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This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles AIR POLLUTION Seen as Nature Lovers’ Paradise, Utah Struggles With Air Quality. Utah has long been known as an outdoor lover’s utopia. The skiing and mountain biking are among the best anywhere. And the snow-clotted mountains that tower around Salt Lake give this city a mythic quality during winter. But lately, the Wasatch Front, the corridor of cities and towns where most Utahans live, has acquired a reputation for a less enviable attribute: bad air. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/us/utah-a-nature-lovers-haven-is-plagued-by-dirty-air.html?hpw&_r=0 Update factors in new laws for climate change. The impact of the state's climate change laws can be seen in a long-term transportation plan developing in San Joaquin County, which will exhibit a stronger-than-ever link to planned housing and other land use expectations. The Regional Transportation Plan includes policies, programs and specific projects needed in the county. It's updated every three years, but the latest iteration for the first time will include a "sustainable communities strategy." Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130225/A_NEWS/302250314&cid=sitesearch Compromise on snowmobiles in yellowstone. After more than 15 years, the Yellowstone snowmobile wars may have reached an end. The National Park Service announced Friday it has a new plan for managing snowmobiles and snow coaches in Yellowstone National Park, a compromise between tour operators eager to bring tourists in during the winter and environmentalists who oppose the pollution and noise accompanying such vehicles. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/24/tp-compromise-on-snowmobiles-in-yellowstone/ CLIMATE CHANGE Global warming worries California voters, poll finds. A new survey shows most California voters don't like government's response to global warming and still support the state's greenhouse gas emissions law. The Field Poll results released today show that 62 percent of voters are unhappy with the federal government's actions and nearly half, 49 percent, give low marks to what the state is doing. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/25/5214171/global-warming-worries-california.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Global-warming-worries-Californians-4305269.php http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22660260/new-field-poll-shows-most-californians-consider-climate http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_22660260/new-field-poll-shows-most-californians-consider-climate?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_22660260/new-field-poll-shows-most-californians-consider-climate?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com ARB announces results of latest Cap-and-Trade auction. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today announced the result of last week's Cap-and-Trade Allowance auction. A summary of the results was posted on its website at noon today. This second auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances was held on February 19, 2013. It included a current auction of 2013 vintage allowances and an advanced auction of 2016 vintage allowances. The auction is part of California's Ab32 Climate Change regulations. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/arb-announces-results-of-latest-cap-and-trade-auction U.S. offers airspace-based emissions regime. A U.S. proposal for curbing aircraft emissions would exclude time spent flying over international waters, an approach that some environmental groups say is too timid in addressing the rise in greenhouse gasses from the aviation sector. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/uk-eu-icao-climate-idUSLNE91O00K20130225 Hotter, wetter climate slashes labor capacity by 10 percent: U.S. study. Earth's increasingly hot, wet climate has cut the amount of work people can do in the worst heat by about 10 percent in the past six decades, and that loss in labor capacity could double by mid-century, U.S. government scientists reported on Sunday. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/24/us-climate-labor-idUSBRE91N0CN20130224 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Valley landowners drop suit against high-speed rail. A collection of landowners whose properties are in the path of proposed high-speed trains in Madera and Fresno counties have dropped their lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The rail authority announced Friday that it reached a settlement with Timeless Investment Inc., Millennium Acquisitions Inc., Horizon Enterprises and Everspring Alliance LP. It is the second lawsuit against the authority to be dismissed in less than a month. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/02/22/3184170/landowners-drop-lawsuit-against.html http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/special-sections/rail/x837005780/Landowners-drop-lawsuit-against-high-speed-rail FUELS Symbolism weighs heavy at Iran nuclear talks venue. The venue for talks on Iran's nuclear program between world powers and Tehran carries a symbolism that Western negotiators will hope serves as a positive omen. In the 1990s, Kazakhstan, a sprawling former Soviet republic, gave up a huge nuclear stockpile and now wants to capitalize on its nonproliferation track record by offering to host a bank of reactor fuel that would remove the need for countries, namely Iran, to enrich uranium for themselves. