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ARB Newsclips for November 20, 2012. 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. CAP AND TRADE California sells out of first pollution permits. California sold out of the first pollution permits issued as part of a landmark offensive against greenhouse gases at an inaugural auction that regulators said Monday went smoothly. The effort to curtail carbon emissions involved the sale of 23.1 million permits _ each allowing for the release of one ton of carbon _ for $10.09 apiece, the California Air Resources Board said. The permit sales last week opened the largest carbon marketplace in the nation and the second-biggest in the world after the European Union. The California air board will hold four such auctions a year. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j5QsMnRUb0GQouF8PHlEJEt9x5DQ?docId=80ed0f7899134a838c94275b85f9e842 Other related articles: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-11-19/calif-dot-officials-call-carbon-auction-a-success http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/california-sells-out-of-first-pollution-permits-at-auction-called-success-by-regulators/2012/11/19/dae77192-32aa-11e2-92f0-496af208bf23_story.html http://www.mydesert.com/viewart/20121119/NEWS07/311190005/Cap-trade-auction-called-success?odyssey=nav%7Chead California carbon market launches, permits priced below expectations. California's largest greenhouse gas emitting businesses paid $10.09 per metric tonne (1.1 ton) for the right to release carbon, raising almost $300 million for the cash-strapped state and its energy companies in its first-ever carbon permit auction. The permit price was below market expectations despite strong demand from utility companies, manufacturers and oil refineries participating in the auction, market sources said. Ahead of the California Air Resources Board announcement on Monday, traders, brokers and analysts had predicted a clearing price in the range of $11.75 to $12.50 a tonne. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-california-carbonmarket-idUSBRE8AI13X20121119 California Carbon Allowances Sold Out at $10.09 in Auction. Carbon allowances for the start ofCalifornia’s program to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, the largest U.S. system of the kind, sold out last week at $10.09 a metric ton, lower than the range analysts forecast. The state Air Resources Board sold all 23.1 million carbon permits offered at a Nov. 14 auction for the first compliance period of the program starting Jan. 1, the agency’s website showed today. The permits, each of which allows the release of one metric ton of carbon, were estimated to clear between $12 and $15 a ton in the first auction, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-19/california-carbon-allowances-sold-for-10-09-in-first-auction.html California's first carbon-credit auction raises $290 million. In California's first auction of greenhouse gas pollution credits, companies paid just a few cents more than the minimum price per ton of carbon, generating almost $290 million from the sale held last week. The state Air Resources Board announced Monday that it sold all 23.1 million allowances available for 2013 at $10.09 each, generating $233.3 million. The minimum price was $10. Additionally, the state sold only 14% of almost 40 million credits available for 2015. That generated an additional $55.8 million. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pollution-credits-20121120,0,1417750.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fbusiness+%28L.A.+Times+-+Business%29 California's first cap-and-trade auction sells out, declared 'a success'. State regulators on Monday celebrated the results of last week's first-ever auction of California greenhouse gas emission permits, declaring the long-awaited kickoff to the nation's first effort to put a price on carbon pollution a success. The state did not disclose how many companies participated in the historic auction. But there were three times as many bidders than buyers, a sign that the business community is taking the new carbon market seriously. A ton of carbon sold for $10.09 at the auction, just slightly above the $10 floor price established by regulators, according to data released by the California Air Resources Board. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_22028077/californias-first-cap-and-trade-auction-sells-out?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_22028077/californias-first-cap-and-trade-auction-sells-out Was state's climate change auction a success? California businesses snapped up — at bargain prices — the entire first wave of permits for releasing greenhouse gases linked to climate change. But how the auction’s results ultimately affect consumer prices on an array of products and services remains fiercely contested. The permits, sold at an auction last week, are part of the state’s goal to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Companies will need to comply by taking measures such as buying new equipment, updating their fleets of vehicles and adopting new technologies. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/was-state-s-climate-change-auction-a-success/article_f65e4811-043c-5c29-8dc4-da62f42b909c.html California's first cap-and-trade auction a sellout. The merchandise sold about as cheaply as possible, yet the auctioneer couldn't have been more pleased. California's oil refiners and other big industrial polluters paid just $10.09 a ton for the right to emit greenhouse gases in the state's first-ever carbon auction, state officials said Monday. The price was just pennies above the $10 minimum set by the California Air Resources Board. But board chair Mary Nichols said the auction, which kicked off California's "cap-and-trade" carbon market, was an unqualified success. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2012/11/20/2463089/californias-first-cap-and-trade.html#storylink=misearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Cap and trade auction a success, say California officials. California's first ever auction of greenhouse gas credits produced a lot of action, but a relatively low price for the right to emit a metric ton of carbon emissions. Which is why Mary Nichols, chair of the state Air Resources Board, calls last week's auction a success. "There's evidence the market was very competitive," Nichols told reporters in a conference call Monday afternoon. Officials waited until Monday to release data about just who was buying the carbon credits in last week's private auction, and which companies and investors had signed up for a chance to bid. Posted. http://www.news10.net/news/article/217589/2/Cap-and-trade-auction-a-success-say-California-officials Cap-and-trade auction a success: California regulators. California state regulators announced Monday the success of an auction of greenhouse gas emissions. All of the pollution permits available for 2013 were sold at last week's auction. Permits were sold, each one allowing for one ton of carbon. There were 23.1 million permits sold, according to the California Air Resources Board. The permits sold for $10.09 at the auction, which began on Wednesday. The permit sales last week opened the largest carbon marketplace in the nation and the second-biggest in the world after the European Union. The California air board will hold four such auctions a year. Posted. http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/state&id=8891522 California officials release results of first cap-and-trade auction. California businesses subjected to the nation's only cap-and-trade policy were able to buy emissions credits at pennies above the minimum price when the state held its inaugural auction for emissions allowances last week. The auction, held Wednesday, ended with affected industries purchasing greenhouse gas emissions allowances at a price of $10.09. That amount is nine cents above the minimum price set before the California Air Resources Board held the auction. The board sold more than 23.1 million emissions allowances - worth more than $252 million in sum - via the auction. Posted. http://www.dailybulletin.com/breakingnews/ci_22027267/california-officials-release-results-first-cap-and-trade CARB releases summary of results of first CO2 cap-and trade auction; CPUC proposes how to use the revenues. CARB releases summary of results of first CO2 cap-and trade auction; CPUC proposes how to use the revenues. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released the results of California’s first quarterly auction under the cap-and-trade program. One allowance permits the release of one metric ton of carbon dioxide. Of the 23,126,110 allowances offered for the Current Auction (2013 Vintage), 23,126,110 were sold with a settlement price of $10.09 (auction reserve price was $10.00). The “Vintage” is the year they can first be used for compliance. Of 39,450,000 allowances for the Advance Auction (2015 Vintage), 5,576,000 were sold with a settlement price of $10 (same reserve price). The settlement price is the lowest accepted bid price above reserve price or before allowances are sold out. For the 2013 Vintage, the maximum price was $91.13; mean price was $13.75; and median price was $12.96. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/11/arb-20121120.html Cap and trade program gets passing grade. The first auction held under California's ground-breaking carbon cap and trade program was declared a "success" Monday by state officials. Several businesses with San Joaquin County connections registered to participate in last Wednesday's auction, but the state Air Resources Board released no specifics about whether those businesses actually submitted bids or, if they did, what their price was. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121120/A_BIZ/211200307&cid=sitesearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION State: LA must do more to stem dust from dry lake. State regulators ordered Los Angeles to expand efforts to control dust storms from Owens Lake, which went dry after the growing metropolis began siphoning water from it a century ago. The California Air Resources Board on Monday ruled that the city must obey last year's order by a regional air pollution agency to expand its efforts to cover nearly 3 more square miles of the lake. The ruling is a blow to the city's powerful Department of Water and Power, which in 1913 began diverting water from the Eastern Sierras away from the shallow lake 200 miles north of town. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/20/state-la-must-do-more-to-stem-dust-from-dry-lake/ http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_22032513/state-la-must-do-more-stem-dust-from http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/11/20/3073134/state-la-must-do-more-to-stem.html#storylink=misearch Secondhand smoke inside airports puts air travelers and employees at risk. Average air pollution levels from secondhand smoke directly outside designated smoking areas in airports are five times higher than levels in smoke-free airports, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study conducted in five large hub U.S. airports also showed that air pollution levels inside designated smoking areas were 23 times higher than levels in smoke-free airports. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/20/4999737/secondhand-smoke-inside-airports.html#storylink=misearch CLIMATE CHANGE UN says greenhouse gases at record high in 2011. The U.N. weather agency says concentrations of the main global warming pollutant in the world's air reached a record high in 2011. The World Meteorological Organization says the planet averaged 390 parts per million of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, up 40 percent from before the Industrial Age when levels were about 275 parts per million. WMO officials said Tuesday there was a 30 percent increase in the warming effect on the global climate between 1990 and 2011, mainly due to carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jzwma1bA579-JaheZf66PM2dSOkw?docId=9e1f87a367674f668c4ffdaad54e134e Other related articles: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/environment-greenhouse-idUSL5E8MJI5520121120 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-says-greenhouse-gases-reached-record-high-concentrations-in-air-in-2011/2012/11/20/34fc756a-3300-11e2-92f0-496af208bf23_story.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22031986/un-says-greenhouse-gases-at-record-high-2011?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/11/20/3072966/un-says-greenhouse-gases-at-record.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/20/un-says-greenhouse-gases-at-record-high-in-2011/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/un-says-greenhouse-gases-at-record-high-in/article_20e9bdb5-625f-5b7e-a3c2-4d9c85ebf18d.html DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB Posts Guidance for Electric Standby, Hybrid Electric Reefers. The California Air Resources Board has posted Regulatory Guidance for Electric Standby and Hybrid Electric Systems for Transport Refrigeration Units. This guidance document explains requirements for the use of electric standby and hybrid electric systems as an option for compliance with California's TRU regulations' in-use performance standards. A TRU's compliance can be maintained beyond seven years if an electric standby or hybrid electric system is integrated into the equipment and used within the guidelines for an Alternative Technology. Also provided are specifications for businesses interested in providing electronic-tracking systems to affected TRU owners. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=78597 VEHICLES L.A. Auto Show preview: Audi confirms four new diesel models. Four rings, four diesels. It's an easy way to remember what Audi has planned for next week's Los Angeles Auto Show. The company announced Monday that it will be unveiling a quartet of fuel-efficient oil-burners at the L.A. Auto Show that are not yet available in the U.S. The models getting TDI diesel variants are the A6, A7, A8, and Q5. All four will share a 3-liter turbocharged V-6. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-autos-laas-audi-diesel-20121120,0,4981945.story Nissan upgrades Leaf electric car, lowers price. The upgraded Nissan Motor Co. Leaf electric car can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left. The changes in the revamped model, shown Tuesday at a Tokyo hotel, were based on feedback from owners whose chief worry was running out of electric juice while driving, Nissan officials said. Electric cars emit no pollution, but they need to be recharged. Owners have charging equipment installed at home. But the scarcity of recharging stations on the roads has limited electric vehicles use to short commutes and kept zero-emission cars confined to a market niche. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/20/nissan-upgrades-leaf-electric-car-lowers-price/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/11/19/3072850/nissan-upgrades-leaf-electric.html#storylink=misearch GE buys 2,000 Ford plug-in hybrids for fleet. GE is buying 2,000 plug-in hybrid cars from Ford for its corporate fleet. Ford and GE announced the purchase Tuesday. GE has set a goal of converting half its fleet to alternative energy vehicles. With the Ford purchase, GE now has 5,000 alternative-fuel vehicles, or about 10 percent of its fleet. Ford will promote GE's electric vehicle charging stations as part of the agreement. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/20/ge-buys-2000-ford-plug-in-hybrids-for-fleet/ HIGH-SPEED RAIL Judge rejects request to delay high-speed rail. A Sacramento County judge has ruled to reject a request by farming interests for a delay to California’s high-speed rail project, according to the U.S. High Speed Rail Association. An injunction could have prevented the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which is overseeing the project, from buying land and continuing to survey and do other work on the project’s start. gricultural interests had sought to temporarily halt the project until a lawsuit can be decided. Lawsuits brought by groups representing Central Valley farmers claim the authority has not conducted adequate environmental reviews as required under state law. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2012/11/20/high-speed-rail-delay-rejected-calif.html GREEN ENERGY Solar Companies Seek Ways to Build an Oasis of Electricity. When Hurricane Sandy wiped out the power in areas like coastal Long Island and the Jersey Shore, what should have been beacons of hope — hundreds of solar panels glinting from residential rooftops — became symbols of frustration. Despite the popular perception that installing solar panels takes a home “off the grid,” most of those systems are actually part of it, sending excess power to the utility grid during the day and pulling electricity back to run the house at night. