Carbon Industry News

Innovation Won't Overcome Stagnation

May 29, 2017

Revolution (electricity, internal-combustion engines, modern communications, entertainment, hydro-carbons and so on) succeeded in lifting productivity and living standards.Today’s innovations are unlikely… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada's Conservatives Pick Scheer as Harper Legacy Looms Large

May 28, 2017

in this party,” he said Saturday.The new leader pledged to rescind a federal minimum price on carbon due to take effect next year and balance Canada’s budget in two years by unspecified spending… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Made This G-7 a Lot Different Than the Last

May 27, 2017

Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. The U.S. had to demur and take a separate position on climate change, leaving a G-6 to recommit themselves to the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce global warming… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Bosch Linked to Diesel-Cheating Claims Against Fourth Automaker

also use Bosch engine software — of rigging its cars to pass emissions tests.GM spokesman Pat Morrissey said Thursday’s suit is “baseless” and its vehicles comply with environmental standards. Fiat… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

GM Suit Digs a Deeper Grave for Diesel

latest automaker to face a civil lawsuit claiming that its diesel engines use software to meet clean-air rules while the engines pollute at higher levels. The law firm suing GM, Hagens Berman, has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

California Warns Senate Taking Step to Gut Auto Efficiency Rules

align the differing approaches that separate U.S. agencies take to regulating fuel mileage and carbon emissions. Sponsors include Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow.California countered America’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump still not backing Paris climate agreement: Italy's PM

May 26, 2017

… the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, blocking efforts by world… the treaty, Italy’s prime minister said on Friday. But there was agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

World's Major Economies to Come up $400 Trillion Short on Retirement Savings

interview. “Pension underfunding is the climate–change moment of social systems in the sense that there is still time to do something about it. But if you don’t, in 20 or 30 years down the line, society… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Six to One Against Trump on Climate in ‘Honest’ Exchange at G-7

European leaders and stay in the agreement if the U.S. wins assurances it can scale back its carbon-cutting commitment.After German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Group of Seven leaders pressed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Microsoft Wants Clean South African Energy

U.S. Department of Defense — are choosing renewables. Since 2008, the top 10 buyers of zero-carbon power alone have created billions of dollars’ worth of long-term demand for wind and solar power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Working to Understand Europe’s View on Climate Change, Cohn Says

be environmentally friendly.”Coal emits the most carbon dioxide for each unit of energy created; natural gas releases about half as much carbon dioxide as coal when it is combusted.But Trump campaigned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

GM Accused in Owner Lawsuit of Using VW-Like Defeat Devices

The 190-page complaint is littered with 83 references to Volkswagen, and asserts that the environmental damage caused by each truck could surpass that of the German automaker’s vehicles.GM’s cheating… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

China may limit coverage of carbon market ahead of launch: researcher

… carbon trading scheme due to start this year, with the launch facing… are inadequate to deal with the challenges of the carbon market,” He… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Rising Seas May Wipe Out These Jersey Towns, but They're Still Rated AAA

bonds maturing over 20 years, neither of its two rating companies, Moody’s Investors Service or S&P Global Ratings, asked any questions about the expected effect of climate change on its finances.Ocean… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Atlantic Hurricane Season May Bring More Storms Than Normal

the Atlantic by increasing wind shear that weakens storms. Earlier this month, the the U.S. Climate Prediction Center lowered the odds of El Nino forming to 45 percent from 50 percent in April… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Green Power Broker to Set British Columbia's Course Next Week

share similar ideas in some areas — such as opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, raising carbon taxes, and taxing housing speculators. But Weaver has also hinted that on economic issues his… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The answers on Eskom debt – but not from Eskom

  About a month ago, the following questions relating to Eskom debt were put to Eskom and its financial director, Anoj Singh, in writing by EE Publishers, through the official channels of communication, namely Eskom Mediadesk and the Eskom spokesman. Despite numerous re-sends and reminders, and even escalation of the … Continue reading “The answers on Eskom debt – but not from Eskom”

What’s hot at SA GeoTech 2017

May 25, 2017

  SA GeoTech 2017, a geospatial and measurement technologies conference and exhibition taking place in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, aims to enhance the geo-intelligence skills of delegates with the intention of providing their organisations with strategic management insights, enhanced performance and efficiency, and added business value. Exhibitors will also be showcasing the … Continue reading “What’s hot at SA GeoTech 2017”

Major project for Tanzania

  CONCO is due to soon complete a major turnkey project undertaken for Tanzanian electricity supply authority Tanesco, whereby it has been constructing and rehabilitating several substations in the Kilimanjaro and Arusha areas of the country. The main objective of the project is to improve the quality and reliability of … Continue reading “Major project for Tanzania”

Old coal mines have a place in the future of clean energy

sites are on abandoned strip mines. The advantage, Rousselle said, is that they are already environmentally despoiled. “You can’t do anything worse to an abandoned mine than what humankind has already… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Pope Lends Weight to G-7 Push to Bind Trump to Climate Deal

more than $17 trillion in assets who released a statement Monday saying climate change must be an “urgent priority” for all G-20 nations. Executives have warned that Trump would put U.S. companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Misleading Coal Estimates May Have Skewed Climate Projections

across the country who have already decided they’re going to reduce their carbon footprints.”To better understand how carbon-emission projections are made, Ritchie undertook the soul-destroying task… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China, the King of Coal, Is Getting Gassy

the world’s biggest population. China also is pushing hard to meet its commitments to reduce carbon emissions linked to climate change.King CoalCoal made up almost two-thirds of China’s energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Delay Opens Door for European Lobbying on Paris Pact

policies and regulations viewed as critical for the U.S. to fulfill its Paris pledge to slash carbon dioxide emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Power utility indicates corruption unlikely in nuclear deal

  Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, Dave Nicholls, told delegates at the Nuclear Power Africa conference that there are no secrets, and corruption in the nuclear deal is unlikely. He reaffirmed the utility’s position that nuclear is not just the most viable option on the table for South Africa’s future energy … Continue reading “Power utility indicates corruption unlikely in nuclear deal”

Eskom’s response to Molefe allegations

  Claims that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and the power utility’s board chair Dr. Ben Ngubane pressured a minister to help the Guptas take over the Glencore coal mine were dismissed as “preposterous” by Dr. Ngubane when he addressed the African Utility conference in Cape Town recently. According to Eskom’s … Continue reading “Eskom’s response to Molefe allegations”

Chris Yelland talks energy at “Die Groot Ontbyt”

May 24, 2017

  KykNet’s weekday breakfast show “Die Groot Ontbyt” interviews Chris Yelland about the Integrated Resource Plan, nuclear and renewable energy, and Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Watch the video for the answers to the questions posed: The energy sector is enjoying a lot of attention these days and the future of … Continue reading “Chris Yelland talks energy at “Die Groot Ontbyt””

Making solar PV safer

  Reductions in the cost of solar panels coupled with rising electricity tariffs and uncertainty of supply, have made solar PV increasingly attractive to both residential and commercial energy users. Although solar PV has become increasingly popular in the residential, commercial and industrial market segment over the last several years, there has … Continue reading “Making solar PV safer”

Environmental Groups Point to Jobs Supported by Clean Car Rules

materials used to improve vehicle fuel economy, according to a new report released Tuesday by environmental groups.The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the BlueGreen Alliance seeks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Merkel to Confront Climate-Change ‘Doubters’ Among G-20 Peers

peers that climate change is real, signaling her message for a Group of Seven summit starting Friday.Merkel called on countries to uphold the Paris Agreement to combat climate change and limit the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Dumps 'Clean Coal' Research Despite Lauding Its Potential

Secretary Rick Perry is approaching carbon-capture research, Shaylyn Hynes, an Energy Department spokeswoman, said. “Secretary Perry’s support for clean coal and carbon capture has not changed with this… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Parched Cape Town Imposes Water Restrictions Due to Drought

The city, a major international tourist destination, says it is experiencing the impact of climate change and predicts little rain in the next three weeks. It wants daily water usage to be reduced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Budget Slashes Climate Spending

would have measured carbon dioxide emissions and concentrations. The budget would also eliminate funding for the U.S. Geological Survey to study so-called biological carbon sequestration, when… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

G7 Leaders Expect Trump to Make Paris Accord Decision This Week

more than $17 trillion in assets who released a statement Monday saying climate change must be an “urgent priority” for all G-20 nations. Executives have also warned that Trump would put U.S. companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Vatican Meeting, and a Clash of Moral Visions

concept was a Chinese-invented hoax; Scott Pruitt, appointed by Trump to run the EPA, contests that carbon-dioxide emissions are a main cause of global warming.That’s not all. When it comes to the economy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How to Make a Speaker

says. The slate is fabricated using the same type of water-jet cutting that Boeing uses to slice carbon fiber for the bodies of airplanes. Weiss in OMA’s Brooklyn showroom. In the realm of woodworking… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy minister briefs parliament on nuclear, IPP and gas plans

May 23, 2017

The newly appointed minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, presented her department’s budget for 2017/2018 to parliament recently. She outlined some of her department’s plans for the coming year. This article summarises her speech. Mmamoloko Kubayi The minister said that her department will spend R8,1-billion in the 2017/2018 financial year to … Continue reading “Energy minister briefs parliament on nuclear, IPP and gas plans”

First Green Bonds Sold by an Oil Giant Find Willing Investors

business, though the Climate Bonds Initiative said in the press at the time it didn’t have enough information about the deal to count it based on its measures. The company changed its name to Bangchak… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Why Scientific Consensus Is Worth Taking Seriously

lead to greenhouse gas warming, but there wasn’t consensus until experiments showed that indeed, carbon dioxide was building up in the atmosphere, and the global temperature was rising close to the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The potential impact of LNG in sub-Saharan Africa

May 22, 2017

  Over the last 30 years, the demand for gas as a substitute for coal and oil as an energy source has increased.  There has been a particular increase in the demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Asian countries, which accounts for 75% of global demand. Sub-Saharan Africa is … Continue reading “The potential impact of LNG in sub-Saharan Africa”

The Way to Power the Next Billion Consumers

May 20, 2017

regulation should be used to expand their use.Detroit utility DTE Energy plans to reduce its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, and says the goal “is achievable in a way that keeps Michigan’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations

May 19, 2017

Global Carbon Exchange 2 May, 2017 On 3 April 2017, the Minister of Environmental Affairs issued a notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act implementing the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations (GHG Reporting Regulations). The GHG Reporting Regulations, after being in draft format for two years, … Continue reading “New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations”

Another milestone for Kenyan wind power project

  WorleyParsons reports that the project delivery and engineering consultancy is nearing completion of its major scope of work on the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project in Kenya, with a key milestone of 120 wind turbines attaining Ready for Energisation (RFE) status in January 2017, and installation of all … Continue reading “Another milestone for Kenyan wind power project”

Trudeau to Force a Hybrid Carbon Price on Holdout Provinces

doesn’t bring in its own carbon price.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government revealed a “backstop” plan Thursday in Ottawa that would essentially force the minimum carbon price he announced last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

France Holds Off On Hitting the Nuclear Button

different from Macron’s platform, which stresses the need to fight climate change by raising carbon taxes while retreating slowly from nuclear. It’s also worth noting that France’s new prime minister… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

DTE to shut coal plants, cut carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2050

May 18, 2017

… of its coal units by 2040, reducing carbon emissions by more than 80…. Detroit-based DTE said its efforts to cut carbon emissions will result… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Latin America's Clean-Power Play

quarter of its electricity by thermal plants, which burn carbon-spewing diesel oil, coal or gas. “Brazil’s electrical grid is carbonizing,” said Goldemberg. Misguided fiscal policies have added… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Poland Faces Harsh EU Reality in Push for Coal Exemptions

started a procedure against Brussels, known as the yellow card. It argues that proposals for new carbon dioxide limits rule out the construction of coal-fired plants and deny the nation its right to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Supporting digitalisation of South African power grid

May 17, 2017

  Eskom, the seventh largest utility in the world, generates around 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and imports and exports power to countries in the SADC region. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors. Rising population and an increasing demand-supply … Continue reading “Supporting digitalisation of South African power grid”

Paris, London Lead Urban Charge for Cleaner Cars as Trump Balks

of Bloomberg News, is the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. He’s also president of the board of C40 Cities, a group of cities that will work with the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Spain Seeks $4.3 Billion Investment to Meet EU Clean Energy Goal

other forms of electricity generation so long as it’s a form of supply that doesn’t increase carbon emissions.The contest marks a resumption for the renewable energy business in Spain, which was… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa

May 16, 2017

An interview with NECSA CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed a number of questions to Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm, to explore issues surrounding … Continue reading “The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa”

Kusile power station’s systems on display

  ABB recently invited the media to visit Eskom’s Kusile new-build power station to see the company’s products in use at the power station’s first generating unit. Kusile, which is near the existing Kendal power station in the Nkangala district of Mpumalanga, will comprise six units, each rated at an … Continue reading “Kusile power station’s systems on display”

Optimising energy usage and reducing costs

  A system integrator, contracted by the management of a local softdrink bottling company, provided a solution which resulted in a dramatic reduction in the plant’s energy costs and improved the visibility of the costs associated with the bottling company’s production processes. This article describes how that was achieved. Recognising … Continue reading “Optimising energy usage and reducing costs”

Distributed generation: The impact on network design

  Distributed generation is claimed to provide a better means of following and meeting demand, but do not seem to have been researched in depth. Distributed generation requires a change in the configuration and design parameters of transmission and distribution (T&D) networks. The concept of distributed generation has not been … Continue reading “Distributed generation: The impact on network design”

Thorium reactors and process heat applications

  The Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL) high temperature modular reactor (HTMR) is a Generation IV 100 MW helium-cooled power plant that features a thorium-based fuel cycle. The heat source is based on a fuel technology with intrinsic safety characteristics. This article discusses the benefits of a HTMR compared to other … Continue reading “Thorium reactors and process heat applications”

Large scale storage for utility scale solar PV

  With the increase in very large utility solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, it is becoming common practice to install utility scale storage together with PV solar farms, rather than rely on grid storage or user storage. This is influenced by the choice to rely on controllable output than external factors … Continue reading “Large scale storage for utility scale solar PV”

Scientist Turns Power Broker in Canada's Political 'Wild West'

project.Paris AgreementOnly five years ago, Weaver was modeling changes in permafrost, sea ice and carbon dioxide emissions at the University of Victoria, where he contributed to more than 200 scientific… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Occidental Holders Override Board in Approving Climate Proposal

May 13, 2017

against the proposal because its business strategies already incorporate the risks of a lower carbon economy.The proposal asks Occidental to assess its portfolio for long-term climate change impacts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Plan for Arctic Drilling Won't Hit a Gusher

since methane is a potent greenhouse gas, it can still produce other pollutants such as black carbon, causing ice and snow melt.Source: Arctic Sea Ice Graphs Yellow=1980, Red=2016An additional concern… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energize Inbox, May 2017

May 12, 2017

  Our winning letter re: Koeberg generates R29-billion towards Western Cape’s GDP Dear Editor I refer to an article published on the South African government’s news agency website on 30 March 2017, when I say that I don’t know where Lynne Brown gets her brilliant independent economists from. But what I … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, May 2017”

Molefe to head up Eskom again: what’s going on?

  Eskom’s board has apparently decided to reinstate Brian Molefe to his position as CEO of the power utility with immediate effect. This follows a dispute between the board and the minister of public enterprises over a payment Molefe was to receive. Roger Lilley Molefe left the utility at the … Continue reading “Molefe to head up Eskom again: what’s going on?”

Utility-scale renewable energy company turns to industrial projects

  Greg Austin, the managing director of the South African office of Juwi Renewable Energies spoke to Energize during the recent Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) exhibition and conference regarding the state of the renewable energy sector in South Africa. Greg Austin How has the delay in the signing … Continue reading “Utility-scale renewable energy company turns to industrial projects”

New York Threatens to Spoil Trump’s Push for Fossil Fuels

take charge of some of their languishing environmental issues.”New York has always led the way on environmental issues, said Seggos, the state’s environmental commissioner. “We believe that a strong… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Building a solar PV farm in Africa

May 11, 2017

  Solar PV project development and construction is well established internationally and particularly so in Europe and America. Africa has caught onto the wave with utility scale projects operational in Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Reunion, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda, with developments ongoing in many other countries. … Continue reading “Building a solar PV farm in Africa”

NERSA to formally investigate Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs

  Brenda Martin The National Energy Regulator’s (NERSA’s) electricity sub-committee has responded to a complaint issued by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), indicating that it has launched a formal investigation into Eskom’s conduct.  This follows a preliminary investigation, which found that there was sufficient grounds to warrant further … Continue reading “NERSA to formally investigate Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs”

Oil Set for Monthly Drop as OPEC Cuts Battle Rising U.S. Output

98 percent in March, OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said in Paris Thursday. OPEC output in April probably fell by 20,000 barrels a day to 31.72 million barrels a day, according to JBC Energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Dubai’s Newest Police Cars Are All-Electric BMWs

electric cars make up 10 percent of all government vehicles as part of a plan to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent by 2021.Earlier this year, Dubai’s transport authority announced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EDF to Ask Macron for Helpful Rules for French Nuclear Fleet

the Hinkley Point reactor project.Girre also welcomed Macron’s support for a minimum cost for carbon and called for a “less biased” price mechanism for the so-called ARENH sales system in France… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Razor-Thin British Columbia Vote Gives Greens Sway on Energy

share similar ideas in some areas — such as opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, raising carbon taxes, and taxing housing speculators. But Weaver has also hinted that on economic issues his… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity price increase: NERSA calls for responses to Eskom’s application to deviate

May 10, 2017

  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has called for responses regarding Eskom’s application to deviate from prescribed procedures in an application for another tariff increase. Eskom, which has been authorised by NERSA to submit a 1-year tariff application for 2018/19 instead of its usual multi-year application, on … Continue reading “Electricity price increase: NERSA calls for responses to Eskom’s application to deviate”

New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations:

GCX, 2 May, 2017 On 3 April 2017, the Minister of Environmental Affairs issued a notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act implementing the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations (GHG Reporting Regulations). The GHG Reporting Regulations, after being in draft format for two years, aim to … Continue reading “New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations:”

Discussing the answer to Africa’s power challenges

  Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges. This is according to experts on the advisory board of the upcoming Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) … Continue reading “Discussing the answer to Africa’s power challenges”

Power developments in Africa – May 2017

Improving South Sudan’s electricity distribution The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a supplementary loan of US$14,57-million to rehabilitate and expand the distribution networks in Juba, South Sudan. The power distribution system rehabilitation and expansion project aims at strengthening the distribution networks in Juba to provide reliable electricity supply. … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa – May 2017”

Power industry focuses on renewables: Solar PV is the fastest growing

  Increased decentralisation, the need to decarbonise electricity generation, and digitisation to boost operational efficiency are driving market opportunities in the power industry. Continued regulatory support for renewable energy in key markets will see global power investment reach $443,5-billion in 2017. Solar photovoltaic (PV) will be the fastest growing segment, … Continue reading “Power industry focuses on renewables: Solar PV is the fastest growing”

Trump Delays Decision on Paris Climate Accord Amid Infighting

administration officials to hash out the potential benefits and legal risks of remaining in the global carbon-cutting pact reached among nearly 200 nations in December 2015.And by waiting until after the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trig Completes $29 Million Acquisition of Scottish Wind Farm

million pounds ($29.3 million).Trig bought the Neilston Community Wind Farm from private developer Carbon Free and Neilston Development Trust without any third-party project debt, according to a statement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Cars Will Be at an Economic Disadvantage Until 2025

restrict polluting cars in cities, with manufacturers facing the uphill task of meeting stringent carbon dioxide emissions targets even as buyers favor bigger vehicles.In the long term, the electric-car… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Names Neil Chatterjee, Robert Powelson to FERC

coordinate attacks against President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan that requires power plants to cut carbon dioxide-emissions. Powelson has been on the Pennsylvania commission since June 2008, and also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nations Are Stockpiling Cleaner Fuel to Tackle Pollution

Hoekstra said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur. Natural gas, which emits about half the amount of carbon as coal when burned, is among those that will benefit from growing demand for cleaner fuels,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewables: Cheap energy at a high cost?

May 9, 2017

  Recently, I read with both disgust and trepidation the story involving the contract extension of 30 Cuban water engineers. While we know there is a shortage of engineers in this country, there is no shortage of graduates looking for work, and surely it would not be difficult to find … Continue reading “Renewables: Cheap energy at a high cost?”

Nations urge Trump to stay in Paris climate agreement

… the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming, that is backed…. The Paris Agreement’s Article 4 says any nation can adjust its goals… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

ACSA Gains International Carbon Accreditation At 4 Top Airports

May 8, 2017

GCX SA 21 April, 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has achieved level 1 accreditation under the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme (ACA) at four of its largest airports – O.R. Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka and Port Elizabeth International Airports. ACA is an independent, voluntary programme allowing the assessment and … Continue reading “ACSA Gains International Carbon Accreditation At 4 Top Airports”

The Robot Revolution Will Take Your Car, Your Mom’s Car, and All the Oil in 13 Years

Motherboard, ReThinkx, 4 May, 2017 A new report says self-driving electric vehicle fleets are poised to replace individual cars sooner than we think. A stunning new forecast projects that the internal combustion engine, along with the entire oil industry, are going to vanish from the face of the earth in … Continue reading “The Robot Revolution Will Take Your Car, Your Mom’s Car, and All the Oil in 13 Years”

“What a time to be communicating climate information”.

Ntanganedzeni Ramugondo, CSAG UCT, 26 April, 2017 I grew up in a community where anything just happened because it was just meant to happen. Well, at least we thought so and not many had the curiosity to ask themselves why. Livelihood activities such as farming were based on indigenous knowledge … Continue reading ““What a time to be communicating climate information”.”

U.S. Bluntly Rebuffs Queries on Climate

May 6, 2017

takes priority and that it would continue to roll back environmental regulations aimed at cutting carbon emissions.”The administration is reviewing existing policies and regulations in the context of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau Mulls Coal Ban in Retaliation for U.S. Lumber Tariffs

production. Clark, who faces elections next week, has been more vocal and said she will impose a carbon tax on coal shipments if Trudeau doesn’t ban them.U.S. President Donald Trump stoked trade tensions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

States Move to Roll Back Environmental Rules in Trump’s Wake

line are new rules in the state for refrigerants and so-called “black carbon,” which is several times more potent than carbon dioxide. That comes on top of the state’s already ambitious plan to cut… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas Exports Can Solve U.S. Energy Glut

plans to more than double the share of natural gas to 15 percent in light of its pledge to reduce carbon emissions as much as 35 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. According to the United Nations, India… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

2016 a Record Year for Renewables, Latest IRENA Data Reveals

May 5, 2017

IRENA, 30 March, 2017 Solar outpaces wind for new power capacity Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 March 2017 — Global renewable energy generation capacity increased by 161 gigawatts (GW) in 2016, making the strongest year ever for new capacity additions, according to data released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable … Continue reading “2016 a Record Year for Renewables, Latest IRENA Data Reveals”

Powering Africa off-grid

  Cummins Power Generation specialises in the design and manufacture of pre-integrated generator sets (gensets) from 8  to 3300 kVA. Off-grid solutions are based on the specific needs of the operation or application in question, classed generally as either “standby” or “prime”. Standby generators provide power in the event of grid … Continue reading “Powering Africa off-grid”

Turning Plastic to Oil, U.K. Startup Sees Money in Saving Oceans

second and the resulting fuel, called Plaxx, can be used to make plastic again or power ship engines.Adrian GriffithsSource: Recycling Technologies“We want to change the history of plastic in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The Jersey Shore Would Rather Fight Flooding With Walls Than Retreat

says Mancini. But that just covers the bay side of town.On the ocean side, the Army Corps of Engineers just finished a 14-mile, 300-foot-wide system of dunes and berms that cost $232 million, fully… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump's Difficult Choice on Paris Climate Accord: QuickTake Q&A

areas of Earth and result in massive habitat displacements.3. What did the U.S. pledge?To cut its carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.4. What is Trump’s view?That’s a long story… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Returns to New York for ‘Coronation’ Marked by Protests

May 4, 2017

elected and have included activists concerned about the president’s policies on health care, climate change, immigration and women’s rights.More than 10,000 people gathered in New York’s Battery Park… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon Offsetting: Buyers’ Guide 1.0

Carbon Chronicle, Steve Zwick,  25 April, 2017 Source: Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace at http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com “A few weeks back, my Skype started bleating impatiently. It was my friend Hein, seeking my advice – which is odd, because Hein is one of those people I’m always running to for help. He’s a … Continue reading “Carbon Offsetting: Buyers’ Guide 1.0”

The road more traveled but with less carbon

The Carbon Chronicle, 3 May, 2017 Travel may be getting greener as more entities adopt offsetting initiatives. US rental car company The Hertz Corporation is launching a new carbon offset program, which TerraPass has signed on to administer. The program enables corporate customers to offset emissions associated with their vehicle … Continue reading “The road more traveled but with less carbon”

De Beers Says It Could Operate Carbon-Neutral Mine Within Half a Decade

diamond producer by value, says it could operate a carbon-neutral mine within half a decade.The Anglo American Plc unit plans to store carbon-dioxide in kimberlite rock — a type of ore best known… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SAPVIA welcomes new Minister of Energy

May 3, 2017

  Mmamoloko Kubayi The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has congratulated Mmamoloko Kubayi on her ministerial appointment to the energy portfolio. The association looks forward to engaging with the new minister and her team around how to give effect to the transformation of the energy sector and the role … Continue reading “SAPVIA welcomes new Minister of Energy”

Nuclear Africa conference: nuclear needed for SA’s economic future

  The Nuclear Africa 2017 Conference, held in Centurion at the end of March 2017, hosted international delegates to show their nuclear wares, discuss the benefits and problems of nuclear power, and advise on South Africa’s nuclear future. The conference demonstrated the international nature of nuclear power – in vendors, … Continue reading “Nuclear Africa conference: nuclear needed for SA’s economic future”

B.C. Premier Vows to Slap a Carbon Tax on U.S. Coal Exports

British Columbia’s premier said she’s ready to impose a C$70 ($51) carbon tax on every metric ton of U.S. thermal coal passing through the western Canadian province’s ports if she’s re-elected… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

`Charming Betsy' Doctrine Looms Over Trump's Climate Decision

issue is whether staying in the accord could legally oblige President Donald Trump to preserve carbon-cutting policies that he would much rather jettison.The White House counsel’s office warned Trump… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Skeptics Always Assume the Risks Are Overhyped

failing crops, reducing carbon emissions looks like a very attractive proposition even for a climate-science skeptic. If the world launches on a path of aggressively cutting carbon, the worst-case scenario… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Traders Idled as China Refiners Fall Foul of Smog Fight

that’s prompted health concerns due to the heavy smog cloaking its cities. The nation’s output of carbon dioxide from the energy industry fell 1 percent in China in 2016, helping emissions flatline… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil-Trading Tycoons Bankroll Battle for Sailing's Greatest Prize

squad and has enlisted European plane maker Airbus Group SE to help with the design of the team’s carbon-fiber catamaran.Tornqvist’s Artemis is galvanized by the death of crew member Andrew Simpson… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ruling on SA’s nuclear deal a marker of political health

  The South African government’s plan to bulldoze through a nuclear energy deal has been dealt what might be a fatal blow by the Cape Town High Court which has declared the plan invalid. It found that the government had not followed due process in making the decision to pursue … Continue reading “Ruling on SA’s nuclear deal a marker of political health”

Partnership to advance electricity access in Africa

May 2, 2017

The US Department of State in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) recently with a summit in Washington, DC. The US-Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange project, which State and EEI are implementing jointly, aims to advance electric power sector reform … Continue reading “Partnership to advance electricity access in Africa”

Strengthening the grid for 500-million people

  The first step of a two-phased project designed to address the power needs of India’s northern region is now energised. GE Energy Connections has successfully transmitted 1500 MW of power for phase 1 of the Champa ultra high voltage direct current (UHVDC) project. Led by Power Grid Corporation of India, the project … Continue reading “Strengthening the grid for 500-million people”

Smart power plant for Virgin Islands

  Wärtsilä will supply a 21 MW smart power generation power plant to the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (USVI WAPA). The order includes three 34SG-LPG engines running on propane gas. The company’s scope covers the entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project. The power plant will … Continue reading “Smart power plant for Virgin Islands”

Trump Gasoline Tax Consideration Should Make Oil Nervous

Republican Congress; at 24.4 cents per gallon of E10 gasoline , that extra tax would imply a carbon dioxide cost of nearly $28 per ton.This being Trump, of course, Republicans might not necessarily… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Executive summary and full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016

May 1, 2017

  The article below is the executive summary of the full submission and response by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the Draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (Draft IRP 2016) issued by the SA Department of Energy in November 2016 for comment and input from relevant stakeholders … Continue reading “Executive summary and full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016”

Thousands Brave Weather to Protest Trump Climate Policies

April 30, 2017

disputing the overwhelming consensus of scientists that the world is warming and that man-made carbon emissions are primarily to blame. Among those attending the Chicago rally were members of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump to Expand Offshore Drilling, Review Post-Spill Rules

April 29, 2017

regulatory requirements that strengthen our safety and environmental policies,” Zinke told reporters. “America leads the world in environmental and safety protections, and I assure you we will continue… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump Wins Easier Path to Scrapping Obama's Clean Power Plan

joined the litigation. North Carolina dropped out this year.The initiative, designed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, never took effect. The U.S. Supreme… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Climate Threat in Your Front Yard

— largely methane — is a very hazardous greenhouse gas. Although it is not as ubiquitous as carbon dioxide, and remains in the air for only about a decade (compared with more than a century for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Airbus Concerned Brexit Will Curb Flow of Workers in Europe

vital parts. Airbus has invested heavily at its U.K. sites to accommodate a higher proportion of carbon components as the industry moves away from metal frames to lighter composite materials, Richter… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

April 28, 2017

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre … Continue reading “Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear”

Rice Farming Is a Big Polluter. In Arkansas, Farmers Test a Cleaner Way

April 27, 2017

because carbon markets aren’t working for them, he said. California has a fledgling market for carbon trading, and Arkansas farmers could potentially take part in it to monetize the carbon reduction… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Warming Costs Mount as Heatwave Hits Chile’s Glaciers

survive all sorts of climate events for 10,000 years,” said Francisco Ferrando, a geography professor at Universidad de Chile in Santiago. “Global warming is accelerating and the change is being felt… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Dried-Up Heart of California's Water Dilemma

government-granted “allocations” subject to curtailment and change. When water becomes scarcer, whether because of drought or population growth in California’s cities or new environmental restrictions, Tulare… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China's $290 Billion New Area Lifts Hope for Better Cities

improve economies of scale and efficiencies as well as stimulate greater innovation and curb carbon emissions, it says. Urbanization “will act as another powerful driver of growth, although much… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Calls Rick Perry’s Push to Rework Paris Climate Agreement ‘Absurd’

derided it as a hoax. Germany’s own climate efforts, however, have been less resolute.The nation’s carbon dioxide output has fallen significantly since 1990 as it replaced coal-fired power plants with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA must move away from coal and towards renewables

