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  • Court to reconsider Christie's carbon market backflip | Business Spectator
    2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Court to reconsider Christie s carbon market backflip 8 Jan 10 53 AM Climate Carbon markets Policy Politics Appellants to argue that governor didn t follow proper administrative procedures in sudden exit You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters An appellate court will hear arguments on Wednesday on whether Governor Chris Christie illegally withdrew New Jersey from a regional trading scheme aimed at cutting carbon emissions raising hopes among environmental groups that the state might be forced to rejoin A three judge panel in Trenton will hear oral arguments from green groups Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council that Christie did not follow proper administrative procedures when he pulled the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI at the end of 2011 Christie a Republican often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate claimed the RGGI was costing ratepayers too much and did not deliver environmental benefits to New Jersey The then 10 state program which was created by Republican and Democratic governors of the northeast and mid Atlantic in the early 2000s requires power plants to reduce their carbon emissions by buying and selling emission permits The nine current RGGI states are calling for the federal Environmental Protection Agency EPA to use the RGGI program as a template for other states to comply with rules expected to be proposed this summer that would curb carbon from existing power plants the largest domestic source of emissions New Jersey s Department of Environmental Protection DEP said in its court filings that it followed procedure because it informed the public of the effect of New Jersey s withdrawal from RGGI on its website Environmental groups however said that simply posting a statement declaring an end to the rules was not in compliance with state law Such moves they argue require a public comment

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/1/8/carbon-markets/court-reconsider-christies-carbon-market-backflip (2014-01-12)
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  • Guangdong sells 3.89 mln carbon permits | Business Spectator
    Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Guangdong sells 3 89 mln carbon permits 8 Jan 10 49 AM Climate Carbon markets Chinese province offloads carbon permits in second auction of new market You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters China s Guangdong province on Monday sold 3 89 million carbon permits at the minimum price of 60 yuan 11 11 each in its second allowance auction A total of 46 companies bid successfully for permits with bids ranging from 60 yuan to 65 yuan the China Emissions Exchange in Guangzhou announced Five million permits were on offer but the auction was not fully subscribed the exchange said In its first auction last month Guangdong sold 3 million permits at 60 yuan The Guangdong emissions trading exchange the world s second biggest caps carbon dioxide emissions from 242 of the province s power generators and manufacturers and covered companies must buy 3 per cent

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  • Crunch time for California's pioneering carbon market? | Business Spectator
    they have a lot to celebrate The state s cap and trade program which could become a model for other US states sets a limit on the amount of heat trapping gases businesses can emit and allows them to trade excess permits Regulators this year held a series of permit auctions with strong demand from buyers The program poured US533 million into state coffers and is expected to raise US1 5 billion next year California has achieved a strong transparent carbon price and we have created a model for the world to follow said state Senator Fran Pavley the author of the state s landmark 2006 law designed to combat global warming We have shown that sending a strong signal to the marketplace can reduce pollution and spur better investment planning and economic growth The success of California s cap and trade program could revitalise the policy as a preferred tool for curbing emissions at a low cost encouraging its expansion across state and international lines Still analysts say the hardest part is yet to come The program is supposed to more than double in size in 2015 encompassing the burning of fuels by automobiles as well as home heating fuels like natural gas meaning that consumers will feel the effects directly and could see gasoline price hikes of 15 cents a gallon or more California has also failed to get any other states to join up raising questions about the political viability of a program that cannot by itself claim to have a meaningful impact on global carbon emissions Indeed sceptics had pointed to Congress s rejection of a national cap and trade program as well as ongoing problems with fraud and low prices in the nine year old European carbon market to question the viability of the concept as a means of addressing climate change Should California s program unravel it could sound a death knell for the concept across the United States The state has so far sidestepped Europe s biggest mistakes by tracking the output of greenhouse gases from facilities in the state for years prior to the market s launch and by setting a steadily increasing floor price for allowances sold at auction From a market standpoint California s program has worked surprisingly well so far Carbon prices have hovered in the US11 US16 a tonne range throughout the year high enough to keep traders interested and low enough to keep companies covered by the program from panicking That s an ideal situation from the point of view of regulators Meanwhile trading of allowances on the secondary market has been healthy with an average of nearly 2 million carbon allowances changing hands every week among environmental credit brokers power traders and businesses covered by the program The first year of the California market has gone fairly smoothly said Tony D Agostino director of commodity markets for the Royal Bank of Canada Trading volumes continue to increase and the auctions have gone off without a hitch

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/1/7/carbon-markets/crunch-time-californias-pioneering-carbon-market (2014-01-12)
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  • Rory Carroll | Business Spectator
    knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Rory Carroll Crunch time for California s pioneering carbon market California s carbon market has sidestepped the problems of Europe s version and enjoyed a bumper year But its expansion into transport fuels will test the model in 2014 by Rory Carroll 8 39am January 08 Big banks weigh risks rewards of California s new CO2 market Major banks are weighing whether to wade into the California carbon market a potential 40 billion a year market by 2020 but loaded with risk and uncertainty by Rory Carroll 10 43am September 13 Will California s ETS spark an offset gold rush The combination of California s lofty emissions target and high CO2 permit prices could spark a scramble to develop cheap offset projects by Rory Carroll 10 31am November 02 California s risky carbon rush California puts its reputation as an environmental pioneer on the line as it battles the clock the courts and funding shortages to launch a carbon market in eight months time by Rory Carroll 7 24am May 03 Crunch time for California s pioneering carbon market California s carbon market has sidestepped the problems of Europe s version and enjoyed a bumper year But its expansion into transport fuels will test the model in 2014 by Rory Carroll 8 39am January 08 Big banks weigh risks rewards of California s new CO2 market Major banks are weighing whether to wade into the California carbon market a potential 40 billion a year market by 2020 but loaded with risk and uncertainty