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/business/energy-environment/solar-power-as-solution-for-storm-darkened-homes.html OPINION RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Quarry-saga win. The sale of a site proposed for an open-pit mine offers a welcome end to a contentious, long-running dispute. The resolution of the battle stops the costly legal wrangling over the issue, and frees the public to focus on other pressing issues. The project’s developer should look for a more suitable location for mining construction materials. And Riverside County should learn from its awkward handling of the quarry’s approval process. Posted. http://www.pe.com/opinion/editorials-headlines/20121118-riverside-county-quarry-saga-win.ece Mark Landsbaum: California plunges ahead with cap and trade. Have you considered that all the fuss about global warming never has been about the globe getting warmer? Have you considered that global warming always has been about control and money? Their control and your money. Control and money are the dogma of the movement that worships at the climate-change altar with a cultish obsession. The same congregation once called their belief "global cooling." That was in the 1970s, when Newsweek and Time cover stories prophesized a frigid Armageddon coming our way in a big hurry. How'd that work out? Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/global-378184-warming-california.html Our View: Help clear the air; check before burn. According to the calendar, fall begins in late September, but we all know that November tends to mark the true start of fall in the San Joaquin Valley. It's also the start of a four-month "check before you burn" season in the valley, when the valley air district restricts use of wood-burning fireplaces and stoves because air quality is poor due to high counts of small particulates. In the first 19 days of this month, Merced and Madera counties haven't had a no-burn day. Stanislaus County has had three and San Joaquin County had only one. The fireplace restrictions have been around for many years, but every year, some residents gripe about them. Posted. http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/11/20/2660499/our-view-help-clear-the-air-check.html BLOGS Mapping Gas Leaks from Aging Urban Pipes. Most concerns about environmental impacts and other risks from leaking natural gas have focused on the fast-expanding production end of America’s vast system of wells, compressors and pipelines. But the urban maze of (often ancient) pipes that carries gas to furnaces and stoves has long been known to be leaking, as well. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/mapping-gas-leaks-from-aging-urban-pipes/ Methane Is Popping Up All Over Boston. Natural gas has been hailed by some as a crucial bridge fuel to a cleaner energy future. But how much cleaner is burning natural gas than burning oil or coal? Concerns over water contamination from fracking for natural gas aside, some argue that the much-advertised climate advantage of natural gas may be all but offset by the steady release of methane during its long journey from the well to the 65 million American households that depend on it. Molecule per molecule, methane has more than 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/methane-is-popping-up-all-over-boston/ Activists Use Webcast to Try to Ignite Climate Change Passions. In a blog entry this summer, the international correspondent Christiane Amanpour said that the climate change denial club “is actually now shrinking faster than the polar ice caps.” Opinion surveys suggest she’s right. Two factors that may contribute to the changing attitude about the changing climate — and the melting away of many skeptics — are the extreme weather events that have affected the United States recently and the legions of climate activists who make it their business to convince and motivate an increasingly receptive public. Posted. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/activists-use-webcast-to-try-to-ignite-climate-change-passions/ On Our Radar: Cuba’s Oil Hunt. Cuba’s third attempt to drill a deepwater oil well has ended without success. Underlining the dimensions of the country’s energy challenge, the $750 million oil rig that spent much of this year plumbing the Straits of Florida and Gulf of Mexico was the only deepwater platform in the world that can drill in Cuban waters without running afoul of American sanctions. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/on-our-radar-cubas-oil-hunt/?ref=earth World's Largest Investors Call For Climate Change Action. A coalition of the world's largest investors called on governments on Tuesday to ramp up action on climate change and boost clean-energy investment or risk trillions of dollars in investments and disruption to economies. In an open letter, the alliance of institutional investors, responsible for managing $22.5 trillion in assets, said rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions and more extreme weather were increasing investment risks globally. The group called for dialogue between investors and governments to overhaul climate and energy policies. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/investors-climate-change_n_2162767.html