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We examine how the energy sector is being sustainably transformed by new technologies with implications for climate change, electricity and commodities markets.  

America’s utilities are facing a choice when it comes to renewables: Jump in and profit or dig in their heels and risk becoming unprofitable.  About 64% of the 4.2 billion megawatt-hours of electricity the...
While animal manure is piling up around the world, threatening widespread pollution, the U.S. trails Europe and other parts of the world in finding a solution. Each year, organic waste from America’s eight billion...
Portugal’s latest solar auction was one for the record books, resulting in the world’s lowest cost photovoltaic power contract. Akuo Energy, a French renewable independent power producer and developer was responsible for the record-low...
Electricity prices in Texas spiked to $9,000 per megawatt hour (Mwh) this week as temperatures hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit, fueling demand for alternative energy and storage technologies. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas warned...
The Trump administration’s delay of a permit for what would be the first large U.S. offshore wind farm puts the country farther behind nations moving quickly to exploit that renewable energy source. Vineyard Wind...
Net metering may not be the hottest topic at the backyard barbecue, unless the party is at one of the growing number of U.S. residences with a solar panel on the roof. While mostly...
In a report with a section titled The Death Toll for Petrol, BNP Paribas issued a clear call for a pivot to solar and wind for investors considering the best energy sources for powering vehicles.
The U.S.’s most energy-efficient cities are also its richest, as investments in an urban area’s health appear to make a positive impact on its wealth. Boston was the most energy-efficient U.S. city last year,...
The fight against climate change may be collateral damage in the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. If warming is going to be limited to 2 degrees Celsius or less, there will...
With the increasing pace of natural disasters worldwide, the time is ripe for investors to act on climate change, according to Georgie Benardete, co-founder and CEO of Align17. Align17, a marketplace connecting private wealth...
BlackRock’s fossil fuel investments cost its investors $90 billion in lost value and missed opportunities over the last decade, according to a report that gives support to social impact and sustainable-energy strategies. The world’s...
This week Amazon unveiled plans for a wind farm in Ireland and a solar project in the U.S., the latest steps by the technology giant in its goal of using 100% renewable power for its data centers....
Sunnova Energy’s disappointing debut on the New York Stock Exchange won’t deter investors from supporting solar, as signs point to rising demand for clean, renewable energy sources. Houston-based Sunnova Energy International Inc.’s stock opened...
Sierra Energy Corp. received a $33 million vote of confidence in its technology that turns trash into clean energy, reducing methane-producing landfills while keeping the lights on. Bill Gates-backed Breakthrough Energy Ventures led a...
As the earth grows hotter, cities are trying to stay cooler -- and the solution so far has been to add more fossil-fuel burning air conditioners, and hasten global warming. This conundrum is perhaps...
While 15-year-old Joshua Gao sees a future in his sound waves-based fire extinguishing company, many steps lie ahead before its ready for the market. Gao founded SAFE (Sound: The Alternative Fire Extinguisher) in 2018...
From waste-sorting robots to a 3-D food printing appliance that cuts waste, Closed Loop Partners is backing products that aim to redefine recycling. The investment firm’s driving force is Ron Gonen, who founded the company in 2014...
While wind and hydropower have emerged as the biggest renewable energy sources in the U.S., they aren’t the only ones. Geothermal, harnessing the earth’s naturally heated water to generate power, may be next for widespread use thanks...
Wind energy generation surpassed coal last month in Texas for the first time, thanks in part to cooperating weather and tax breaks that offered rewards for investing in renewable power.  Wind energy was responsible...
U.K. energy company BP Plc and U.S. agricultural trader Bunge Ltd. are combining their sugar and ethanol assets in Brazil, a merger that will boost BP’s supply of more environmentally-friendly fuels as the globe seeks to cut...
New York agreed to the biggest-ever offshore wind power deal in U.S. history, a pact stemming from rising interest among Northeastern states, increasing government support, falling costs and investors placing more money behind bets on wind. 
From demolition debris recycling to imitation chicken, Congruent Ventures has taken a markedly different approach to investing than many of its social impact peers. Taking a no compromise approach, the San Francisco VC firm is seeking products...
A report in the magazine Science this month made headlines around the world: planting one trillion trees might curb climate change. Less well-publicized are the growing number of companies, startups, funds and investors betting they can pair trees with profitability. That itself...
Clean energy investors are unruffled by the Trump Administration stuffing Environmental Protection Agency advisory boards with oil-industry advocates. Momentum is on their side, as the move to renewables accelerates.  The EPA replaced scientists on...
Weather data company PlanetiQ raised $18.7 million this month to shoot more satellites into space, as climate change stokes demand for more accurate predictions and investors crowd into the space.   The deal, led by...
Worldwide clean energy investment is primed to rebound after falling to a six-year low, offering opportunities for social impact and green energy investors, a BloombergNEF report showed.  China, the U.S. and Europe all posted...
More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa -- nearly half the continent’s population -- live off electrical grids. Yet tackling the problem has been challenged in part by financial institutions’ maintaining a high bar for lending...
Shanghai, the world’s third-largest city, has been frantic about garbage sorting tips since July 1, when the so-called “strictest garbage regulation in the history” became law. It will soon spread to 45 other Chinese cities. 
As the world’s energy giants push into wind, solar and other renewable sources, they are tasked with another kind of exploration: seeking out new sources of green technology. Carbon-exploration behemoths, like BP, are scouting...
Two French companies will provide eight African countries with drinking water using sun-powered desalination technology, the latest in a growing trend of investments in systems that help users bypass the continent’s inadequate power system.  
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