January 31, 2011

EU Exec Wants Green Energy Subsidies Aligned, Raised

The EU's executive called for member states to align their subsidies for clean energy and ensure a doubling of investment to $95 billion a year to meet climate and energy goals.

Gov. Jerry Brown is Facing Tricky Environmental and Energy Issues in California

As Gov. Jerry Brown lays out his first-term agenda Monday, he confronts thorny environmental and energy issues, many with a potential to drive billions of dollars in state and private spending.

Alaska Seeing Impact of Climate Change in its Infrastructure, Villages

Climate change has already begun to make life difficult for Alaska's state transportation managers. And they expect it to become a bigger and more expensive challenge if warming trends continue as predicted.

New York Wants Specifics on Fracking's Effects

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli wants one of the nation's largest gas companies, Cabot Oil and Gas, to say how it would deal with the possible dangers of the horizontal drilling method of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

China to Launch Strict Water Protection Measures, Fight Shortages: Minister

China will carry out strict water resource management measures to grapple with water shortages, with the emphasis on improving the efficiency of water usage and curbing water pollution, Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei said Sunday.

White House Official Cites 'Education Problem' on Climate

President Obama's top science adviser said there's a need to "educate" GOP climate change skeptics on Capitol Hill as the White House seeks to advance its green energy agenda.


Kyocera Installs 1,200 PV Systems in Japanese Schools

Kyocera has become the latest beneficiary of the Japanese government's School New Deal initiative, after it was chosen to install more than 1,200 PV systems in schools across the country.

January 30, 2011

Ariz. Pulls Support for EPA's Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding

Arizona, which had supported EPA's decision that greenhouse gases are a threat to human health and the environment, has dropped out of the court battle over U.S. EPA's new climate regulations.

Sen. Inhofe Shapes Major GOP Bills to Fight EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regs

The Senate's most vocal climate skeptic has taken a key role in crafting two bills to be introduced next week that would stop U.S. EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

New Canada Environment Minister Offers No New Plans

Canada's new environment minister said he plans to work closely with the U.S on new policies, and that no new legislation is needed to carry out the Conservative government's environmental plan.

Quebec to Crack Down on Leaky Shale Gas Wells

Quebec will "require" shale gas developers to ensure that leaking wells in Quebec are repaired as quickly as possible, Quebec's environment minister said Friday morning.

Obama Touts Clean Energy Firm as Way of Future

President Obama on Saturday touted gains made by a Wisconsin renewable energy firm as the kind of innovation that will bolster the United States.

EU Says Spot Carbon Market May Reopen Next Week

The spot market in EU emissions permits may reopen this coming week, the EU executive Commission said, but some carbon exchanges and registries doubted a restart.

New Zealand Government to Formalize Reduction in Greenhouse Gases

The New Zealand government is to make law a planned 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.

China to Import More Fuels Despite Clean Energy Drive

China will ramp up conventional fuel imports and production to power its economy in 2011 despite accelerating efforts to develop clean, renewable and alternative energy.

Utah Mayors Express Concern over Pipeline Restart

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon are expressing concern over Chevron's plans to restart a pipeline that burst twice last year.

Canadian Official Calls Well Leak "Very, Very Worrying"

An Environment Department official calls an uncontrolled gas leak at a shale gas well in southwestern Quebec "very, very worrying," and fears the leak "could lead to contamination of underground water."

Talisman Suspends Shale-Gas Fracking after Pennsylvania Well Incident

Calgary's Talisman Energy Inc. suspended all "fracking" operations for about eight days across North America this month after what it described as "a well-control incident" in Pennsylvania.

Ethanol Trade Groups Bash Draft EPA Report

The ethanol industry is quickly attacking a draft EPA study that details a slew of ecological harms that could accompany increased biofuels production.

BP to Cut Production Amid Impact of Deepwater Horizon Spill

Bob Dudley, BP's chief executive, will scrap the company's production targets when he lays out his vision this week for a smaller, more exploration-focused company after last April's Gulf of Mexico disaster.

India's Suzlon Wins $1.28 Bn Wind Power Deal

Suzlon Energy, the world's third-biggest wind turbine maker, said on Friday it received a $1.28 billion order from Caparo Energy to develop 1,000 megawatts of wind power projects in India.


January 28, 2011

Arctic Current Warmer than for 2,000 Years: Study

A current flowing into the Arctic Ocean is warmer than for at least 2,000 years in a sign that global warming is likely to bring ice-free seas around the North Pole in summers, a study showed.

UN Climate Talks in Focus at Davos Forum

Businesses, especially U.S. ones, must get more involved in the effort to slow climate change and help pressure politicians to enact policies that promote green growth, international leaders said.


Alberta Conditionally Approves Totals New Joslyn Oil Sands Mine

A Joint Review Panel of the Government of Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has conditionally approved Total's Joslyn oil sands mine.

European Commission Extends Carbon Market Freeze Indefinitely

Europe's suspension of trading in carbon allowances to put a halt to hacker theft has been extended indefinitely until countries can prove their systems are protected from further fraud.

ICE Extends Spot CO2 Trade Suspension to February 7

ICE Futures Europe has extended the suspension of its spot emissions contracts for another week to February 7, it said in a note on Thursday.

EU Watching Rare Earths Closely: Trade Chief

The EU is watching the market for rare earth minerals closely and is determined to secure supplies from China and alternative sources, its top trade official said on Thursday.

Calderon and Zuma Urge U.S. to Step Up on Climate Change

Presidents Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Jacob Zuma of South Africa, hosts of global climate change summits, on Thursday urged the U.S. to take stronger action on the issue.


VantagePoint Sees Big Cleantech Deals in 2011

Up to 10 companies in the cleantech sector will go public in multibillion dollar U.S. offerings this year and many will be acquired in equally significant deals, VantagePoint Venture Partners said.

Edmunds CEO: Impose a $2-Per-Gallon Gas Tax

Congress should pass a federal gas tax on consumers instead of continuing to impose CAFE regulations on automakers, says the CEO of Edmunds.

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