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Awareness, the First Step to a Water Scarcity Solution

For more than a century, Americans have treated water like an infinite commodity, as free and abundant as sunlight. On June 1, when Governor Jerry Brown of California mandated statewide water-use restrictions, this house of cards came tumbling down. It became clear that we have overlooked and abused our access … Read more »

Awareness, the First Step to a Water Scarcity Solution

For more than a century, Americans have treated water like an infinite commodity, as free and abundant as sunlight. On June 1, when Governor Jerry Brown of California mandated statewide water-use restrictions, this house of cards came tumbling down. It became clear that we have overlooked and abused our access … Read more »

Teijin Accelerates Automotive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Businesses

Teijin has integrated its development and marketing of automotive-use carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRTP) in a move that the company says will strengthen its business in this value-added form of CFRP. Earlier this year Ford and DowAksa said they were accelerating joint research to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade … Read more »

Carbon Futures Climbing

Carbon futures hit 13-month highs as traders reacted to the European Commission’s plan to postpone sales of some allowances. The move is fueling speculation that factories and utilities will buy more of the pollution credits. Permits for December jumped as much as 3.6 percent to the highest since Dec. 28, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Better Buildings Act, Chinese Investments, California Drought, Monsanto

The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved The Better Buildings Act (HR 2126), a bipartisan energy efficiency bill authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV).  As part of the bill, energy efficiency best practices will be established for tenants in commercial building spaces and awarded … Read more »

Carbon Market Value to Climb 15% in 2014

Global carbon markets’ value will rise 15 percent this year to 46 billion euros ($63 billion), Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts. The analysts attribute the increase to the European Union’s plan to postpone sales of emissions permits. This may boost European carbon prices to 7.5 euros ($10) a metric ton … Read more »

Drought Brings Water Rationing

Drought Brings Water Rationing

With December 2013 ending without rainfall, California’s driest year on record is hurting crops and cattle and will likely cause more water rationing in 2014. Ranchers are being forced to spend on hay and molasses this dry winter; usually cattle graze on green pastures during the rainy months, the San … Read more »

Energy Users Could Pay for NOx Rules

Energy Users Could Pay for NOx Rules

A major Florida utility is exploring how to pass the cost of EPA nitrogen oxide regulations on to its customers, the Miami Herald reports. To comply with air quality guidelines issued in 2010, Florida Power & Light – a subsidiary of NextEra Energy – decided to replace all 48 of … Read more »

British Announce ‘Strike Price’ for Renewables & Renewable Heat

Highest Wind Prices in Europe—But  Are They Too High? Tidal, Wave, & Geothermal Prices Posted Solar Thermal & Renewable Heat Tariffs Confirmed In a flurry of official documents, Britain’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced “strike prices” for a host of renewable technologies and confirmed prices for renewable … Read more »

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Nuclear Struggles with Variable Electricity Pricing

The financial and operational pressures on nuclear power plants are manifold, and show no sign of abating. Two articles out this week highlight one major concern and one potential concern for nuclear operators: variable electricity pricing and material shortages. Hourly energy pricing presents many benefits for commercial customers, but for … Read more »

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Alternative Fuel Fleet Planning 101

While alternative fuels make good business sense for commercial and government fleets, cost-effective implementation isn’t always easy, says WEX, formerly known as Wright Express. In a new white paper, Going Green, Saving Green: A fleet manager’s guide to alternative fuel best practices, the fleet fueling payment card system company gives … Read more »

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Chinese Solar Eyes US Market After EU Agreement

European officials announced a trade settlement that avoids proposed harsh tariffs for Chinese solar panel makers – and actually sets the minimum price at 25 percent lower than when the case began. European trade commissioner Karel De Gucht described the agreement, setting the panel price at €0.56 ($0.74) per watt as … Read more »

Investors ‘Ignoring Climate Risks’

Infrastructure investors aren’t considering climate risk when building business models in areas that have yet to experience the effects of climate change and severe weather — but they should, says a report by UK insurance giant and risk adviser Marsh. Sustainable Infrastructure — Weathering the Storms says the resilience of infrastructure … Read more »