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Symbolism-weighs-heavy-at-Iran-nuclear-talks-venue-4305664.php#ixzz2LvfSBU00 US CEOs back more oil drilling and Keystone XL pipeline. A group of top business executives on Monday urged U.S. officials to cut red tape for drillers and open more federal land to oil and gas interests and approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline which is opposed by some environmental groups. The Business Roundtable, which speaks for chief executives at major U.S. companies, said too much regulation is hindering a true domestic energy renaissance even as domestic oil and gas output is booming due to new technology such as fracking. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/usa-energy-roundtable-idUSL1N0BP5G420130225 US Freedom Bio Fuels Adds Air-Tec Hydrogen Fuel Saving Systems. US Freedom Bio Fuels LLC, an industry leader of biodiesel processing systems since 2008, announced today that they have expanded their product line to include hydrogen boost systems and waste oil furnaces. "We are really excited about being able to offer a complete bio fuel package, Bio Fuels utilize waste and free energy to significantly reduce operating costs," commented Frederic Kirsch, Co-Owner of US Freedom Bio Fuels, LLC. He continues, "Biodiesel cuts your cost at the pump; the hydrogen boost system ensures you get the most out of your fuel, and lastly a waste oil furnace can provide essentially free heat." Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/25/5214933/us-freedom-bio-fuels-adds-air.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Chevron Corp latest oil major to make Australian shale bet. The U.S.-based Chevron Corp became the latest in a string of oil majors that have decided to invest in Australian shale, announcing on Monday that it has bought interest in two gas blocks in the Cooper Basin from Beach Energy. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/chevron-australia-shale-idUSL4N0BP0BP20130225 http://blogs.wsj.com/dealjournalaustralia/2013/02/25/chevrons-australian-shale-gas-gamble/?KEYWORDS=fuels U.S. natgas futures climb for 2nd day, forecasts turn colder. Front-month U.S. natural gas futures gained ground on Monday for a second straight session as cold weather forecasts for the next two weeks continued to boost prospects for heating demand. Traders also said gas at current levels was still cheap enough to draw support from some utilities opting to shun more expensive coal for power generation. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/markets-nymex-natgas-idUSL1N0BP2JX20130225 U.S. Refiners May Use RINs to Meet Requirement on Biofuel Use. U.S. oil refiners may draw from a reserve of 2.5 billion Renewable Identification Numbers that they’ve banked in previous years to meet federal requirements for the amount of ethanol they blend into gasoline this year. Blenders can use as much as 20 percent of the current year’s volume of the RINs to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard set out in 2007, according to a report released today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-25/u-s-refiners-may-use-rins-to-meet-requirement-on-biofuel-use.html VEHICLES China's BYD Looks to Triple Sales of Electric Vehicles. China's BYD is betting that the wider adoption of its electric vehicles for public transportation will help triple sales... Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323384604578323773383306796.html?KEYWORDS=vehicles GREEN ENERGY Oregon to review $30M in tax credits for wind farm. The state Department of Energy is reviewing whether a major wind farm in north-central Oregon should have received $30 million in tax credits. Officials decided to re-evaluate their recent approval of the tax breaks for the Shepherd's Flat wind farm after The Oregonian newspaper raised questions about whether it should have qualified for them. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Oregon-to-review-30M-in-tax-credits-for-wind-farm-4304297.php#ixzz2LviRJCxy Sullivan Solar Power Partners with aleo solar to Provide the Industry’s First 2.99% Financing. Sullivan Solar Power, one of the California’s largest renewable energy providers, today announced its partnership with aleo solar to provide low interest loans for residential solar power systems in Southern California. As opposed to a solar lease, what has become a typical financing method offered in the market, homeowners now have the opportunity to own their solar power system with a modest 12-year loan at a low 2.99% interest rate. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Sullivan-Solar-Power-Partners-with-aleo-solar-to-4302909.php#ixzz2Lvjdini5 Lucintel Offering a Webinar, Growth Opportunities in Solar Photovoltaic Market 2012-2017, on 7th March, 2013. In calendar year 2011, the total amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations around the globe was estimated at 27.6 GW. The solar PV market experienced robust growth and reached an estimated US $93 billion with a 55% CAGR during 2006-2011. Solar PV promises strong growth in the coming years, which is reflected by the increasing installations comprising new capacity in the APAC nations, especially in China and India, along with huge potential in other “sunbelt” regions such as Africa, Japan, and Australia. Posted. http://www.timesunion.com/business/press-releases/article/Lucintel-Offering-a-Webinar-Growth-Opportunities-4302440.php#ixzz2LvkUqxRq Powerpac Ltd Enlist Brand Management Gurus Brand Outreach To Promote Green Deal Financing Opportunity. Brand Outreach the media specialists recently announced a partnership with Powerpac Ltd. Brand Outreach will facilitate media coverage for Powerpac. Powerpac Ltd has recently announced the Green Deal Finance plan as an accredited Green Deal installer, enabling businesses and homes to get finance to upgrade to solar power solutions. The deal even includes grant funding for heating and insulation upgrades through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Powerpac-Ltd-Enlist-Brand-Management-Gurus-Brand-4302363.php#ixzz2Lvl0It6Y Silicon Valley-based Solar Junction signs agreement with Amonix. Silicon Valley-based solar energy company Solar Junction, a developer of high efficiency multi-junction solar energy cells for the concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) market, has signed a co-development agreement with Amonix, a leading designer and manufacturer of utility-scale CPV solar power systems. