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October 16, 2015

Oil bosses fight for relevance before climate talks

BY RON BOUSSO AND BATE FELIX, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-16 05:22:58

The joint stance at a time when all companies are struggling with a sharp drop in oil prices also highlights a deep rift with U.S. oil companies such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron, who stayed away from the initiative. The chief executives of Total, Britain’s BP and BG Group, Italy’s Eni, Norway’s Statoil, Spain’s Repsol, Saudi Aramco and Pemex will again call for a global pricing system on carbon, which they say will give an economic incentive for the private sector to use cleaner sources of energy and to develop new technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS). [ read more … ]

For Pickens, Wind Claim May Be Last Power Play

By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-10-16 05:30:01

T. Boone Pickens made billions drilling for oil and gas and squaring off in bare-knuckled corporate takeover bouts. Now the 87-year-old tycoon is embroiled in what may be the last big battle of his career. Only this one is aimed thousands of miles north of his Texas home. And it is over wind power. [ read more … ]

Gov. Cuomo aims to link U.S. Northeast’s carbon market with Calif.’s

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-15 17:21:56

In a release made public after the remarks, the governor’s office added that the administration will pursue a linkage between the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade system that involves eight other Northeastern states, and California’s carbon market, which is also linked to the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. “Connecting these markets would be more cost-effective and stable, thereby supporting clean energy and driving international carbon emission reductions,” the release stated. “New York State will also engage other states and provinces to build a broader carbon market and further drive an international discussion that encourages government action on carbon emissions.” [ read more … ]

Brown signs coal divestment, other environment bills

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-15 17:22:24

California will drop all investments in coal under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed yesterday, one of several energy and environment measures he enacted. S.B. 185 from Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Kevin de León requires California’s public pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, to divest from thermal coal holdings. The Golden State will be the first in the United States to do so, a de León statement said. [ read more … ]

Electricity firm CEOs urge clear policies for low-carbon shift

By Alister Doyle, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-15 17:20:48

Heads of 11 companies that generate a third of the world’s electricity urged governments on Sunday to agree clear, long-term policies to underpin a shift to lower-carbon energy as part of a U.N. agreement on climate change due in December.They also issued a report about how new technologies can both raise electricity supplies and limit greenhouse gases. These included more-efficient solar power, sea-based floating wind turbines and methods to capture emissions from coal-fired power plants.
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Gusts damage turbine — but not much else — in Mont. 

By Mike Kordenbrock, Billings Gazette  •    •  Posted 2015-10-15 17:20:25

Wind gusts Sunday in two Montana cities reached as high as 72 miles per hour, but except for a damaged wind turbine at Billings’ City College campus, damage was moderate. “We didn’t really get a lot of damage reports, which is kind of odd,” said Marc Singer, science and operations officer for the National Weather Service. “It was obviously a really windy day. [ read more … ]

Scottish Renewable Energy Projects Threatened by Subsidy Cuts

By Susanna Twidale, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-15 17:21:23

Some 14 billion pounds of potential investment in renewable energy projects in Scotland is under threat because of cuts in subsidies by the British government, Scotland’s energy minister said. Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s Business, Energy, and Tourism minister, said figures from Britain’s Energy and Department for Climate change showed companies had indicated they could invest around 14 billion pounds in renewable projects such as wind farms, in Scotland. [ read more … ]

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