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/contributor/rory-carroll (2014-01-12)
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  • Abnormal QLD power prices force smelter production cut | Business Spectator
    Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Abnormal QLD power prices force smelter production cut 6 Jan 12 25 PM Industries Manufacturing Resources and Energy Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Aluminium smelter to cut production blaming abnormally high Queensland prices relative to NSW and Vic You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter The Boyne Aluminium Smelter BSL in Gladstone Queensland has announced it will be cutting back production by 14 000 tonnes from January to the end of March according to the Gladstone Observer BSL general manager Joe Rea blamed unusually high electricity prices in Queensland for the decision He told the Gladstone Observer It is an ongoing concern for our business that electricity prices in Queensland are significantly higher than other states in Australia Electricity prices in Queensland are currently 20 more expensive here than in New South Wales and 30 more expensive than in Victoria As has been highlighted by Climate Spectator Queensland wholesale electricity market prices have been unusually high in recent times even though it has a large overhang of excess power generation capacity

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/1/6/energy-markets/abnormal-qld-power-prices-force-smelter-production-cut (2014-01-12)
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  • China's Guangdong carbon permits sell at $11.10 | Business Spectator
    Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu China s Guangdong carbon permits sell at 11 10 19 Dec 2013 11 24 AM Climate Carbon markets Province s first ETS auction sells 3m permits at government minimum price of 60 yuan AUD 11 10 You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Reuters reports that China s Guangdong province sold 3 million carbon permits at 60 yuan AUD 11 10 each on Monday in the country s first emissions allowance auction This is precisely the price that the Government had dictated firms should bid otherwise the government would hold back provision of free permits which are expected to make up 97 percent of what companies need to comply with the scheme Print this page

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/12/19/carbon-markets/chinas-guangdong-carbon-permits-sell-1110 (2014-01-12)
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  • Smog of uncertainty ruins a clean energy Christmas | Business Spectator
    in Request new password The mid year budget update or MYEFO released this week by the Australian government this week has provided an appropriate end to the renewable energy industry s annus horribilis The clean energy industry ends 2013 with no certainty about the future of the carbon price or its potential replacement the Emissions Reduction Fund a cloud over the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and a lack of clarity about the future of the Renewable Energy Target Demand for household solar is down more than 20 per cent on this time last year and large scale renewable energy projects have stalled With the release this year of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report the science of climate change has become more certain and while the impacts of climate change have become more obvious and more immediate funding for climate action in Australia is set to decline from 5 5 billion in 2013 14 to less than 1 billion by 2015 16 With uncertainty about the carbon price the ERF and the RET as well as continuing funding cuts the government s 5 per cent emissions reduction target is in danger of becoming a distant dream MYEFO has confirmed the cost to the budget of repealing the carbon price is 13 7 billion over the forward estimates period astronomical in the context of a soaring budget deficit and the cost of abolishing the CEFC is 439 million in foregone revenue over the same time We simply cannot afford to abolish the carbon price and the CEFC MYEFO has cast the ERF the 2 55 billion centrepiece of the government s capped 3 2 billion Direct Action Plan into the wilderness of the budget s Contingency Fund Despite a clear commitment from the Coalition before the election there is now no budget allocation for the ERF The Contingency Fund is the government s back up plan a pot of money it can access to fund promises in the lead up to an election or dip into in emergency situations It is also where unloved policies go to die with the promise they might be resuscitated if economic circumstances permit The Million Solar Roofs program originally a 1 billion commitment to help low income earners access solar has fared even worse not even rating a mention in MYEFO It may not be seen again If it doesn t make economic sense to repeal the carbon price it also doesn t make political sense to repeal the carbon price when there is no replacement in sight The most logical approach is to move to an emissions trading scheme at the earliest opportunity taking the cost of climate action off budget and into the hands of the market There is another advantage in moving rapidly to an emissions trading scheme it will avoid double compensation being paid by taxpayers to our biggest polluters as well as an additional 2 8 billion over four years for the

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/12/19/policy-politics/smog-uncertainty-ruins-clean-energy-christmas (2014-01-12)
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  • Fiona O’Hehir | Business Spectator
    Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Fiona O Hehir Smog of uncertainty ruins a clean energy Christmas Now that the Emissions Reduction Fund is on the budget backburner from solar roofs to renewable reviews it s hard to find a climate policy not shrouded in grey by Fiona O Hehir 10 22am December 19 Ending renewables uncertainty for business Greg Hunt has been one of the strongest supporters of renewable energy but he and his colleagues need to act soon to resolve uncertainty afflicting solar and renewables more generally by Fiona O Hehir 8 06am September 11 3 comments Clean energy billions going begging The clean energy industry in Australia is nervous with political uncertainty putting billions in investment at risk But this can be fixed by Fiona O Hehir 9 01am June 28 2 comments Smog of uncertainty ruins a clean energy Christmas Now that the Emissions Reduction Fund is on the budget backburner from solar roofs to renewable reviews it s hard to find a climate policy not shrouded in grey by Fiona O Hehir 10 22am December 19 Ending renewables uncertainty for business Greg Hunt has been one of the strongest supporters of renewable energy but he and his colleagues need to act soon to resolve uncertainty afflicting solar and renewables more generally by

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/contributor/fiona-o%E2%80%99hehir (2014-01-12)
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