Spectron Environmental, the environmental products division of commodities brokerage Spectron, has brokered the first cleared Californian carbon option.
This year looks tough for solar power, with Spain, the largest market in 2008, capping new production. Finding private financing is harder, making clear feed-in tariff policies essential, finds Vanya Dragomanovich
Carbon capture and storage has been put forward as a viable option for keeping coal-fired power firmly on the energy agenda. Pauline McCallion finds out what stands in the way of this part of the climate change solution
Australia is set to introduce a national emissions trading scheme in 2010. However, there is still much uncertainty surrounding the scheme. Katie Holliday looks at how companies are preparing for it
After record growth last year, US wind power is facing a funding squeeze as tax-related investment dries up. Pauline McCallion asks whether Government initiatives can buoy the sector through the economic downturn
Obama's stimulus plan will put key infrastructure in place to support the continued growth of renewable energy in the US, finds Pauline McCallion
Optimising a renewables portfolio is fraught with challenges. Stephen Maloney discusses them, and suggests some methods that allow for a more robust approach to portfolio optimisation
Richard Sandor, chairman and chief executive officer of the Chicago Climate Exchange, pioneered the first ever emissions trading scheme in the late 1980s for acid rain, drawing on his experience in launching interest rate futures 20 years earlier. He...
Hurricane Ike left many wholesale power purchasers facing serious financial losses if they could not invoke the force majeure clause in their contracts. Stan Jensen and Jonathan Hoff of Bracewell & Giuliani discuss different elements of force majeure...
Carbon trading is gaining renewed support from the new US administration, but at the same time, it must contend with recession. Pauline McCallion discusses the outlook for current trading schemes and their likely interaction with any federal compliance...
While the ailing global economy is pressuring industrial commodity prices, the agricultural grains markets have some very different fundamental drivers, some of which appear fairly supportive, finds Pauline McCallion