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Mar 19, 2013

Britain’s carbon tax: unfair and ineffective: Gerard Wynn

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – The variable carbon tax that
Britain is introducing from April 1 to promote low-carbon
investment will cause problems due to some incompatibility with
the wider European emissions trading scheme.

The tax, called “carbon price support” by the British
government, is levied on suppliers of fossil fuels to power
plants and these will pass on the cost to electricity consumers.

Mar 14, 2013

What is a good price for nuclear power?: Gerard Wynn

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – The benefit of a significant
investment in a flat-lining British economy is likely to trump
cost concerns over plans to build a new nuclear power plant.

The government may announce as early as next week a power
purchase agreement with the French utility EDF,
coinciding with a Budget which will have little to cheer in a
country teetering on the edge of a third recession in six years.

Mar 13, 2013

EU 2030 carbon cap could restore emissions trade: Wynn

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – The European Union has begun
the process of agreeing a new carbon cap for 2030, with early
signs that it could reinvigorate the emissions market and
simplify low-carbon policy.

The outcome will depend on horse-trading with sceptical
carbon-intensive countries such as Poland and the eventual
parcelling of the cap between industry sectors.

Mar 12, 2013

What is the underlying value of EU carbon?: Wynn

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – The uncertainty over prospects
for the European Union emissions trading scheme is so great that
it justifies current low carbon permit prices – which may even
be a little high by one method of estimating underlying value.

The scheme faces a range of possible outcomes in this
decade. These range from a cancellation of up to 1,900 million
or so surplus EU allowances (EUAs) following on from reforms now
being planned and which would greatly boost confidence, to total
scrapping of the market, which is unlikely.

Mar 8, 2013

Climate fixes need cautious consideration: Wynn

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Recent extreme heat waves
reinforce concerns that the slow pace of action against climate
change is inadequate, raising interest in new fixes called
geoengineering, but this warrants caution.

Proposed geoengineering fixes fall broadly between
reflecting sunlight and heat back into space, or sucking carbon
dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Mar 6, 2013

EU treads fine line in ending renewables support: Wynn

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – The European Commission is
backing a gradual shift away from renewable energy subsidies,
where it must tread a fine line between phasing out support and
killing investment.

It is significant that the European Union’s executive
Commission is signalling such a shift after European Union
countries already pared back subsidies.

Mar 5, 2013

Keystone shows it is tough to curb carbon upstream: Wynn

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – The battle over U.S. approval of
the Keystone oil pipeline shows the difficulty in regulating
carbon emissions through the supply of crude oil, barring an
unlikely global agreement to curb demand.

If approved by Washington later this year, the pipeline
would transport land-locked, high carbon Canadian tar sand crude
to Gulf Coast refineries and from there to world oil markets.

Mar 1, 2013

Are we near peak biofuels?: Gerard Wynn

LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) – A stalled biofuel industry will
need to produce far more efficient fuels to avoid setting off
another bout of arguments over its contribution to boosting
energy security and cutting carbon emissions.

Biofuels had a difficult 2012.

In the United States, Energy Information Administration data
show production through November fell compared with the same
period the previous year, putting the industry on track for the
first annual drop since 1996. (See Chart 1)

Feb 27, 2013

Saudi solar is a no-brainer: Gerard Wynn

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has the world’s
second best solar resource after Chile’s Atacama Desert, making
investment in solar a no-brainer as an alternative to burning
its most precious resource.

The Kingdom has for several years been talking up its plans
to become a major player in solar power.

Feb 26, 2013

Bulgaria is a warning on regulated power markets: Wynn

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Bulgarian street protests over
electricity prices illustrate the problems with a regulated
approach where several European countries are preparing to step
back from fully liberalised markets.

Protesters have complained about a lack of transparency in
the way Bulgarian power prices have been set, questioning the
logic of stinging rises in household electricity prices as coal
costs fall but power companies try to pay themselves more.

    • 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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