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  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Risk Of Natural Gas Vs. The Risk Of Wind
  • QUICK NEWS, April 24: The Health Impacts Of Climate Change; New Energy Is Everywhere; Study Shows LA Does Not Need Aliso Canyon

  • Weekend Video: How To Win Friends For New Energy
  • Weekend Video: The Electric Vehicle Highway
  • Weekend Video: Wind And The Economy

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-A Deeper Look At The Heat
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Wind Gets Market Tough
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-UK Gets Utility-Led Solar Plus Storage
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Germany’s VW Talking Its EV To China


  • TTTA Thursday-U.S. Military Affirms Climate Change-War Link
  • TTTA Thursday-Solar Plus Hydro Drive Wholesale Power Cost Sub-Zero
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind Boom Goes On Growing Midwest Wealth
  • TTTA Thursday-More Kentucky Jobs In New Energy Than In Coal

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Rocky Mountain compromise: Inside Xcel's landmark Colorado solar settlement
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Fixed charge battle looms in Texas as regulators tackle rate design reform
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: No time to think: How utilities are handling the deluge of grid data


  • TODAY’S STUDY: Resource Diversity And Grid Reliability
  • QUICK NEWS, April 18: Study Puts 10-Year Timer On Climate Change; The War Between Wall Street And Solar; New Energy To Power Healthcare
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews


    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns


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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, April 25:

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Way To Grow EVs
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    Wednesday, June 25, 2008


    A cap-and-trade system is widely regarded as the most politically accessible way for the U.S. to put a price on emissions, bring market factors to bear on emissions reductions and begin helping in the fight to mitigate global climate change. The European Union (EU) Emissions Tradng Scheme (ETS) and the United Nations (UN) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) have made mistakes getting their unprecedentedly ambitious efforts started. As a result, emissions reductions have not been impressive.

    Jacqueline McGlade, executive director, European Environment Agency: "Of course it was ambitious to set up a market for something you can't see and to expect to see immediate changes in behavior…"

    NewEnergyNews has been making this point for a long time: When the U.S. implements its cap-and-trade system, it should pay the EU a copyright fee. The EU and the world have learned much from the mistakes. The EU ETS grows more financially stable each year. Nobody who was realistic expected dramatic emissions reductions right away. Real reductions are not likely to occur until Phase 3 begins in 2013.

    It is actually impossible to accurately estimate the EU program’s real effectiveness. How much would emissions have grown without the ETS? Where would the U.S. be on emissions caps without the EU’s leadership?

    That said, a quick reconnoitering must follow.

    Mistake number one: Allowing too many free emissions permits. That has been corrected. A progressive proportion of emissions allowances is being auctioned.

    Mistake number two: Allowing special interests to exert influence. Corrected, especially in plans for 2013's Phase 3. Heinz Zourek, director general for enterprise and industry, European Commission: "As long as you treat [special interests] badly…it's better to treat them equally badly."

    Mistake number three: Allowing utilities and power companies too many permits made it easy for them to profit from the first phase of the ETS, creating a backlash against the system. The fight with those big, powerful interests is ongoing.

    Mistake number four: Offset projects in third world countries via the UN CDM may be preventing investment in New Energy. The UN CDM is making corrections but it is slowing progress.

    The mistakes the EU has corrected and the ones it is struggling with as it prepares the 2013 plan are invaluable to the U.S. as it prepares its own program. The U.S. pioneered emissions trading in the early 1990s with a small system that effectively dealt with acid rain. The EU, though, has made the real progress on such markets since the Bush administration shut down consideration of U.S. participation in early 2001.

    David Victor, director, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development/Stanford University: "The politics you're now seeing in Europe are the real politics of carbon…The central lesson from Europe is that governments must find ways of managing the allowances that clearly are going to be one of the most valuable pieces of public property in the 21st century."

    Both Senator McCain and Senator Obama favor a cap-and-trade system. They differ on the severity of emissions reductions necessary. Obama would begin with auctioned permits while McCain would eventually auction them.

    Some of the EU’s most difficult challenges came because the U.S. refused to participate. Those difficulties will likely to be easier to manage once the U.S. comes in, especially because U.S. participation is expected to initiate an agreement with emerging economies (India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, etc.).

    The most important question remaining: Once the systems are up and running, can the regulators tighten the caps enough to significantly cut emissions and effectively mitigate global climate change?

    A market has been built from scratch. Eventually, it will act on emissions. (click to enlarge)

    Europe’s carbon market holds lessons for the U.S.
    James Kanter, June 19, 2008 (International Herald Tribune)

    Cap-and-trade advocates, including Senators Barack Obama and John McCain; EU ETS participants; European Environment Agency

    The European Environment Agency reported carbon emissions from industries participating in the EU ETS cap-and-trade system continue to rise.

    Improvements in regulation learned from tough lessons now make the market stable for investors...(click to enlarge)

    - 2005: Trading began in the EU ETS
    - 2005 to 2006: EU emissions rose 0.4%
    - 2006 to 2007: EU emissions rose 0.7%
    - The Obama goal for cap-and-trade is to cut emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
    - The McCain goal is to cut emissions 60% 1990 levels by 2050.

    - Emissions from 12,000 factories and plants producing electricity, glass, steel, cement, and pulp and paper and trading emissions permits in the EU ETS are quantified.
    - British iron and steel sector emissions rose 10+%.
    - British cement industry emissions rose 50+%.
    - Smaller, emerging economies like Hungary want easier restrictions on growth while environmentalists want harsher restrictions.

    - The EU’s first mistake was in allocating too many emissions permits in the first year of trading, allowing the permit value to plummet. That mistake has been corrected.
    - Undue influence from individual industries has been curbed.
    - Ferocious lobbying over the details for Phase 3 of the EU ETS is ongoing.
    - Effective market oversight is crucial.
    - The EU steel and aluminum sectors use a lot of energy, generated big emissions in the first 2 phases of the ETS and are fighting for big allocations in phase 3.
    - Some multinationals are threatening to punish the EU by pulling investments out.
    - EU airlines say they can’t compete against airlines in countries without cap-and-trade.
    - Problems with the UN CDM may diminish investment in New Energy.

    ...In the beginning, it was a nightmare. The U.S. does not to need to make the same mistakes. (click to enlarge)

    - Hugo Robinson , research group Open Europe: "We currently are in danger of losing yet another decade in the fight against global warming…The sheer amount of lobbying creates so much uncertainty about the way these markets operate that nobody really is investing in cleaner technologies in Europe…"
    - Jacqueline McGlade, executive director, European Environment Agency: "It's easy, with hindsight, to say we could have been tougher…"
    - David Victor, director, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development/Stanford University: "Government largess on a vast scale was actually one of the main reasons that the European system actually got off the ground…The challenge for the United States now will be to have enough pork to get people to the meal, but not to give away so much that we end up squandering public resources."


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