April 26, 2017

  Ahead of the Department of Energy’s closing date for stakeholder engagement in the national Integrated Energy Plan and Integrated Resource Plan, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is underscoring the importance of South Africa’s need to embrace renewable energy as the country’s single largest potential energy source. The … Continue reading “SA must move away from coal and towards renewables”

Major institutions gather to discuss energy objectives

  In a joint effort to mobilise key stakeholders to invest in off-grid renewables in developing and emerging markets, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) together with Energias de Portugal (EDP) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) organised a two-day investment forum in Lisbon, Portugal on 22-23 March … Continue reading “Major institutions gather to discuss energy objectives”

Khanyisa: Coal IPP, DEA and DoE face new legal challenge

  The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has challenged the Department of Environmental and Affairs (DEA), as well as the Department of Energy (DoE) and its IPP office to ensure that proper and thorough assessments of the environmental impact and potential climate change effects are conducted before the proposed Khanyisa … Continue reading “Khanyisa: Coal IPP, DEA and DoE face new legal challenge”

One millionth microcamera core produced

  Flir Systems recently announced that it has produced its one millionth Lepton microcamera core. This is the world’s smallest and most widely deployed microbolometer thermal imaging camera module. Additionally, the company announced it is making its highest resolution camera, Lepton 3, available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for product integration. Launched … Continue reading “One millionth microcamera core produced”

Drives in enclosure size E

  The VLT drives in enclosure size E are now available in a new design that gives greater output power, reduced physical dimensions, and improved functionality. Buyers can choose between standalone or cabinet-mounted variants of the single integrated drive. It is now easier to install, commission, and service VLT drives with enclosure size … Continue reading “Drives in enclosure size E”

Powering Africa’s industrialisation future

  In March 2014, Transnet announced a R50-billion contract with four manufacturers for 1064 new locomotives to drive its market development strategy. Power, efficiency, and reliability are key to powering these machines, responsible for pulling multiple wagons that carry substantial amounts of precious cargo across vast distances. At 2983 kW, the QSK95 is … Continue reading “Powering Africa’s industrialisation future”

Commitment to Africa is not just about money

  Louis Meiring When companies invest in Africa by setting up production facilities here, they contribute far more than just finances, buildings and equipment; they offer their host countries a shortcut into the global mainstream, opening the doors to trade and development. By far the most important aspects of foreign … Continue reading “Commitment to Africa is not just about money”

State prosecutors urge Trump not to withdraw from Paris accord

… not to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which commits… agreement.” The Paris accord, reached by nearly 200 countries in 2015… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

This Hedge Fund May Be Poised to Create the Most Billionaires

foundation started by his son Nat, has spent some of his wealth funding organizations that fight climate change.Peter BrownPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/BloombergCo-Chief Executive Officer Brown, 62, also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Most of World's Largest Investors Taking Action on Climate Risk

rapidly scaling up action to tackle climate risk and seize opportunities in financing the low carbon economy.”Hotter temperatures across the globe are leading to rising sea levels and triggering… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Tries to Refill Its Biggest Reservoir

April 25, 2017

snow is impressive this spring, it will be almost all gone by fall. The Coming Storm of Climate ChangeSo when several dry years leave the reservoirs parched and the mountains bare, as happened… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Oil and Mining Giants Detail Road Map to Reduce Carbon by Half

how to slash carbon from 36 gigatonnes a year to 20 gigatonnes by 2040. The group said governments and companies must boost investments in hydrogen, bioenergy, waste heat and carbon-capture technologies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Doubts U.S. Climate Pledge as Trump Mulls Paris Withdrawal

China, the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide, is questioning whether the U.S. is doing enough under President Donald Trump to meet commitments made as part of the landmark Paris climate accord… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Converting Coal Would Help China's Smog At Climate's Expense

electricity can produce almost twice as much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions blamed in climate change, Song said. Synthetic natural gas produces carbon dioxide first during the processing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power

Resources Inc.’s 2.1-gigawatt Millstone nuclear plant produces 98 percent of the state’s low-carbon power. In New Jersey, reactors produce 97 percent of clean energy.“Every time you close a nuclear… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Electric Car Revolution Tesla Began Faces Its Biggest Test

April 24, 2017

them because of the critical role electric cars play in reducing pollution and combatting climate change. But even where governments are less enlightened, the valley of despair is coming to an end… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon tax dominoes lining up

  The Minister of Environmental Affairs has issued a notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act implementing the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations (GHG Reporting Regulations). The GHG Reporting Regulations aim to introduce a single national reporting system for the transparent reporting of GHG emissions, which will … Continue reading “Carbon tax dominoes lining up”

Smart grid project for Naledi community

  Several projects were launched in Naledi Municipality, Vryburg, during March 2017, by then-Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, and the mayor of Naledi Local Municipality, Neo Skalk. The first was the handover of the “Greening Technologies” to Tygerkloof Combined School. The Greening Technologies are part of the Working for Energy … Continue reading “Smart grid project for Naledi community”

Natural gas power plants planned

  Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply generating equipment with a capacity of 94 MW for two natural gas power plants to the city of Tallahassee in Florida, USA. The equipment is to be delivered during the latter part of 2017 for the 19 MW plant and in early 2018 … Continue reading “Natural gas power plants planned”

World energy priorities highlighted

  A new report published by the World Energy Council, “Exposing the New Energy Realities”, provides a snapshot of the current priorities facing global energy leaders. It highlights shifting priorities in the energy sector with an increasing impetus towards a lower carbon future. Disruptive technologies including renewable energies and energy efficiency … Continue reading “World energy priorities highlighted”

Republican Cracks Emerging in Trump's Coal-Heavy Energy Plan

within his own cabinet — about whether to continue subsidies for wind and solar power, enact a carbon tax, remain party to the Paris climate accord and plenty of other issues that will shape the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Advocates Fan Out in Global Show of Support for Science

April 23, 2017

said they were anxious about political and public rejection of established science such as climate change and the safety of vaccine immunizations. “Scientists find it appalling that evidence has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Touts Successes of Programs Trump’s Budget Aims to Kill

April 22, 2017

responsibility for funding local environmental programs to state and local entities.”As for the diesel program, the memo said: “With updated standards in 2008, cleaner diesel engines will increasingly replace… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.K. Has First Day Without Relying on Coal for Power Since 1880s

said in an email.Action against climate change is the primary reason for the shift to cleaner energy. European Union members have to meet a target to generate 20 percent of their final energy consumption… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Happy Earth Day. Enjoy It While You Last.

galaxy. Earth’s geology helps regulate the climate through the cycling of carbon dioxide. When exposed rocks weather, carbon dioxide gets pulled out of the atmosphere, allowing the globe to cool. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Paying Nuclear Losers for ‘Clean’ Power Upends U.S. Markets

April 21, 2017

began to change in August when New York handed nuclear plants so-called credits for supplying carbon-free power to the state, which means the generators can raise an additional $500 million a year… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Someone needs to fret about fracking go-ahead

  The news that fracking has been given the go-ahead in South Africa comes as a surprise to many. The Mineral Resource minister made the announcement with little comment from the Department of Energy or from former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Tilden Hellyer The two major focal points are the … Continue reading “Someone needs to fret about fracking go-ahead”

Wind farm lifts first turbine ahead of schedule

  Khobab Wind Farm has announced that it has completed the lifting of the first of its 61 wind turbine generators, ahead of schedule.  It is anticipated that the first power will be exported in the next three to four months and that the wind farm is to start supplying … Continue reading “Wind farm lifts first turbine ahead of schedule”

Energy company launches technical education centre

  Schneider Electric has partnered with the Sedibeng College to launch the second French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (FSASEC). The college is part of three more FSASECs established by the company in conjunction with the Schneider Electric Foundation and the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research. … Continue reading “Energy company launches technical education centre”

SA company developing PV projects in Africa

  South African clean energy producer, BioTherm Energy has received two grant awards so far this year from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). As developer to Ghanaian company, Buipe Solar, the first of two official signing ceremonies in March, saw the company receive a grant to support technical and … Continue reading “SA company developing PV projects in Africa”

Raising capital for biomass project

  Uhuru Energy, a market leader in large-scale biomass-to-energy project development, has appointed Havaic in an advisory role in its first capital raising initiative. The focus of this round of fundraising would be to facilitate the progression of certain projects through the approval phase. The company has identified the opportunity provided by biomass … Continue reading “Raising capital for biomass project”

Rooftop PV with monitoring system installed

  A professional monitoring system helps ensure the smooth operation and maximum energy yield of PV systems. Meteocontrol implements projects of all sizes throughout the world. The modular system of the blue’Log X series, which is tailored to individual systems, in combination with the VCOM virtual control room, monitors solar systems, … Continue reading “Rooftop PV with monitoring system installed”

Liquefaction production plant launched

  South Africa’s first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant was launched at North-West University (NWU) on 16 March 2017, which will result in the production of bio-oils, bio-char, biochemicals and biogas. The plant is one of the outputs of the Department of Science and Technology (and the National Research Foundation-supported South … Continue reading “Liquefaction production plant launched”

Predictable power where it’s needed

  The QES 200 range of mobile generators from Atlas Copco Portable Energy has been extended from 9 to 200 kVA, and now comprises eleven models to meet the standby power requirements of the general construction and rental industries, with further extensions planned for the range. Power may be needed … Continue reading “Predictable power where it’s needed”

Wal-Mart Wants Suppliers to Eliminate a Gigaton of Greenhouse Gases by 2030

Colgate-Palmolive Co. to help the world’s biggest retailer remove a billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain by 2030.The retailer’s target—which it’s calling Project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Oil-Sands Operators Bet on Local Advantage as U.S. Partners Flee

The advances could help oil-sands operators cut costs by as much as 40 percent and reduce greenhouse–gas emissions by as much as 80 percent, Wicklum said.The best methods will be widely available… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Record Tornado Damage Shows Rising Cost of Climate for Travelers

National Weather Service data.The causes for the rising costs are in dispute. Some blame climate change. Increased development along coastlines or near forests have added to risks from hurricanes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Conservative Carbon Tax Support Grows (Audio)

climate and adaptation reporter for Bloomberg News, discusses growing conservative support for carbon taxes in American cities. He speaks with Alan Bjerga and Amy Morris on Bloomberg Radio’s “Politics… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carbon Taxes Gain Conservative Followers

interest in promoting or implementing a carbon tax.”D.C.’s tradition of embracing liberal causes might have made it seem an obvious candidate for a carbon tax. The brief flirtation is a case study… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas Moves to the Naughty List

billion developing technologies to capture carbon emissions. Chevron Corp. and Australia’s government have invested $1.5 billion in equipment that collects carbon dioxide from a massive liquefied natural… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macquarie to Boost U.K. Green Bank After $3 Billion Purchase

the privatization.“We will create a market leading platform dedicated to investment in the low carbon economy in the U.K. and beyond,” Daniel Wong , head of Macquarie Capital in Europe, said in an… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gigantic Wind Turbines Signal Era of Subsidy-Free Green Power

are heavier, placing a natural limit on size, said Christensen. Lightweight materials such as carbon fiber may be required to reduce the heaviness of the rotor and the blades as the turbines grow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EIUG: No nuclear needed anytime soon

April 20, 2017

  The persistent speculation on a possible nuclear power investment in South Africa being progressed on an urgent basis is concerning, given the scale and inflexibility of such an irreversible commitment in a fast changing world.  Piet van Staden Reassurances that we will only embark on such a programme at … Continue reading “EIUG: No nuclear needed anytime soon”

Gas power plant on the cards

  A new power plant, Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP) in Tema, Ghana, will be independently owned by the Cenpower Generation Company (Cenpower) to provide safe, secure and reliable electricity supply to Ghana. It will consist of a multi-shaft combined cycle configuration comprising two gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators, and … Continue reading “Gas power plant on the cards”

Energy awards recognise high standards and innovation

Africa Energy Awards has become a highlight of the annual Power and Electricity World Africa conference and exhibition. Gareth Gregory, the event’s Master of Ceremonies, said that if ambition is the destination, tenacity is the path. Since 2007, these awards have recognised and rewarded industry innovation and outstanding performance, while … Continue reading “Energy awards recognise high standards and innovation”

Toyota Puts Fuel-Cell Semi Truck to Test at Los Angeles Port

city’s docks and nearby warehouses operated by retailing giants.Swapping internal-combustion engines for fuel-cell stacks will support Governor Jerry Brown’s efforts to cut emissions from freight… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Was That Climate Change, Too? Short Answer: Yes

oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question,” Trenberth wrote in the journal Climatic Change.Allowed more than one word, the answer is considerably… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How to Drive the World Off a Cliff

change. The mainstream approach is to tap the brakes, with a gradually rising, government-mandated carbon price, such as this research example. A more aggressive response, gaining favor among some economists… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Chief Takes First Step in Reversing Obama-Era Methane Rule

April 19, 2017

and modified wells, with the goal of reducing yearly emissions by 6.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent.The Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider the regulation in response… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe’s Coal Power Is Going up in Smoke — Fast

researcher.When used for power generation, coal is the most carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels, producing twice the level of carbon emissions as natural gas, according to the U.K.’s Department… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Feedback from Cigré annual general meeting

  Prince Moyo The South African national committee of the international council on large electrical systems, Cigré, held its annual general meeting at the premises of Aberdare Cables in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, recently. The chairman, Prince Moyo, who replaces Rob Stephen in this role, welcomed Stan Bridgens, the CEO of the … Continue reading “Feedback from Cigré annual general meeting”

New nuclear build is justifiable

  In a new report, Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring, the World Nuclear Association shows that new nuclear build is justified in many countries on the strength of today’s economic criteria and identifies the key risks associated with a nuclear power project and how these may be managed to support a business case for nuclear investment. This is the … Continue reading “New nuclear build is justifiable”

Koeberg’s Unit 2 shut down

  Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station in the Western Cape has been shut down for refueling after 492 days of uninterrupted operation. The refuelling process takes about two months. The unit has been running without major interruption since December 2015. Koeberg’s Unit 1 is still supplying 930 … Continue reading “Koeberg’s Unit 2 shut down”

GCL New Energy Aims to Finish at Least 300MW Solar Farms in U.S.

review that likely precedes dismantling the Clean Power Plan, a rule to cut long-term power-sector carbon pollution.“U.S. policies will have some impact but it’s not material,” said Ren. The company… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid

April 18, 2017

  GE and Southern California Edison (SCE) have unveiled the world’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid system in Norwalk, California. This system, called the LM6000 Hybrid Electric Gas Turbine (Hybrid EGT) supports SCE’s increasing renewable energy capacity by providing quick start, fast ramping capabilities to balance variable energy supply and demand, … Continue reading “World’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid”

Converting power stations to dual fuel: a rewarding challenge

  The global power generation industry is under increasing strain to keep up with demand while also having to comply with more stringent environmental legislation. While fuel prices continue to be volatile, natural gas has recently become a more attractive option. This trend has led to a growing number of … Continue reading “Converting power stations to dual fuel: a rewarding challenge”

LNG essential to meet energy demand

  Mitsui & Co., one of Japan’s largest companies, has underlined the importance of a stable liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply in order to fulfill future energy demand in Japan. The company says that LNG and gas will continue to play an important role long-term in a low-carbon global economy. Despite renewable … Continue reading “LNG essential to meet energy demand”

Mild 48 V hybrid vehicles developed

  Vehicle emissions regulations for 2025 and 2030 are unlikely to be met by conventional vehicle technology as applied to most vehicles beyond small cars. Using hybrid and pure electric powertrains involves considerable expense and delay and often totally new platforms. However, an intermediate technology has reached an exciting stage which … Continue reading “Mild 48 V hybrid vehicles developed”

Bifacial solar module launched

  Trina Solar recently announced that it has launched its high-efficiency bifacial module Duomax Twin. This product is an innovative solar module integrating the technology of the company’s high efficiency bifacial PERC cell and Duomax module. The company is known for its research and development of PERC cell technology and production, achieving several world records … Continue reading “Bifacial solar module launched”

Large propane power plant contract awarded

  The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 21 MW smart power generation power plant to the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (USVI WAPA). The order includes three Wärtsilä 34SG-LPG engines running on propane gas. Wärtsilä’s scope covers the entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project. … Continue reading “Large propane power plant contract awarded”

Embracing new frontiers

  Energy leaders are adapting to a rapid change of pace and are identifying new priorities. Commodity prices and climate change policy remain the top issues keeping energy leaders awake at night, according to the latest iteration of the World Energy Council’s “World Energy Issues Monitor”. The survey of 1200 … Continue reading “Embracing new frontiers”

DC high-current transducers

  LEM of Geneva Switzerland offer the HAZ series of high-current transducers. The family includes six models capable of measurement of 4000 to 20 000 A. The window will accommodate busbars of up to 162 x 42 mm. The HAZ series are available in six industry standard outputs: ± 20 … Continue reading “DC high-current transducers”

This Man Is Spending Millions to Break Elon Musk's Trump Ties

Bee. He’s going to set up information booths on college campuses in a bid to dissuade young engineers from working at Tesla or Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Musk’s rocket company. He’s going… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

UPDATE 2-Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

…. Environmental groups want Washington to remain in the Paris agreement… whether to recommend that he withdraw the United States from the Paris… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

…. Environmental groups want Washington to remain in the Paris agreement, even… energy issues at the NEC, to recommend remaining in the Paris agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Nutrient-Poor Farms Get a Vitamin Boost From Zinc Mines

demand for the metal at a time of low stockpiles and surging prices.“It’s slow growth, but it’s steady growth,” said Sean Davis, the principal analyst for a Houston-based unit of IHS Markit, a global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Exxon, Shell Join Ivanka Trump to Defend Paris Climate Pact

Low and No-Carbon IndexesBy contrast, he said, remaining in the deal would ensure a constant cycle of international criticism because countries have committed to a new round of carbon-cutting commitments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Apple’s Quest to Use 100% Renewable Energy

April 14, 2017

of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, discusses the company’s goal to reduce their carbon footprint by using only clean energy. She speaks with Bloomberg’s David Gura. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Koenigsegg Reveals Insane 1,360-Horsepower Agera RS1 in New York

needed to eliminate even a passenger seat to achieve its 4,280-pound weight, the RS1 has electric carbon fibre sport seats. (Not to compare the two—the RS1 belongs to a price range miles removed from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Apple Says Three More Suppliers to Use Solely Renewable Power

Jackson, Apple’s vice president in charge of sustainability and government affairs.“We look at our carbon footprint as so much more than just our office, our data centers, our stores, even our distribution… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

One of Saturn’s Moons Has Potential for Life

energy source in the form of hydrothermal venting. Chemicals needed for life formation include carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, phosphorous, and nitrogen. No phosphorus or sulfur has been found on Enceladus… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Caution: Debate Over Speed Bumps Ahead

suggested that the country eliminate speed bumps from its roads to ease vehicle passage and limit carbon emissions. This has since given rise to heated debate. In the U.S., homeowners often push for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Secrets of Flight Attendants, From Free Upgrades to Mile High Club Fails

When you cram hundreds of passengers into a carbon fiber tube and shoot it across the sky, things are bound to go wrong. And no matter how dire the state of air travel seems—whether it’s the disturbing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Selected for prestigious energy leaders programme

April 13, 2017

  SANEA, the South African National Energy Association, is very pleased to announce that two of its nominees, Avesh Padayachee and Pule Segale, have been selected for the prestigious global World Energy Council FELS 100 programme. Pule Segale Avesh Padayachee                 The Council … Continue reading “Selected for prestigious energy leaders programme”

Fostering innovation and changing mindsets for mobility

  In partnership with the Dutch Cycling Embassy comprising Dutch cycling experts working together to promote cycling and share the Dutch cycling culture worldwide, Royal HaskoningDHV facilitated a fact-finding mission earlier this year to see what people on the ground think of cycling for improved mobility, upliftment of communities and … Continue reading “Fostering innovation and changing mindsets for mobility”

Co-op’s community wind farm on track

  The development of Awel Co-op’s wind farm in Wales is well under way with the energisation of the wind turbines due to take place next month. Final take over by Awel Co-op as the owner and Enercon for the turbine operations and maintenance took place in January 2017. The project comprises two … Continue reading “Co-op’s community wind farm on track”

Carbon fibre couplings for power transmission

  High performance carbon fibre shaft couplings from Bibby Turboflex, part of the Altra Industrial Motion Group, can dramatically simplify the design, installation and maintenance of power transmission systems requiring long horizontal or vertical shafts, while also improving dynamic performance. The company’s floating shaft couplings are a favoured solution for … Continue reading “Carbon fibre couplings for power transmission”

Electrical council seeks students and young professionals

  Cigré wants to increase the participation of women and young professionals under the age of 35 (students in particular) in the organisation’s activities and to create new national committees in Africa. In order to achieve this directive, the Cigré-SA Executive Committee initiated the Cigré-SA Next Generation Network (NGN). This group … Continue reading “Electrical council seeks students and young professionals”

Eliminating energy-related carbon emissions is possible

  Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, launched … Continue reading “Eliminating energy-related carbon emissions is possible”

Energy storage unit available locally

  The Daimler subsidiary, Deutsche Accumotive, has introduced a stationary energy storage unit which can be used by industrial and domestic users alike. The new Mercedes Benz-branded energy storage unit makes use of the experiences gained in the development of Li-ion storage systems for supplying energy in mobile applications. The system enables energy … Continue reading “Energy storage unit available locally”

UK-France power link ordered

  ABB has won an order worth €270-million from the UK grid operator, National Grid, and the French network owner and operator, Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), to provide HVDC technology to help interconnect the electricity networks of France and the UK. The company will participate in the interconnection project, which further … Continue reading “UK-France power link ordered”

Transformer ratio and winding resistance tester

  The Megger MWA3 series transformer winding analyser is designed to perform transformer ratio and winding resistance testing in one box, quickly and efficiently. It is an advanced three-phase portable transformer test system which reduces set-up time, increases job-site safety, and delivers improved productivity compared to individual instrument testing. The unit’s light … Continue reading “Transformer ratio and winding resistance tester”

Fit-for-purpose solar cables

  Specialist cable manufacturer, Helukabel, has invested considerable resources in the development of a comprehensive range of cables and accessories exclusively for solar energy applications. This has positioned it as a leading supplier of cabling solutions for many of the world’s most advanced solar plants. Having also supplied cabling solutions for some of … Continue reading “Fit-for-purpose solar cables”

Senior White House Adviser Departs for Business Lobby Group

successfully by other big business trade groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Peacock, an engineer by training, got his master’s in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and first served… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Why United Airlines Won't Lose Much Altitude in China

United Airlines was running so hot that the hashtag #UnitedForcesPassengerOffPlane was receiving 20 million views per hour on the Sina Weibo social network. Such fury is more typically reserved for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.K. Post-Brexit Economy Depends on Energy Market That's a Mess

using coal by 2025.“The U.K. could do a lot better,” said Russel Mills, director of energy and climate policy at Dow Chemical Co., the world’s second-biggest chemicals maker. “The country’s already… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Your Fridge May Get Washington's Next Regulatory-Rollback

tenure are estimated to save consumers $550 billion in utility bills and avoid 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to about 800 coal plants running for a year, according to government data… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Citigroup Investors Need to Start Playing Hardball

mix or strategy. Rather, investors lobbed soft, yawn-inducing questions about diversity, climate change and corporate responsibility. Sure, some investors may prefer to keep their dialogue with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Battle to Save a Dying Arizona Coal Plant Goes to Washington

coal-pollution rule and taken steps to reverse the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which sought to curb carbon emissions from the power sector. But cutting regulations can’t change coal’s unfavorable economics… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New service centre workshop for drives

April 12, 2017

  ABB recently introduced its new drives services workshop at its factory and logistics headquarters in Modderfontein. The centre offers drive system consulting, retrofit, reconditioning and drive exchange services. The drive system consulting service offers support to optimise the process performance of a drive system. This service is available for … Continue reading “New service centre workshop for drives”

Engineers@Leisure: Dogs on site

  My work assistants come in the form of large, furry and loving Belgian Shepherd dogs. My first dog was employed in 1987, and to this day I have remained fortunate to have been (mostly) allowed to let my enthusiastic companions accompany me to work, and they have made my … Continue reading “Engineers@Leisure: Dogs on site”

Using computers to design electric furnaces

  This article provides an overview of recent applications of computational modelling to the design of electric furnaces. The aim is to illustrate that computational modelling can more comprehensively represent the component physics, chemistry, and kinetics of the processes being evaluated. While the smelting process is understood in general terms, … Continue reading “Using computers to design electric furnaces”

Pumping station optimisation saves energy, reduces TCO

  An upgrade of the water treatment and water supply system in Samara, Russia has improved operational efficiencies, reduced leaks and reduced total cost of ownership. The optimisation and control solution, which was implemented in 37 pumping stations, used a software-driven, process optimising, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system … Continue reading “Pumping station optimisation saves energy, reduces TCO”

Co-generation: Hybrid fuel-cell gas turbine systems

  Co-generation has been understood to mean the use of surplus process heat to generate electricity, or combined heat and power (CHP). The meaning has expanded to include combined power and heat (CPH), where power production is the primary purpose. With the increasing use of fuel cells, the options of … Continue reading “Co-generation: Hybrid fuel-cell gas turbine systems”

Latent heat storage: a new partner for CSP?

  It is generally accepted that cost-effective storage is the key to a high penetration of renewable energy in electricity grids. Much work has been done on the development of storage technology to meet these goals, but systems are still confined to several hours of operation. If longer storage periods … Continue reading “Latent heat storage: a new partner for CSP?”

Using tap changer dual assessment on transformers

  Diagnosing a transformer tap-changer’s performance, in order to determine whether the transformer is still fit for service or needs to be taken out of service for repair, can be done in a number of ways. This article describes a dual assessment method which evaluates an oil sample and measures … Continue reading “Using tap changer dual assessment on transformers”

The key to detecting broken conductors

  Detecting broken power line conductors has been made easier by the implementation of a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard in modern recloser controllers. This article describes the process. The latest implementation of the ANSI 46BC standard protection code provides for additional capabilities in broken conductor detection. Given the … Continue reading “The key to detecting broken conductors”

Estimating moisture in power transformers

  Modern technology and developments in signal acquisition and analysis techniques have provided new tools for transformer diagnostics. Of particular interest are dielectric response measurements where insulation properties of oil-paper systems can be investigated. Dielectric frequency response, (DFR, also known as Frequency Domain Spectroscopy, FDS), was introduced more than 15 … Continue reading “Estimating moisture in power transformers”

Construction materials from recycled CO2

  Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), an Australian company, is conducting research into a technology for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) by means of mineral carbonation. Its aim is to make use of waste CO2 as a raw material for the production of “green” construction products, with a … Continue reading “Construction materials from recycled CO2”

BRIEF-Energica signs commercial agreement with Tendance Roadster in Paris area

… agreement on the French market with Tendance Roadster in Paris area… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

China Urges U.S. to Uphold Paris Deal

U.S. to stick with the Paris agreement on climate change. Blomberg’s Rosalind Chin reports on “Bloomberg Markets.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

White House Seeks Car-Efficiency Talks With California

said he would review California’s legal authority to enforce its own limits on pollution and carbon-dioxide emissions. So far, the administration has declined to launch a formal challenge to California’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Planes Are a Better Bet Than Flying Cars

links to less-developed rural areas. In effect, such planes could become the high-speed, low-carbon competition for long car rides, expensive commuter rails and trans-city buses.Until quite recently… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

First Look: The Most Powerful Audi TT RS Ever

pounds saved in the engine alone thanks to new aluminum components, and 8 pounds shed via new carbon-ceramic brake discs on the front of the car. Also new this year are Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Meet the 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

can go wrong. You’re going to want to fix your car. Source: FCA US LLCThe Demon has a custom carbon-fiber instrument panel with the “Demon” badges written in script on the vent. A new four-point… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why the U.S. Overtaxes Labor

One day last week, a couple of White House officials floated the idea of including a VAT and a carbon tax in coming tax-reform legislation; within hours they had to walk it back. Economic efficiency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Siemens, Bombardier Said in Talks to Combine Rail Units

has become the fastest growing rail market as governments seek to ease crowded roads and reduce carbon emissions.TalksTalks between Bombardier and Siemens started earlier this year, the people said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Offers to Talk on Climate With U.S. as Trump Seeks Exit

distributed to reporters on Tuesday after a ministerial meeting in Beijing.China plans to cut carbon emissions per unit of economic growth by 18 percent by 2020 from the 2015 level. China has made… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

South Africa: growth or stagnation?

  The choice between growth and stagnation depends on the energy mix selected and the policy choices that are made. These issues will determine the economic path of South Africa for the next decade. Rob Jeffrey There was an important statement by the Minister of Public Enterprises recently which gave … Continue reading “South Africa: growth or stagnation?”

Investments in planning ensure project success

  Time, focus, and expertise in upfront project planning is critical to the success of power projects – experience and technology can help save time and money. Joseph Mahendran Power development plans throughout the world are getting more complex. Finding the optimum mix between large-scale multi-year baseload power projects, short-duration … Continue reading “Investments in planning ensure project success”

Protecting assets and the enviroment

  Andrew Keefe, the product manager for impregnation products at Elantas represented in South Africa by Wilec, spoke to Energize during a recent visit to South Africa. Keefe was in the country to visit the company’s sole distributor in South Africa, Wilec, and local customers. He also addressed delegates at … Continue reading “Protecting assets and the enviroment”

How Countries Cut Carbon by Putting a Price on It: QuickTake Q&A

April 11, 2017

expect to use some form of carbon pricing.1. Who has a carbon tax?Right now 19 countries impose levies with prices ranging from less than $1 to $131 a metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted — the equivalent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

President Zuma’s game of musical chairs: what does this mean for the energy industry?

  South Africans are in a state of shock following President Zuma’s seemingly abrupt decision to reshuffle his cabinet. Paired with the subsequent credit downgrades, the country’s future is, yet again, riddled with uncertainty. Travis Hough The new minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has held positions within the telecommunications and … Continue reading “President Zuma’s game of musical chairs: what does this mean for the energy industry?”

