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Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using green diesel. On December 3,...

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christ...

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

A mall in the capital city of the Philippines is now sporting a 1.5-megawatt sol...

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

The Governments of the United States and China have announced that they will be ...

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Eco-friendly cars, also referred to as green cars, are vehicles that have a less...

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

The largest wind farm in Southeast Asia, a 150-megawatt installation in the Phil...

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

Solar Power, Inc. is set to become one of the largest solar developers in China....

Business

Technology

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

A sweet-smelling chemical compound primarily used in fragrances and flavoring is being studied for its potential as a clean and green biofuel. Methyl ...

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Politics

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the results of the recently concluded Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. The Secretary-Gener...

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Living Green

Incandescent bulbs now entering their homestretch

Incandescent bulbs now entering their homestretch

Saturday, 06 December 2014

Nearly 125 years after the invention of the light bulb – technology that revolutionized the world’s way of life and living – the phased ban on sale of...

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Renewables

Low-Carbon

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Friday, 12 December 2014

Environmentally friendly home heating solutions are valuable for the planet, and can lower your utility bills. With the numerous home heating alternat...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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R.G.G.I. carbon auction fetches $42 million; 38% remains unsold

The nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative accumulated a total of $41.6 million in proceeds from the program's 15th quarterly auction of carbon dioxide allowances.

More than half, 62 percent, of the 34,843,858 allowances offered for sale were sold for bids from $1.93 to $5.35 per allowance. The proceeds will be used by the participating states for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

R.G.G.I. is the first mandatory, market-based carbon dioxide emissions reduction program in the United States, participated in by Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The participating states have determined to reduce their power sector carbon dioxide emission by 10 percent by 2018. To do this, they each have an individual Carbon Dioxide Budget Trading Program which limits the emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants with a generation capacity of 25 megawatts or more.

Alongside the caps each state puts on its power plants, they also issue carbon dioxide allowances that the power plants can buy during the quarterly auctions to allow them to meet their emission limits.

The allowances represent 1 short ton of carbon pollution with the total amount of allowances sold not exceeding 188 million tons per year through 2014.

After 2014, the cap will be reduced gradually by 2.5 percent per year over four years to achieve the overall reduction target of 10 percent by 2018.

"R.G.G.I. investments keep $765 million in our states by reducing fossil fuel expenditures. At the same time, we are reducing harmful pollution. This double impact - of enhancing local economies and reducing emissions - is what makes R.G.G.I. so effective," said David Littell, a commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission and vice chair of R.G.G.I., Inc.

While Mr. Littell and the program's supporters claim the program is fulfilling its mandate, a significant portion of the carbon allowances available at the auctions still remain unsold.

For this auction, 38 percent of the allowances generated remained unsold, continuing a trend that started on December 2011 when the 14th quarterly auction sold 27.3 million of the available 43 million allowances, leaving 37 percent unsold.

The next R.G.G.I. auction is scheduled for June 6, 2012. – Katrice R. Jalbuena



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