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The Inside View of Carbon and Energy Auctions

Michael Kanellos: April 1, 2009, 9:51 AM
They work. In the first carbon auctions conducted last September by RGGI Inc., the administrative body for the East Coast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the auction yielded 12.6 million allowances for $3.07 per allowance, according to World Energy, which provides the underlying software and services for the auction. A second auction in December yielded 31.5 million allowances at $3.38 per allowance. At another auction on March 23, 31.5 million allowances were auctioned at $3.51 per allowance. The March auction also saw the sale of 2.2 million 2012 vintage allowances for $3.05 per allowance. In all, the the March auction raised $117 million for energy efficiency and other...

Want to Know a Chemical’s Toxicity? Check Out the EPA’s New Online Database

Ucilia Wang: March 12, 2009, 9:21 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has opened a new database that allows you to search for your favorite toxic chemicals.

The EPA said the Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource database provides information on more than 500,000 man-made chemicals, including the physical makeup, toxicity and experimental and test results of each chemical. The EPA has culled the data from more than 200 public resources, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health and Environment Canada, the European Union and the World Health Organization.

The database will not only serve scientists and the public, it also...

Cal Air Resources Board Proposes New Fuel Standard

Ucilia Wang: March 5, 2009, 12:56 PM

The California Air Resources Board released a draft regulation Thursday to require the use of alternative transportation fuels in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

CARB released the proposal for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard that would promote alternative fuel use and enable the state to meet its emissions reductions goals. Fuel producers, importers, refiners and blenders will have to start providing fuels to meet the standard starting in 2011. The standard is based on calculations carried out by CARB's staff on the greenhouse gas emissions that can be produced by the production, transportation and use of various types of fuels.

One of the goals for enacting a new fuel standard...

How Will the Fed Stimulus Package Help Me?

Ucilia Wang: March 4, 2009, 12:10 PM

Our government passed the $787 billion federal stimulus package to give a boost to a variety of clean energy sectors. But as many of you might have noticed, it can be darn confusing to figure out how and when the money will be distributed.

The California Energy Commission has created a Webpage that it hopes will make it easier for businesses and consumers to learn how they can benefit from the new spending plan. From the Webpage you can sign up for email alerts about programs and their funding. The commission also plans to hold a Webinar about economic recovery soon (date not set yet).

The commission said it expects to get about $295 million for energy efficient and renewable...

Know Your Chemicals, Make Healthier Buying Decisions

Ucilia Wang: February 25, 2009, 9:23 AM
Do you know what chemicals are used to make the toys and furniture in your home, or the plastic lunch box and bottles that hold your food and drinks?

In California, work is underway to create a database of chemicals and their toxicity levels for public access, thanks to a law that took effect in January this year. State officials hope to use the online database to nudge manufacturers into ditching more harmful ingredients and designing better products.

The state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), part of Cal EPA, is developing the database, which will enable consumers to evaluate and decide whether they want to buy certain products. The state also enacted another law...

Gov’t Aid and Its Unintended Consequences

Ucilia Wang: February 24, 2009, 9:39 AM

The federal stimulus package will help greentech companies weather the economic downturn, but it also could lead to some undesirable effects.

“It’s critical for the industry to view the stimulus package and all the helping hands as incredibly temporary,??? said Michael L. Goguen, a general partner of Sequoia Capital. “We don’t want a company to depend on the government. It’s easy to be deluded into thinking that you are in a sustainable business because you’ve got all those money [from the stimulus package].???

Goguen’s comment, made at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, is a reminder that government aid comes with potential side effects. The federal and state...

Global Cleantech Race Quickens: SEZ to LCZ

William Brent: February 20, 2009, 9:47 AM
China’s amazing surge as an economic power started with the creation of special economic zones (SEZs) nearly 30 years ago, as did my “it’s complicated??? love affair with the country. The zones provided a blueprint for the rest of the country toward accelerated wealth creation. They also marked the beginning of a catastrophic decline in environmental capital. Now the country may be dusting off the SEZ concept and considering the creation of Low Carbon Zones (LCZs). My involvement in the U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum and JUCCCE has put China front of mind, as has my front-row seat in the international race to see who becomes the superpower of cleantech. In the...