Monday, February 15, 2010

A Look at Climate Activity in Europe - EU, UK and Germany

Shifting the climate focus across the Atlantic, Members of European Parliament (MEPs) passed a resolution calling on major countries, especially the US, China and EU members, to resume discussions to achieve the intentions of Copenhagen accord. This seems to be an instance of minimal influence without authority. Meanwhile, the UK is debating several energy policy options, including the centralization of energy planning, a radical change of direction from the country’s history of privatization. While a “market-light” strategy is unlikely to prevail, the US could take lesson from a debate of multiple alternatives as US lawmakers are mired in energy policy gridlock. On the continent, Germany is moving toward a delay in cuts to its solar incentives regime. While continued solar support in Germany seems unwarranted, solar job levels will be buffeted by the delay and Germany’s centrality to the solar PV industry could be prolonged.

Articles of Note

· US, India and China at stand-off regarding “association” designation within Copenhagen Accord.

· Southern Company to break ground on first US nuclear power plant in 30 years with backing of DOE loan guarantee.

· US government to create “Climate Service” organization under Commerce Department and through reorganization of NOAA.

· Opponents of California Climate Law AB 32 struggle to gather signatures required for appearing as ballot proposition to delay aggressive climate targets and actions.

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