Thornton Joins Barrick Top Brass in Argentina After Rupture

where Veladero is located, have issued a series of demands, including a re-engineering of operational and environmental processes at the mine. It will also have to be audited by local and international… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump Faces Showdown With G-7 Over Climate Stance Next Month

pledge to abandon the landmark climate agreement, brokered in 2015 by more than 190 nations. It also indicates that other nations are unwilling to drop climate change from the G-7 agenda, setting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BMW, Ford Win U.K. Funds for Driverless, Low-Carbon Vehicles

among the winners of 110 million pounds ($136 million) from the U.K. for the development of low-carbon vehicles and driverless cars.The funding for a total of 38 projects, including 62 million pounds… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pipeline Built to Survive Extremes Can't Bear Slow Oil Flow

at low temperatures, crude behaves badly. Ice crystals form that can damage pumping equipment. Carbon molecules, meanwhile, coalesce into paraffin, a waxy residue that, if not cleared out, can gunk… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Long-term service contract awarded at Zambian mine

April 10, 2017

  Rolls Royce Power Systems has won a 13-year service contract for the regular maintenance of 30 Rolls Royce Power Systems MTU engines used in Hitachi dump trucks at the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia. To ensure fast, trouble-free service, more than 10 MTU employees will be stationed directly on-site at the mine. … Continue reading “Long-term service contract awarded at Zambian mine”

High grade nuclear fuel element discovered locally

  Steenkampskraal mine in the Western Cape says the thorium (Th) deposit at the mine is the highest grade in the world, at an average of 2,14% Th. The latest mineral resource estimate indicates the presence of 11 700 t of thorium. A report by the Colorado School of Mines says that … Continue reading “High grade nuclear fuel element discovered locally”

Power export programme expanded

  Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) have signed a three-year power supply agreement to increase Eskom’s electricity exports to South Africa’s neighbouring states. This is the second power sales agreement that the power utility has signed, having recently concluded a five-year power sales agreement with NamPower, the Namibian national … Continue reading “Power export programme expanded”

New twist in IPP battle as Eskom may close stations early

  Eskom has been vague when it comes to backing up its claims about five power stations which will have to close early due to the expected inclusion of more renewable energy producers. Not even the three unions that have met with executives from the power utility over the past few weeks … Continue reading “New twist in IPP battle as Eskom may close stations early”

VWs Pile Up by Thousands Awaiting Fix or Scrap Yard in Buyback

that cleans the pollutants. But that retrofit presents a host of engineering challenges, German said. For example, engineers will have to shoehorn a urea tank and filling nozzle into small cars… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Russia Turns Wary on Japan Gas Future as Abe Heads to Moscow

the country’s reliance on nuclear power as a way to lower costly fossil fuel imports and cut carbon emissions.Gazprom’s export projects for Asian markets. Source: Gazprom March 2017 presentationSource:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Legal advice on African deals

  Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the largest legal footprints in Africa of any international law firm, and has been advising on deals in Africa for over 30 years. This is evident in its experience of working in over 45 African jurisdictions, both advising on transactions and on-going commercial operations … Continue reading “Legal advice on African deals”

Wind farm connection to an AC network

  The performance requirements of wind power plants (WPPs) are defined by the respective regulatory bodies for power system operation and are usually described in the form of a grid code. These codes usually define the expected operational ranges of frequency and voltage, the requirements for reactive power/voltage control and … Continue reading “Wind farm connection to an AC network”

Power developments in Africa, April 2017

  Two 17 MW solar parks for Burkina Faso South African-based BioTherm Energy has been selected to develop two 17 MW solar PV plants near the villages of Pá and Kodéni in Burkina Faso, once the feasibility study has been concluded. The US Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, April 2017”

Appeals court upholds California's anti-greenhouse gas program

April 9, 2017

… for reducing greenhouse gas emissions does not amount to an illegal tax… emissions and buying and selling greenhouse gas emission allowances… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Richard Branson Opens B.V.I Art Reef Scuba Dive Site

April 8, 2017

Owen Buggy, saw an opportunity: “[Buggy] pitched the idea to me of cleaning this ship of any environmental hazards and then intentionally sinking it to become an artificial reef and recreational dive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Coal's Itsy-Bitsy Comeback

roll back the previous administration’s Clean Power Plan, which would have imposed strict new carbon-emissions rules on coal-fired power plants. “My administration is putting an end to the war on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Targeting strong growth in East Africa

April 7, 2017

  The partnership between Cummins and Car & General (C&G), to be known as Cummins C&G Limited, will be fully operational in April 2017. The new company’s region of responsibility will cover Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and Seychelles. East Africa, one of the … Continue reading “Targeting strong growth in East Africa”

Amazon Finds There's Nothing Foolish in Fuel Cells

Power technology. That would be a shame: Once the internal combustion engine is forced out by ever more stringent environmental regulation, consumers should, at the very least, have a choice of different… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Congressional Clock Running Out to Repeal Obama Regulations

Interior Department rule requiring companies to find and repair leaks of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — from pipelines, processing equipment and wells. The American Petroleum Institute has lobbied… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Saudi Aramco IPO May Revive London's Commodity Heavy Past

risks around climate change. In particular, they worry that at least some of the wealth tied up in fossil-fuel reserves could be stranded as things like vehicle electrification and climate-focused legislation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lawmakers Confuse Themselves on Climate Change

sure what would have the biggest impact — smog or carbon dioxide.What we know now is that smog eventually dissipates and gets rained out. Carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for centuries. Some… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Cuts CEO’s Maximum Pay by $3.7 Million to Appease Investors

April 6, 2017

reward efforts to control emissions. Progress in cutting greenhouse gases from its refineries, chemical plants and the burning of natural gas at its fields will determine 10 percent of executives’… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

World Leaders Watch in Silence as Trump Cuts Climate Efforts

As President Donald Trump tries to rip U.S. climate change efforts out by the roots, world leaders are watching in silence.Presidents and prime ministers around the globe have raised few, if any… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Peru Must Prepare for Climate Change After Floods, Kuczynski Says

flooding in almost 20 years, the country’s leader says preparing for the next big one is more urgent than ever.Severe El Ninos “will come around more frequently because of climate change” and Peru needs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Boosts Coal as China Takes the Lead on Climate Change

President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the world’s two largest economies and carbon polluters are taking dramatically divergent paths on climate policy. With Trump suggesting he… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Tax Overhaul Keeps Congress Waiting as Questions Pile Up

Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council head Gary Cohn, are said to oppose it.Carbon TaxAmid that disagreement, the administration has begun reaching out to Democrats to seek support… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Accurate power analyser for transformer testing

  The new Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version is said to be the world’s most accurate precision power analyser dedicated to testing power transformers used in power utilities’ transmission and distribution networks. The device boasts a total power accuracy of ±0,01% at a power factor of 1 and frequencies between 44 and … Continue reading “Accurate power analyser for transformer testing”

Trump Budget Would Slash Funds for EPA Vehicle Lab

cut $48 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s program responsible for producing new car fuel economy labels and certifying that new vehicles, engines and fuels conform with clean… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BRIEF-I.Ceram signs strategic collaboarion agreement with university Paris 13

… agreement with university Paris 13 * The first experimental results… of this agreement are expected at the end of the year 2017 Source text… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

To Shrink the Trade Deficit With China, Tax Carbon

would be to pivot to a border carbon-adjustment policy, something that would benefit most American companies and be compatible with WTO rules. It would tax the carbon contents of imports from all… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada To Move Forward With Climate Strategy

Canada has accelerated its efforts to shift to a lower carbon economy, with a plan to spend $2.2 billion on clean energy investments over the next five years… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Stand-Up Paddleboarding (aka Surfing for the Lazy)

a paddle separately, aluminum or alloy is fine (Red Paddle Co.alloy, $140; redpaddleco.com), carbon fiber is better (Aqua-Bound Malta,$325; aquabound.com), and wood is way cool (Shaw and Tenney… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Engineers speak out on recent cabinet reshuffle

April 5, 2017

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), the industry association for consulting engineers, representing a member base of over 500 companies which employ over 23000 people in various capacities, has expressed dismay at the recent cabinet reshuffle. According to CESA, the current cabinet reshuffle, which they accept as being the prerogative … Continue reading “Engineers speak out on recent cabinet reshuffle”

Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016

  The Department of Energy (DoE) released a draft update (Draft IRP 2016) to its earlier Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010-2030) in November 2016, and invited comments and input through a public participation process. The deadline for this feedback was 31 March 2017. This review provides a summary … Continue reading “Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016”

Generator-hire company opens office in Saldanha Bay

  Compressor and generator hire company, Rand-Air, recently opened a branch in Saldanha Bay, in an effort to expand the company’s reach across the country. The need to support the steel industry and related contractors around the sector, such as marine contractors, sandblasters etc., was imminent. The company is proudly involved in … Continue reading “Generator-hire company opens office in Saldanha Bay”

Robust ground-based PV mounting system

  Schletter Group, known internationally for its PV mounting systems, has expanded its ground mount product line, the first of a new generation, designed with thoughtful attention to proven, cost-effective installation standards and practices. Noteworthy cost benefits include increased adjustment capability in the field, increased spans between foundations, standardisation and reduction … Continue reading “Robust ground-based PV mounting system”

Solar powered TV launched

  Being the only UK electronics brand to manufacture its televisions on home soil, Cello is used to doing things differently. The company has launched their latest offering: a 56 cm LED TV which is powered solely by the sun. Recently launched at the third Solar Africa Expo in Kenya the concept has been … Continue reading “Solar powered TV launched”

Funding raised for Japanese solar power plant

  Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, recently announced completion of its second green project bond placement with Goldman Sachs Japan. The ¥5,4-billion (US$47-million) innovative dual-tenor green project bond was issued to finance Canadian Solar’s 19,05 MW Gunma Aramaki solar power plant in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. The … Continue reading “Funding raised for Japanese solar power plant”

Regional company established in South Africa

  IBC Solar, a leading global system house for photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage systems, is now actively involved in the growing the South African market with its own regional company. The company has been working with its partner Maxx solar energy in South Africa since 2014, and has already successfully implemented numerous projects. A new … Continue reading “Regional company established in South Africa”

Smart grid inverter extends battery life

  Imeon Energy creates intelligent inverters for specific and diverse needs in the self-­consumption market, emphasising performance and simplicity of use. Its “grid optimised storage”manages charge and discharge of batteries to optimise efficiency, increasing the batteries’ life. In fact, contrary to traditional techniques, the unit stores only the surplus of … Continue reading “Smart grid inverter extends battery life”

Global Shipping Fleet Braces for Chaos of $60 Billion Fuel Shock

much as $4 million per engine, depending on its size, said Nick Confuorto, president and chief operating officer at scrubber supplier CR Ocean Engineering. Retrofitting engines might be worth doing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Is the F-35 a Trillion-Dollar Mistake?

the ground. Simultaneously, the plane’s main engine in the rear swivels 90 degrees to expel its exhaust downward. The combined force of fan and engine allows the plane to hover.https://www.youtube… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Tesla Vs. Ford, GM: Oil Has Been There

exploration and production companies that pioneered the shale boom. Like Tesla, they are valued for growth above all else and have had few problems tapping investors and bondholders for more money, despite… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Needs a Plan to Deal With China

to remain open; it would prefer that countries stick to their ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. Above all, it would like the room to pursue its strategic goals at home, in the region… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Modi Is a Different Nationalist Than Putin or Trump

and ask questions later. But that’s changed in the past decade. The Paris agreement on curbing carbon emissions, for example, came together partly because Modi sought to use it as an example of Indian… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

London May Have World's Strictest Anti-Pollution Rules by 2019

the pollution. Drivers were encouraged to switch to the fuel in the 1990s because it emits less carbon dioxide than gasoline. However, other pollutants as much as ten times more toxic continue to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing Wins $3 Billion Iran Sale in Potential Test for Trump

attended the rollout of a new Boeing jet from a factory in South Carolina, extolling the “beautiful” carbon-composite 787-10 and praising the CEO as “a very, very tough negotiator.”Congressional MovesThe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New York Banking Royalty’s Heirs Are Unloading Art to Save the Family Estate

April 4, 2017

companies. A friend and early patron of artist Mary Cassatt, he maintained homes in Manhattan and Paris and a place in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, from which he commuted to the city on his yacht. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Japan Nuclear Court Wins Give Scant Guide on Further Victory

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to lower the country’s reliance on costly fossil fuel imports and lower carbon emissions.“District courts are independent and can make their own decisions, despite what a high… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Battery storage holds economic potential

  Bertie Strydom The Battery Technologies Conference offered insight in to compliance and standards issues relating to batteries, research and development (R&D) in the battery industry, and the roadmap for assessing if energy storage could be a future industry locally and internationally. The Industrial Development Corporation’s Bertie Strydom’s presentation shed … Continue reading “Battery storage holds economic potential”

44 MW gas turbine for mobile power generation

  In an effort to speed-up fast-track power initiatives, Siemens introduces the SGT-A45 TR mobile gas turbine to its portfolio. This mobile gas turbine addresses the growing market for fast power. With an electrical generating capacity of up to 44 MW, this aero-derivative gas turbine is packaged for rapid deployment and … Continue reading “44 MW gas turbine for mobile power generation”

Nuclear Power Is Worth Saving

the atmosphere, is to put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions — in the form of a substantial carbon tax. Until federal and state lawmakers see the wisdom of enacting one, states should at least… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Xi's Nordic Stopover on His Way to U.S. Reveals a Global Trade Shift

warming, China is now placing itself alongside the European Union in the fight against climate change. The EU’s climate commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, said ahead of his visit to China last week that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Blue States Sue Trump Over Delay of Energy-Efficiency Rules

and other consumer products that are being blocked have been projected to slash emissions of carbon dioxide by 292 million tons, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday in a statement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How China Can Become a True Climate Leader

except in the most impoverished nations. Chinese leaders made a vague pledge to support low-carbon technologies internationally as part of a landmark 2015 climate change agreement with the U.S… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

CDS Trades and High-Tech Managers

April 3, 2017

certified by the “relevant payee,” plus 1% per annum (ISDA 2002 Master Agreement § 14). Good Hill certified that the cost of funds was 20%, the interest rate on loans from third-party investors.The result… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Former Google Vice President Starts a Company Promising Clean and Safe Nuclear Energy

President Donald Trump unwound the Obama-era framework of regulations designed to combat climate change and announced that he was “putting an end to the war on coal.”But not everyone in high-tech… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Poland's Morawiecki Doesn't Want Zloty to Strengthen Too Quickly

another tranche of so called Green bonds, whose proceeds are spent on efforts to mitigate climate change, Morawiecki said. That sale may be worth about 750 million euros.Washington AgendaMorawiecki… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Blaming South Africa Coal Cuts on Green Power Is `Misdirected'

NPC drew up the government’s blueprint for growing the economy, which recommends exploiting low-carbon energy. “It’s hard to believe that independent power producers are currently having any serious… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Local company supplies vandal-proof mini substations

  PCB Power Transformers is one of four successful bidders to be awarded as City Power’s (Johannesburg) supplier of mini substations built to their new specification. The company prides itself in the fact that it was the first supplier to have manufactured the new specification mini substation and have it … Continue reading “Local company supplies vandal-proof mini substations”

Cloud-based monitoring system for standby generators

  Companies usually expect their standby generators to offer an uninterruptible supply of electricity. However, some generators are not inspected regularly or protected securely. This results in the generator not being able to supply electricity when needed. Cummins has launched a cloud-based remote monitor for use with its range of … Continue reading “Cloud-based monitoring system for standby generators”

EPA chief says Paris climate agreement 'bad deal' for U.S.

… but the Paris climate change agreement is a “bad deal” for the country… to the agreement. Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to have his… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Euronext and Intercontinental Exchange sign agreement for derivatives clearing

… Exchange sign agreement for derivatives clearing * Formal clearing… services agreement expected Q2 2017 * Derivatives clearing operations… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Donald Trump’s Ferrari Disappoints at Florida Auction

April 2, 2017

seats and Scuderia crests on the fenders; it had yellow dials, a radio with a CD changer, and a carbon dash insert.Photographer: Dirk de Jager © 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’sThis 2007 Ferrari F430 F1… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA scientific integrity office reviewing Pruitt's comments on carbon

April 1, 2017

… in a television interview he does not believe carbon dioxide is driving global… that carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are a major… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Can Trump Truly Revive Coal Jobs and Industry?: QuickTake Q&A

appropriate,” begin proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Notably on the chopping block is the Obama administration’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Biggest 787 Dreamliner Takes Flight in Lift for Boeing Cash Plan

local time, as if to accentuate the improved development.Stiffer headwinds may lie ahead as the carbon-composite jetliner enters the market next year. The 787-10 figures significantly in Boeing’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bad News, Cyberwars and the Science of Lying

(Toronto Star)GOP climate skeptics call “insane” hearing which backfires as expert witness calls for carbon tax (Independent)Inside Cheddar, the Would-Be CNBC of the Internet (Wired)The Most Coveted Ball… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pressure transmitters for demanding applications

March 31, 2017

  The PT2000 line of pressure transmitters from Turck, supplied locally by RET Automation, offers a welded stainless steel measuring cell for increased durability and chemical compatibility. The PT2000 offers a solution that has no elastomer seals and all wetted materials are 316L stainless steel. This enables it to meet the … Continue reading “Pressure transmitters for demanding applications”

Future of Asian Luxury Cars, Electric Vehicles At Auto Show

in South Korea, home to the world’s fifth-largest automotive group. Growing interest in environmentally friendly cars among South Koreans will be in the spotlight as well. The show is missing Volkswagen… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Video Games Without the Players

Birds. Optimists say AI can help solve the world’s toughest problems, including cancer and climate change. So why are AI systems spending so much time gaming?It’s all about data. Games allow AI software… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Conoco-Cenovus Oil Sands Deal: They Just Want Different Things

Bloomberg Intelligence. That is due to rise to almost 6 million by 2020, but projected production growth could lead to bottlenecks developing in the next couple of years, risking wider discounts for Canadian… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Volkswagen Says It Has EPA Approval to Sell Repaired Diesels

March 30, 2017

crisis began: sell diesel-powered cars in the U.S.The company received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for its dealers to sell 2015 model year diesels after updating the vehicles’… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Dirty Air From Global Trade Kills At Home And Abroad

that that the environmental burden of manufacturing often falls heaviest on countries where companies set up shop to take advantage of low labor costs and relatively loose environmental regulations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Making Sense of Trump's Order on Climate Change

greenhouse-gas emissions? The answer comes from the social cost of carbon — the dollar figure that is designed to monetize the harm from a ton of carbon emissions.Until 2009, different agencies gave wildly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Coal Sale Plan Challenged by Environmentalists, Tribe

comments.In January, it released a blueprint of possible changes, including tacking a carbon fee onto coal leases to account for climate change, requiring payments into a fund to help out-of-work miners… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Seeks Halt to Clean Power Plan Review

his predecessor’s climate-change legacy, asking a federal appeals court to halt its review of carbon-emission rules for power plants.Trump, who famously called climate change a hoax in a 2012 tweet… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BlackRock Takes on Ivory Tower Over Stock-Ownership Research

stakes in airlines and other industries.The debate has emerged during a time of massive growth in the passive and index investing business at BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street. Equity investments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Saudi Aramco's $2 Trillion Valuation Has Too Many Assumptions

company also pays a royalty on gross revenues of 20 percent, which has apparently not been affected by the latest reform.In a sense, the tax change is largely an accounting trick. With more than… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Great Nevada Lithium Rush to Fuel the New Economy

County, a small city called Lancaster. Mayor R. Rex Parris, a Republican who believes in climate change, started working years ago to make his city greener. Lancaster set a target to become the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Bloomberg’s Barnett: Very Difficult to Reboot the Coal Industry

Barnett, Senior Energy policy analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, on the future of power plant carbon regulations, after President Trump signed an executive order to rollback climate change policies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Industry association responds to draft IRP

The public participation process for SA’s Integrated Resources Plan 2016 update report (IRP2016) is an ideal opportunity for South African citizens to sway the long-term investment choices that will serve the country up to 2050. We don’t often have an opportunity to influence government policy, so this is a significant … Continue reading “Industry association responds to draft IRP”

Start-ups ready to grow sustainable transport

  Western Cape entrepreneur Neil du Preez’s start-up, Mellowcabs, has designed electric mini-cabs, similar to the Tuk-Tuks which are popular on the rest of the continent. The three-wheeler Mellowcabs are aimed at urban commuters who need convenient, affordable taxi-type transport in cities. The solar panels, hydrogen fuel cells and other technology … Continue reading “Start-ups ready to grow sustainable transport”

South Africa’s first Bio-atlas launched

March 29, 2017

  South Africa’s first Bioenergy Atlas, launched by the Department of Science and Technology, has been welcomed by stakeholders as a critical resource in moving the country towards a low-carbon economy. Aimed at assisting government in its efforts to increase the national energy resources, the Bioenergy Atlas indicates the potential … Continue reading “South Africa’s first Bio-atlas launched”

Arguments preview fight on EPA greenhouse gas rules

… in determining that greenhouse gas emissions endangered human health… to public health. The agency found in 2009 that greenhouse gas emissions… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

China Set to Displace North America With Carbon Capture Projects

lead in the next wave of carbon capture and storage projects after its first large-scale endeavor with the technology advanced.Construction on the Yanchang Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Drives for Clean Coal

China is the world’s biggest coal producer and carbon dioxide emitter, but is trying to take the lead in cleaner technology. Stephen Engle reports… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Says He's Ending the War on Coal

President Donald Trump moved aggressively to undo his predecessor’s carbon-cutting commitments, promising “a new energy revolution” that would unleash America’s abundant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Says Executive Order Ushers 'New Era' in Energy

President Donald Trump moved aggressively to undo his predecessor’s carbon-cutting commitments, promising “a new energy revolution” that would unleash America’s abundant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Signs Executive Order on Energy Independence

President Trump moved aggressively to undo his predecessor’s carbon-cutting commitments, promising “a new energy revolution” that would unleash America’s abundant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bloomberg’s Denning on Oil: Saudi Arabia is Like a Central Bank

prices and Trump signing an executive order to dismantle Obama’s climate change policies to reduce carbon pollution. Running time 06:21… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bloomberg Markets: Trump Signs Executive Order on Energy

Repoter Bloomberg News Discussing President Trump moving aggressively to undo his predecessor’s carbon-cutting commitments, promising “a new energy revolution” that would unleash America’s abundant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

As Trump Bows Out, States Seek to Fill Void on Climate Change

the Northeast, states are moving to tighten carbon limits imposed as part of the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the country’s first carbon cap-and-trade program. But even those like-minded… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Enhancing safety at electrical installations

  DEHN Africa introduces the new PHE4 series of voltage detectors to improve safety during maintenance of electrical systems and installations. They provide reliable information in all weather conditions (wet and dry), and can be used both indoors and outdoors. The PHE4 series of detectors verify the presence or absence of … Continue reading “Enhancing safety at electrical installations”

Restoring power quickly

  CenterPoint Energy’s intelligent grid is designed to provide best-in-class service to 2,4-million metered customers in southeast Texas. The new technology and the utility’s storm response teams were put to test during a severe storm in 2016 with wind, lightning and widespread flooding as well as road closures. More than … Continue reading “Restoring power quickly”

Eskom’s chief nuclear officer discusses Eskom’s renewed interest in the PBMR

March 28, 2017

  On 27 March 2017, EE Publishers’ investigative editor, Chris Yelland, and assistant editor, Pierre Potgieter, interviewed Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, David Nicholls, on the utility’s renewed interest in the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). Nicholls explains the potential of the project, which is currently still in its research phase. … Continue reading “Eskom’s chief nuclear officer discusses Eskom’s renewed interest in the PBMR”

ISO celebrates 70th anniversary

  The story of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries gathered in London to discuss the future of standardisation. A year later, on 23 February 1947, ISO officially came into existence. In this post-war era, the founding members saw international standards as … Continue reading “ISO celebrates 70th anniversary”

How to Shake Up the Complacent Class: A Debate

to build infrastructure today. I would rather concentrate on a few important financial and environmental regulations, rather than have the government try to set standards for so many different parts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Threatened U.S. pullout might help, not hobble, global climate pact

…* Trump has threatened to “cancel” Paris Agreement * Pullout could… the fate of a deal that took two decades to negotiate. The Paris Agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump to Cancel Obama's Policies Aimed at Paris Climate Pledge

President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to undo policies designed to keep the carbon-cutting promises the U.S. made alongside nearly 200 other countries in Paris, while stopping short of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump May Be Offering Coal Leases That No One Wants

team released a blueprint for overhauling the program that included the possibility of tacking a carbon fee onto coal leases or ending it altogether.Earlier this month, the Trump administration approved… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Back California Over Trump on Car Emissions

moved on from smog control to climate protection, setting high fuel-efficiency standards to limit carbon dioxide emissions. And although the EPA under George W. Bush resisted granting a waiver for these… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Executive Order Won't Save Coal Mining Jobs

emits the most carbon for each unit of energy created — and replace it with cleaner natural gas, wind or solar power.Trump will also direct EPA head Scott Pruitt to review carbon dioxide requirements… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California's Clean-Air Problem Is a Lot Bigger Than Just Trump

Schwarzenegger.Enterprises across the state, from oil wells to dairy farms, faced new restrictions. And carbon emissions fell. They totaled 445 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2010, beating the Schwarzenegger… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Interview with the new CEO of NERSA, Mr. Chris Forlee

March 27, 2017

  On Friday 24 March 2017, EE Publishers investigative editor, Chris Yelland, and assistant editor, Pierre Potgieter, interviewed Mr. Chris Forlee, the new CEO of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). Mr Forlee, a graduate electrical engineer by background (see CV here), assumed the position of CEO of … Continue reading “Interview with the new CEO of NERSA, Mr. Chris Forlee”

Call for papers: SAIEE smart grid conference

  The South Africa Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) will be hosting the second Smart Grid Conference at the Eskom Conference Centre, Midrand, from 19 to 21 September 2017. Participants from industry and the academia are invited to submit full papers for review. Submitted papers must not be longer than six … Continue reading “Call for papers: SAIEE smart grid conference”

Next generation wind and solar power: from cost to value

  Wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) are currently the fastest-growing sources of electricity globally. In 2015, their additional annual generation met almost all incremental demand for electricity. This is the executive summary of a new report from the International Energy Agency Click here to download the full report Variable renewable … Continue reading “Next generation wind and solar power: from cost to value”

Three-phase power loggers

  Fluke’s three-phase power loggers, the 1736 and 1738, give users the data needed to make critical power quality and energy decisions in real-time. They are specifically engineered to conduct energy studies and basic power quality logging, automatically capturing and logging over 500 power quality parameters for more visibility into the … Continue reading “Three-phase power loggers”

Lab update gives faster sample results

  WearCheck recently invested more than R1,7-million in new high-tech equipment in the transformer and fuel sections of their speciality laboratory. A Kruss K11 tensiometer, an ADU 5 distillation unit, a SVM3001 Stabinger viscometer as well as a PMA 5 Pensky-Martens closed-cup flash point tester are among the new pieces gracing the countertops … Continue reading “Lab update gives faster sample results”

At the annual solar and water show

  Terrapin will host the Solar Show Africa (and the Water Show Africa) at Sandton Convention Centre. ABB is the title sponsor for both these events, and will be exhibiting some of its leading innovations in electricity and automation products and solutions. For the past 19 years, the Solar Show and the … Continue reading “At the annual solar and water show”

Substation to enhance power grid

  ABB recently announced that it has won an order from Bechtel Infrastructure and Power to provide a turnkey substation solution. The substation will integrate electricity generated by the Cricket Valley Energy Station, a new combined cycle natural gas-fueled power plant located in Dover. It will add more than 1100 MW of … Continue reading “Substation to enhance power grid”

Switchgear recently commissioned

  A group of engineers and technicians gathered at the base of a NOJA Power OSM recloser installation to commission the company’s first reclosers in the US state of Pennsylvania. Among them were representatives of the local municipality, the local engineering consultants, the local contractors, and delegates from the recloser … Continue reading “Switchgear recently commissioned”

Celebrating conference winners

  Local Excellence Awards for 2016 were presented at the recent Connect Alliance Partner Conference. The awards were announced at a ceremony held during a gala dinner at the Riverside Sun Hotel in Vanderbijlpark. The awards recognise system integration companies within Schneider Electric’s network of alliance partners which continue to excel in … Continue reading “Celebrating conference winners”

Trump to Begin Reversing Obama-Era Cutbacks in Carbon Dioxide

order on Tuesday that begins dismantling a rule under former President Barack Obama that slashed carbon dioxide emissions and discouraged coal-fired electricity, U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Said to Issue Far-Reaching Reversal of Obama Climate Push

the social cost of carbon metric served as the linchpin for many Obama administration environmental rules. Critics say the number — now nearly $40 for every metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted into… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Halve carbon emissions each decade to combat warming: study

March 25, 2017

… euro per tonne of carbon emissions By Alister Doyle OSLO, March 23… framework to halve the world’s carbon dioxide emissions every decade… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

U.S. Joins 'Constructive' G-20 Climate Meeting, Germany Says

said in its statement. The climate treaty offers “manifold chances to modernize economies, boost competitiveness and create jobs and growth.”Economic PushThe climate plan presented by Germany emphasizes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Deepens Rift With Trump, Keeps Cleaner-Car Rules

has said he will review the state’s legal authority to enforce its own limits on pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.Myron Ebell, the former head of Trump’s EPA transition team, told Bloomberg… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Administration to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

in Paris. He echoed the argument of environmental groups that Keystone would encourage use of carbon-heavy tar sands oil, contributing heavily to global warming. Relying mostly on the same information… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. Shale to Feed European Gas Market Battered by Winter

home in Europe once most other markets are filled up,” Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas and carbon at Energy Aspects Ltd. in London, said by email. “There should be lots of gas as three trains… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Prepare for increased electricity tariffs

March 24, 2017

  South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy. Cala van der Westhuizen Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According … Continue reading “Prepare for increased electricity tariffs”

The sun shines on Africa

  Research suggests that by tapping into renewable resources, there would be a 27% reduction in carbon emissions, from 695 Mt/y in 2016 to 507 Mt/y by 2040, and a reduction in fuel costs due to the reliance on solar (and wind) instead of oil and gas.   Dinesh Buldoo … Continue reading “The sun shines on Africa”

Global hydropower market to reach $86-billion

  The global hydropower market is set to increase from $70,9-billion in 2017 to $86,2-billion by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate of 2,5%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. Policy support and environmental concerns for clean energy generation are important factors driving the global hydropower market. The … Continue reading “Global hydropower market to reach $86-billion”

At Stanford, Older Professionals Get a Chance to Hit the Books Again

now a fellow at the Center on Longevity.Jotwani, the HP retiree, studied renewable energy, climate change, social venture management, and art history. He’s currently mentoring social venture entrepreneurs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Californians Snub Free EVs, Carmakers Say in Pushback on Mandate

strip California of its authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to make its own clean-air and carbon emissions rules. CARB staff in a report earlier this year said California state may stop coordinating… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Millennials Buy Smaller, Towable Winnebago and Airstream RVs

fiberglass version of the company’s famous shiny, riveted shell. The true Spartans are bolting $5,000 carbon-fiber tents to the roof of their car. It’s just like camping, without the snakes.Instagram: Instagram… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe's Nuclear Monopoly Pivots to China

March 23, 2017

December 2015 Paris climate accord helped Urenco’s business because “the world isn’t going to meet carbon dioxide” reduction goals without nuclear power.Haeberle said he’s working with Urenco shareholders… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In Coal Country, States Feel Emboldened to Cut Energy Efficiency

federal funding for the conservation programs, and rollback regulations designed to control greenhouse gas emissions. In the heart of coal country, Trump’s initiatives are fueling efforts to strip regulations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Canada Firm Uses Salt, Tesla, Flywheels in Clean Energy Race

for energy storage forecast to grow to $150 billion, Verschuren said.Trump’s skepticism of climate change and sustainable energy projects doesn’t worry her, Verschuren said. “The horses are out of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump's Words Could Jeopardize His Environmental Rollbacks, Too

called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese in a 2012 tweet. And he vowed to repeal carbon rules for power plants as part of a broader effort to reverse environmental regulation and save… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Geo-tech evangelist to headline at SA GeoTech 2017

March 22, 2017

  Geoff Zeiss Geo-tech evangelist, Geoff Zeiss, has agreed to keynote at SA GeoTech 2017 which takes place on 25 and 26 July 2017 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Zeiss is recognised for his efforts to promote geospatial in vertical industries such as utilities and construction. He has more than 20 … Continue reading “Geo-tech evangelist to headline at SA GeoTech 2017”

The future of electricity: New technologies transforming the grid edge

  The electricity system is in the midst of a transformation, as technology and innovation disrupt traditional models from generation to beyond the meter. Three trends in particular are converging to produce game-changing disruptions: the electrification of large sectors of the economy such as transport and heating, decentralisation, spurred by … Continue reading “The future of electricity: New technologies transforming the grid edge”

Eskom blows R311-million

  Lynne Brown City Press reports that Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, is demanding answers from Eskom’s chairperson, Ben Ngubane, its board and acting CEO Matshela Koko about R310,8-million that was irregularly spent on an unapproved project. Brown, according to a letter obtained by City Press, expresses a … Continue reading “Eskom blows R311-million”

Majuba power station coal silos rebuilt

  Eskom has announced that the construction of a permanent coal-handling solution for the Majuba power station has been completed, including the rebuilding of Silo 20, the reinforcement of Silos 10 and 30, lift shaft, two piers and the coal conveyor system. On 1 November 2014 the wall of Coal … Continue reading “Majuba power station coal silos rebuilt”

Repairs of pump station’s hybrid AC motor

  LH Marthinusen recently completed a complex repair operation on a hybrid integrated AC motor unit used to drive a large pump in a South African pump station. The 1150 kW unit, one among several identical electro-mechanical units deployed at the pump station, was brought into the company’s main repair facility … Continue reading “Repairs of pump station’s hybrid AC motor”

Cigré updates vision and mission

  Rob Stephen Cigré has been looking at a number of action items which will benefit its members and stakeholders. To this end, Rob Stephen, the international president of Cigré, has announced that the organisation has agreed on updated mission and vision statements which he says should be used consistently across all … Continue reading “Cigré updates vision and mission”

Adani's $16.5 Billion Coal Mine in Australia Faces Fresh Wave of Protests

Queensland — has ignited protests from green groups concerned the development will increase carbon pollution and endanger the health of the Great Barrier Reef marine park in northern Queensland… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Consumers Would Be $3.9 Billion 'Losers' From Nuclear Subsidies

Tuesday.Propping up nuclear reactors preserves jobs and power plants that emit no heat-trapping carbon dioxide, according to proponents including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers in Illinois… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What’s This Supreme Court `Chevron Doctrine'?: QuickTake Q&A

President Donald Trump has signaled he’d like to undo regulations on methane leaks from oil wells, carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and water pollution. In addition to environmental rules,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

More Extreme Weather Coming After Record 2016 Heat, WMO Says

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Provisional data indicates that the rising rate of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has not eased, the WMO said. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Paris Accord Could Make the World $19 Trillion Richer

March 20, 2017

in accordance with the landmark Paris Agreement on global warming.Germany commissioned the report in preparation for energy and climate talks among the Group of 20 economies over the coming months… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Getting wind and sun onto the grid

  Wind and solar PV capacity has grown very rapidly in many countries, thanks to supportive policy, and dramatic falls in technology cost. By the end of 2015, these technologies – collectively referred to as variable renewable energy (VRE) – had reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten … Continue reading “Getting wind and sun onto the grid”

Is Eskom defying the president?

