Carbon Trading

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Industry veterans talk about “The Great Crew Change,” which is occurring as an older generation of experienced oil & gas industry employees retire. The new crew coming on to take their place is often made up of twenty- and thrity-somethings who see new opportunities in a booming industry. “The gap in generations resulted from the… Keep reading →

Coal Shortage Causes Short Supply of Power in China

  China’s highly anticipated pilot carbon markets are up and running, with the notable exception of Chongqing, but already the lack of transparency, pressure from big business and government-owned enterprises, manipulation of data and over allocation of allowances are proving to be hurdles for success. High levels of liquidity are not the end-goal for a… Keep reading →

Strong Exports Force Coal Ships Bottleneck

Rising energy costs are increasingly dominating political agendas in many countries around the world both developed and developing. The U.S. shale revolution with domestic cheap natural gas has started to bite into coal’s U.S. power generation market share, which can be attributed to the coal-to-gas switch of power utilities. Note, that any change in U.S.… Keep reading →

RWE Struggles To Remain Profitable, Mulls Closing Garzweiler Mine

Germany is facing an energy paradox where significant increases in renewably-generated power – mostly from wind and solar – are being surpassed by increases in coal-fired power. Part of the reason stems from the country’s decision to phase out its nuclear fleet. A majority of the nuclear generation capacity that has come offline – 8… Keep reading →

International Energy Agency IEA Chief Ec

Today the International Energy Agency released a World Energy Outlook special report: Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map, which highlights the need for intensive action before 2020. The analysts suggest 4 policy measures that can limit global temperature increase with no net economic cost. The US carbon market shows signs of life, with carbon credit prices hitting… Keep reading →

House Democrats have released draft carbon-pricing legislation, soliciting feedback on a potential per-ton fee for emissions, annual rate of fee increase, and revenue spending.

On March 12, 2013, House Democrats released a draft plan for carbon-pricing legislation that would impose a fee on greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s largest polluters, such as power plants, oil refineries, and factories. The measure, which has the potential to address both climate change and budget deficit, aims to establish a system that would minimize compliance burden for polluting entities and reduce administrative costs. It would build on EPA’s existing program that requires major sources to report emissions. The Treasury Department would have the responsibility to collect carbon fees based on EPA emissions data. Keep reading →

The major investment banks remain heavily engaged in the energy markets, hedging fuel prices and even producing energy for their own or their clients’ benefit. But Brad Hintz, a Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. research analyst who tracks the investment banking and securities industries, told Breaking Energy that the big banks are also positioning themselves for potential regulatory changes which will force the launch of a national carbon-trading market.

“Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Barclays are all major energy traders,” Hintz observed. “They are the banking giants in that space, and they – along with the commodities exchanges – provide the risk management services needed to balance demand and supply in the global energy markets.” Keep reading →