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/25/5214830/silicon-valley-based-solar-junction.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Canadian Solar and Strata Solar Partner on Portfolio of Utility Scale Projects. Canadian Solar, Inc., (the "Company," or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar companies, today announced that it has invested in and partnered with Strata Solar on a suite of utility-scale solar power projects located in North Carolina. The projects, developed jointly, will total approximately 85MW divided amongst 15 unique solar installations. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/25/5214797/canadian-solar-and-strata-solar.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Greenbriar Negotiating New Solar Land Acquisitions. Greenbriar Capital Corp. -- (the "Company" or "Greenbriar") (TSX Venture Exchange -- "GRB") is pleased to announce that it is in negotiations to acquire at least five and up to eight real properties suitable for utility scale solar production. The sites are in very near proximity to utility scale interconnection facilities and provide ideal topographical conditions for large-scale energy production. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/24/5214440/greenbriar-negotiating-new-solar.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy S.J. businesses find it's easy being green. Maybe you've seen the giant wind turbines that power a distribution center and a rock quarry in the south county. Maybe you've seen the solar panels sprouting alongside Lincoln Unified schools. Maybe you've seen all-electric cars zipping along city streets, or plugging in at public stations. Green industry remains a small fraction of San Joaquin County's economy. But it can be hard to miss. And even as the county welcomes new cleaner, greener industry, many traditional businesses are also looking for ways to save the environment while saving money. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130224/A_SPECIAL13/302210346&cid=sitesearch MISCELLANEOUS Bay Area environmental group proposes hybrid levees for bay. As global warming escalates, San Francisco Bay's existing flood protection system will be no match for rising sea levels. But according to a new report by a Bay Area environmental group, fortifying the bay's shoreline with levees fronted by restored tidal marshes will be a cheaper, more aesthetic and ecologically sensitive alternative to traditional levees. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_22651840/bay-area-environmental-group-proposes-hybrid-levees-bay OPINIONS Is This The Right Time To Bet On Miller Energy Resources ? Miller Energy Resources is an oil and natural gas exploration, production and drilling company operating in the Cook Inlet area of Alaska and in the heart of Tennessee's Appalachian Basin. The stock has been moving for 12 months now in a range from $3.50 to $5 per share, making it easy for any trader to earn money. Has the time come for Miller to break $5 and help the investors make money, too? Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/fool/article/Is-This-The-Right-Time-To-Bet-On-Miller-Energy-4306323.php#ixzz2LvhUWnmS The next big thing in energy: Decentralization. The smart energy analysts over at Pike Research — which puts out weekly reports I’d love to see but can never afford — recently published an interesting brief, and for once it’s free! It’s a high-level overview of “Five Metatrends to Watch in 2013 and Beyond” in the energy sector. Metatrends! (I really wanted to call this post “Metatrends Vs. Crocosaurus.” Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-next-big-thing-in-energy-decentralization/ Steve Scauzillo: Air pollution regulations put us light years ahead of China. The next time someone complains about our strict air pollution regulations in Southern California, just Google the words "China" and "air pollution." You will see very recent images of smoggy Beijing that makes an August day in L.A. back in the 1970s look like a picture postcard of a Swiss city with the gleaming Alps in the background. The air in China is so bad, you can see it from space. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_22653533/steve-scauzillo-air-pollution-regulations-put-us-light#ixzz2LwSR1Ak9 BLOGS New Business Alternatives for Obama's Climate Change Program. President Obama's emphatic stances on climate change during his inaugural address were indeed welcome words. Most analysts are focusing on the administration's ability to use new regulatory powers, largely through the EPA. But there are two other options that are currently underused and under-imagined. First, patent pooling has been used since the 19th century to spur innovation in industry to support either a wartime emergency or a financial debacle. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-larkin/clean-energy-technology_b_2759802.html