  Brenda Martin Signs are already emerging that Eskom will drag its feet wherever possible to resist signing outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable producers. In a state of the nation address heavily focused on economic growth and transformation, the president stated last week that Eskom will sign the outstanding … Continue reading “Is Eskom defying the president?”

SAPVIA: New quality assurance standard

  A new industry standard known as the PV GreenCard aims to make rooftop solar panel installation safer. According to SAPVIA CEO, Mike Levington, up until now there was no industry-wide, standardised PV licensing system or registration process, so the association developed the PV GreenCard as a means to promote … Continue reading “SAPVIA: New quality assurance standard”

Identifying top challenges in African power

  Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference advisory board members and top executives have launched a series of African roadshows to consult power sector policymakers and industry leaders on the most pressing issues in African power provision today. The roadshow will visit various countries across sub-Saharan Africa and aims to support … Continue reading “Identifying top challenges in African power”

Energy carbon emissions in 2016 flat for third year: IEA

March 18, 2017

… energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flat in 2016 yet more needs… Director Fatih Birol said in a statement. Carbon dioxide emissions fell… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

G-20 Drops Anti-Protectionist Pledge as Price of U.S. Assent

reference to climate change, in the face of resistance from countries including the U.S., China, India and Saudi Arabia.Economic CooperationAs the end of the day approached, G-20 host Germany found… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

G-20 Finds Trade, Climate Change Negotiations Tough

The Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers is underway in Baden-Baden, Germany. Bloomberg’s Michael McKee highlights… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

G-20 Finance Chiefs Said to Drop Climate Reference in Document

ministers from the world’s biggest economies dropped a reference to climate change in a draft of their statement at a Group of 20 meeting, frustrating plans by Germany to devote a section to the topic… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China Leads Trade Push Against U.S. as Mnuchin Engages With G-20

to using that terminology, according to a G-20 official who asked not to be named.Canada has advocated for expanded trade to drive growth, but Finance Minister William Morneau referred to “fair… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How to Sell Conservatives on the Environment

— recently unveiled a proposal to give tax breaks to companies that produce energy with zero carbon dioxide emissions. The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum fights utilities’ attempts to block… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Can't Stop Cars From Getting More Energy-Efficient

March 17, 2017

transmissions. What’s interesting is that many of the engineering improvements are driven by performance as much as environmental concerns. Mercedes engineers didn’t put two turbos in their latest racecar… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Satellites Are One Thing Trump Didn't Cut From Weather Budget

the Department of Commerce with 12,000 employees, NOAA’s charge is watching the oceans, the climate, the sun and the weather. Satellites are its eyes — gathering data on everything from gravity… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Germany Treads Carefully Toward Climate Confrontation With Trump

support “will transform corporate governance, and will shift trillions in investment toward the low carbon economy,” Bakker said in an emailed statement.Fine LineThe G-20 climate plan comes as Trump follows… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Seeks to Cut State Department, UN for ‘America First’

protect.The administration also would eliminate payments to the Global Climate Change Initiative and end payments to UN climate change programs. It would scrap the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Prince Charles Turns to Chocolate to Tackle Deforestation

environmental push has a sweeter taste.The heir to the British throne, known for disclosing his carbon footprint, is turning to chocolate to help protect the world’s forests. In a meeting Thursday… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

To Protect Climate Money, Obama Stashed It Where It’s Hard to Find

March 16, 2017

been called anything but climate-related.Read more: Trump Said to Drop Climate Change From Environmental ReviewsThe last time the Congressional Research Service estimated total federal spending on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Cities Shop for $10 Billion of Electric Cars to Defy Trump

them. Plus, some cities are asking about vehicles that don’t exist yet, such as electric fire engines and heavy-duty trucks.The initiative could move the market nonetheless, said Colin McKerracher… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.K. Green Power Policies Aren't Raising Prices, Watchdog Says

Almost half the U.K.’s power generation came from low carbon sources in 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The country’s carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by 38 percent since 1990… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Dark Secret Behind India's Solar Plan

Jarnail Singh, India director at The Climate Group, a London-based organization promoting low-carbon solutions. ”This is because there is no maintenance of equipment after installation.”Maoist GuerrillasAs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Budget Proposal Would Slice EPA Spending by Nearly a Third

President Barack Obama built across the federal government to combat climate change and promote low-carbon energy production. It coincides with other planned policy changes to blunt the influence climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tech Busts, Climate Change and Facing Facts

March 15, 2017

Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge (ProPublica)What are you reading?Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Rises at Record RateSource: Washington PostWant to receive our daily reads… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Republicans Break Ranks With Pledge to Fight Climate Change

month’s contribution to Washington’s constant climate background hum. It follows February’s splashy carbon tax-and-rebate announcement, developed by a group called Climate Leadership Council and endorsed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Efficiency improvement of coal-fired power stations

  Coal-fired power stations (CFPS) are going to be around for many years to come. In addition to existing stations, new CFPS are being built at a steady rate. Much benefit can be gained from improving efficiency, such as using less coal per unit of energy, and emitting less CO2 … Continue reading “Efficiency improvement of coal-fired power stations”

Necsa wins court case against Earthlife Africa

  The environmental activist organisation Earthlife Africa lost a court action against South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to stop the construction and use of a small nuclear waste smelter. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria’s Judge Pierre Rabie dismissed Earthlife Africa’s application to set aside the authorisation for … Continue reading “Necsa wins court case against Earthlife Africa”

The hearing of SA’s first climate change case

  In South Africa’s first climate change court case, non-profit environmental justice organisation Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, presented arguments to the North Gauteng High Court why the Minister of Environmental Affairs’ decision to uphold the environmental authorisation for the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power … Continue reading “The hearing of SA’s first climate change case”

Dismantling nuclear facilities at Cadarache

  Areva has completed clean-up and dismantling operations on the facilities belonging to the former mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication plant in Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône). Around 60 emptied process areas have been handed back to the CEA, which is the operator of the nuclear site. The project is one of the … Continue reading “Dismantling nuclear facilities at Cadarache”

Acquisition boosts steam and combustion offering

  From left: Jonathan Probert, Jean le Roux, Sue Kiley and Gordon Slater Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, has announced its acquisition of refurbished coal, oil and gas-fired packaged steam boiler suppliers, Dryden Combustion. This acquisition … Continue reading “Acquisition boosts steam and combustion offering”

Multi-voltage DC transducers

  VTD-BD series voltage transducers are high-performance transducers for sensing voltage in DC powered installations. Applicable for use on circuits to 600 V DC, VTD-BD voltage transducers provide a fully isolated +/-5 V DC or +/-10 V DC output signal in response to DC voltages that change polarity. Housed in … Continue reading “Multi-voltage DC transducers”

Don't Just Roll Back Back Fuel Standards. End Them.

House and Congress. The CAFE rules are a terrible way to achieve either fuel savings or lower carbon emissions.For starters, measuring miles per gallon is a misleading way to think about fuel efficiency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says

will compel a reconsideration of the government’s use of a metric known as the “social cost of carbon” that reflects the potential economic damage from climate change. It was used by the Obama administration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Google's Schmidt Flags Promise in New Goodenough Battery

Environmental Science.Energy storage is seen as the missing link in the world’s transition to a zero-carbon economy. Batteries can fill power gaps from intermittent solar and wind energy. Companies including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Engie Is Tilting at Windmills Over Innogy

They’re mostly regulated with predictable profit which would help Engie pivot more toward low-carbon energy (its innovation chief says oil prices might drop to $10). But that’s exactly it. Innogy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Joint venture a boost for energy in South Africa

  EOH Industrial Technologies and STEAG Energy Services of Germany have entered into a strategic joint venture to bring expertise to the energy sector in South Africa. The joint venture, called STEAG EOH Energy Services South Africa, combines international expertise and experience with local skills to ensure the efficient operation of power … Continue reading “Joint venture a boost for energy in South Africa”

Room for renewables and nuclear in energy mix

March 14, 2017

  Renewable energy falls short of being a base load power source in South Africa, suggests a researcher. Ben Heard, director of Bright New World organisation and PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide, has conducted research to dispute the claims by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) … Continue reading “Room for renewables and nuclear in energy mix”

Big Oil on Climate Change: Disagreeing With The EPA

Among other things, carbon dioxide contributes enormously to cognitive dissonance.Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, demonstrated as much last week when he expressed doubts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

To Take on Tesla, Sweden's NorthVolt Seeks $1 Billion Next Year

to go electric.”Energy storage is seen as the missing link in the world’s transition to a zero-carbon economy. Batteries can fill power gaps from intermittent solar and wind energy. Lithium-ion packs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Power developments in Africa, March 2017

  Karthala geothermal project The Karthala geothermal project on the Comoros Islands off the coast of Africa is moving on to its exploration drilling programme. The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility, the Global Environment Facility, and the government of New Zealand have provided $18-million to start the drilling phase of the … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, March 2017”

New Shades of Green Bonds Seen as Market Set to Double Again

March 12, 2017

quantify a green bond’s transparency, governance and contribution to mitigation or adaptation to climate change. S&P is planning to introduce it in the first quarter.Two green bond exchange-traded funds… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Volkswagen Pleads Guilty in U.S. Emissions-Cheating Scandal

March 11, 2017

with Heinz-Jacob Neusser, former head of engine development who was suspended in 2015; Richard Dorenkamp, who led the failed effort to design a diesel engine that would meet the tougher emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Germany backs plan to shore up carbon price in EU emissions push

… a plan to strengthen carbon prices, a senior official said on Tuesday… the carbon market. EU member states such as Germany, Italy, Austria and Greece… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

California carbon market sees weak demand for permits

…By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s carbon market… train. California along with its carbon market partner Quebec sold 18… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Race to Bottom on Costs May Cause Oil to Choke on Supplies

Pioneer Natural Resources Co., said prices could fall to $40 if OPEC doesn’t extend its existing agreement to cut production. Shale billionaire Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources Inc., warned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Poland challenges EU deal on carbon market reform

… carbon market reforms agreed by most European Union governments this week… from an excess supply of carbon permits which depressed prices… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

The High Cost of Rolling Back Fuel Standards

people are expected to save a whopping $20.5 billion annually. On net, the annual benefit to consumers is more than $14 billion.Putting climate change entirely to one side, you’ll also find big… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Jobs day, Park out, oil moves, what people are talking about

the ECB exit. Digital era kills paper use; adult incontinence fuels growth.G-20 poised to signal retreat from climate–change funding pledge.How to become an international gold smuggler. (Corrects… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Maltese presidency: 'We have general approach' on carbon market reform

… of the carbon market on which member states will vote on Tuesday… the carbon price by doubling the rate at which the scheme’s Market Stability… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Musk Bets He Can Fix Aussie Power Woes in 100 Days or It’s Free

power in 2013 under then-leader Tony Abbott, the coalition government has dismantled a levy on carbon emissions and cut targets for how much energy it aims to draw from wind and solar generation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Electric Car Rush Started Too Early

population lives, the energy mix used in power generation makes sure an EV leaves about as much of a carbon footprint as a gasoline-powered car. In most of Europe, it’s about as “green” as a non-plug-in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Alaska’s Big Problem With Warmer Winters

Trump named to head the Environmental Protection Agency, said this week that he does not believe carbon dioxide is the main cause of climate change—defying decades of scientific research, including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Smart grid, biomass and storage discussed at energy talk

March 10, 2017

  Alf Hartzenburg Between 2010 and 2015, the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project assisted industrial companies to reduce energy use by 1220 GWh, saving participating companies some R1,7-billion in energy costs. Now in its second phase (2016 – 2019), the project, which is implemented by the National Cleaner Production Centre, … Continue reading “Smart grid, biomass and storage discussed at energy talk”

G-20 Poised to Signal Retreat From Climate-Change Funding Pledge

leaders of G-20 nations have expressed strong support for combating climate change and upholding the Paris accord since Trump’s election, including China and the U.K. The annual summit of G-20 heads of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Discounts Carbon’s Role in Warming Planet

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said he does not believe carbon dioxide is the main cause of climate change, and pledged to listen to industries’ concerns before… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Full Show: Bloomberg Technology (03/09)

“Bloomberg Technology.” Guests include: Jerry Chen, a partner at Greylock Partners, Eric O’Neill, Carbon Black national security strategist, Ali Mogharabi, a Morningstar analyst, and Les Otten, American… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Heads for Cleaner Future With Sale of Polluting Oil Sands

oil company not just to survive lower crude prices, but also to endure the transition to a low-carbon world. His record acquisition of BG Group Plc has given him gas deposits from Kazakhstan to Australia… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tillerson Recuses Himself From Keystone XL Pipeline Review

Canada, which President Barack Obama had rejected over environmental concerns linked to high carbon emissions from Alberta oil sands production. Exxon has extensive business in Canada, including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau Walks a Thin Tightrope Between Fossil Fuels, Renewables

noted both his government’s approval of new pipelines and the country’s plan to put a price on carbon. And he focused throughout on the economic and historical trade connections between the U.S. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Cuts Debt With $7.25 Billion Sale of Canada Oil Sands

Scotford upgrader, which converts heavy oil to lighter liquids for easier transport, and the Quest carbon capture and storage project.The deal puts the Anglo-Dutch producer almost two-thirds of the way… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

South Africa’s future energy mix: what should we expect?

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) held a one-day dialogue event at the Sandton Convention Centre recently to discuss the most suitable forms of electricity generation for South Africa in the light of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recently released draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Five presentations were … Continue reading “South Africa’s future energy mix: what should we expect?”

City Power to transfer all small energy users to pre-paid meters

  Speaking at a recent meeting of the Highveld branch of the Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities (AMEU), Nomalungelo Mbewu, the general manager for strategy at Johannesburg’s City Power, said that the company intends to have all electricity customers who use less than 1000 kWh/month on prepaid meters, while those … Continue reading “City Power to transfer all small energy users to pre-paid meters”

Report from AMEU executive

  Vally Padayachee, the AMEU’s strategic advisor, presented a report from the Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities (AMEU) executive meeting which took place in Hogsback recently. The meeting held with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) resulted in municipalities having to rethink their electricity supply business models in the … Continue reading “Report from AMEU executive”

Flywheel storage makes a comeback in a new guise

  Flywheel energy storage units, based on high speed units operating in a vacuum, has normally been used as bridging storage for standby plant, typically in server farms and other sites which require no-break standby energy. The technology has gone through the doldrums but has recently found new life as … Continue reading “Flywheel storage makes a comeback in a new guise”

Energy management systems save money

  Energy management systems (EMSs) reduce energy bills by taking the various tariff times into account and optimising the energy consumption of a plant or building. LBA’s Stellar EMS monitors the energy consumption continuously and regulate outputs according to easily definable rules. Certain hours of the day have large penalty … Continue reading “Energy management systems save money”

Building network resilience through automation

March 9, 2017

Creating reliable access to electricity for millions of homes and businesses and addressing the energy generation shortfall remain, without a doubt, the biggest challenges facing the energy sector across Africa. Across the continent, business and domestic demand is rising rapidly, as a result of connection projects, population growth, urbanisation and … Continue reading “Building network resilience through automation”

Highlighting geo-intelligence and geo-technologies

  Registrations for the SA GeoTech 2017 conference and exhibition are now open and delegates from across the economic spectrum are invited to attend. SA GeoTech 2017 is a platform for showcasing geo-intelligence technologies, tools, skills and services, and takes place on 25 and 26 July 2017 at Emperors Palace … Continue reading “Highlighting geo-intelligence and geo-technologies”

EPA Defies Automakers by Keeping Fuel Standards Intact

determination Friday reaffirming its earlier finding that no major changes are necessary in greenhouse gas standards for cars and light-duty trucks. The move, completed just days before Obama leaves… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Trump Said to Pick Attorney McIntyre to Lead Energy Agency

coordinate attacks against Obama’s Clean Power Plan that requires electricity generators to cut carbon-dioxide emissions. Before joining McConnell’s office, he worked for the National Rural Electric… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Beijing's Still Years Away From Blue Skies

about 2.3 percentage points to 14.3 percent, the government said last year.The world’s biggest carbon emitter, China has said it plans to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($362 billion) in renewable energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Novo Seen Missing Target of 40 Million Diabetics Treated by 2020

March 8, 2017

excluded North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea — would predominantly drive the growth in the number of patients it reaches, Novo said at that time.Novo provided treatments to about 28 million… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Why Trump Would Want to Slow Tough Fuel Standards: QuickTake Q&A

to stricter targets for fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. Eight days before he left office, his administration sought to lock in the carbon targets for 2025, which have had automakers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eight Fossil Fuel Majors Seen Polluting as Much as the U.S.

didn’t have an immediate comment.“BP is playing its part by calling for a price on carbon, providing lower-carbon products including natural gas and renewables, pursuing energy efficiency and supporting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Call for papers: SARPA 21st annual convention

  The Southern Africa Revenue Protection Association (SARPA) will be holding its 21st annual convention from 24 to 25 August 2017 at the Eskom Convention Centre in Midrand. Revenue protection service providers have always played a significant role in equipping our members. This convention aims to share information and knowledge between … Continue reading “Call for papers: SARPA 21st annual convention”

Industry stalwart honoured for his contribution

  During the EE Publishers Client Lunch and 25th Birthday Celebrations hosted at the Avianto Conference and Convention Centre in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, on 3 March 2017, a gift and a cheque to the value of R17 753 were presented to Bill Graham of Graham, Golding and Associates, as a gesture of appreciation … Continue reading “Industry stalwart honoured for his contribution”

Company opens regional office

  Energy Partners Home Solutions recently introduced its newly established Gauteng Division at the 2017 Homemakers Expo in Johannesburg. The company was launched in Cape Town last year and has a proven record of reducing electricity costs for homeowners. It has fast become one of the leading residential and small commercial energy … Continue reading “Company opens regional office”

Global carbon emissions flatline

  Global carbon emissions caused by energy production remained steady in 2015 and posted the lowest growth in the past 25 years excluding 2009, when there was a decline in the aftermath of the economic crisis, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that this stall … Continue reading “Global carbon emissions flatline”

Three-phase power quality analyser

  Megger now offers a handheld, three-phase power quality analyser that makes power quality analysis easier and more efficient.  The MPQ1000 is Class A, and is rated CATIV at 600 V. It can be used for a wide variety of applications including substation monitoring, equipment and breaker tripping, load studies … Continue reading “Three-phase power quality analyser”

GenIII+ nuclear reactor starts commercial operation

  On 27 February a Generation III+ VVER-1200 nuclear reactor was put into commercial operation at the Russian Novovoronezh nuclear power plant. Under the control of Rosatom control, this new reactor broke is now the most powerful nuclear unit in operation in the country. The Russian Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service had previously … Continue reading “GenIII+ nuclear reactor starts commercial operation”

Urban battery storage solution

  ABB recently announced the successful commissioning of Denmark’s first urban energy storage system. The lithium-ion based battery energy storage system (BESS) will be integrated with the local electricity grid in the new harbour district of Nordhavn, Copenhagen. The system has been commissioned for Radius, DONG Energy’s electrical grid division. The … Continue reading “Urban battery storage solution”

Dakota Access Firm Triumphs Over Tribe’s Challenge to Pipeline

commitment to conduct an environmental impact review. No hearing date has been set as yet.Oil FlowStanding Rock’s attorney Jan Hasselman called the decision to scrap the environmental assessment “outrageous… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Bentley's First-Ever, Electric Concept Car Is a Luxury Fever Dream

said during an interview in Geneva. “Do we need it? Or are we okay to still have combustion engines and hybrids, that’s it? This is what we want to find out.“We want to send a clear message: ‘If… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Why Some Scientists Won't March for Science

he’ll at least appoint a new science advisor. So far, he’s chosen non-scientists to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, and the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

A Republican Climate Change Solution

Leadership Council CEO Ted Halstead appears on Bloomberg North to explain how they’re pushing for a carbon tax they say can boost the economy while slashing emissions. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

French Voters Worry More About Climate Change Than EU Neighbors

oppose increasing taxes on fossil fuels. The government last year dropped plans to introduce a carbon tax.Nuclear RelianceWeaning the country of nuclear energy may be a popular move. Currently, about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tanker's U-Turn Shows How Shale Boom Is Changing World Gas Trade

GlutDrilling technologies such as hydraulic fracturing have made it profitable to tap vast resources of carbon fuels trapped in rock thousands of feet below the surface. The results: A natural gas supply… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Republicans – Defining the “right” climate course

March 7, 2017

The Carbon Chronicle, 1 March, 2017. Earlier this month, a group of prominent Republicans – elder statesmen and not current legislators or government heads – unveiled a carbon pricing plan to deal with rising greenhouse gas emissions and climate change that they say regulators could use in place of the … Continue reading “Republicans – Defining the “right” climate course”

Cheakamus forest in British Columbia and carbon revenue

The Carbon Chronicle, 1 March, 2017. Prior to 2009, industry was chopping the mountain hemlock, fir, yellow cedar and white pine trees in the Cheakamus forest in British Columbia at a rate of 200 hectares per year. But then eight years ago, the Municipality of Whistler and the First Nations … Continue reading “Cheakamus forest in British Columbia and carbon revenue”

EU says to beef up climate diplomacy to save Paris agreement

… in the face of a possible U.S. exit from the Paris agreement. U.S… an aggressive outreach so that the Paris Agreement be implemented and saved… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

IEA Sees Oil Investment Revival After a Two-Year Rout

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia headed an agreement among 24 oil producers last year to clear a global glut, spurring a 20 percent rally in crude prices. Before that decision, OPEC… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump Travel Ban Comes Just as World Oil Execs Meet in Texas

the potential introduction of a tax on carbon-dioxide emissions as positive for the industry.“For the first time there’s a very serious discussion about carbon tax,” said Stead, who will retire at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BMW Makes a Short-Term Bet on Boring

combined a 3-cylinder gasoline engine with plug-in hybrid technology in a light-weight body made of carbon fiber that was mass produced at a special facility in Washington state.All carmakers are currently… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

London's Toxic Smog Triggers Business Action Against Illegal Air

Europe. Drivers were encouraged to switch from gasoline, as diesel has more range and emits less carbon dioxide. But emissions from the fuel are between eight and 10 times more toxic, according to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Saudi Aramco IPO: Stay Out Of The Sun

of producing fossil fuels, this has the added dimension of having some sort of hedge against a carbon-constrained world.Which is fine, but let’s be serious. Saudi Aramco produces more than one of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear power in Vietnam: challenges and alternatives

March 6, 2017

  This article provides information regarding different issues which need to be carefully considered in various steps of nuclear power development, from the planning phase to the dismantling and waste treatment. It is based on scientific information and experiences from Germany, Japan and South Africa. Recommendations proposed here are consolidated … Continue reading “Nuclear power in Vietnam: challenges and alternatives”

Vietnam cancels nuclear reactor deal: a lesson for South Africa

  Vietnam recently announced that it would be cancelling its contract to buy two nuclear reactors from Rosatom, the Russian nuclear vendor. The decision was subsequently ratified by the Vietnamese National Assembly in Hanoi. The vice-chair of the parliamentary committee on science, technology and environment, Le Hong Tinh, has stated … Continue reading “Vietnam cancels nuclear reactor deal: a lesson for South Africa”

Referendum result is pro-science and pro-climate

  The Swiss public has voted in favour of letting the country’s fleet of nuclear power reactors operate for longer than 45 years. This shows that Swiss people trust expert safety authorities, and that they hold climate and energy security concerns as more important than radiation fears. Agneta Rising, the director … Continue reading “Referendum result is pro-science and pro-climate”

Saudi Aramco's Green Energy Push Seen Widening Appeal of IPO

Dutch Shell Plc have responded to that pressure, releasing ESG data about everything from their carbon emissions to how many women they employ in senior posts. In 2014, 75 percent of those listed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Linear Fresnel systems: the future for CSP?

  Concentrated solar power systems have until recently focused on bulk electricity production, with the main focus on solar towers and trough type collectors. Recent developments have focused on smaller units to supplement thermal power stations and to provide heat for industrial processes. Collectors based on the linear Fresnel reflector … Continue reading “Linear Fresnel systems: the future for CSP?”

