy markets. 

Energy suppliers face prosecution over price fixing
Guy Chazan, Financial Times
UK regulators will be given powers to prosecute anyone suspected of rigging the energy market, under proposals being put forward by the government. 
***LB: Also in this story “Under the proposed laws, it would be a criminal offence to fix the price of energy at an artificial level or use insider information to buy or sell energy on the wholesale market.”

General Motors: why companies should buy more renewable energy
David Tulauskas, 
When the World Wildlife Fund and World Resources Institute approached General Motors, along with 12 other companies, to collaborate on renewable energy, my first thought was: “We’re in.”


EMA’s 18th Annual Meeting 
Join the Environmental Markets Association and environmental industry professional for two days of dynamic sessions, two nights of networking receptions, and countless opportunities to increase your business contacts. 
October 22 – 24, 2014
Santa Monica, CA

FT European Gas Summit 
The FT European Gas Summit brings together leading and aspiring gas suppliers from around the globe, as well as energy industry experts, commentators and government decision makers to review the potential barriers to new gas supplies for Europe, and the impact on the region’s economic competitiveness. The summit will be chaired by Guy Chazan, Energy Editor, Financial Times. 
23 October 2014 
London, UK 


Greens to sue EPA over aircraft emissions
Timothy Cama, The Hill
A coalition of environmental groups said Tuesday that it would file a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to take action to curb carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft.

Singapore backs green buildings and data centres with £48m
Singapore’s government has pledged S$100m (£47.8m) to support two major new projects to help develop low carbon technologies that boost the energy efficiency of buildings and data centres.

Researchers contribute to new USDA report and tools to measure, manage greenhouse gas emissions
Jeff Dodge,
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities.

DNV GL Earns Top-Ranking in 2014 Voluntary Carbon Market Survey 
DNV GL is again ranked as the “best verification company” in the 2014 survey by Environmental Finance magazine, continuing its leadership position in the worldwide market for voluntary carbon offset projects and trading of carbon emissions credits.

Clock is ticking for cheap credits 
Brian Fallow, The New Zealand Herald
Cheap imported carbon credits comprised 99.5 per cent of the units New Zealand emitters used to meet their obligations under the emissions trading scheme last year, Environmental Protection Agency figures released yesterday show.

Natural gas / coal

Dirtiest Fuel Threatens 700-Year-Old Villages in Europe
Marek Strzelecki and Maciej Martewicz, Bloomberg 
Europe’s energy dilemma — burning the dirtiest coal while meeting pollution targets — is crystallizing in opposition to a plan that would uproot 700-year-old villages and dig two pits the size of Manhattan. 
***LB: Also in this story “PGE SA and Vattenfall AB, the Warsaw- and Stockholm-based utilities, want to tap Europe’s richest lignite deposit, along the German-Polish border.”

China Pushes to Build Its Own Ships to Deliver Gas
Chinese shipyards are seeking to take about $10 billion in orders for new liquefied natural gas tankers over the rest of the decade, part of a plan to restructure the country’s ailing shipbuilding sector and secure China’s energy supply chain.


(UK) Government mulls subsidies for overseas wind farms 
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
The government is considering offering subsidies to renewable energy projects located overseas, as it strives to ensure the UK hits its 2020 renewable energy targets.

Clean tech

MIT Turns Solar Steam Into Cheaper Energy, Clean Water 
Sandy Dechert, Clean Technica
MIT scientists and engineers have a new twist on phase-changing renewable technology. It combines the most efficient generation of solar steam to date by our favorite energy machine, the sun, and a new graphite-based collection system.

Sodium-β Batteries Could Transform Wind And Solar Into Baseload Generators
Tina Casey, Clean Technica
The cost of generating wind and solar power has been sinking like a stone, but the cost of storing all that energy for a rainy day has remained stubbornly high.


Southerners think differently about energy impact – poll 
The Daily Climate
Almost 70 percent of Southerners in the United States say their energy choices have “a fair amount” or “a lot” of impact on the environment, according to a national survey.

WH: Climate change fuels intense fire seasons
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
As California declared a state of emergency this week over growing wildfires, the White House played the climate change card on Tuesday to drive home the need for action.

Deforestation, development may be driving Ebola outbreaks, experts say
Peter Moskowitz, Al Jazeera America
As the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak continues its spread in West Africa, evidence suggests that human impact on the environment may have played a role in the latest epidemic.

Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population 
Eduardo Porter, The NewYork Times 
Remember the population explosion? When population was growing at its fastest rate in human history in the decades after World War II, the sense that overpopulation was stunting economic development and stoking political instability took hold from New Delhi to the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, sending policy makers on an urgent quest to stop it.

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