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ARB Newsclips for July 17, 2013. 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 Australia Carbon Link May Spur EU Panel, Accenture Says. Linking with Australia’s carbon market may spur the European Union to set up an independent panel to help manage demand and supply in its own program, improving governance, according to Accenture Plc. (ACN) The structure would need to be independent of nations while including input from governments and national or European agencies, Mauricio Bermudez Neubauer, a London-based lead consultant on carbon markets at Accenture, said July 15 in a phone interview. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-17/australia-emissions-link-may-spur-eu-carbon-bank-accenture-says.html AIR POLLUTION EPA air and CO2 rules for utilities likely to cluster in 2 years. The year 2015 is likely to be a pivotal time for utilities as they prepare to comply with existing rules and prepare for expected standards from greenhouse gases to ozone, industry officials have said. Environmentalists are eager to see Gina McCarthy finally lead U.S. EPA as administrator for a good reason: She has a lot of work ahead. Many utilities are expected to enter compliance with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule in 2015…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984536/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE World Bank approves landmark coal restrictions. The World Bank board of directors yesterday embraced strict limitations on financing new coal plants, effectively closing the door on an issue that has vexed the global development lender for years as it struggled to balance its mission of eradicating poverty with a growing concern for climate change. The new policy endorsed by the United States, China, India and others instructs the World Bank Group to provide financial support for new coal projects "only in rare circumstances." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984538/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Swift approval sought for Midwest oil pipeline. A Canadian company's plan to build an oil pipeline that will stretch for hundreds of miles through the Midwest, including through many sensitive waterways, is quietly on the fast-track to approval — just not the one you're thinking of. As the Keystone XL pipeline remains mired in the national debate over environmental safety and climate change, another company, Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, is hoping to begin construction…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/17/5572129/swift-approval-sought-for-midwest.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/17/swift-approval-sought-for-midwest-oil-pipeline/ Delaware panel dismisses appeal of refinery permit. Environmental groups on Tuesday lost an appeal of a state-issued permit for a new crude oil transfer station at the Delaware City refinery. Members of Delaware's Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted unanimously to dismiss the appeal by the Sierra Club and the Delaware Audubon Society, ruling that they had no standing to challenge an air quality permit granted to PBF Energy in May. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jul/16/delaware-panel-hears-appeal-of-refinery-permit/#ixzz2ZJkRE6eq State Dept. approves ND-to-Alberta gas pipeline. The U.S. State Department has approved construction of the North Dakota portion of a gas pipeline from Tioga into the Canadian province of Alberta, Sen. John Hoeven said Tuesday. The proposed $300 million, 430-mile Vantage Pipeline is slated to supply ethane from North Dakota's oil patch for Alberta's petrochemical industry beginning later this year, the Republican lawmaker said in a news release. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jul/16/state-dept-approves-nd-to-alberta-gas-pipeline/#ixzz2ZJknVhhG Americans Support the Keystone XL Pipeline by Wide Margin. While the Obama administration mulls whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Americans are already decided. They support the project by a wide margin, prioritizing potential economic benefits over possible environmental consequences. The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds that more than two-thirds of respondents…Posted. http://www.nationaljournal.com/congressional-connection/coverage/americans-support-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-by-wide-margin-20130716 Refining reports fuel questions on oil-gasoline price ties. Midwestern refiners reaped upward of 50 percent more profits per barrel of oil last year compared with their Eastern and Gulf Coast counterparts thanks to cheaper crude that was "not proportionally reflected" in lower pump prices, according to a recent Congressional Research Service analysis. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059984541/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Nissan Holds Off on First Luxury Electric Car. Auto Maker Bets More Advanced, Cheaper Technology Soon Will Be Available. NEW DELHI—Nissan Motor Co. temporarily halted development of the first electric car for the Infiniti luxury brand, a bet that more advanced and cheaper technology soon will be available, company executives said. The Japanese auto maker showed the battery-powered Infiniti LE concept at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012…Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323394504578609614137298372.html#printMode Ford Offers Fix After Hybrid Mileage Comes Up Short. Ford Motor Co. (F) is offering free software upgrades to owners of its 2013 model-year hybrid vehicles intended to improve fuel economy after the models fell short of projected mileage levels. Ford is sending notices about the voluntary upgrades to owners of the C-Max, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ hybrids, Group Vice President Raj Nair, the company’s product-development chief, told reporters yesterday in Dearborn, Michigan. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-16/ford-says-it-s-boosting-fuel-economy-of-2013-hybrids.html APNewsbreak: Andretti to run electric car series. Andretti Autosport announced Wednesday it has signed on as the third team to compete in the environmentally friendly FIA Formula E championship, which will feature electric cars racing in 10 cities around the world beginning in 2014. Michael Andretti's two-car operation will join China Racing and British-based Drayson Racing as organizations already committed to a field that will have 10 two-car teams competing in each e-Prix. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/17/apnewsbreak-andretti-to-run-electric-car-series/ Tesla stock falls sharply on lower sales forecast. The soaring stock price of Tesla Motors Inc. tumbled yesterday as a financial analyst suggested that the electric vehicle maker is overvalued. Share cost for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company skidded 14.3 percent to $109.05, the biggest one-day decline since January 2012, when it fell nearly 20 percent. The stock even after the latest drop has more than tripled in price in a year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984535/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Battery Seen as Way to Cut Heat-Related Power Losses. As scorching weather envelops the Northeast and the Midwest, electric utilities are scrambling to keep the power on while air-conditioners strain utilities’ capacity. By Tuesday afternoon in New York City and Westchester County, for instance, Consolidated Edison had logged nearly 7,700 interruptions since the heat arrived on Sunday, and it had dispatched crews to restore almost all of the power. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/business/energy-environment/battery-seen-as-way-to-cut-heat-related-power-losses.html CA Signs Off On Controversial Project Next to Joshua Tree Nat'l Park. A giant energy project that would turn an abandoned open pit mine near Joshua Tree National Park into two hydroelectric storage reservoirs got a thumbs-up from California's main water quality agency this week. The Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Project, which would use off-peak electrical power to pump water to an upper reservoir, then generate electricity by letting the water flow through turbines during peak demand times, would generate a maximum of 1,300 megawatts of power. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/the-grid/hydroelectric-energy-joshua-tree-national-park-eagle-mountain.html Groups attempt to move energy-efficient buildings into mass markets. To rapidly scale up the construction of green buildings in emerging markets and help mitigate climate change pollution, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and the International Finance Corp. (IFC) yesterday announced a new strategic partnership. Through the collaboration, WorldGBC's regional councils will apply the new "IFC EDGE" online tool that can identify ways to reduce the water, energy…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984539/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS S.F. experiment to create parking for car sharing. As many as 900 on-street parking spaces in San Francisco will be reserved for car-sharing vehicles as soon as January under a two-year experiment approved Tuesday by the Municipal Transportation Agency. The test, which aims to increase the number of people using car sharing and expand it to all neighborhoods of the city…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-experiment-to-create-parking-for-car-sharing-4669388.php Dole, Gerber Don’t Have to Warn of Lead Under California Law (1). Dole Food Co. (DOLE:US) and Nestle SA (NESN)’s Gerber unit don’t have to warn consumers about lead contained in their baby food, packaged fruit and juices, a state court judge said in a tentative ruling. Judge Stephen Brick in California Superior Court in Oakland said that the companies, and other food makers facing a state lawsuit…Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-07-16/dole-gerber-don-t-have-to-warn-of-lead-under-california-law-1 OPINIONS COLUMN-Australia's carbon mess a warning to the world: Clyde Russell. Any government thinking of introducing policies to limit carbon emissions should look at Australia for an example of how not to do it. Australia's efforts to combat climate change have been poison to politicians from all sides of the debate, contributing so far to the demise of two prime ministers and an opposition leader, and there may be more to come. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/17/column-russell-carbon-australia-idUSL4N0FN0ER20130717 COLUMN-Cutting the cost of more wind power: Gerard Wynn. Wind power is one of most favoured and fastest growing sources of electricity in Europe, and that creates a problem for grid operators and policymakers who aim to keep the lights on. The supply of wind power depends on the weather, varying from day to day or even hour to hour, and that variability means its reliability is less at any given moment than power from plants that burn fossil fuels. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/17/column-wynn-eu-wind-idUSL6N0FM1SX20130717 California's Cap-and-Trade Program Has Learned From Europe. Despite claims to the contrary, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme is not dead. It will survive, but in the meantime the international community must keep moving forward with other efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, California has been able to learn from the pioneering efforts in Europe, and as a result the state is poised to be a major player in the effort to fight climate change. Posted. http://www.energybiz.com/print/320169 Judge a carbon market by its cap, not its prices. No one questions the very existence of stock markets when prices rise or fall. Not so for carbon markets. In April, prices in the EU’s emissions trading scheme fell to record lows of below €3 a tonne of carbon dioxide, after an unsuccessful vote in the European parliament to prop up prices. Observers wrote obituaries. This month, in its second vote, the parliament approved a plan to “backload” carbon allowances and thus limit supply temporarily. Posted. http://www.ft.com/home/us BY SUBCRIPTION ONLY A mixed bag: Are California's bans on plastic bags working? An employee gathering carts from the sunny parking lot at a Santa Cruz Safeway said shoppers are warming up to Santa Cruz's ban on single-use plastic bags. But some still miss the bags' convenience. "I used to be able to carry so many at a time," a senior woman remarked. "Wrong thing to do," said a middle-aged man of the ban. Posted. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_23474167/mixed-bag-are-californias-bans-plastic-bags-working?IADID=Search-www.santacruzsentinel.com-www.santacruzsentinel.com BLOGS AIR POLLUTION: Mountain fire adds to smog season woes. We were already in the midst of an unrelenting smog season when the Mountain Fire broke out Monday, July 15, near Idyllwild and made air quality even worse in some parts of Riverside County. The smoke plume on Tuesday, July 16, was moving to the north and east and was falling in portions of the Coachella Valley. Posted. http://blog.pe.com/2013/07/16/air-pollution-mountain-fire-adds-to-smog-season-woes/ BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY So far in 2013, EVs beating plug-in hybrids in sales. During the past two years, plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles like the Toyota Prius Plug-In and Chevy Volt were beating battery electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV in sales volume. That changed for the first time in the first half of 2013, with battery EVs beating plug-in hybrids by thousands of units. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/17/so-far-in-2013-evs-beating-plug-in-hybrids-in-sales/ Close to Home: Things Climate Change May Ruin. The evidence from real-world observations, sophisticated computer models, and analytical work in hundreds of different fields continues to pile up: Human-caused climate change is already occurring and will continue to get worse and worse as greenhouse-gas concentrations continue to rise. Because the climate is connected to every major geophysical, chemical, and biological system on the planet…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/close-to-home-things-clim_b_3606163.html Is This the Gas Station of the 21st Century? If you drive an electric car, you’re probably familiar with ChargePoint. But even if you're still driving an old-fashioned gas-guzzler, maybe it's time you got to know the Campbell, Calif.-based startup. ChargePoint is the largest operator of electric-vehicle charging stations, with some 12,000 publicly accessible chargers across 14 countries, including about 70 percent of all U.S. chargers. Posted. http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/07/16/chargepoint_ct4000_ev_charger_the_gas_station_of_the_21st_century.html