Merkel to Meet Trump March 14 as Nations Face Biggest Test in Decades

March 4, 2017

European leaders include a U.S. shift toward protectionism and differences over NATO, Russia and climate change.Merkel met Vice President Mike Pence at a security conference in Munich two weeks ago in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Plans Reconsideration of Auto-Emission Standards

vehicle standards be maintained.“EPA’s clean car standards are driving unprecedented reductions in carbon pollution and saving drivers money at the pump,” Natural Resources Defense Council President… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Consol Energy Mines the Trump Rally to Exit Coal While It Can

forward.Importantly, Deiuliis also acknowledged that a relaxation of regulations on mining and carbon emissions under the Trump administration would help coal. But not enough to persuade Consol to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Energy Policies Will Weaken Natural Gas Prices

and other respiratory and lung diseases brought on by air pollution. Gas emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal, and 30 percent less than oil.The next challenge is Iran, which is on a direct… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Marshall Islands first to ratify global HFC greenhouse gas pact

March 3, 2017

… greenhouse gases, saying the survival of the nation was at risk from climate… that man-made greenhouse gases stoke warming. “My country… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Carbon Price Has Transitory Inflation Impact, Bank of Canada Says

temporary inflationary impacts of carbon pricing, though moving to a low-carbon economy could have monetary policy implications down the line. “The introduction of carbon pricing itself will have a transitory… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Perry Confirmed to Lead an Energy Department at Crossroads

of around $30 billion. It’s work ranges from nuclear weapons safeguarding to the research into carbon-capture technology to maintaining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Under President Barack Obama… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

UN Climate Chief's Request to Meet Tillerson Goes Unanswered

served as chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., and his successor last week called for a carbon tax to discourage the use of polluting fuels.‘Climate Threat’Environmentalists expressed disappointment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Adjustment the budget review welcomed

March 2, 2017

  SAPVIA says it welcomes the work done by Treasury over the last few months around the recalculation of the contingent liabilities attributed to renewable energy IPPs which it says has been misrepresented to the public by Eskom. The renewable energy industry has engaged with Treasury officials over the last few … Continue reading “Adjustment the budget review welcomed”

NERSA decides on Eskom’s allowable revenues

  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), at its meeting on 23 February 2017, confirmed Eskom’s allowable revenue of R205 214-million for the last year of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3) period (2017/18 financial year). The allowed revenue will result in percentage increase of 2,2% due to … Continue reading “NERSA decides on Eskom’s allowable revenues”

Charging stations for electric vehicles available in SA

  Schneider Electric has introduced its range of EVlink commercial charging stations for electric vehicles, to the South African market. The company’s charging stations will enable owners of electric vehicles to charge their cars when they are away from home. As more car manufacturers introduce full electric and hybrid engine cars … Continue reading “Charging stations for electric vehicles available in SA”

Renewable energy lights up southern Africa

  ePower Holdings is looking to partner with like-minded investors in the energy sector who are committed to creating opportunities for entrepreneurs in the rural markets of South Africa and the rest of Africa. As a specialty provider and integrator of renewable energy systems designed for developing communities, the company has positioned itself … Continue reading “Renewable energy lights up southern Africa”

Major growth sees company boost workforce

  Steady growth in most of its business units, combined with a concerted effort to improve its customer service resulted in Skyriders Access Specialists increasing its staff complement by 30% in 2016. The increase in workers is an indication of sustained growth at the rope-access specialist, which still derives 75% of its … Continue reading “Major growth sees company boost workforce”

Grid software for renewables developed

  ABB announced today it has invested in Enbala Power Networks, a leading developer of software for managing power distribution networks. Today’s grid operators require digital solutions to deal with challenges posed by the increasing amount of intermittent renewable and distributed energy sources being integrated into the grid. This is driven … Continue reading “Grid software for renewables developed”

EU Carbon Permits Jump After Ministers Agree on Market Overhaul

European Union emission allowances climbed to the highest in almost two months and trading surged after environment ministers agreed on a carbon-market overhaul aimed at reducing a glut and boosting prices from 2019. The proposal includes doubling the rate at which a mooted reserve would absorb surplus emission allowances from … Continue reading “EU Carbon Permits Jump After Ministers Agree on Market Overhaul”

Trump's New Interior Chief Gets Confirmed, and Focuses on Energy Exploration

ideas for overhauling the way the U.S. sells coal on federal land, including proposals to embed carbon costs into leases and require companies pay into funds to help out-of-work miners.At a confirmation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump May Ground Flying Wind Turbines That Soared Under Obama

regulate body temperature. None are sure bets, and the program has had its share of failures. A carbon capture technique using enzymes was cancelled.Now the program itself is at risk of cancellation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Well-positioned as a partner in IPPPP

March 1, 2017

  Renewable energy, including wind and solar, benefits South Africa significantly. The country’s 2010 Integrated Resource Plan calls for the generation capacity of 17 800 MW from renewable energy sources by 2030. South Africa’s energy market has been extremely active and the Department of Energy, through the Independent Power Producers … Continue reading “Well-positioned as a partner in IPPPP”

Trump Orders Regulators to Rescind Obama Water Pollution Rule

nationwide.Trump signed a directive on Tuesday compelling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Trump called the rule… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Sioux Tribe Puts ‘Black Snake Prophecy’ at Center of Dakota Pipeline Battle

the inception of the lawsuit last year, “we would still be here today.”The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last year put the project on hold after Boasberg denied an initial bid to block construction… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Vitol in Joint Venture to Build Battery Storage Systems in U.K.

Units of the commodities trader Vitol Group and the renewables investment fund Low Carbon Ltd. said they’d invest 250 million pounds ($311 million) to develop energy storage and distributed power-generation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Specialised energy mission to Zambia

February 28, 2017

  A South African energy sector trade and business delegation, led by Trade Invest Africa and the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC), completed a successful trip to Zambia recently. A representative from the Zambia Development Agency said he was impressed by the companies from the South African energy sector. Representatives from … Continue reading “Specialised energy mission to Zambia”

India minister blames climate change for deadly heatwave, weak monsoon

… climate change for a heatwave that has killed 2,500 people…, it is climate change,” he said. The minister’s comments affirm warnings from… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Obama Issues Plan to Shake Up Coal Leases, May Restrict Trump

government coal leasing is more efficient, better protects the air and water, accounts for greenhouse gas emissions and ensures a fair return to U.S. taxpayers that own the resource. Several possible… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Hindenburg Memories Cloud Shell's Vision of Hydrogen Future

airship, hydrogen gas was contained in giant bags made of coated cotton. Toyota’s tank is made of carbon and glass fibers and lined with plastic. If gas leaked, sensors would detect it and shut down… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Shuns New Oil-Sands Projects as Low Prices Force Cost Control

stake in Canada’s Athabasca Oil Sands Project, and also runs a bitumen processing plant and a carbon-capture facility. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Teens’ Lawyers Plan to Question Tillerson on His Knowledge of Climate Change

testimony, set for the day before the Jan. 20 inauguration, is being sought by lawyers representing 21 children and teenagers seeking to prove that oil and gas industry groups “have known about the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Billionaire Behind Dakota Access Pipeline 'Underestimated' the Power of Social Media

February 25, 2017

into a “mess.”Warren “underestimated the power of social media” during the standoff with environmental and Native American-rights activists, he said on a call with analysts Thursday. The Energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Governor Says Dakota Access Protesters Can Leave Without Arrest

during the winter and as the fight over the pipeline moved into the courts. The Army Corps of Engineers said it needed to clear the camp ahead of spring flooding, and had ordered everyone to leave… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

EU ministers 'bracing for battle' on carbon market reform

… debate on Tuesday to find a compromise on reforms to the carbon… their economies – prompting other nations to seek limits. Thomson Reuters carbon… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Dakota Access Builder Compares Pipeline Protesters to Terrorists

stalled by the Obama administration. After President Donald Trump took office, the Army Corps of Engineers issued the final permit so the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline could be connected… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

What Supercars Cost Around the World

Lambo dealerships worldwide were greeted with silence or a non-response, minus one kind dealer in Paris. Source: Bloomberg PursuitsCadillac CT6 sticker prices around the world.Frank Wiesmann, a spokesman… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Exxon's New Chief Endorses Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change

on climate change, calling for a carbon tax to discourage use of polluting fuels.Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Darren Woods said a revenue-neutral carbon tax “would promote greater energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Peugeot Owner PSA Explores Acquisition of GM's Opel Division

about $20 billion in Europe since 1999, closed a factory in Bochum, Germany, the first auto plant to close in the country since World War II, while PSA shuttered a facility in the Paris suburb… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Canadian Inflation Surges to 2.1% in January on Gas Prices

prices, a sharp drop in those prices a year ago in January and new carbon levies. Alberta added a 4.49 Canadian cent-per-liter carbon levy on Jan. 1 and consequently reported one of the biggest increases… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

OPEC Attains Record 90% of Output Cuts as Demand Grows, IEA Says

Countries implemented 90 percent of promised output cuts in January, the first month of its agreement, as key member Saudi Arabia reduced production by even more than it had committed, the agency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.K. Should Find Cheaper Way to Tackle Climate Change, Say Lords

The U.K. government should stop intervening in power markets and better manage its carbon budgets in order to curb the cost of tackling climate change and boost energy security.That’s the conclusion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as `Flawed'

forests that absorb carbon. “The system as a whole has led to a doubling of forest cover in the USA over 50 years,” the REA said in the statement. “The fact is that biomass cuts carbon, supports forests… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Stocks Tumble as Trump Trade Concerns Spread, Oil Falls

percent.Canadian consumer prices surged in January on the back of rising gasoline prices and new carbon levies, bringing inflation to the highest in more than two years. The consumer price index advanced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

UN Climate Chief Seeks Tillerson to Keep Paris Deal Alive

last month, has threatened to pull out of it and without the world’s second-biggest producer of carbon dioxide on board, the accord will be left on life support.Asked if Trump was still committed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Urged to Do More to Tackle Impact of Heathrow Expansion

government for providing “scant details” about its efforts to rein in carbon emissions from aviation.“Mitigating the air quality, carbon and noise impacts of a new runway cannot be an afterthought,” Committee… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Extending a helping hand for those in need

February 24, 2017

  We are all aware of how much need there is in our country, but it is sometimes hard to identify how to direct a donation so that it makes the maximum difference.  On a visit to Mother of Peace, a children’s home based on a smallholding in Johannesburg, there … Continue reading “Extending a helping hand for those in need”

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange Named to Sessions’ Former Senate Seat

states that challenged then President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And even though he was recused from the investigation, Strange’s office also angered… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Engineers@Leisure: Flying my way around the world

  Making a point of piloting in every country I travel to became a hobby of mine in 2004. I have flown the skies of Canada, Australia, the US, Germany, Brazil and Austria… My hobby is flying aircraft, and I have been doing so since August 1998. The majority of … Continue reading “Engineers@Leisure: Flying my way around the world”

Richest South Africans Take the Pain as Gordhan Raises Taxes

sugary drinks will be implemented as soon as the necessary laws have been finalized and a revised carbon tax bill will be published by mid-year, the Treasury said.The changes mean individuals earning… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Labor Pick Loves Burgers, Bikinis, and Free Markets

and rallied customers with an anti-PC snubbing of the quinoa-eating elite.From top: Nina Agdal, Paris Hilton, and Kate Upton reach out to Carl’s Jr.’s target demo.Photographer: Jeff Vespa/WireImage/Getty… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Call for nominations: SANEA/SANEDI energy awards 2017

February 23, 2017

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) invites nominations for the upcoming Energy Awards 2017 event. Individuals, companies or projects which make noteworthy contributions in the Southern African energy sector can be nominated. Please nominate according to the following award … Continue reading “Call for nominations: SANEA/SANEDI energy awards 2017”

Laser levels for efficient layout

  Fluke has launched its new, rugged Fluke laser levels designed and tested to survive a 1 m drop. The three-point laser level delivers accuracy to 6 mm at 30 m, and the continuous line lasers levels are accurate to 3 mm at 10 m. The fast settling, self-leveling gimbal gives … Continue reading “Laser levels for efficient layout”

Implementing a thermography maintenance program

  It is said that mplementing a preventive maintenance program is easier than it has been before with Fluke Connect EquipmentLog history. Developed to help Fluke customers work faster and smarter, the Connect EquipmentLog helps reduce equipment downtime and costs. Fluke Connect’s added feature, ShareLive video call, keeps the facility running … Continue reading “Implementing a thermography maintenance program”

Government supports renewable energy programme

  The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) is pleased to note the presidency’s support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This globally recognised programme was the initiative of government, and it is fitting that the policy-maker’s vision can continue to be realised. Industry appreciates … Continue reading “Government supports renewable energy programme”

Trump Threatens to Undo Nafta’s Auto Alley

Trans-Pacific Partnership and made clear his desire to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.The next day Trump summoned executives from the Big Three U.S. automakers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump Climate Pivot Takes Shape in Overhaul of Federal Websites

An EPA page that answered “common questions” about global warming is gone. And reports on greenhouse gas emissions have vanished from the State Department’s Internet site.But, six days into the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

German Courting of London Banks May Falter on Tobin Tax Pledge

” while HSBC Holdings Plc CEO Stuart Gulliver said staff generating about 20 percent of London revenue may move to Paris.Banks may be “more relaxed then they should be” about the tax, Neidle said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

2017 Prius Prime Review: Are You Pious Enough?

its name because it has a larger battery than the regular Prius (more on that later), and its carbon-fiber hatchback is built in the same plant in Japan where Toyota makes the LFA supercar. It’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bold leadership on renewables sends strong message to investors

February 22, 2017

  The announcement that Eskom will sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) sends a strong message to investors that the renewable energy industry is very much open for business. Mike Levington, SAPVIA We now hope that Eskom heeds the … Continue reading “Bold leadership on renewables sends strong message to investors”

Simulation to determine motor temperature

  Large-scale electric drives are exposed to high levels of stress on start-up. Frequent starts without a sufficient interval for cooling can result in motors over-heating. Measuring the temperature of the actual rotors turning within the motor is complicated. To enable reliable measurement results to still be obtained without resorting … Continue reading “Simulation to determine motor temperature”

Substation advances solar power in Dubai

  ABB has energised a major substation that will help evacuate power from the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park, a key element of the vision to generate 7% of Dubai’s power from clean energy sources by 2020; 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. The 400/132 kV gas-insulated … Continue reading “Substation advances solar power in Dubai”

Dominion's Nuclear ‘Bailout’ a Do-or-Die Moment for Opponents

Environmental groups opposed to subsidies for nuclear power may be facing a do-or-die moment in Connecticut.Lawmakers there want to help Dominion Resources Inc.’s Millstone plant, a move they say… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Air France Plans to Fight Budget Rivals on Costs, Not Fares

carve out a new, lower-cost business to counter increasing pressure from rivals, marking a rare agreement with workers after years of contentious labor relations at the carrier.Flight-deck employees… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Congo Received at Least $33 Million to Approve China Mine Deal

its share in an agreement to resolve all claims against the sale in May of its 56 percent stake in the Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine to China Molybdenum Co. The agreement was also signed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Life Without Money in Detroit’s Survival Economy

“culturally appropriate” ones such as peas and collard greens—in its community garden and greenhouse, hosts cooking and canning workshops, and provides neighbors with gardening supplies.“We reward… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Battery cabinets for safe storage

February 21, 2017

  A new range of battery cabinets has been released by a power provisioning company, Powermode. These locally-manufactured units are marketed under the Q-on banner, and are suitable for applications ranging from solar PV to uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and self-consumption systems.  The safe storage of batteries is important from a … Continue reading “Battery cabinets for safe storage”

Deadline Looms for Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

permission to lay pipe under a reservoir on the Missouri River. The protest camp is on Army Corps of Engineers land nearby. The protests have been led by Native American tribes, particularly the Standing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Singapore says carbon tax likely to include oil refineries

…. Singapore said in budget proposals announced on Monday that a carbon tax… threshold that we are looking at is 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Peugeot Chief Shifts to Expansion Mode With Eye on Opel Deal

among the region’s automakers, behind Volkswagen AG. Carlos TavaresPhotographer: Philippe Petit/Paris Match via Getty ImagesThe takeover would mark Tavares’ biggest expansion after years of restructuring… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Singapore Plans Southeast Asia's First Carbon Tax by 2019

clean energy.Singapore would be the first Southeast Asian nation to put a price on carbon. Japan has a national carbon tax along with some regional emissions trading markets, and South Korea and New… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe Needs a Higher Price on Carbon

the first big market for trading carbon permits. Sadly, though, its system has failed to encourage investment in clean technology and appreciably lower carbon dioxide emissions. Until the European… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How EU Can Limit Coal’s Life for the Cost of a Pint of Beer

buoy carbon prices and Singapore said Monday it plans a carbon tax by 2019.Not ExpensiveDistributing the revenue from permit sales to industry and consumers bearing the brunt of higher carbon costs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Singapore's 2017 Budget: Economist Takeaways

all the critical bases.” An emphasis on environmental protection — with the announcement of a carbon tax to be implemented from 2019 and a 30 percent increase in water prices from this year — was… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Singapore's 2017 Budget in Five Charts Shows Growth Challenge

corporate tax rebates to help spur business investment and will give personal-income tax rebates. A carbon tax on emission of greenhouse gases will be imposed from 2019. Revenue will increase to S$69… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Singapore Takes Targeted Steps in Budget to Help Spur Growth

budget speech:Tax MeasuresCap on corporate income tax rebate raised to S$25,000 from S$20,000 Carbon tax on emission of greenhouse gases to be imposed from 2019Personal income tax rebate of 20 percent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Singapore Budget 2017: Winners and Losers

up and internationalization. LOSERSPower Stations, Utilities – Government plans to implement a carbon tax between S$10-S$20/ton of greenhouse gas emission from 2019 on power stations, large direct… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell and Toyota Partner on California Fueling Stations for Hydrogen Cars

commonplace, the industry is facing pressure for more zero-emission products from governments that see carbon pollution as a threat. Fully electric cars from Tesla Inc. and others are sparking interest.Paris… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

OUTA files complaint against Eskom with Competition Commission

  On 17 February 2016, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) lodged a formal complaint, evidence and detailed submission to the Competition Commission, alleging anti-competitive behaviour and abuse of dominant market position by Eskom, the national electricity utility of South Africa. OUTA is a civil action organisation in South Africa … Continue reading “OUTA files complaint against Eskom with Competition Commission”

India's New Solar Auction Lights the Way to Modi's Green Targets

February 20, 2017

guarantees and was run by the state and central governments, could become a template fueling growth in other regions and bringing energy security to the world’s second-most-populous country.“The outcome… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

U.S. Coal Mines Are Opening in a Year of 'Cautious Optimism'

February 19, 2017

analyst at Clarksons Platou Securities Inc., said in a phone interview.Global demand for the carbon-intensive, power-plant fuel is still weakening. A new age of clean, cheap natural gas and renewables… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Prepares Directives Aimed at Dismantling Obama's Climate Rules

February 18, 2017

Donald Trump is planning to sign directives aimed at dismantling Obama-era policies governing carbon dioxide and water pollution, delivering marching orders to the newly installed chief of the Environmental… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pruitt Sworn In as EPA Head After Contentious Confirmation Fight

led or joined more than a dozen lawsuits challenging EPA rules governing power plant pollution, carbon dioxide emissions and wetlands.He promised senators last month that his “cooperative federalism”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Repeal of SEC Regulation Signals More to Come

each measure.Congress in 2015 voted to repeal two Environmental Protection Agency rules limited carbon emissions from the power sector, but then-President Barack Obama vetoed the legislation. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric cars with flow-cell drive

February 17, 2017

  NanoFlowcell has achieved a method of variable control for flow-cells. Following extensive testing with the company’s Quantino 48 V, the company says the redesigned system architecture for electric vehicles is ready for production. By varying the fuel cell control directly and dispensing with super-capacitors, significant reduction in cost and weight of … Continue reading “Electric cars with flow-cell drive”

The Most-Hated Bear in Solar Isn’t Backing Down

percent last year.Tepid GrowthJoseph Goodman, a principal at Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental research nonprofit, says the volatility of solar stocks will smooth out with continued growth… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.K. Receives Final Warning From EU Over Air Pollution Levels

proliferation of diesel-burning engines. Valued for the its wider range than gasoline-powered automobiles, tax incentives were given in the 1990s to encourage a switch to diesel engines. The 2015 Volkswagen… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Elon Musk Is Really Boring

potential to be an excellent Sec of State.” He noted that Tillerson has expressed openness to a carbon tax, a policy Musk has long supported. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wind farm components on the road

February 16, 2017

  Residents of Loeriesfontein, Niewoudtville and Calvinia will again see wind turbine component sections travelling en route from the Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth, to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms. The wind farms started transporting various wind turbine components on 18 April 2016, and have delivered about 500 loads to site. The … Continue reading “Wind farm components on the road”

Shipping industry calls for exemption from EU carbon market reform

… on Wednesday to reform the bloc’s carbon market, saying it risks… accounting for an estimated 2.2 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

European Parliament adopts draft reform of carbon market post-2020

… reforms of the EU’s carbon market post-2020 that aim to balance greater… removal of surplus carbon permits from the EU’s emission trading system… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

European parliament adopts draft reform of carbon market for after 2020

… backed draft reforms of the carbon market post-2020 but rejected… a proposal for a faster removal of surplus carbon permits from the EU’s… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Germany Prepares for Climate Clash With Tillerson at G-20 Talks

test G-20 unity on measures to combat ills from climate change to global poverty marks a shift in its strategy as holder of the group’s rotating presidency. Presenting its schedule and G-20 goals… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

U.K. Tidal Lagoon Verdict Said to Be Delayed to After Budget

government to move forward with the lagoon, saying it would cost much less than other forms of new low-carbon generation such as nuclear power and create jobs as the U.K. prepares to leave the European Union… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Is This the Electric Car That's Going to Trump Tesla?

that the finished sedan will carry (this temporary body is made of easy-to-produce and -replace carbon fiber panels, not aluminum and steel), but it’s also dialed down to half the 1,000 horsepower… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Full unredacted Dentons report on Eskom dated 2 July 2015

February 15, 2017

  Herewith the full unredacted Dentons report on Eskom dated  2 July 2015 (reflecting the state of the investigation as at 18 June 2015), made available to EE Publishers by Sikonathi Mantshantsha of Financial Mail. 339384926 Dentons Report on the Investigation Into Eskom on Scribd The post Full unredacted Dentons … Continue reading “Full unredacted Dentons report on Eskom dated 2 July 2015”

BBC launches mandatory carbon tracking scheme

edie.net, 10 February, 2017. The BBC announced yesterday (9 February) that as of 3 April, all programmes commissioned by the broadcaster would have to use the Albert carbon calculator to track emissions and uncover best practices to reduce environmental impacts. Most BBC shows are already using the calculator to track … Continue reading “BBC launches mandatory carbon tracking scheme”

Maintaining VLA batteries properly

  The solution to vented lead-acid (VLA) battery maintenance and optimal functionality is an electrolyte battery monitoring system. Midtronics’ Cellguard ELS+ electrolyte battery monitoring system is small, can be easily installed and requires no maintenance. Sensor wiring is daisy-chained without a return path wire, and sensors are attached to the battery case … Continue reading “Maintaining VLA batteries properly”

Mike musings: short term plans and long term consequences

  The great event of the 2016, namely the publication of the IRP 2016, has finally happened, and the plan has received both praise and criticism from many quarters. The media briefing went into some detail of how the plan was constructed and all the factors taken into account. Without … Continue reading “Mike musings: short term plans and long term consequences”

Putting transformation on the agenda

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) held its annual Presidential Breakfast in Rosebank on 8 February 2017 and highlighted the organisation’s focus for 2017 –  “Let’s talk transformation”. CESA’s transformation committee plans to transform its membership and industry by monitoring the progress of its members beyond the requirements of the … Continue reading “Putting transformation on the agenda”

Action for Energy: Energy mix re-boot

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) will be holding an Action for Energy dialogue on 23 February 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre to address the 2016 Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for the electricity sector. Click here for more information This important event is owned and organised by … Continue reading “Action for Energy: Energy mix re-boot”

To regulate or deregulate the lighting industry – that is the question…

  This article describes how the lighting industry, represented by IESSA, set out to reduce the regulatory burden, but achieved exactly the opposite due to the vested commercial interests of the NRCS, SABS and certain incumbent lighting manufacturers and suppliers. The way is paved for a dysfunctional regulatory process to … Continue reading “To regulate or deregulate the lighting industry – that is the question…”

To build or not to build?

  WWF-SA, the autonomous member of the World Wide Fund for Nature, welcomes EE Publishers’ recent interview with Eskom’s David Nicholls and appreciated his candid response particularly on the question of costs. Saliem Fakir At the outset a more general comment must be made: that the advisability of the proposed … Continue reading “To build or not to build?”

U.K. Lobbies Trump Officials to Stay in Paris Climate Deal

working closely with the U.S. on energy and climate change issues as the world transitions to a low carbon economy,” Monika Samoraj, a spokeswoman for the U.K.’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Britain Looks to Carbon Markets From China to Canada Amid Brexit

February 14, 2017

in a report published Tuesday.While the first option for Britain should be to stay in Europe’s carbon market and agitate to improve it, aligning with China, Canada and California might be among alternatives… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Four developing countries receive funding for renewable energy projects

  Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to receive $44,5-million in funding. The first project is located in Marshall Islands, where a 4,6 MW hybrid micro-grid solution … Continue reading “Four developing countries receive funding for renewable energy projects”

Total transparency is essential

  When considering a project as large as a nuclear power station new-build, absolute transparency is essential. David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, speaking to EE Publisher’s Chris Yelland recently, said Eskom will do what it can to avoid secrecy and will publish information publicly. Prof. Harald Winkler If the … Continue reading “Total transparency is essential”

EU lawmakers split on carbon reform ahead of vote

February 13, 2017

… remain divided over an overhaul to the carbon market after a debate… market for carbon credits, essentially tradeable permits allowing… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

The Demise of Deadly Diesel

Meanwhile, if carmakers try to replace diesel sales by selling more gasoline cars instead, their carbon dioxide emissions could rise again. Under EU rules carmakers who miss CO2 targets in 2021 face… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Auto CEOs Ask Trump to Revisit Obama-era Fuel Efficiency Rules

February 12, 2017

environmental rules “out of control.”“We are committed to continued gains in fuel efficiency and carbon reduction,” the executives said in their letter. “At the same time, ignoring consumer preferences… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A Republican Carbon Tax: View (Audio)

February 11, 2017

arguing in favor of a Republican proposal to fight climate change by putting a $40-a-ton tax on carbon emissions. This editorial aired on Bloomberg Radio. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This Tax Could Save the Planet From Climate Change

British Columbia’s revenue-neutral carbon tax. That experiment showed how the basic scheme works—emissions went down as the economy grew. To continue working, the carbon price had to rise regularly—the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A Tax on Carbon Pollution Can Benefit Business Low oil and gas prices make this the right time to tax fo

February 10, 2017

Scientific American, December 2015. Editor’s note (2/8/16): A group of Republicans led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is calling for a carbon tax to address climate change, as an alternative to rules and regulations promoted by the Obama administration. Members of the group are expected to … Continue reading “A Tax on Carbon Pollution Can Benefit Business Low oil and gas prices make this the right time to tax fo”

Going beyond the Limits to Growth debate

Saliem Fakir, Polity.org, 10 February, 2017. The Limits to Growth (LTG) thesis was developed in the 1970s by a group of experts collectively called the Club of Rome. They used a computer model to link exponential population growth, income/gross domestic product and consumption, compared with the availability of finite resources. … Continue reading “Going beyond the Limits to Growth debate”

SA president gives clear support for renewables

  Brenda Martin The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) is pleased to note the presidency’s clear support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This globally recognised programme was the initiative of government, and it is fitting that the policy-maker’s vision can continue to be … Continue reading “SA president gives clear support for renewables”

Sioux Tribe Asks Court to Block Final Link in Dakota Access

federal appeals court rejected their bid but the Army Corps of Engineers still put the project on hold and ordered an environmental review of where the pipeline passes under Lake Oahe, which straddles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

A Republican Carbon Tax

Clean Power Plan. And a carbon tax has the built-in flexibility to push emissions lower and lower over time.QuickTake The Cost of CarbonCountries that already have carbon taxes — or cap and trade… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Staff Yanked From Alaska Summit as Trump Team Weighs In

“common questions” about climate change was initially slimmed down, with some queries (“How does carbon dioxide hurt us?” and “Is there a scientific consensus on climate change?”) deleted altogether… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing Wins $13.8 Billion Wide-Body Jet Order From Singapore Air

February 9, 2017

campus. Deliveries are slated to begin next year. Singapore Air’s unit Scoot currently flies the carbon-composite 787-800 and 787-900 variants of the Dreamliners. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A New Robo-Adviser Lets You Build Portfolios That Shun Guns and Oil Shares

“issue profile,” checking boxes to select investment themes—such as gender equality or reduced carbon emissions—as well as groups of companies to exclude. The preset screens lean left. Users can… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Republican elders urge Trump's White House to adopt carbon tax

… House officials on Wednesday to propose a $40 per ton tax on carbon…. The carbon tax proposal was co-authored by James Baker, secretary… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

China Turns to Precision Medicine in Fight Against Cancer

into for sure and hopefully be at the forefront globally.’’Google MapsNew Chinese firms like iCarbonX and WuXi NextCode that offer consumers ways to learn more about their bodies through clues from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Choking China Backs Australia in Race for Cleaner Iron Ore

demand for premium quality imports, according to researcher CRU Group.China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, plans to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($360 billion) in renewable energy through 2020 to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

It’s Buffett vs. Icahn as Lobbying Heats Up Over U.S. Ethanol

passed under President George W. Bush that sought to slow the pace of oil consumption and its carbon footprint. Each gallon is tracked by a unique, 38-digit Renewable Identification Number.If, like… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Team Urges Freeze to Program That Aided Solyndra

during his confirmation hearing last month telling Senator Bill Cassidy that a guarantee for carbon-capture project in Cassidy’s home state of Louisiana “appears to make sense,” and that he is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Good Luck Killing the EPA

sets to work undoing President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Clean Water Rule, and reopening carbon pollution rules for new coal plants. “I would predict with great confidence that those three… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewables can decarbonise the energy sector

February 8, 2017

  Falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and with it a myriad of socioeconomic benefits, according to the new comprehensive publication released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy, now in its third edition, was released recently IRENA’s seventh Assembly, the … Continue reading “Renewables can decarbonise the energy sector”

Rethinking energy, 2017

  Renewable energy is a fundamental and growing part of the world’s ongoing energy transformation. Governments all over the world are joining that consensus. The use of renewables is their prime choice for enhancing access to affordable, reliable and cleaner sources of modern energy services. This is the executive summary … Continue reading “Rethinking energy, 2017”

Energy Transfer to Get Dakota Access Pipeline Approval From U.S.

Tuesday after falling 1.5 percent earlier.The Army also said its Corps of Engineers will no longer prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the work to cross Lake Oahe in North Dakota.”Today’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Prominent Republicans Push to Tax Carbon, Cut Regulations

mining jobs. Because it generates more carbon dioxide emissions than natural gas and oil, coal would be the fossil fuel hardest hit by a tax on carbon. But a carbon tax has gained traction in some circles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Germany Hammers Down Renewable Energy Costs: QuickTake Q&A

000 people work in the coal-power industry, making it a politically sensitive topic. Cutting carbon dioxide will depend on sweeping changes in transport, agriculture, industrial and heating processes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Conference to address underdeveloped Africa

February 7, 2017

  Consulting Engineers South Africa is hosting the 24th FIDIC-GAMA 2017 conference in South Africa, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The event will bring together over 350 delegates from across Africa and the rest of the world under the theme: “African Partnerships for Sustainable Growth”. The three-day conference will … Continue reading “Conference to address underdeveloped Africa”

The African city of tomorrow needs design thinkers

  Abbas Jamie. There will be an estimated 440 new cities in Africa by 2050. Are we to let the tsunami of urbanisation control our thought processes and commit us to desperate formulaic actions? Or can we leapfrog conventional urban development by visualising and designing innovative, sustainable solutions; human-centred solutions … Continue reading “The African city of tomorrow needs design thinkers”

New CEO for CSIR

  Dr. Thulani Dlamini The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has a new chief executive officer, Dr. Thulani Dlamini. He joined the CSIR in 2005 and has served in different positions including head of the CSIR National Laser Centre and in 2008 he was appointed to the position of … Continue reading “New CEO for CSIR”

Power developments in Africa, February 2017

  Renewable energy development agreement ENGIE has partnered with ANER, the National Renewable Energies Agency in Senegal, to accelerate the development of renewable energies in the country. Part of the agreement involves the development of solar energy for individuals in multi-occupancy or individual housing. The aim is to study the … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, February 2017”

Dakota Access Pipeline Decision May Come by Week’s End

decision might go.President Donald Trump last month issued a memorandum urging the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite its review of the conduit’s path after the federal agency put the brakes on ETP’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Can poor governance ruin South Africa’s future energy landscape?

February 6, 2017

  Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is guided by a sound policy bedrock. Over the past few months, a key question within the renewable energy industry has been raised: Is it possible that this comprehensive legal framework, government vision, the investment attracted, the widely recognised proven … Continue reading “Can poor governance ruin South Africa’s future energy landscape?”

