How America’s regions learned from Europe’s mistakes

Source: John Fialka and Debra Kahn, E&E reporters • Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016

California, which fancied itself the centerpiece of what was to become the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), seemed to be in the most trouble. It had done much of the planning for this regional coalition, learning from the European Union’s mistakes and taking more time to design a system of measurements and rules to put an effective cap on its biggest sources of emissions. The plan of the state’s Air Resources Board started with electricity generators and large-scale manufacturing in 2013 and then spread by 2015 to cover 85 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emitters.

Illinois leads the Midwest in clean energy jobs, report says

Source: By Ally Marotti, Chicago Tribune • Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016

“People … understand the idea of someone screwing a wrench on solar panels on someone’s roof or putting up a wind turbine,” Adams said. “A significant part of this economic activity is happening in (energy efficiency), where people at first glance might not realize there are clean energy activities going on.” And actually, those stereotypical clean jobs took a hit. Illinois lost 10.8 percent of its wind jobs and 3.4 percent of its solar jobs between 2014 and 2015, according to the report.

Adams attributes that to a broken set of state regulations.

Wind turbines arrive at Quonset for installation around the state

Source: By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal Staff Writer • Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016

DePasquale is hoping that more communities will follow West Warwick’s lead. Not only is the town investing in clean energy, it’s locking in a predictable price of energy for years to come, he says. “It is the future,” he said.

Statoil Set to Build World’s First Floating Wind Farm

Source: By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016

Statoil ASA, the Norwegian energy company, was granted a lease to use the seabed off the east coast of Scotland and can now begin building the world’s first floating offshore wind farm.
The Hywind project will consist of five 6-megawatt turbines. They will float on steel tubes fastened to the seabed about 25 kilometers from the town of Peterhead, according to a statement issued by the company based in Stavanger, Norway.

Europe becomes a reluctant emissions trading pioneer

Source: John Fialka, E&E special correspondent • Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016

When it came to creating the European Union’s Emissions Trading System, now the largest system of abating greenhouse gases in the world, implementing cap and trade turned out to be much harder than the early enthusiasts of the idea in the United States had ever imagined.

German model hard to follow, even for Germans

Source: Umair Irfan, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016

As families celebrated Mother’s Day and fathers still hung over from Vatertag — Germany’s Father’s Day celebration — basked in the breezy sunshine, renewable power provided 95 percent of the country’s energy. And most people didn’t notice.

Stock woes cloud near-term outlook for solar

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016

A rocky week for solar stocks is raising questions about the sector’s near-term growth. SolarCity had one of its worst stock collapses in months after reporting disappointing first-quarter results and lower planned solar panel installations for the year.

New York Plans to Make Fighting Climate Change Good Business

Source: By Justin Gillis, New York Times • Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016

A governor wants to lead on green energy. The state’s utilities are nervously falling in line. Young entrepreneurs are buzzing, determined to be part of the generation that finally solves climate change. To most ears, that might sound like California, where all those things and more are happening. But it also describes New York.

Oil refiners, gas producers face higher costs from climate laws: report

Source: BY SUSANNA TWIDDLE, Reuters • Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016

Oil refiners and gas producers could face higher production costs if countries use a high carbon price to follow through promises made at last year’s global climate summit in Paris, research showed on Thursday. The landmark Paris Agreement was a commitment by nearly 200 countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 with the aim of limiting the rise in the global average temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Urban growth and the emissions challenge

Source: Pola Lem, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016

problem solvers, experts said yesterday. Currently, more than 3.5 billion people live in cities, according to the World Bank. That number is expected to reach 5 billion by 2030, with two-thirds of the global population living in cities.