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Nov 9, 2012

U.S. carbon tax works, with support: Wynn

LONDON (Reuters) – Academics and lawmakers have proposed a U.S. carbon tax to curb carbon emissions and trim the debt pile, but the idea depends on prominent Republican support, so far absent.

Without a deal on cutting the fiscal deficit the United States faces a $600 billion package of automatic tax increases and spending cuts which could tip the country back into recession.

Nov 8, 2012

EU CO2 small print could delay airline conflict

LONDON (Reuters) – Some limited flexibility over how member states apply a European Union airlines emissions law might buy time to resolve opposition while the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO.L tries to forge a compromise deal.

The emissions trading directive requires operators of aircraft arriving in or departing Europe to surrender permits equal to their whole-flight emissions.

Nov 7, 2012

EU CO2 small print could delay airline conflict: Wynn

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Some limited flexibility over how
member states apply a European Union airlines emissions law
might buy time to resolve opposition while the U.N.’s
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) tries to forge
a compromise deal.

The emissions trading directive requires operators of
aircraft arriving in or departing Europe to surrender permits
equal to their whole-flight emissions.

Nov 6, 2012

Shale gas will struggle to impact transport: Wynn

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Natural gas will struggle beyond
niche applications in U.S. transport despite a widening discount
to rival fuels, given a shortfall in distribution compared with
gasoline, biofuels and electric vehicles.

Shale gas production has up-ended power generation,
under-cutting the economics of older coal plants and new
nuclear.

Nov 2, 2012

What happened to smart home appliances?: Wynn

LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The reluctance of utilities and
makers of appliances and intelligent meters to develop demand
response systems undermines a core motive in a massive smart
meter rollout in Europe.

It is a great idea: when everyone rushes to turn on the
kettle at half-time in a football final the utility can remotely
turn off non-urgent services like air conditioning to avoid a
demand surge and so save firing up another power plant.

Nov 1, 2012

BP biofuel U-turn upsets second generation: Wynn

LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – BP’s decision to scrap plans for a
U.S. cellulosic ethanol refinery is a setback for second
generation biofuels and opens the door to alternatives including
Brazilian sugar ethanol, biodiesel and electric vehicles.

The United States wants to cut dependence on foreign oil
through a combination of more domestic oil drilling, improved
vehicle fuel economy and local alternatives including biofuels,
gas and electricity.

Oct 30, 2012

UK’s uncertain funds for low-carbon energy: Wynn

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Britain is edging closer to its
vision of low-carbon energy based on large-scale nuclear power
and fossil fuels with carbon capture, which contrasts with
small-scale renewable energy which many of its European
neighbours favour.

But it has yet to square investor demands for returns with
the massive capital outlay of large-scale plants, untested in
the case of carbon capture and storage (CCS), which implies
large subsidies through guaranteed higher power prices.

Oct 24, 2012

European biofuel push hard to reverse: Wynn

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – European policymakers are
discovering the difficulty of curbing a biofuel industry they
weaned five years ago as a low-carbon alternative to crude oil
but which is increasingly at odds with the environment and food
production.

To halt or put into reverse a $22 billion European biofuel
industry requires a sound justification.

Oct 18, 2012

EU grid project needs feat of organisation: Wynn

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – A European Union strategy to
expand power transmission across borders and seas requires
closer coordination of operators and regulators to mobilise
investors.

More cross-border transmission is important to balance
intermittent renewable energy, narrow national price differences
and improve market resilience through pooled liquidity and
greater competition.

Oct 16, 2012

German winter shows Achilles heel of renewables: Wynn

LONDON (Reuters) – The extreme variability of wind and solar power in Germany is laid bare by 2012 data that also illustrates a particular vulnerability when power demand surges on cold winter days – they are often both weak at the same time.

Intermittent renewable energy requires grid balancing services, primarily from stand-by baseload fossil fuel capacity or battery and pumped storage, but also via interconnectors bringing power from other countries and regions.

    • About Gerard

      "Based in London, for four years I have helped coordinate Reuters global coverage of green business and environmental markets. I focus on policies and investment related to renewable energy, carbon markets, energy efficiency and emerging clean technologies including electric cars. I also cover UN climate negotiations, biodiversity, land use and climate science. Previously I covered distressed M&A and credit markets on the corporate finance desk."
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