Empowering women in the energy industry

  DLO Energy Resources Group recently held a Women in Energy breakfast in efforts to promote and empower women into bigger roles in the African energy industry. The event was held in partnership with Webber Wentzel at its office in Rivonia, Johannesburg, and took place as a panel discussion around … Continue reading “Empowering women in the energy industry”

France’s trump card to win nuclear deal

  Michel Sapin Fin24 reports that visiting French Minister of Economy and Finance, Michel Sapin, met his South African counterpart, Pravin Gordhan, recently. He apparently explained to Gordhan that France has the capacity to finance and bring guarantees to the financing of the nuclear project. It is understood that Sapin … Continue reading “France’s trump card to win nuclear deal”

Industry gathers to discuss opportunities in energy

  Francios Viljoen, director at Cresco Project Finance Engineers, consultants, and business leaders in the South African energy and financial sectors recently gathered to discuss projects and investment opportunities on the horizon across Africa. The Africa Power Round Table was hosted in Johannesburg by DLO Energy Resources Group on 1 … Continue reading “Industry gathers to discuss opportunities in energy”

Pig farm uses synergies to generate energy

February 3, 2017

  In the summer of 2016, a biogas plant at a pig farm in Varazdin, northern Croatia came online. The 250 kW plant suits the farm‘s cycle of food production, liquid manure utilisation and energy production in the form of power, heat and fertiliser. The slurry from a newly erected … Continue reading “Pig farm uses synergies to generate energy”

Sweden sets goal to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045

… climate policies were worrying because greenhouse gas emissions would… an 85 percent cut in domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 from 1990… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

U.K. Should Back Tidal Lagoon Plans for Cheap, Green Energy

importantly, it is clear that tidal lagoons at scale could deliver low carbon power in a way that is very competitive with other low carbon sources.The initial project, proposed by Tidal Lagoon Plc, would… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Cars Could Cause Oil Market Disruption on Par With OPEC

February 2, 2017

generation over the past three years, according to research from Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a think tank, published Thursday. A similar 10 percent loss of market share… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Forum to boost growth of energy projects

  South Africa has been seeking foreign investment to help drive sluggish economic growth and used the World Economic Forum 2017 platform last week to market the country as a favourable investment destination. Energy demands in sub-Saharan Africa have created investment interest in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) regional market in … Continue reading “Forum to boost growth of energy projects”

Can your next flight help save the Earth?

February 1, 2017

US Today, 4 January, 2017. San Diego International Airport first introduced the Good Traveler program in September 2015 and, according to the airport, the project has already offset about 11.5 million air miles. (Photo: Good Traveler) If minimizing your environmental impact is on the agenda for 2017, several West Coast airports … Continue reading “Can your next flight help save the Earth?”

Farm workers benefit from R204000 pay out thanks to carbon credits

News24, 31 January, 2017. 27 workers on the Spier farm in the Western Cape benefited from a R204000 pay out from carbon credits. Find out how they did it in the video. The farm prides themselves in practicing regenerative farming on a section of the organically certified wine farm. Part … Continue reading “Farm workers benefit from R204000 pay out thanks to carbon credits”

Michael Jackson Is Worth More Than Ever, and the IRS Wants a Piece of It

sunglasses and sitting on “an enormous gold-and-burgundy throne.” His two oldest children, Prince and Paris, were there, dressed “like characters from a Broadway show or The Sound of Music—velveteen knickers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Buffett’s Rocky Mountain to Test Biomass That May Cut Coal Use

products, is seeking to supply its fuel to utilities willing to switch to biomass in order to cut carbon emissions. The London-based in November obtained funding for its first industrial-scale plant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom reveals which countries will bid for nuclear deal

  Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station. Fin24 reports that Eskom says 27 companies have indicated their intention to provide a response to the power utility’s Request for Information (RFI) for the proposed 9,6 GW nuclear new build programme. This includes four major nuclear vendors from China (SNPTC), France (EDF), Russia … Continue reading “Eskom reveals which countries will bid for nuclear deal”

U.S. Army Corps to Approve Dakota Access Oil Line, Senator Says

expedite the line’s approval, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven said Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers had been directed to move forward with the easement necessary to build the final leg of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Exclusive: Olympics – Green Paris bid pledges to slash carbon emissions

… with the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gases. Estanguet said…By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) – The Paris 2024 Olympics bid… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

EXCLUSIVE-Olympics-Green Paris bid pledges to slash carbon emissions

… with the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gases. Estanguet said…By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The Paris 2024… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump’s Border Tax Could Further Reduce Mexican Oil’s U.S. Ties

top names in the industry.Panels will discuss North America’s energy outlook, the changing geopolitical climate, global oil outlook and deep-water production in the Gulf of Mexico.Crude DemandAnother… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Climate Change Economist Sounds the Alarm

early 1990s, Yale’s William Nordhaus was among the first to examine the economics of reducing carbon emissions. Since then, he and colleagues have mixed climate physics with economic modeling to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Burning Wood Beats Coal at J-Power as Abe Fights Climate Change

goal, he said.Along with countries across the world including China, Japan is seeking to cut carbon dioxide emissions and reduce energy consumption to lessen its impact on global warming, with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Dream of Cheap Nuclear Power Is Over

fuels — which turn whole cities into toxic deathtraps, foul the atmosphere with gigatons of carbon and can lead to huge oil spills — nuclear looks downright clean.The biggest problem with nuclear… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Waste plastic to fuel oil: an under-exploited opportunity for energy generation

January 31, 2017

  The plastic recycling industry handles a high proportion of plastic waste by mechanical recycling. Some plastics however, cannot be recycled by this method, and remain a problem in waste management. Systems have been developed that convert mixed non-recyclable plastics to fuel oil using scalable technology. Plastics are created primarily … Continue reading “Waste plastic to fuel oil: an under-exploited opportunity for energy generation”

50 kW solar photovoltaic array built in-house

  PPE Technologies recently designed and installed a rooftop, on-grid, 50 kW AC solar array at its head office in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Based on a typical 25-year lifespan of a solar array and including annual de-rating of solar module efficiencies, the company stands to save a conservative, estimated 65% on electricity bills. … Continue reading “50 kW solar photovoltaic array built in-house”

Alaska Natives to protect land for California carbon program

ParadisePost.com, 26 January, 2017. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An undeveloped Alaska coal field, California’s offsets for carbon pollution and thousands of acres of forest are the unlikely players in a complex agreement that is expected to generate millions for an Alaska Native organization. The agreement protects the land from development … Continue reading “Alaska Natives to protect land for California carbon program”

Here’s a better way to regulate carbon – and change the tired environment-versus-economy debate

The Conversation, 31 January, 2017. Is it possible to reduce carbon emissions without hurting economic growth and destroying jobs? Is there a way out of this economy-versus-environment debate? Yes: consumption-based policies. These policies are designed to discourage the consumption of carbon-intensive products and services. View this article online at The … Continue reading “Here’s a better way to regulate carbon – and change the tired environment-versus-economy debate”

Rio Unit Born in Death Valley Is Retooled for Battery Boom

innovation center in Melbourne that’ll test technology needed to produce boric acid and lithium carbonate from the site’s ore.Lithium prices in China are as much as three times higher than they were… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cigré Southern Africa regional conference announced

January 30, 2017

  The 8th Southern Africa Regional Conference of Cigré will be held from 14 to 17 November 2017 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset-West. The objective of the conference is to provide a regional platform to share information between electric utilities, international manufacturers, universities, standardizing bodies, and authorities on … Continue reading “Cigré Southern Africa regional conference announced”

Launch of multiple styled solar roof tiles

  Electric vehicles maker Tesla Motors recently presented a much-awaited solar roof product developed with SolarCity. The tiles are made from quartz glass and solar cells. The solution will cost less than a traditional roof when the expected utility bill savings are taken into account, the company says. The solar tiles … Continue reading “Launch of multiple styled solar roof tiles”

Pre-register for the 2017 IESSA Lighting Show (free-of-charge)

  The 2017 IESSA Lighting Show is a dedicated exhibition of lighting products and technologies organised by the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA). The 2017 IESSA Lighting Show and will take place at the Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg, on 8 and 9 March 2017. Pre-register(free-of-charge) for the 2017 … Continue reading “Pre-register for the 2017 IESSA Lighting Show (free-of-charge)”

Will Trump Make This $7 Billion Clean-Coal Plant Irrelevant?

January 28, 2017

reaction and strips out carbon dioxide that can be sent, by pipeline, to nearby oil fields.“We see carbon capture as one of the critical-path technologies to get to a low carbon world,” said Kurt Waltzer… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tillerson Escapes Deposition in Teens’ Climate Change Case

— that “the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels.”‘Open Mind’Before taking office, Trump dubbed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Call for papers: Cigré session 47

January 27, 2017

  Cigré is calling for papers for the 47th Cigré session. The event will be held in Paris from 26 to 31 August 2018. Synopses must be received by the central office by 30 June 2017. Your paper must be sent to the national committee office well in advance of this … Continue reading “Call for papers: Cigré session 47”

Africa Energy Indaba 2017 draws Africa’s leading women in energy

  The third annual Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector on Monday 20th February at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference on the continent to launch a … Continue reading “Africa Energy Indaba 2017 draws Africa’s leading women in energy”

Breaking ground at Burundi solar farm

  Gigawatt Global, a solar and social development enterprise, announced a $14-million pioneering project in Burundi, one of the world’s least developed nations, at the ground-breaking ceremony for a 7,5 MW solar farm recently. The project will add 15% to the East African country’s generation capacity. This will be the largest private international … Continue reading “Breaking ground at Burundi solar farm”

Renewable energy success under threat

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recognition of the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) at the World Economic Forum in Davos recently. The association says the contribution the private sector plays in bringing cost efficiencies into South … Continue reading “Renewable energy success under threat”

Natural gas supply bolstered

  Worley Parsons received a certificate of achievement from the former president of Tanzania recently in recognition of the company’s contribution to the successful completion of the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the two natural gas processing plants at Mnazi Bay and Songo Songo Island. The project required a … Continue reading “Natural gas supply bolstered”

Entering the Angolan market

  Rand-Air, known for their rental of compressors and generators, have been operating in African markets Angola and Botswana for a number of years. The company recognised the need to be closer to their customers and their needs. As the pace of development into Africa gains rapid momentum, the company has made establishing … Continue reading “Entering the Angolan market”

150 MW power plant for Bangladesh

  Wärtsilä will supply a 150 MW smart power generation plant to Ace Alliance Power, a special purpose company owned by the Summit group of companies in Bangladesh. The order comprises eight Wärtsilä 50 and one Wärtsilä 32 engines. The contract includes the engineering and equipment (EEQ) with additional advisory … Continue reading “150 MW power plant for Bangladesh”

Mobile power for Kamoa-Kakula copper mine

  The development of the world’s largest high-grade copper deposit (the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC))   is now running on power from the DRC’s national grid using a mobile substation recently commissioned by South Africa’s Gauteng-based Zest Energy. The 120/11 kV mobile substation will serve … Continue reading “Mobile power for Kamoa-Kakula copper mine”

Keystone, Dakota Access Lines Face Hurdles Despite Trump Support

timing remains unclear. The case in court, between Energy Transfer and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will continue. It’s likely a hearing could come in the first half of February and a decision… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Elon Musk Floated the Idea of a Carbon Tax to Trump, an Official Says

changing and described a carbon tax as the most efficient means of embedding the cost of carbon in economic decisions from oil companies to consumers. QuickTake: Carbon Pricing Spreads Along With… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Wants to Downplay Global Warming. Louisiana Won’t Let Him

petitioning the federal government for money to move inland.But nowhere is the rush to adapt to climate change more urgent than in Louisiana. Levees built in the aftermath of the Great Mississippi Flood… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Scientists Warn Trump’s Border Wall Will Be Bad for the Planet

the wall, click hereMost of the carbon dioxide from concrete comes from its main ingredient: cement. The cement industry accounts for about 5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, according… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What's Good About Keystone

likely scenario now that Canada has agreed to reduce carbon emissions as part of the Paris climate-change agreement, and Alberta has adopted a carbon tax.Finally, many environmentalists argue that pipelines… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macquarie Said Planning Split, Not Strip, for U.K. Green Bank

the lack of safeguards that will protect the future of the GIB as an enduring funder of the low-carbon economy,” she said in an e-mailed statement. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Musk’s Surprise Rapport With Trump Means 40% Rally for Tesla

the USA.” Both Musk and Tillerson have expressed support for a tax on carbon emissions.Musk raised the prospect of a carbon tax directly with Trump and U.S. business leaders at Monday’s meeting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This Company Wants to Convert Used Clothing Into Fuel

through multiple distillation and vaporization cycles. The process generates half the amount of carbon dioxide that’s produced when making the material from scratch. Getting the polyester to a high… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity supply industry restructuring: options for the organisation of government assets

January 26, 2017

  This report dated April 2016 was produced by Genesis Analytics for Trade and Industry Policy Strategies (TIPS) for Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), and is made available by EE Publishers in the public and the industry interest. The introduction to the Genesis report is given below. Click here to read the … Continue reading “Electricity supply industry restructuring: options for the organisation of government assets”

UK PM May says hopes all parties stick to Paris climate agreement

… on Wednesday she hoped all countries involved in the Paris Climate Agreement… Donald Trump said he would pull the United States out of the agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Canada Faces Era of Pipeline Abundance After Keystone Move

than a year after his predecessor Barack Obama rejected it on grounds it would contribute to climate change. The decision follows the Canadian government’s approval in November of Kinder Morgan Inc… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BP Sees a Future of Slowing Oil Demand Growth, Abundant Supplies

lower-carbon fuels. Renewables will be the fastest-growing energy source with an average annual expansion of 7.6 percent, resulting in a quadrupling of supply over the next 20 years.Carbon emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Evokes Reagan in Bid to Make U.S. Green Again Under Trump

government has beefed up regulatory review of pipeline approvals and is pressing ahead with a national carbon price despite warnings of creating, or exacerbating, competitive disadvantages. Trump, meanwhile… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Science Under Scrutiny By Trump Political Staff

including details of scientific evidence showing that the Earth’s climate is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame. Ericksen clarified his earlier statements he made to The Associated Press… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Praises ‘Monumental’ Paris Agreement in Signal to Trump

2030, sets the most store on technology to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Colton said. Global carbon dioxide emissions will peak in the 2030s and then fall as energy efficiency and clean power increase… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pragmatism and common-sense in energy planning

January 25, 2017

  The Department of Energy released its revised version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2030, which has been updated to cater for South Africa’s energy needs up to 2050, on 22 November 2016. TC Madikane, SAIEE president Preliminary results shared by the Department of Energy (DoE) show that some … Continue reading “Pragmatism and common-sense in energy planning”

Recloser supports IEC 61850 implementation

  In response to fulfill part of NOJA Power’s mission to offer its customers integrated solutions using innovative products, the company has incorporated IEC 61850 to its recloser controller (RC). IEC 61850, the standard protocol for power utility automation, has been approved to be utilised for smart grid solutions. It includes features … Continue reading “Recloser supports IEC 61850 implementation”

Scotland to remove reliance on oil and gas by 2030

  The Scottish government wants 50% of Scotland’s entire energy needs to come from renewables by 2030, thereby cutting the country’s reliance on North Sea oil and gas. Severin Carrell, the Guardian’s Scotland editor, reports there has been a significant shift of emphasis by the Scottish National party which, after championing North Sea … Continue reading “Scotland to remove reliance on oil and gas by 2030”

Trump Pins Keystone, Dakota Pipeline Fate on Renegotiation

the White House Council on Environmental Quality will be given swifter reviews, under “expedited procedures and deadlines for completion” of necessary environmental analysis.A separate memo asks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

EU Said to Spare Foreign Flights From Carbon Curbs Through 2020

The European Union will propose extending an exemption on foreign flights from its carbon market until 2020 after nations worldwide reached a historic deal last year to introduce a global system… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A National Park Sent, and Later Deleted, Tweets About Climate Change

National Park Service; Twitter.comOne tweet focused on carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas heating the atmosphere. The Bloomberg Carbon Clock currently estimates the atmospheric level of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Even Three Scorching Years Don't Make a Trend

theory of carbon dioxide warming is also backed by basic physics. Tabletop experiments show that carbon dioxide absorbs infrared radiation, while oxygen and nitrogen do not. While carbon dioxide… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Admin Orders EPA Contract Freeze And Media Blackout

have questioned the validity of climate science showing that the Earth is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame. Staff at the Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Research Service also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy storage trends and opportunities in emerging markets

January 24, 2017

  Energy storage is a crucial tool for enabling the effective integration of renewable energy and unlocking the benefits of local generation and a clean, resilient energy supply. The technology continues to prove its value to grid operators around the world who must manage the variable generation of solar and … Continue reading “Energy storage trends and opportunities in emerging markets”

Oil Bonds May Face Sharp Repricing on Climate, BOE Analysts Blog

hydrocarbons, according to post on Monday entitled “The tip of the iceberg: the implications of climate change on financial markets. Oil and gas companies owe more than $636 billion of debt maturing after… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Theresa May Seeks Clean Energy to Buoy Vision of Global Britain

meeting its carbon budgets as well as its plan to privatize its U.K. Green Investment Bank.“A truly green industrial strategy must mean more investment than ever in the zero-carbon economy, helping… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Can the Bond Market Save the Planet

After Paris hosted the 2015 Climate Change Accord, it’s fitting that France is pioneering one way in which it might be paid for: green bonds. The country is making its debut appearance in the market… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Donald Trump Energy Policy Fights Winds Of Change

vistas, Wyoming is known as a coal state (one of the bill’s sponsors represents a place called Carbon County, among others). Some 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined in Wyoming, which sits atop the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Freeing the U.S. From OPEC No Longer Just a Dream: Bloomberg Government Energy

essential mission of protecting our air and water.Clean Coal Ain’t CheapA U.K. competition to spur carbon capture and storage technology that was scrapped in 2015 was on track to cost taxpayers about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Citi Spoofing and Yahoo Hacking

State Funds to Form $125 Billion Investment Firm. The tip of the iceberg: the implications of climate change on financial markets. Fannie Mae Shareholders Lose Another Round in Federal Court. The carp… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Range of CTs extended

January 23, 2017

  Denver Technical Products offers a wide range of clamp-type current transformers (CTs) from French company Universal Technic. The range, which includes a variety of sizes for different bubars, has been extended and now offers over 3500 products for AC/DC current measurement from 1 mA to 15 000 A.   … Continue reading “Range of CTs extended”

Engineering firm achieves Level 2 BBBEE status

  Sithole Salani Royal HaskoningDHV SA consulting engineers has achieved broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) Level 2 status. Salani Sithole, the company’s managing director, said he believes in actively focusing on transformation initiatives and practicing good corporate governance and ethics. Infrastructure development is at the core of the government’s national … Continue reading “Engineering firm achieves Level 2 BBBEE status”

Multi-million dollar contract for UHVDC system

  ABB has teamed up with India’s national electricity grid operator Power Grid Corporation of India (Powergrid) in a mega project worth over $640-million for ABB to deliver a transmission link that will have the capacity to bring reliable electricity to more than 80-million people. The Raigarh-Pugalur 800 kV ultra high voltage … Continue reading “Multi-million dollar contract for UHVDC system”

Companies secure Eskom’s vow to not cut electricity

  Eight companies with extensive industrial operations which need uninterrupted power supply filed an urgent court application to stop Eskom from cutting the electricity of the Madibeng municipality in North West province, Netwerk24 reported recently. The court bid in the Pretoria High Court gave rise to Eskom agreeing to not cutting … Continue reading “Companies secure Eskom’s vow to not cut electricity”

Why Obama Just Wrote Articles in 3 Academic Journals

time and development, they will grow to become consensus. As we’ve seen with issues like climate change, consensus isn’t the same as complete acceptance. Nevertheless, scholarly debate can push… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Volkswagen Executives in Germany to Face U.S. Charges in Diesel Case

January 21, 2017

working for the automaker in 1997 and served as general manager in charge of its Environmental and Engineering Office from 2012 to 2015, according to the complaint. That agency was primarily responsible… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

As Trump Vows to Kill Climate Plan, California Pushes Back

Island. And Ohio, Illinois and Michigan have enacted laws to expand clean energy development.“Climate change is impacting California now, and we need to continue to take bold and effective action,”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Aides Prepare List of Early Energy Changes, Sources Say

domestic development. Explicit targets for repeal include Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which limits carbon emissions from power plants, and a water pollution rule.”For too long, we’ve been held back by… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Utilities Want $1 Billion to Aid Electric Car Use

request from the California Public Utilities Commission to come up with a plan that’ll help cut carbon emissions in the state, Nichols said in a telephone interview Friday.Edison’s plan includes pilot… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s To-Do List: What to Expect From an Unexpected President

signature health care law.Trump is expected to reverse Obama’s initiatives on energy and climate change, including by approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Undoing the previous administration’s work… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Climate Change May Reduce Some U.S. Grain Harvests by Half

temperatures may cut the wheat harvest by 20 percent by the end of the century without efficient carbon reductions, according to a study by researchers including the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

GE Misses Sales Estimates as Oil Weighs on Immelt’s Overhaul

The results underscored GE’s challenges to find its footing after a sluggish economy curbed growth in 2016 and pressured Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt’s efforts to sharpen the focus on machinery… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ford Targets London’s ‘White Van Man’ to Drive Down Emissions

Minister Nick Hurd said in an interview on Friday. “There are three reasons for that. One is the carbon agenda, the second is the clean air agenda, which is critical now in places like London. But… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What to Expect from Trumponomics: QuickTake Scorecard

Paris climate–change accord. He has also said he would preserve rules that protect health and safety. He doesn’t seem to share others’ worries that deregulation could worsen climate change or invite… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

U.K. Carbon Capture May Have Cost $11 Billion, Watchdog Says

January 20, 2017

A U.K. competition to spur carbon capture and storage technology that was scrapped in 2015 was on track to cost taxpayers about 8.9 billion pounds ($11 billion), the National Audit Office said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Africa Clean-Power Push May Help EU Migrant Crisis, Conde Says

account for more than half the world’s population growth, according to the United Nations.European Interest“Apart from the growth of populism, I have high hopes because of what we’ve accomplished… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Perry Vows to Defend Energy Department Research, Loan Programs

Trump’s pick for Energy secretary vowed to defend that department’s research into efficiency and carbon capture technology, while also apologizing for his previous call to shutter the entire agency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Toyota Chairman Says Fuel-Cell Cars Need More Time to Catch On

Simon Dawson/BloombergFuel-cell vehicles are a cornerstone of Toyota’s plan to rid 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from its autos by 2050. To facilitate the infrastructure build-out, Toyota… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Politics Bleed Into U.S. Briefing on World’s Warmest Year

row, temperatures set a record high in 2016. They repeated the usual data pointing to man-made carbon emissions as the culprit. That’s where the state of politics began seeping into the conversation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

America Isn't That Divided on the Environment

the 10,000 farmers contacted in the study, interest in learning more about how to better manage carbon-rich soils was not affected by references to climate change — interest was the same whether… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Nominees Accept Global Warming, But Only to a Degree

opposes the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, the primary regulation issued to reduce carbon emissions. But he signaled he no longer opposes the agency’s endangerment finding. It’s because… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewable energy: fastest growing power source

January 19, 2017

  Over the next five years, the IEA forecasts that renewables will remain the fastest-growing source of electricity generation, with their share growing to 28% in 2021, from 23% in 2015. Renewables are also expected to cover more than 60% of the increase in world electricity generation over the medium … Continue reading “Renewable energy: fastest growing power source”

Engineering company signs partnership agreement

  Schneider Electric recently signed an agreement with Eya Bantu Professional Services as part of its global Alliance Partner Programme for the energy sector. Schneider Electric South Africa has localised this global initiative in order to identify, support and effectively transfer energy management and automation skills. Eya Bantu Consulting, which was … Continue reading “Engineering company signs partnership agreement”

French nuclear industry concerns and Koeberg

  Electricite de France (EDF) has recently shut down several of their nuclear reactors as a precautionary measure, to inspect components for possible defects or subsequent degradation.  The issue originated during inspections at its new construction site at Flamanville. These inspections suggested that certain components might have left the forging … Continue reading “French nuclear industry concerns and Koeberg”

Overhead line and cable differential protection relay

  WoodBeam announces the introduction of the Reyrolle Solkor N 7SR18 overhead line and cable differential protection relay, an enhanced version of the Solkor N 7SG18. The new Solkor has two stage, three phase line differential protection, six channel inter-tripping, back-up directional overcurrent and earthfault / sensitive earthfault. Additional voltage inputs … Continue reading “Overhead line and cable differential protection relay”

IEA Sees Significant Gains in U.S. Shale Oil as Prices Rise

BloombergOil prices have risen about 20 percent since the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries reached a deal to curtail supply last year. The Nov. 30 agreement prompted a surge in activity in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Top Oil Traders Disclosed Trump Campaign Donations of Just $168

real-estate developer and former reality television star, Trump has questioned the validity of climate change and nominated former Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson as his secretary… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China tells firms to start reporting carbon emissions

… a national carbon market. The National Development and Reform Commission… website that all companies that emitted more than 13,000 tonnes of carbon… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

California Warns of Break From Washington on Clean-Air Rules

Wednesday the agency should increase its ZEV mandate to help California meet its goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The staff has said that to meet this… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewable energy deployment in Egypt

  Adnan Z. Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently met  with H.E. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, president of Egypt, in Cairo. They discussed opportunities for accelerated renewable energy deployment in Egypt as well as cooperation between Egypt and the Agency. Egypt currently holds the presidency of the … Continue reading “Renewable energy deployment in Egypt”

Efficiency and environmental protection in coal-fired power stations

  The installation of a number of induced-draft (ID) fans ensure efficient and reliable operation at South Africa’s new large-scale coal-fired power plants, Medupi and Kusile. Ageing infrastructure and a lack of new power stations led to a steady reduction in reserve capacity in the South African electrical power grid, … Continue reading “Efficiency and environmental protection in coal-fired power stations”

Understanding Eskom’s nuclear ambitions – an interview with David Nicholls

January 18, 2017

  In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed ten questions to David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, to explore issues surrounding Eskom’s proposed new nuclear procurement programme for South Africa, and to try and understand Eskom’s thinking. These are his responses, published below in slightly edited … Continue reading “Understanding Eskom’s nuclear ambitions – an interview with David Nicholls”

Using a aeroderivative turbine for power generation

  The importance of renewable power generation technologies such as wind, solar and tidal cannot be questioned. But what happens when there is no wind or sun and there are low tides? Siemens aeroderivative gas turbine technology is a flexible, economical and efficient alternative to around-the-clock generation, be it for … Continue reading “Using a aeroderivative turbine for power generation”

Off-grid and mini-grid market outlook, Q1 2017

  This is the inaugural issue of a quarterly assessment of the latest developments in distributed energy and electrification in emerging or remote markets. The most noteworthy recent development has been two investments from Africa-focused private equity funds in pay-as-you-go solar home system companies, which are increasingly viewed as a … Continue reading “Off-grid and mini-grid market outlook, Q1 2017”

Drought-to-Drenched California Faces H20 Balancing Act

depletions may be with us for years, maybe decades, maybe forever,” said Lund, a civil and environmental engineering professor who writes the California Water Blog.Still, 2017 started out with such a bang… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Toyota, Shell Among Giants Betting $10.7 Billion on Hydrogen

massive potential.”Fuel cell vehicles are a cornerstone of Toyota’s plan to rid 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from its vehicles by 2050. The automaker has long contended it’s more likely… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In Break With Trump, Interior Pick Says Climate Change No Hoax

which nearly 200 countries agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions.Still, Trump’s transition teams are filled with activists who have argued that carbon dioxide is not affecting the Earth’s temperature… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Xi at Davos Urges Trump to Stay in ‘Hard Won’ Paris Climate Deal

government has suspended 101 coal-power projects across 11 provinces as it moves toward cutting carbon dioxide emissions. The deferred investments are worth about 430 billion yuan ($63 billion), China’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Call for papers: Earthing Africa 2017 symposium and exhibition

January 17, 2017

  The inaugural symposium and exhibition on earthing, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and lightning protection will be held at the Thaba Eco Hotel in Johannesburg on 5 to 9 June 2017. Under the theme “System enhancement through correct earthing technology”, Earthing Africa will bring industry and academia from Africa and abroad … Continue reading “Call for papers: Earthing Africa 2017 symposium and exhibition”

Smog-Choked China May Fast-Track Green Debt, Top Banker Says

“China is central to our focus on sustainable financing, having set out a clear path to a lower carbon economy,” said Alexi Chan, global co-head of debt capital markets at HSBC. “Market-based reforms… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Namibian gas for South Africa

  The Ibhubesi Gas Project (IGP) is a mature natural gas field development with eleven wells drilled thus far consisting of seven gas discoveries, which is an encouragingly high success rate. With over half a trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven gas reserves at a 2P level and situated 80 km … Continue reading “Namibian gas for South Africa”

Managing complex turnkey projects with ease

  The ability of Marthinusen & Coutts, a division of ACTOM, to manage complex turnkey projects has again been underpinned by the successful completion of a project for Impala Platinum Mine to refurbish two mobile generator sets. The two generator sets provide backup power at the mine outside Rustenburg. The project … Continue reading “Managing complex turnkey projects with ease”

Wind farm completes foundations on schedule

  Khobab Wind Farm has announced the completion of its final wind turbine foundation.  All 61 of its wind turbine foundations have been completed ahead of the schedule, on 5 December 2016. The first foundation pour was finished on 30 June 2016 with employees from the local community working tirelessly … Continue reading “Wind farm completes foundations on schedule”

Fiat Chrysler Needs to Be Cleaner Than Clean

January 16, 2017

The EPA says Fiat failed to disclose engine software that led to increased emissions of nitrogen oxide from 104,000 Jeeps and Dodge trucks with certain engines sold in the U.S. since 2014. Non-disclosure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Marchionne Faces Cheating Charge From Weaker Position Than VW

the balance sheet, global scale or brand strength to weather a VW-size scandal, is that the Environmental Protection Agency’s case isn’t as sweeping as what hit the German auto giant. The regulator… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Sometimes the People Need to Call the Experts

The faculty would also underestimate the backlash from the American public for their social engineering. It’s a good rule of governance that policy cannot race too far ahead of the citizenry, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Chinese, Germans Seek to Turn Chernobyl Wasteland to Solar Park

RentsChinese companies GCL System Integration Technology Co Ltd. and China National Complete Engineering Corp said in November that they plan to build a 1 gigawatt solar project on the site in several… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Fiat Supplier Cummins Has Better News Ahead

today. Things are actually looking up for the truck-engine maker. The stock plunged as much as 4.7 percent on Thursday after the Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Why It Seems Like Open Season on Car Companies: QuickTake Q&A

Why are so many companies in trouble?Most of the environmental cases deal with stringent emissions standards put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2001. Carmakers were given until… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Is cutting power really the best solution to non-payment of electricity?

