From the London Telegraph we learned that owners of the new Nissan electric car, the Leaf, may face a bill of up to £19,000 to replace the battery.  Meanwhile, GM only sold 125 Chevy Volts in the US last month.  These developments suggest the move to electric cars may occur a lot slower than governments are hoping for.

Speaking of electric transportation, it turns out the Germans are enthralled with electric bikes Reuters reported that e-bikes will soon have 15% of the German bike market as demand is skyrocketing.

While the Volt may not be selling, this is not deterring GM from trying another tack.  Bring back the diesel engine to the North American marketR-Squared told us that starting in 2013 the popular Chevy Cruze will have a diesel option.  Up until now this market segment has been dominated by Volkswagon. “Clearly, this is quite a change for GM, who have consistently refused to bring any diesel passenger cars into the North American market, even though they make and sell them all over the rest of the world.”

Electricity prices continued to rise in Australia and the UK as both countries try to revamp their energy mix towards renewables.  Energy Matters reported that South Australia rates jumped 17% because of the generous home solar subsidies and feed-in-tariffs.  Meanwhile The Guardian revealed that another UK utility, E.ON, was raising rates 11.4% as it followed the lead of three other UK utilities.

Waste Management World reported that waste-t0-energy projects continue to make the news. Hertfordshire County in England has approved a 27 MW plant to generate electricity from non-recyclable residual waste.   Suffolk, England has approved a 20 MW plant that will take 269,000 tonnes of residential waste per year and convert it into electricity.  The plant will be operational by 2014.  Manama, Qatar is building a similar 34 MW plant which will be operating by the end of this year.  In addition to supplying electricity to the national grid, the plant will process and recycle domestic waste to produce raw materials for various local industries. This includes producing fertilizer and biogas. The facility is the first integrated solid waste treatment facility in the Middle East.

The Australian argued that schemes that try to price carbon are bound to fail.  Referring to the work of David Campbell et al, After Copenhagen: The Impossibility of Carbon Trading, the paper argues that plans by Australia and others to tax or set up carbon markets are doomed to failure simply because there is no international agreement on capping global carbon output.  Whatever measures Australia might take to limit its carbon emissions are meaningless as they will be vastly offset by emissions from the world’s largest carbon emitters who do not have any limits – the US, China and India.  It fears that smaller emitters around the globe will persist in setting up schemes that will be immensely costly but achieve nothing.

 

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