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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.  

Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Eliecer Palacios is the head of North America Business Development & Principal Investments at LUKOIL Pan Americas, LLC. He is a seasoned investment...
A handful of European philanthropies have banded together to create the Clean Air Fund to support projects combatting air pollution, and to cut global deaths and health problems stemming from dirty air. Announced at...
Key Takeaway: Science for 1.5C Cities, a side-event held in UN’s basement last week, showcased the potential of new approach to climate change: letting cities take the...
Microsoft plans to build zero-carbon data centers in Sweden. Facebook is investing in a massive solar farm in Texas. And Google uses seawater from the Gulf of Finland to cool its Hamina servers. Technology...
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...
The European Union wants to lead the world in fighting climate change, but its massive and influential investment bank, which funds energy projects around the continent, is stuck as member nations debate how to care for the...
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...
For investors, companies and governments seeking to assess water risk exposure, there are more solutions than ever to dig deep for water data and evaluate their supply chains. There is certainly urgent need for...
Renewable power investing is ramping up in Texas, and not only because of increased demand for sparked by hydraulic fracking. The wind-down of coal-fired generation plants and new renewable projects catering to specific companies including Facebook and...
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Coal assets aren’t going away, but renewable-energy infrastructure ones are seeing the welcome mat in Oslo. That’s the latest news on Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund,...
Key Takeaway: Eco-friendly startups are hoping to disrupt the lightly regulated dry cleaning industry — but first they have to teach customers why words like “green” and...
Just as electric vehicles go mainstream, the man known as the father of China’s electric car movement, Wan Gang, says that hydrogen-fueled car vehicles are the future of mobility. “We need to move further...
More than half a million Californians are working in clean energy industries, outnumbering jobs in the fossil fuel industry by almost five to one, as the state leads the U.S. in the implementation of renewable energy and...
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....
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...
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,...
Clean energy pundits vouch that solar power will eventually leave its dirtier counterpart -- coal -- in the dust.  But as it stands, dust is the solar industry’s biggest enemy. Urbanization,...
South Korean energy and chemical company SKC will acquire copper foil company KCF Technologies from private equity major KKR for $1 billion. The purchase of KCF, whose copper foil forms the core of EV batteries, is the...
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...
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...
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...
Tesla was sued by Walmart over roof fires the retailer claims were started by Tesla solar panels, days after Elon Musk announced efforts to revive the struggling home solar business.  Walmart, according to a...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Investing in renewable power sources is one of the most popular ways to introduce impact investment strategies into client portfolios. As a...
Oil and gas production in the U.S. Southwest’s Permian Basin generates wastewater  at a pace that would fill 1,000 Olympic-size swimming pools every day, presenting socially conscious investors interested in more environmentally friendly water management with a...
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...
Car shoppers soon may have another option to consider when buying -- whether or not to add solar. While vehicles powered entirely by the sun won’t be sold for a long time, if ever,...
“Here be dragons!” According to lore, that epithet once marked ancient charts of the world’s oceans, a warning from mariners of the perils of the deepest, darkest seas. Today, that label might well be affixed to global supply chains. As beneficial...
A new report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a nonprofit that encourages companies to report how climate change might affect them, shows that 215 of the world’s largest companies, including Apple, JPMorgan and Chase, see climate...
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