  Eskom has announced that it will start disconnecting power from 52 towns in 16 local municipalities across four provinces from today. This follows a recent North Gauteng High Court ruling which rejected AfriForum’s appeal to prevent the power utility from taking this action. Roger Lilley In a statement on … Continue reading “Is cutting power really the best solution to non-payment of electricity?”

Stake acquired in turbine, transmission manufacturer

  WEG SA has acquired a controlling stake on TGM Indústria e Comércio de Turbinas e Transmissões, (TGM), a Brazilian manufacturer of turbines and transmissions with headquarters in Sertãozinho, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Founded in 1991, TGM is a provider of solutions and equipment for power generator drivers, focusing on thermal and … Continue reading “Stake acquired in turbine, transmission manufacturer”

Ignoring Trump’s Skepticism, Davos Elite Bets on Climate Change

January 15, 2017

Turk, head of climate change at the IEA in Paris and a former senior U.S. climate diplomat.Opportunities RisingWith money-making opportunities rising, traditional climate change advocates — Al… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Popular U.S. Gas Bet’s at Risk of Crumbling on Pipeline Logjam

January 14, 2017

of the project’s possible impact on climate change was warranted. Scott Castleman, a spokesman for TransCanada, said in an e-mail that there are no changes to the timeline for Leach XPress, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Defies Automakers by Keeping Efficiency Standards Intact

review as a condition of endorsing the plan in 2011. The standards require automakers to limit carbon-dioxide emissions by boosting their fleetwide fuel economy to a 50.8 miles per gallon average… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Best Cars at 2017 North American International Auto Show Detroit

each filled with cosmetic, comfort, and technological enhancements including sound systems, carbon fiber, and Alcantara headlining, are optional. The 2018 Lexus LC goes on sale in May. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Resolution to Eskom’s stand-off with renewable energy sector in SA sought

January 13, 2017

  Following an unseemly public standoff between Eskom and the renewable energy sector in South Africa, including suggestions made by Eskom’s acting CEO Matshela Koko that the country’s national, state-owned, scientific and industrial research, development and technology commercialisation body, CSIR, is a lobby group for renewable energy, it appears the … Continue reading “Resolution to Eskom’s stand-off with renewable energy sector in SA sought”

Importance of regulators in emerging electricity markets

  The African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR) held a workshop and conference on regulation under the theme “Emerging electricity markets in Africa”. The conference was held from 6 to 8 December 2016 in Pretoria and attended by 45 delegates from 17 different southern African countries. This report summarises the … Continue reading “Importance of regulators in emerging electricity markets”

Future of nuclear energy assured

  The Future Energy Jobs Bill has passed through the Senate of the US state of Illinois, with measures to support the continued operation of nuclear power plants as part of a package to support clean energy in the region. This bill will secure thousands of jobs and ensure continued operation … Continue reading “Future of nuclear energy assured”

SAREC responds to nuclear determination and procurement plans

  The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) says it is hugely disappointed to hear that the Department of Energy and NERSA have “seemingly rushed through a Section 34 determination for the procurement of 9600 MW of nuclear energy on the basis of the very outdated Integrated Resource Plan published in … Continue reading “SAREC responds to nuclear determination and procurement plans”

Wave-energy test facility planned

  Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Centre (NNMREC) was recently awarded up to US$40-million from the US Department of Energy, to create the world’s premier wave-energy test facility. The NNMREC facility, known as the Pacific Marine Energy Centre South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS), is planned to be … Continue reading “Wave-energy test facility planned”

California Considers Guaranteeing Carbon Prices in Trump Era

facility, private developers of low-carbon projects bid in a reverse auction for an option to sell their credits to the facility, known as EPAF, at a set price. If carbon market prices rise, auction winners… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tillerson Would Conduct U.S. Foreign Policy on Behalf of Oil and Natural Gas Interests

The Real News, 12 January, 2017. The Former ExxonMobil CEO has failed to demonstrate he would recuse himself from decisions that would affect his former employer, and he also does not grasp the urgency of climate change, says Jamie Henn and Antonia Juhasz. See the video and transcript here

Microgrids: cost-effective, sustainable and resilient

  The price of electricity and cost of generation are key challenges facing large parts of Africa. Such an environment presents opportunities to implement clean small-scale energy solutions that can utilise existing infrastructure and apply Africa’s natural resources. Webb Meko, Black & Veatch Microgrids are low-cost, fast-track, flexible power solutions being … Continue reading “Microgrids: cost-effective, sustainable and resilient”

USDA analysis says ethanol sharply cuts greenhouse gas emissions

… greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 43 percent relative to gasoline. That marks… as a special advisor. Greenhouse gas emissions from ethanol are less… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Fiat Chrysler Accused of Diesel Emissions Cheating by U.S.

director of the Safe Climate Campaign, said in an e-mailed statement.The EPA’s violation notice said Fiat Chrysler’s diesel engine system had eight control devices changing the emissions of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Said to Defy Automakers, Keep Efficiency Standards Intact

review as a condition of endorsing the plan in 2011. The standards require automakers to limit carbon-dioxide emissions by boosting their fleetwide fuel economy to a 50.8 miles per gallon average… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tidal Lagoon May Be Cheaper Than Hinkley, Government Report Says

Swansea Bay off the coast of South Wales, would likely cost “well-below” all other forms of low-carbon energy over their 120-year lifespan, said Charles Hendry, the former energy minister who carried… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom bemoans the cost of renewable energy

January 12, 2017

  Eskom says that while it acknowledges the positive role played by the renewable energy programme in the reduction of load shedding to the benefit to the South African economy, the cost of this programme amounted to R9-billion in 2016. Click here to read the CSIR’s response to the claims made … Continue reading “Eskom bemoans the cost of renewable energy”

Ethics chief of Norway's wealth fund targets excessive greenhouse gas emissions

… with unacceptably large emissions of greenhouse gases, and will recommend exclusions… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Saudis Curb Oil to China, Southern Asia as Others Spared

be identified because the information is confidential. Reductions to a buyer in India were about 20 percent, one of the people said.Overall term supplies to Asia for next month declined between 5… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Obama Plan to Shake Up Coal Leases Could Restrict Trump

Wednesday lays out a menu of potential options for policy makers to consider, including tacking a carbon fee onto coal leases to account for climate change, requiring payments into a fund that could… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

France Seeks 20 Billion Euros for Green Projects in Bond Market

follow, amounting to 20 billion euros “over two to three years including 2017,” he said.France has placed itself at the vanguard of international efforts to tackle climate change and hosted the international… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Climate Change Deniers: Even Exxon’s CEO Has Abandoned You

former head of one of the biggest fossil fuel companies on Earth acknowledged that additional carbon dioxide is warming the planet but left enough ambiguity to float an oil rig through.His assessment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

For Companies Torn Between Industry and Climate, the Heat Is On

companies have embraced. About 530 companies have called on the Trump administration to support low-carbon policies. Influence Map receives funding from groups that include the Climate Change Collaboration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA’s waste ‘could boost GDP by 0.5%’

January 11, 2017

Business Day, 11 January, 2017 The Energy Research Centre study also notes recycling has the potential to increase domestic supply and lower commodity prices A new study by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre shows that recycling could lead to a 0.5% rise in GDP. The study also … Continue reading “SA’s waste ‘could boost GDP by 0.5%’”

NRG, JX Nippon Open $1 Billion Clean Coal Power Project in Texas

the world’s largest system to capture carbon dioxide produced from burning coal at a power plant.The $1 billion Petra Nova project, which collects carbon emissions from an existing coal-fired power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tillerson Must Answer for Trump, Big Oil, Even Putin in Hearing

spoken publicly in favor of the Paris climate agreement to limit carbon emissions, and acknowledged in 2012 that increasing carbon emissions will have “a warming impact.” At the same time, he said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Can West Virginia’s New Governor Save Coal Country?

Sierra Club. Burning natural gas releases half the amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as coal; wind and solar power don’t emit carbon at all.But employment in the coal industry, always arduous… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Analysts trim EU carbon price forecasts as supply swells

January 10, 2017

… their forecasts for European carbon prices in the bloc’s Emission Trading… a carbon allowance for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Climate Disasters Cost U.S. $46 Billion as Flooding Leads List

agriculture.“We have not arrived in our climate of the future, but we have certainly left our climate of the past,” said Deke Arndt, chief of the National Centers’ climate monitoring branch. “Our institutions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

France’s Economy Minister Visits Tesla in Bid to Woo Musk

January 7, 2017

including barring old cars from roads.Musk has also argued that regulators need to discourage carbon emissions when Paris hosted the UN’s COP 21 climate talks at the end of 2015.French billionaire… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Rules Out Arctic Oil Drilling Extensions for Exxon and BP

until they have rigorous tests in place that assess whether these projects make sense in the low-carbon world Canada championed in the Paris climate agreement,” he said in an e-mail.Trudeau and Obama… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Oil Is Having a Moment in the Sun. It Will Be Brief

January 6, 2017

helps explain Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s $52 billion takeover of BG Group. And gas is much less carbon-intensive than coal.Big oil’s restraint is good for investors too, not just tree-huggers. Crude’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Meet the Obscure Group Influencing Trump’s Energy Policy

tracking U.S. funding of private energy ventures, circulates a survey on voter opposition to carbon taxes and scrutinizes the cost of wind and solar power. The group has become a go-to source for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

As Sun Sets on Canada Energy, Grafton Eyes Renewables

operations struggle to remain competitive, she said. Uncertainty over Alberta’s tax regime and carbon pricing also deter foreign investors, she said.“In Alberta, I think we’re going to get the rising… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carbon Tax Means Alberta Drivers No Longer Pay Cheapest at Pump

January 5, 2017

up their cars and pickups with the cheapest gasoline in the country. Not any more.A provincial carbon tax of 4.49 cents a liter went into effect in the new year that makes Alberta the third-cheapest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Needs a Nuclear Option

January 4, 2017

the advantage that availability isn’t contingent on the weather.China’s best route to a lower-carbon future will involve reducing coal’s three-quarters share of the electricity mix. That will involve… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar Could Beat Coal to Be the Cheapest Power on Earth

January 3, 2017

will drop below coal varies in each country. Places that import coal or tax polluters with a carbon price, such as Europe and Brazil, will see a crossover in the 2020s, if not before. Countries… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. calls for rapid progress on greenhouse-gas pact

December 31, 2016

… to cut the use of a family of powerful greenhouse gases and take a big… often replaced them, while better for the ozone layer, are greenhouse… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Tillerson Climate-Change Testimony Set Before Trump Sworn In

December 30, 2016

— that “the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels.”‘Future Generations’“Rex Tillerson is one of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Petronas Eyes New Island for $27 Billion Canada LNG Plan

December 29, 2016

standards and economic growth for the oil and gas exporting country. Trudeau has introduced a carbon price and a ban on crude oil tankers along the northwest coast where the Petronas gas facility… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau’s Energy Boss Turns to Electricity After Oil Decisions

December 28, 2016

stick-handled the file.“I’m proud of being able to approve major projects while respecting our climate change goals, and while meaningfully accommodating indigenous peoples,” said Carr. “We knew ultimately… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Free-Market Case for Climate Science

Are you someone who has faith in the power of free markets? Then you should naturally accept the evidence that human activity is bringing about climate change.Free and competitive markets work… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Icahn Sees Doubts About Ethanol Mandate Among Trump’s Advisers

passed under President George W. Bush that sought to slow the pace of oil consumption and its carbon footprint. Each gallon is tracked by a unique, 38-digit Renewable Identification Number.Todd… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Toshiba’s M&A Meltdown Shows Risks in Nuclear

posed by global warming because unlike burning coal, splitting atoms doesn’t emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide. Countries like India and China are likely to build plenty of reactors.But even if you… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Next Big Climate-Change Battle Starts in India

December 24, 2016

predicts that even with solar racing ahead, carbon emissions will continue at or slightly above current levels for the next three decades. That’s new carbon that’s getting pumped into the air every… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

GOP Fury Over Energy Confronts Reality of Congress’ Snail Pace

Republicans who have vowed to roll back dozens of Obama-era coal, climate and energy regulations are up against a harsh reality: There isn’t enough time to kill them all.A packed congressional… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ignoring Climate Change Just Got More Expensive

models to produce the “social cost of carbon” (SCC) at the heart of dozens of energy-related federal rules. The measure is expressed in dollars per ton of carbon dioxide emitted. The current U.S. estimate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The potential of global emissions trading and China’s cap-and-trade market in particular.

December 23, 2016

Paula DiPerna, a former president of the international division of the Chicago Climate Exchange “The key client, the thing that really wants some change, is the atmosphere. The power is the science and the markets are simply vehicles to link the science to finance.” Here is the full article

U.K. Gets Half of Electricity From Low-Carbon Generators

Low-carbon generators provided half of the U.K.’s power demand for the first time in the third quarter of the year, according to new government figures Thursday.Nuclear, renewables and bioenergy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

States Are the Nuclear Industry’s Best Hope

nuclear power presents a challenge.Nuclear plants produce almost two-thirds of the country’s carbon-free electricity. Because of current limits on the supply of wind and solar power, natural gas… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fukushima’s $70 Billion Cleanup Leaves Foreign Firms in Cold

December 22, 2016

with foreign suppliers related to the Fukushima cleanup, but can’t provide details about these agreements because they aren’t public, a spokesperson said by e-mail.Toshiba doesn’t directly bid for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trudeau Sees Carbon Price as Investment Edge in Age of Trump

Justin Trudeau says Canada’s carbon taxes will draw global investment from energy companies, giving them greater certainty about costs at a time when it’s less clear what the U.S. will do under… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Excludes 15 More Coal Companies

coal-related holdings as managers from Allianz SE to the Church of England seek to reduce their carbon footprint amid escalating international efforts to limit global warming. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Buffett to Ackman Seen as Dealmakers in 2017 Horoscopes

December 21, 2016

sports content cheaply via a deal with ESPN, you could find Aquarius in your orbit. ♉ Taurus 4/20-5/20Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management2016 may be the most hated year since the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Visit Alaska's Crystal Creek Lodge for a Walrus Safari, Legal Ivory

when he washed out of the U.S. Marines at age 20 and went to live with his brother Sam in Seattle. Sam paid a World War II veteran named Jim Freeman $20 to give Twilly a carving lesson in soapstone… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How China Beats the U.S. at Clean-Air Progress

turned away from burning bituminous coal and emissions of particulate matter peaked in the 1950s. Carbon monoxide emissions peaked around 1970 and then fell dramatically. Emissions of volatile organic… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India’s Energy Forecasts Are Falling Short And Climate Could Win

energy consultancy based in Fairfax, Virginia.“This will have the potential to reduce India’s carbon footprint as the demand moves to cleaner supply — a big positive for the fight against global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau Joins Obama in Freezing Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling

home to the world’s third-largest proven oil reserves. Trudeau recently committed to a national carbon price but also approved two new oil pipelines, angering environmentalists.Although some oil companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Vivendi to Lift Stake in Mediaset in Challenge to Berlusconi

December 20, 2016

its strategic ambitions as a major international, European-based media and content group,” the Paris-based company said.The battle between the two tycoons has escalated since last week, when Vivendi… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Ukraine Tries to Clean Up its Banking Mess

decision to act was a bold move. It was also perhaps an unavoidable one, given the changing political climate and Ukraine’s lack of allies in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.Ukraine’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Plants Closed, Cars Stopped as China Faces Smog ‘Red Alert’

and rolling out fleets of electric buses and taxis. But despite its public commitment to reduce carbon emissions, China remains the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal, with plans to build… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Pivots Away From Distorted Energy Markets Toward Gas

in bolstering carbon prices after the EU parliament’s environment panel agreed to remove supply from the market at a faster pace than proposed. The commission’s modeling shows carbon prices of about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Drax Jumps to 5-Month High After EU Approves Biomass Subsidy

Converting a fourth unit would have “limited upside potential” due to the uncertainty of the U.K.’s carbon tax after 2021, said Ashley Thomas, an analyst at Societe Generale in London. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Obama Sets Up Water Clash With Mining Rule Trump Opposes

share of the U.S. electricity mix plunge in the face of cheap natural gas and efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the power supply. Repeal PossibleWith the rule issued just weeks before President… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Olympics-Roland Garros roof or extension "not crucial" for Paris 2024 bid

December 19, 2016

…By Julien Pretot PARIS, May 30 (Reuters) – As the French Open… suffered its first washout in 16 years on Monday, the head of the Paris 2024… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

EU Brandishes Climate Credentials Amid Doubts Over Trump’s Aims

on power plants and factories, aiming to make good on a vow to slash greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide by 40 percent in 2030 compared with 1990 levels. The stricter rules to the EU’s cap-and-trade… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Clean Energy Sector Shrinks After Government Subsidy Cuts

December 17, 2016

The U.K.’s renewable and low-carbon energy sector shrank by 8.7 percent last year, partly because of cuts to subsidies.The sector, from wind farms to electric vehicles, turned over 42.2 billion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. to Detail Offshore Wind Subsidies in Spring Budget 2017

offshore wind and other low-carbon power projects in the 2020s.The government is currently considering the future of the Levy Control Framework, which supports low-carbon power projects through consumer… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Crash of Facebook’s Big Drone Blamed by U.S. NTSB on Autopilot

plane’s computerized flight controls made abrupt maneuvers to keep it on course, breaking the carbon-fiber structure, the National Transportation Safety Board said in conclusions posted online Friday… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What to Get a Billionaire for Christmas

gift recipient will be able to enjoy all those horses in near-mint condition—plus a carbon-fiber body, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a top speed of 218 mph. Of course, when it comes to price, the advantage… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Obama’s Final Push to Adapt to Climate Change

that something is making relocation necessary — perhaps something that has to do with releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That, in turn, would create some interesting tension with Trump’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Rejects Climate Change, but Mar-a-Lago Could Be Lost to the Sea

Fox News that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real. He’s picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a staunch denier of climate change, to run the U.S. Environmental Protection… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Stereotypes Are Poisoning American Politics

tendency to be elderly, and that Florida wound up with more old people for reasons of history and climate. But many anti-racist liberals see Appalachians as akin to an inferior race innately prone to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Sanofi Said to Be in Advanced Talks to Buy Drugmaker Actelion

December 16, 2016

didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment outside of normal business hours. Rare DiseasesParis-based Sanofi swooped in on Actelion after Johnson & Johnson abandoned talks to buy the company… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Europe’s TV Barons Race Across Borders to Outfox Digital Foes

of convergence between media producers and distributors arose in the U.S. with AT&T Inc.’s agreement to buy Time Warner Inc. While struggling with sluggish advertising revenue and viewership, broadcasters… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

EU lawmakers back more ambition in carbon market reform

… endorsed draft reforms of the carbon market post-2020 that aim…-intensive industries. The European Union’s market for carbon credits… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Coalition of 24 states urges Trump to kill Obama's carbon emission plan

… was designed to lower carbon emissions mainly from coal-fired power… of a global deal to curb emissions of carbon dioxide, which an overwhelming… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

UPDATE 2-EU lawmakers back more ambition in carbon market reform

… endorsed draft reforms of the carbon market post-2020 that aim…-intensive industries. The European Union’s market for carbon credits… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Trump Turns to Hunter and Outdoorsman Zinke to Lead Interior

Scorecard, based on lawmakers’ votes on the organization’s top issues, including energy, climate change, public health, wildlife conservation and spending for environmental programs. The average… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How Climate Rules Might Fade Away

calculations, every ton of carbon emitted into the atmosphere imposed $21 of economic cost. It has since been raised to around $40 a ton.This calculation, known as the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), serves as… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Russia Wins in a Retreat on Climate Change

an epic shift away from alternative energy and carbon reduction.That alone probably won’t be enough to change the planet’s course. The biggest carbon emitter, by far, is China, and all of the increases… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Your Next Beer Might Be Made by Artificial Intelligence

where people can go to answer questions about what was good or bad about the brew. Levels of carbonation, bitterness and alcohol content all change based on how people are responding. The algorithm… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Diesel Scandal Hurt the Environment More Than VW

electric vehicles and hybrids, but it hasn’t convinced governments — as it should have — that a carbon tax would work better than tough emission standards for cars.In November, according to the European… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Wolves May Gather Around Obama’s Energy Nursery

projects that include making liquid fuels using renewable energy and improving soil quality and carbon-storage potential through new plant breeds.Perhaps the agency’s fate will come down to a footnote… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cape wine farm shares cash spoils with workers

December 15, 2016

Business Day, 14 December, 2016 Cape Town – Workers at the Spier estate in Stellenbosch in South Africa’s winelands will have a little extra to spend this Christmas after the farm decided to divide a portion of cash earned via carbon credits. Spier announced on Tuesday that it would give … Continue reading “Cape wine farm shares cash spoils with workers”

Rick Perry Was a Clean Energy Governor

hope.While Perry was governor, Texas led the way on two innovations that helped the U.S. lower carbon emissions: the fracking revolution and the boom in wind energy.Fracking began in Texas — and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind

Climatescope, ranks and profiles emerging markets for their ability to attract capital for low-carbon energy projects. The top-scoring markets were China, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carney Panel Urges CEO Compensation Link With Climate Risk

monetary rewards for the management of climate change, according to the CDP, formerly called the Carbon Disclosure Project, which surveys companies on their response to global warming. Another 17 energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Tillerson Pick Has Right View on Climate

Exxon Mobil Corp., supports both the global climate-change accord forged in Paris last year and a carbon tax. So the main question for Tillerson may be this: How will he manage his relationship with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What Could Trip Up Tillerson on Capitol Hill: A Viewer’s Guide

ChangeThe Facts: Bucking previous Exxon leaders, Tillerson acknowledged in 2012 that increasing carbon emissions will have “a warming impact.” At the same time, he said he believes the consequences… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

MTN Said to Extract Several Hundred Million Euros From Iran

December 14, 2016

repatriating dividends from Iran in the future, even if the change in administrations, scheduled for Jan. 20, affects the political climate, one of the people said.An MTN representative declined to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Exxon CEO-in-Waiting to Inherit Rex Tillerson’s Mixed Legacy

investors with a climate–change cover-up. Still, Trump’s election, OPEC’s plan to cut production and Woods’s ability to boost the value of the company’s refineries have all combined to change the face… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Tillerson in His Own Words: Views of Trump Pick for Top Diplomat

that’s a different issue. (speech at Council on Foreign Relations, June 2012)Carbon TaxWe have long supported a carbon tax as the best policy of those being considered. Replacing the hodge-podge… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

As Trump Vows to Boost Drilling, Fracking Foes Turn to Courts

states and the courts to fight a technology they blame for water pollution, earthquakes and climate-warming methane emissions.For drillers, Trump is a hero, unchaining an overregulated industry… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Big Oil Gets a Huge Role in Trump’s Administration

denials. The oil executive has characterized global warming as “a serious risk” and supports a carbon tax as the best way to curb industry emissions, something Trump has said he opposes. Perry, meanwhile… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Warming soil will release billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide

December 13, 2016

Mail & Guardian, 7 December, 2016. The headline on this story was going to be “The soil is going to kill us”. Sans exclamation mark. But that would be irresponsible reporting, and only 17% true. Because that’s the percentage by which carbon in the ground will increase carbon in the … Continue reading “Warming soil will release billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide”

EEX to launch new U.N.-backed carbon contracts

…-based bourse said in a statement on Monday. CERs are U.N.-backed carbon… emissions trading scheme, the world’s biggest carbon market, allows… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Your Evening Briefing

goal is to pump money into risky, long-term energy technology that could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Where to get mind-blowing gifts. As you search for one-of-a-kind gifts for the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

China's Duan to chair UN carbon executive board

… to oversee the UN-backed carbon market for developing nations. Duan… by awarding their investors from developed countries with carbon credits… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Macro-Wars Pave Path for Trump as Axioms of World Economy Crack

development review committee at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in Paris. “People have claimed to have solutions that are simple and effective when in reality the solutions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

After Obama, Trump May Face Children Suing Over Global Warming

himself from that comment during his campaign for president, while vowing to “cancel” the Paris agreement. While he can’t rip up the entire accord, the president-elect has several options for pulling… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Scientists Want to Give the Atmosphere an Antacid to Relieve Climate Change

different solution in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. An aerosol of calcium carbonate would have a similar cooling effect as sulfur dioxide on the upper atmosphere and help protect… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Choice of Tillerson as Secretary of State Sets Up Fight

that humans have contributed to climate change and expressed support for the Paris accord on carbon emissions Obama negotiated last year.”The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Five People Could Block Trump’s Pipeline Promises

even slower pipeline approvals than before as environmental groups, revved up by Trump’s pro-carbon campaign rhetoric, intensify their efforts to gum up FERC’s process.U.S. laws allow public stakeholders… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Peltz Can Do Better Than Honeywell for His Next Activist Target

stable climate-technologies division and business that makes food waste disposals and do-it-yourself tools could earn higher multiples on their own. SG&A expenses accounted for more than 20 percent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Law Firms Risk Losing Corporate Work Unless They Promote Women

Henry, co-founder and managing director of Bliss Lawyers, a legal recruiter.Now, despite the changing climate in Washington, a group of 60 corporate general counsels from Fortune 1000 companies are… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Rapha and How to Look Good on a Bicycle

how easy it is to look ridiculous on a bike.For a moneyed minority, London cycling brand Rapha changed that years ago with stylish riding gear in subtle earth tones—at decidedly unsubtle prices. But… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Higher U.S. Stocks Expected in 2017 by Most in Bloomberg Poll

about the value of their home improving in 2017, 35 percent to 8 percent. That’s up from a 20 percent to 20 percent split at the same time in 2012.On retirement security, 35 percent say they will… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Google Will Be Powered Completely by Clean Energy Next Year

to power all of their operations with renewable energy as part of the global fight against climate change, under the RE100 initiative. Companies signed deals to procure 1.1 gigawatts of green power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Amundi Said to Buy Pioneer From UniCredit for About $3.7 Billion

December 12, 2016

three people with knowledge of the matter.Amundi, advised by Mediobanca SpA, signed the final agreement late Sunday, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deal has yet to be… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Bill Gates Among Rich Individuals Backing $1 Billion Energy Fund

goal is to pump money into risky, long-term energy technology that could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a statement. The investments will likely go into areas such as electricity… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Perry Said to Be Trump’s Top Candidate for Energy Secretary

by paring the traditional air pollution that comes from burning it as well as capturing the carbon dioxide emissions tied to its use for power.Washburne, the chief executive officer of real estate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump ‘Very Close’ on Secretary of State, Lauds Tillerson

his predecessors. “The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action. Increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere are having a warming effect,” the company says on its website.Still… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon CEO Tillerson Emerging as Trump’s Secretary of State Pick

his predecessors. “The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action. Increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere are having a warming effect,” the company says on its website.Still… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Girds for Rise in Political Risk

December 11, 2016

Investment risks related to political upheaval and climate change are on the rise, the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund warned.“If you look at the physical risk issues, the stress is going… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Australia to announce target to cut carbon emissions

… on Tuesday that it plans to cut carbon emissions by at least 26 percent… carbon emitters on a per capita basis due to its reliance on coal-fired… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Quebec Paves Way for Oil, Gas Exploration With New Energy Plan

approved just hours after Canada reached agreement on a national climate deal to establish a minimum carbon price, with Manitoba and Saskatchewan the lone hold-out provinces.Environmentalists have criticized… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carney Panel Set to Demand Climate-Risk Scenarios From Companies

research group that surveys companies on their response to climate issues and was formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project.Williams from PwC said the task force wants to make climate into an issue… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon’s Tillerson Said to Be Lead for Secretary of State Job

December 10, 2016

allegations the company misled investors for years about the projected long-term impact of climate change on its businesses, as well as whether Exxon has properly written down the value of its reserves… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trudeau Strikes Climate Deal Despite Provincial Holdouts

disagreement in the final stages was specifically on carbon pricing, which was one part of the framework. In October, Trudeau threatened to impose a minimum carbon price if provinces don’t agree, and echoed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coca-Cola’s Biggest Challenge Under Next CEO: Cutting Calories

particular both sugar and aspartame,” she said.The stakes are high: Per capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks fell to a 30-year low in the U.S. in 2015, according to Beverage Digest, a trade… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Team’s Asking for Ways to Keep Nuclear Power Alive

Many Incentives’“We’re not sure if the Trump administration is going to have a priority on a low-carbon future, but there are so many incentives for certain technologies that create a skewed or an… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Biden Hails Trudeau, Merkel as Last Liberal Leaders Standing

Canada. Trudeau is speeding up Canada’s phase-out of coal power and putting a national price on carbon emissions. Trump, meanwhile, is looking to overhaul the Energy Department, has threatened to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Icahn Cheers Trump EPA Pick Amid Calls for Fuel-Rule Revamp

passed under President George W. Bush that sought to slow the pace of oil consumption and its carbon footprint. Each gallon is tracked by a unique, 38-digit Renewable Identification Number.If, like… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Mining Tycoon’s $1 Billion Manganese Project Nears Collapse

December 9, 2016

capital, Ouagadougou. The company on Dec. 2 petitioned the International Court of Arbitration in Paris to protect its permit from being withdrawn, he said.A sign sits outside the Tambao mine.Photographer:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Brexit Bulletin: Seaford By-Election Sees Leave Voters Stay Onside

businesses outweigh any advantages of leaving, according to a government official.The program caps greenhouse gas emissions for about 11,000 power stations and factories across Europe, allowing those who… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Kerry ‘Hopeful’ on End to Aleppo Siege as U.S., Russia Eye Deal

The U.S. and Russia introduced a fresh push toward sealing an agreement to halt the siege of Aleppo as Syrian government forces tighten their grip on the opposition stronghold.U.S. Secretary of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.K. Said to Prefer Staying in EU Carbon Market After Brexit

remaining in or replicating the trading program.Read More about Implications of U.K. Exiting Carbon MarketThere are already precedents for non-EU members to participate in the ETS: Iceland, Liechtenstein… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s EPA Pick Reveals Triumph of Politics Over Science

desperate, and the delight of climate change deniers feels, as with all American politics of late, angrier and coarser. The weirdest thing about the U.S. climate discussion, Kahan and University… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Team’s Memo Hints at Broad Shake-Up of U.S. Energy Policy

climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon metrics, used to estimate and justify the climate benefits of new rules. The advisers are also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China-Championed Asia Trade Pact Gains Traction in Jakarta Talks

and Asean region are facing big challenges in various areas, including security, finance, climate change and risk of returning protectionism,” Phuc said at the Bloomberg Asean Business Summit in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

German Car Emissions Probe Widens to Volkswagen’s Porsche

installed devices allowing its cars to sense whether they were being tested for fuel consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions, representatives at both agencies said on Thursday. That type of technology… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Cites N.Y. AG’s ‘Morally Vacant’ Quip in Climate Fight

pressing issue of our time” and said the states needed to “preserve our planet and reduce the carbon emissions that threaten all of the people we represent,” according to Exxon’s filing.The attorney… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Newest 787 Dreamliner Set to Take Off as Trump Roils Boeing

Dreamliner.The manufacturer is counting on the newest and longest Dreamliner to help turn its marquee carbon-fiber jet into a cash machine. So far, the -10 is meeting deadlines and hitting performance targets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State: What It Would Mean

December 8, 2016

Department isn’t likely to remain an advocate of measures to curb carbon emissions such as the Paris Agreement, leaving a leadership gap that could undermine cooperation altogether or cede leadership… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

In Land of World’s Cheapest LNG, Exxon and Total May Team Up

next wave of LNG supplies will be developed. Buyers have shied away from signing long-term agreements that have historically helped fund new projects, which can take six or seven years to develop… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trumps Housing Pick Could Set Back Climate Policy: View (Audio)

development, it could undermine vital efforts to protect Americans from the consequences of climate change. This editorial aired on Bloomberg Radio. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Vietnam Warns of Return of Protectionism as TPP Hopes Fade

and Asean region are facing big challenges in various areas, including security, finance, climate change and risk of returning protectionism,” Phuc said at the Bloomberg Asean Business Summit in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Full Show: Bloomberg Technology (12/07)

Technology.” Guests include: Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington, Atlassian President Jay Simons, Carbon Black CEO Patrick Morley, and Common Cause Director of Media and Democracy Todd O’Boyle. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Will Donald Trump Prioritize Cyber Security?

Carbon Black CEO Patrick Morley discusses how President-Elect Donald Trump will tackle cyber threats… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oklahoma’s Scott Pruitt Said to Be Trump’s Pick to Lead EPA

statement last year.Carbon RulesIf confirmed as head of the EPA, Pruitt could rework that and other regulations or ease off on their enforcement. The fate of Obama’s carbon rules was already uncertain… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Obama’s Climate Rules Are Safer Than They Seem

light-duty vehicles. Some of the most important climate change initiatives come from reducing the carbon emitted by light-duty vehicles, a program run jointly by the EPA and the Department of Transportation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Pick of EPA Foe to Lead Agency May Spark Senate Fight

greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, a water pollution measure and the agency’s conclusion that carbon dioxide is a pollutant endangering public health and welfare.Obamacare SuitHe also filed the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell and Total Said to Sign Initial Oil Deals With Iran

December 7, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA will sign initial agreements on Wednesday to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, in the first European petroleum deals in the Persian Gulf country since sanctions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump's Pick of Ben Carson Could Set Back Climate Policy

percent of Americans share.While much of the climate debate has been about how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a separate effort, led by HUD, is under way to protect Americans from the consequences… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Burkina Faso Says Dispute With Timis Shouldn’t Go to Court

phone from Paris, where he’s attending a conference to raise funds for the West African nation. “We’re still in mediation at the request of Timis group, in line with the framework agreement in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Clean Tech's Future Under Trump Administration

Climate change experts have warned that if the planet warms by more than two degrees by the year 2100,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Drugmaker Genfit Said to Explore Options Including a Sale

which is developing a drug for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH, is also weighing licensing agreements, partnerships or joint ventures, one of the people said, asking not to be identified as the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Kerry Has Faith the Trump Administration Will Be ‘Fact’ Based

January, slammed the Iran accord as one of the worst deals in history and once dismissed climate change as a Chinese hoax. Kerry indicated he had cause to be optimistic because the President-elect… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Price tag on climate change in Latin America: $100 billion

…SAO PAULO, June 5 – Damage from climate change could cost Latin… particularly vulnerable to impact from climate change due to its geographic… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Indonesia Takes New Step to Combat Loss of Forests, Fires

conservation research group says will help prevent annual fires and substantially cut the country’s carbon emissions if properly implemented. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s amendment to the moratorium… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Smaller, Safer, Saltier: Next-Gen Nuclear Draws Thiel and the UN

environmentalist, and I think nuclear power is one of the most important ways to produce more carbon-free electricity,” said Dewan, who envisions atomic power costing less than coal.“Things are… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SHE’s No. 2: Gender Diversity Lures Buyers to One of 2016’s Top ETF Debuts

with institutions being more socially conscious and into things like gender diversity and low-carbon stocks.”Even so, it’s not easy to reach the fund’s level of assets under management in such a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Hydro-Quebec Eyes More Green Power Sales in U.S. Northeast

contracts from states like Massachusetts and New York that want to lower emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide.“The states we are working with, mainly New England and New York, are reallyengaged in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump and Gore Meet on Climate After Talks Opened With Ivanka

December 6, 2016

taken a more hostile view on climate change. The head of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team, Myron Ebell, has pushed to defund United Nations climate programs. The president-elect’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Monsanto Says Next Breakthrough for Farmers Is a Friendly Fungus

modified corn seeds that it says will not only boost yields but cut down on fertilizer use and carbon-dioxide emissions.The seed giant, together with Danish company Novozymes A/S, has developed a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Norwegian Surges After U.S. Approves Trans-Atlantic Expansion

where no-frills predecessors such as Laker Airways failed. The introduction of Boeing Co.’s 787 carbon fiber jetliner to the fleet has already delivered a step change in operating expenses, with fuel… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Meeting Exxon Mobil’s Tillerson as Cabinet Hunt Grows

Vice President Al Gore, an environmentalist who has campaigned for years to make combating climate change a global priority.Trump tweeted four years ago that “the concept of global warming was created… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

What the Trump Team Gets Wrong About ‘Politicized’ Science

light through different gases and showing that oxygen and nitrogen had no warming effect, but carbon dioxide did. Later in the 19th century, scientists started to realize that burning fossil fuels… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Most Instagrammed Luxury Hotels of 2016

photo by Carl Bradley Ace McMullen Here’s the strategy for winning at Aria: Head straight to Carbone, where everything is served with a heaping side of dramatic effect, be it the Caesar Alla ZZ… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Sixty world leaders to attend U.N. climate signing in New York on April 22

December 5, 2016

… year’s Paris climate change agreement, though it remains unclear how… States have said they will ink the agreement on April 22 in a step… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump Takes ‘Thank-You Tour’ to Wealthy Donor’s Costume Ball

Heartland Institute, an Illinois-based think tank that questions the scientific consensus on climate change, wore prisoner’s stripes with the word “DENIER” on his back. His wife, Diane, dressed as… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

NZ proposes international carbon trading limits

… carbon trading scheme, the only one of its kind outside Europe, would… limit the use of international carbon credits and cap the price… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Norway Government Crisis Averted as Budget Deal Is Secured

December 4, 2016

a last-minute accord was struck with the government agreeing to further measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions among other initiatives, the four parties announced at press conference late Saturday… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Ford Willing to Work With Trump If Policies Are Right: CEO

Ford has made no change in its plan to invest an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicles by 2020, and to install this technology in 40 percent of its nameplates.Climate ChangeFord wants to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How AI Slashed Two Million Tonnes of CO2 In One Year

December 3, 2016

the meantime, governments, industries and individuals are doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. Invenia is a company that applies AI to electricity markets and grid to make them… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exelon’s Nuclear Plants Get a Lifeline From Illinois Lawmakers

and its Quad Cities reactors a year later after its push for a measure that would promote zero-carbon energy failed in a regular legislative session. Critics of the latest bill have warned that it… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Briton put at helm of European Parliament's carbon debate

… seeks balance between industry, climate needs * Carbon debate could… opposed to carbon trading reforms that would penalise their coal-reliant… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Tommy Hilfiger’s Ferrari Enzo Might Fetch $3 Million at Auction

contemporary LaFerrari. It incorporated so much racing technology—a carbon fiber body, an electro-hydraulic automated-manual transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, an impossibly high-revving V-12 engine—it… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Europe Can Claim Clean Energy Leadership

removing significant hurdles that have so far stymied the development of these flexible and low carbon resources across Europe.She pointed out, however, that implementing equal treatment for “new… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ford CEO Sees ‘Pressure’ on Business Without Softer Fuel Rules

economy and lessen the industry’s environmental impact, because the company acknowledges climate change as a serious threat, Fields said. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ford Willing to Work With Trump If Policies Are Right, CEO Says

economy and lessen the industry’s environmental impact, because the company acknowledges climate change as a serious threat, Fields said.The automaker has cut profit forecasts twice in the last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Response to the Pleas to Shut Up Trump

value. I look forward eagerly to their earnest condemnations of publication of lists of climate change deniers. I anticipate with pleasure and relief their fury when professors whose positions are… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Rust Belt Needs a Bailout. A Big One.

could become a competitive advantage because of climate change, and a sense of “rootedness” that many find compelling.The most influential policy change the federal government could employ to “save”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Bill Nye: Science Wants Climate Change Addressed

December 2, 2016

Bill Nye, chief executive officer at The Planetary Society, discusses climate change, technology’s role in the U.S. economy, and the convergence of science in politics in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Tornado Swarms Are On the Rise—but Don’t Blame Climate Change

of hypotheses. One is that the tornado-outbreak trend may not be related to climate change, “or it’s climate change, but we don’t understand it,” he said. The research was funded in part by the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Texas Shale Is Big Winner as OPEC Deal Brightens Oil Outlook

more than the Permian, where we estimate as many as 150 rigs could be reactivated next year.”The Paris-based International Energy Agency was slightly less optimistic than Halff, with Executive Director… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Tesla Hosts Lobby Group Shunned by Ford Over Climate Stance

price on carbon dioxide emissions, particularly if Congress overhauls the tax code. Several large integrated oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp., now support a revenue-neutral carbon tax, which… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Congressman Becerra Named State’s Next Attorney General

comment that climate change is a hoax, said in the second paragraph of his statement Wednesday announcing Becerra’s nomination that he’s counting on him to “aggressively combat” climate change.Becerra… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Merkel Plans to Challenge Trump on Renewables in G-20 Forum

occurs at a “critical and historical” moment in the global energy shift. Two-thirds of global carbon dioxide emissions still come from energy.Germany is taking over the G-20 from China, the world’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

North Dakota’s Pipe Dreams Are the Key to Its Future

Change International says the amount of oil Dakota Access would move each day would have the same carbon footprint as 30 U.S. coal plants.Some energy experts say Dakota Access is already a failed project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel’s Riskiest Election Holds Pitfalls From Trump to Bavaria

to free trade (Merkel and Obama upheld it) and climate change, where Germany’s G-20 agenda calls for “ambitious implementation” of the Paris climate accord. Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to lead… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Obama moves to lock in vehicle greenhouse gas rules

December 1, 2016

… Trump to review the automotive greenhouse gas rules, and other Obama… that with low gas prices, consumers are not choosing the cars necessary… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

UPDATE 4-Obama moves to lock in vehicle greenhouse gas rules

… Trump to review the automotive greenhouse gas rules, and other Obama… that with low gas prices, consumers are not choosing the cars necessary… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Lawmaker offers new approach to price carbon in U.S.

…WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters Point Carbon) – A Democratic congressman… made the latest attempt to set a national price on carbon on Thursday… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

China's commercial banks inch towards carbon financing

… into the country’s fledgling carbon markets, competing to deliver new… financial products in order to help industrial clients hedge carbon trading… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

New Zealand reduces carbon emissions target

… for reducing carbon emissions on Friday, saying the move was an interim… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Sotheby’s, a Prized Art Client and His $47.5 Million da Vinci Markup

Anderson compiled alternatives to an all-cash purchase, including a long-term profit sharing agreement that would kick back royalties for years to come. Donors lined up, but after eight months, the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Norway Heads Into Crisis as Support Parties End Budget Talks

party, the Liberals, in breaking off budget talks amid disagreements over measures to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.“We don’t see a possibility of moving forward,” Christian Democrat leader Knut… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Merkel Ready to Take on Trump While Seeking Climate Compromise

once dismissed climate change as a Chinese hoax.When asked at a regional town-hall meeting how she’ll interact with an American leader who wants to pull out of the global climate accord, Merkel… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Preemptive Strike on Car Mileage Seen Forcing Trump’s Hand

ensure that the fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards “appropriately balance fuel efficiency, carbon reduction, affordability and employment.”Job Threatening?The alliance said the agency is failing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California’s Clean-Car Resistance to Donald Trump: QuickTake Q&A

that he’s not a fan of aggressive environmental regulation. Before the election, Trump named climate change skeptic Myron Ebell to lead his EPA transition team. He’s promised on day one to cancel environmental… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Five Books to Change Conservatives’ Minds

the importance of economic growth. In discussing uncertainty, and in exploring the case for a carbon tax, Nordhaus offers a model for how to think rationally about risks.2: “Success and Luck: Good… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

GM’s Ready to Lose $9,000 a Pop and Chase the Electric Car Boom

meet their targets.While the Trump administration may dilute federal programs that take aim at carbon-dioxide spewing cars, California won’t be backing down, certainly not during Governor Jerry Brown’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Plans to Extend Top-Pay Rules to Closely Held Companies

November 30, 2016

office. Such companies would also have to heed reporting requirements on workforce diversity, greenhouse-gas emissions and social and community issues, it said.“Businesses agree that legitimate concerns… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

The Areas America Could Abandon First

had better hope he remembers their support: Without increasing levels of federal spending, climate change could push parts of them out of existence.So far this year, the Federal Emergency Management… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Boeing Received Illegal Tax Subsidy for 777X, WTO Panel Says

Washington state as part of $8.7 billion in aid to assemble the 777X and manufacture the jetliner’s carbon-fiber wing there, the World Trade Organization said.An incentive cutting a state levy on gross… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Demand Shifts To India, Bad News For Bulls

Policies,” reflecting a scenario where governments make good on stated commitments to combat climate change but not a gung-ho decarbonization effort. That’s a big reason why the lines start to curve… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Canada Set to Rule on Enbridge, Kinder Morgan Pipelines

set the table politically to approve a pipeline — announcing more stringent review rules, a carbon price, funding for marine protection, an overhaul of the country’s energy regulator and a faster… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Congress Can Help Retired Coal Workers Now

wean the U.S. off coal.QuickTake Climate ChangeThat effort is essential. Coal burning inflicts enormous damage on human health, the environment and the climate. But as the government has worked… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Billionaire Ross Said to Be Trump’s Pick for Commerce Secretary

which among other things tracks hurricanes and has a key role in monitoring the effects of climate change.Ross, 79, a longtime Democrat, backed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How Did Manhattan’s Luxury Stores Fare on Black Friday?

shelves proudly at full price, including a $595 tic-tac-toe set made of walnut, nickel, and “carbon-fiber leather.” Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesOh, no, uptown it was gauche… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bentley Flying Spur or Rolls-Royce Ghost: Which Fantasy Car Is for You?

Spur are a unique “SportPlus” steering wheel and engine-spun aluminum trim inside, knurled and carbon fiber detailing, and optional two-tone seats with a contrasting roof ceiling. As in the Ghost… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Judge in Texas Accused by Massachusetts of Power Abuse

November 29, 2016

Exxon Mobil Corp. in a fight over whether it misled investors about the financial impact of climate change.U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade set a “troubling precedent” by ordering Massachusetts Attorney… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Mongolia Vows to Fight Smog Even as Funds Diverted to Budget Gap

Oyunkhorol said.Climate ChangeMongolia has a vested interest in lowering its carbon emissions and encouraging big emitters such as China and the U.S. to do the same.Climate change caused by carbon… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Great Barrier Reef Sees Record Coral Deaths This Year

suffered a “significant bleaching event” this year, caused by the El Nino weather effect and climate change. “What that shows is that the Great Barrier Reef is very resilient and quite strong,” Frydenberg’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

New Zealand to Save $31 Billion by Tapping Paris Carbon Markets

meet its Paris climate commitments.Climate Minister Paula Bennett sounded out countries willing to sell emission-reduction credits as she met them at the United Nations climate talks in Morocco… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

From Peak Oil to Peak Oil Demand in Just Nine Years

this month, didn’t envision a peak coming before 2040 barring a big acceleration in anti-climate-change efforts. But at least it’s talking about the possibility, and forecasting a slowdown in demand… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Engie Shifts Gear on Asset Sales, Cost Cuts as Shares Fall

President-elect Donald Trump’s pronouncements on the use of coal and his questioning of climate change.“Even if the transformation is challenging, we’re positioned like no-one in this trend in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Aide Conway Airs Opposition to Romney, Notably Her Own

November 28, 2016

moderated some of his positions, saying he is now keeping an “open mind” about following the Paris climate agreement and that he wants to preserve the part of Obamacare that stops insurers from rejecting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Paper Made From Stone Tempts Japan’s Top Printer to Invest

just 5 percent of the world’s paper were manufactured using the new material. It also says greenhouse gas emissions are about 20 percent less than traditional paper printing.The process of turning… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

McKenna: Won’t Alter Carbon Policies After Trump Win

Source: Bloomberg, 07:13 Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China May Waste $490 Billion on Unneeded Coal Plants: Study

utilization rate of 45 percent or less, Carbon Tracker said. Even existing capacity may come under financial pressure by 2020 from power market reforms and carbon pricing.“There are clear signs that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Turns to ‘The Art of War’ as Trump Signals Battle on Trade

favored stance of “non-interference,” focused on issues in its self interest like trade and climate change?“China still lacks the experience in engaging global affairs, and still has a lot to learn… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Indian Dreams, Thwarted by Trump

once in office is a large and flourishing industry at the moment. But whatever the fate of climate change negotiations or a special prosecutor for Hillary Clinton, one theme of his campaign appears… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

World Leaders React to Death of Fidel Castro

discussion that covered developments around the world as well as sustainable development and climate change.” “Under former President Castro, Cuba made advances in the fields of education, literacy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EXPERT VIEWS-Clock starts ticking to implement Paris climate deal

November 25, 2016

… backing for the 2015 Paris Agreement to countries representing more… change convention had formally joined the Paris Agreement, adding up… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

These Devices Will Eat the Smog Trump Stokes With His Coal Boom

representative on climate change. “Maybe you can suck up some of the smog, but what about the carbon? It’s also about climate change.”Waste DisposalIf these ideas are commercialized and mass-produced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

MHI, Hitachi Venture Eyes Africa, Latin America for Geothermal

as countries explore their best energy mix” after the landmark Paris agreement to tackle climate change, Minato said.Support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency has been key for geothermal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Is a ‘Game Changer’ for Auto Industry, Fiat CEO Says

percent since the Nov. 8 vote, with a jump three days later after Trump chose a prominent climate change skeptic to lead his Environmental Protection Agency transition team. That fueled speculation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Oil Price Surge From OPEC Deal May Snuff Itself Out, IEA Warns

November 24, 2016

day. It’s fallen about 10 percent to 8.69 million barrels since then.OPEC AgreementOPEC reached a preliminary agreement in Algiers on Sept. 28 to reduce collective output to 32.5 million to 33 million… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

OPEC’s Latest Headache: Russian Reluctance to Cut Oil Output

talks between OPEC and non-OPEC nations. The outcome may decide whether there is any eventual agreement. Russia, Azerbaijan and Mexico are set to participate, according to people familiar with the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.S. Boosts Refiners’ 2017 Biofuel Quotas to Record Levels

infrastructure to accommodate E15 and higher ethanol blends, and make a further dent in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Dinneen said in an e-mailed statement.Jeff Broin, chairman of POET LLC, the nation’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Look to Cities for Environmental Action

Word on Climate ChangeWorried that the Trump administration will push back progress on global warming? Michael R. Bloomberg promises that cities will continue to lead on climate change: “No matter… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

U.A.E. Says Asian, African Nations Seek Solar Advice

companies met with U.A.E. representatives during climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, to discuss the model, the U.A.E.’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi said in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Siberian Snow Theory Points to an Early and Cold Winter in U.S.

the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. Cohen charts a kind of chain reaction. Climate change melts ice in the Arctic Ocean, resulting in more moisture in the atmosphere. That leads to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

OPEC deal confusion, euro PMIs, Autumn statement, what people are talking about

Zara’s recipe for success: more data, fewer bosses. Washington won’t have the last word on climate change. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

France ratifies Paris climate agreement

November 23, 2016

… a bill formally ratifying the Paris climate agreement reached last…PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande on Wednesday signed… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force

… to help accomplish the spirit of the Paris agreement,” Japan’s Prime…TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan on Tuesday ratified the 2015 Paris Climate… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

French parliament adopts bill to ratify Paris climate agreement

… the landmark climate agreement reached by 195 nations in Paris…PARIS, May 17 (Reuters) – French parliamentarians in a near unanimous… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Britain ratifies Paris climate agreement

… ratified the Paris Agreement, the global deal to combat climate change…. The Paris Agreement came into force on Nov. 4 when more than 55 countries… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Paris climate accord to take effect; Obama hails 'historic day'

…, Bolivia and Nepal raised backing for the 2015 Paris Agreement to countries… that this Paris agreement embodies, history may well judge… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Paris climate accord to go into force – but faces test of enforcement

… into cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The 2015 Paris Agreement… Reuters. Under the Paris Agreement, almost 200 states have set their own… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Obama: 'historic day' in climate battle as Paris deal ratified

… on the commitments that this Paris agreement embodies, history may well judge… of the Paris climate accord – a threshold nations officially reached… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Clock starts ticking to implement Paris climate deal

… backing for the 2015 Paris Agreement to countries representing more than 55… convention had formally joined the Paris Agreement, adding up to nearly… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump Shifts Tone on Climate Change, Environmentalists Scoff

Donald Trump, who called climate change a hoax during his campaign and vowed to pull out of the Paris accord, now says global warming might be real after all.The Republican president-elect told… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Washington Won't Have Last Word on Climate Change

fighting climate change has never been primarily dependent on Washington. Bear in mind: Over the past decade, Congress has not passed a single bill that takes direct aim at climate change. Yet at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

CDP’s Simpson: Transatlantic Climate Divide Among Oil Majors

European oil and gas majors are better positioned for a low-carbon future, says Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP. He told Daybreak Europe’s Nejra Cehic and Markus Karlsson that European firms have higher… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bloomberg Says U.S. to Meet Climate Goals Despite Trump Plan

presidential debate this year he denied saying climate change was a hoax. His energy plan, posted on his website, says he will “cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Big Soda’s Pledge to Reduce Calories Gets Off to a Weak Start

according to the report by industry consultant Keybridge LLC released Tuesday.Low- and no-calorie carbonated soda consumption fell 5.9 percent. That suggests that the gains in water sales are most likely… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

South Africa Slows Nuclear Plans as Rating Assessments Loom

proposals, also outlines two alternative scenarios that make different assumptions about costs, carbon emissions and the nation’s ability to generate additional renewable energy. One envisions 25… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Economics Will Keep Wind and Solar Energy Thriving Under Trump

election that whoever is elected president, we would be continuing our efforts to go to a low-carbon fleet and also pursue renewables,” said Tom Williams, a spokesman for Duke, the second-largest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Opponents question EPA authority in greenhouse gas case

November 22, 2016

… overstepped its authority by moving to regulate greenhouse gas… proposed greenhouse gas regulations, challengers took on two of the EPA’s… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Greenhouse gas volumes reached new high in 2012: WMO

… global average.” Greenhouse gas emissions are set to be 8-12 billion… said the volume of carbon dioxide, or CO2, the primary greenhouse gas… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Greenhouse gas volumes reached new high in 2012 – WMO

… Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin…GENEVA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gases… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

UPDATE 1-Greenhouse gas volumes reached new high in 2012 – WMO

… at which he presented the U.N. climate agency’s annual Greenhouse Gas… average.” Greenhouse gas emissions are set to be 8-12 billion tonnes… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Greenhouse gas emissions set to bust global climate pact in 2030: U.N.

…By Nina Chestney and Peter Hobson LONDON (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

White House weighing whether greenhouse gas deal needs Senate approval

… this month to cut back on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Merkel's climate-change zeal turns into hot air

… is cooling on climate change, the world is in trouble. The German…, Merkel’s climate–change zeal is running out of steam. Despite months… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

California, international leaders sign climate change agreement

… climate change. The target, which is based on a 1990 benchmark, will allow… threshold at which governments say climate change could become catastrophic… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Investors need climate change behavioural shift – study

… climate change into their portfolio risk management, a study on its…. There is increasing debate about the impact of climate change… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Climate change warming world's lakes, says study

… that climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world. The findings… and analyzed temperature changes over 25 years.      “What we wanted to do… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Investors need climate change behavioral shift: study

…. There is increasing debate about the impact of climate change…, climate change would impact investment returns and ignoring… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

France to drop carbon tax plan – Les Echos

… to introduce a carbon tax, French financial daily Les Echos said… government will not include the carbon tax in a draft 2016 budget update… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

No easy passage seen for California climate change bills

…By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 8 (Reuters) – California lawmakers negotiated frantically behind the scenes on Tuesday over… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Sweden proposes measures to strengthen carbon prices

…* Surplus of carbon credits has weakened market * Carbon price has… measures to strengthen carbon prices from 2020, the country’s climate… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

COLUMN-Better batteries are key to climate change: Kemp

… to tackle climate change. But the goal of developing batteries… some way off. But nothing would do more to combat climate change… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Aviation row clouds carbon market

… trading scheme is eroding confidence in the world’s biggest carbon market… the EU carbon scheme, while Boeing threw its weight behind rival… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Texas drought, British heat linked to climate change

…By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Climate change increased… climate change be shown to be responsible for specific weather events… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Carbon emissions not priced at true cost to climate-OECD

… percent of carbon dioxide emissions by major advanced economies… in a report on Monday. A price on carbon is considered an effective… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

BMW limits carbon fibre use to make cars lighter, more profitable

… of carbon fibre limits use * Bets on mixing materials to make lighter… use of costly but lightweight carbon fibre and turning to cheaper… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Harsh Vardhan blames climate change for deadly heatwave, weak monsoon

… blamed climate change for a heatwave that has killed 2,500 people…, it is climate change,” he said. The minister’s comments affirm warnings… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Canadian carbon price worries farmers, fertilizer makers

…) – Canada’s carbon price may weaken the farm sector in one… this month promised a price on carbon emissions by 2018 to protect… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

UK should phase-out carbon tax to cut power prices – report

…LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Britain should phase out a carbon… 2021. “We recommend that the CPS (carbon price support) is phased out… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

France to drop carbon tax plan: Les Echos

… to introduce a carbon tax, French financial daily Les Echos said on Thursday… will not include the carbon tax in a draft 2016 budget update… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

California’s Democrats Are Ready for Political War

2002. In 2012, California created the only state-level cap-and-trade system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions after Republicans in Congress rejected a national model. California, which has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Trump Isolated on Climate as World Works on Fossil Fuel Limits

of Paris, they will join him in leaving — not one.”The talks in Marrakech this week were working on a number of technical measures that would help put flesh on the 13-page Paris Agreement, which… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

EU Ready to Resist Trump on Climate as Kerry Offers Assurance

carbon market even as its transatlantic ally failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. China and India similarly avoided making international commitments until last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Global Emissions Growth to Slow in 2016 as China Burns Less Coal

Global carbon emissions will expand more slowly this year as China’s greenhouse-gas output declines.Emissions will increase 0.2 percent, a slower pace than the average 2.3 percent a year in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

IEA World Energy Outlook: How Big Oil Loses

value as they can from natural-gas liquids — as well as, of course, natural gas itself.Funnily enough, Shell, run by a CEO with a long history in liquefied natural gas and petrochemicals, is positioning… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

California Isn't Planning to Back Away From Zero-Emission Car Rules

a member of its powerful Air Resources Board.“The ARB is definitely committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030,’’ Sperling said. “I don’t think the California… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

How Not to Lower Emissions From Shipping: View (Audio)

editorial arguing that the global shipping industry needs to be more ambitious about cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. This editorial aired on Bloomberg Radio. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Six Reasons You Should Care About the Marrakesh Climate Talks

Marrakesh, Morocco, this week for the first major summit since they agreed in December to curb greenhouse gas pollution and limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.The landmark deal struck… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Global Trumpism Seen Harming Efforts to Reduce Climate Pollution

the election of Trump, who has called climate change a hoax. Many delegates left the city concerned about the forces working against them.“If climate change is labeled as an elitist, global project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China Moves to Fill World Leadership Void as Trump Era Dawns

Trump’s election win to claim the mantle of the world’s champion for free trade and against climate change, prompting a melancholy warning from President Barack Obama that the U.S. risks getting left… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China Calls on Trump to Ensure Better Ties Between Two Nations

investment and “laid the foundation for future China-U.S. relations,” without mentioning the climate change deal Trump has vowed to tear up.The paper characterized the first exchange between Xi and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Possible Tailwinds for Clean Energy Under Trump

Donald Trump has been clear and vocal of his stance on climate change and several of his policies threaten to put a damper on the rapidly-growing clean energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Exxon Climate Judge Orders ‘Unprecedented’ Questioning

law-enforcement officer who is investigating whether the energy company hid damaging data about climate change from investors.U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas on Thursday ordered Massachusetts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Beijing’s Haze Makes a Climate U-Turn Unlikely After Trump

module.China’s climate negotiators undeterred by skeptics or backlashChina’s leadership in climate negotiations was on full display over the past two weeks at United Nations climate talks when ministers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China Tells Trump That Climate Change Is No Hoax It Invented

citizens back action on climate change and tried to assuage concern.“No one has a right to make decisions for billions of people based solely on ideology,” he said. “Climate change shouldn’t be a partisan… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

In Break From Trump, Trudeau Speeds Canada’s Coal Phase-Out

pipeline projects over the next month.Carbon CaptureThe change essentially requires coal plants to meet a tougher emissions standard — 420 metric tons of carbon dioxide per gigawatt hour — more quickly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg

Trudeau’s Carbon Tax Goal In A Trump-Presidency

Source: Bloomberg, 03:37 U.S President-elect Donald Trump plans to reverse… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Warming Fight Advances Despite Trump’s Skepticism

from Paris, such as negotiating a long-term climate finance goal and time frames for countries’ carbon-reduction targets. A compromise was eventually reached with countries agreeing to return to those… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Can Neuter Paris Climate Deal by Ignoring It, WoodMac Says

consumer will produce about half of its electricity from zero-carbon fuels by 2035, he said.WoodMac also predicts natural gas and zero-carbon energy sources such as solar and wind will account for about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Trump Climate Denial Is Catalyzing the World: Q&A

reinforced. Envoys from Europe to China and the United Arab Emirates said the shift to a low-carbon economy is now unstoppable and warned any country backing out of Paris would miss out on major… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Paris Climate Deal Breaker

President Barack Obama’s carbon regulations for power plants, which Trump promises to scrap, too. If he wanted to improve on the Paris deal, Trump could tell Congress to pass a carbon tax, coupled with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon