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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.  

KEY TAKEAWAYS Some of the world’s most dynamic cities have faced—and will again face—severe water shortages. Spending to meet this challenge is currently insufficient, but cities are spending more. A range of firms and a purpose-built ETF can help...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Dandelion Energy, Inc., a spin out from Alphabet’s secretive research facility X, has only been around for a couple of years. But the New York city-based...
Slowly but surely, the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is becoming more economic. Since 2010, the battery cost per kilowatt hour has collapsed from $1000 to to just over $200, suggesting that soon EVs could reach price...
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...
With the British Parliament’s approval of a net zero fossil fuel pollution goal by 2050, consumers and investors will have to rethink basic approaches to heating their homes and driving their cars as the U.K. extends its...
Turquoise International, a merchant bank focusing on energy efficiency and the environment, will manage a Low Carbon Innovation Fund 2 following their success with the first fund. LCLF 2, like the first Low Carbon...
Existing electricity infrastructure, which is not sufficient to meet the growing demand from the industry’s aging equipment scattered in remote locations, and strong drilling activity in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico are creating...
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...
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...
KEY TAKEAWAYS As the global energy mix continues to integrate renewables, energy storage solutions will grow increasingly important. More than simple batteries, new energy storage devices use artificial intelligence to predict and react to grid instability, price shifts, and...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Hundreds of billions are at stake as cities look to encourage the design and construction of smart buildings. Smart windows will play a key role and will offer a range of investable opportunities. Competing technologies are being...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. The Green New Deal may have been stomped out by Congress last month, yet clean energy is on fire in the private sector. On April 2, CleanCapital announced a fresh investment...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Arnergy’s $9 million funding is the latest in a growing number of investments in Nigeria’s electricity sector, and highlights investors’ confidence that the country’s unstable power system is ripe for solar projects that are independent of the...
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...
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Fuel systems manufacturer Stanadyne announced on April 9 that it has acquired Pure Power, a maker of diesel fuel injectors and turbochargers for an undisclosed amount. Stanadyne is a...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The ability to control how much light gets into an office space is becoming very popular with commercial building developers. These windows can help lower cooling bills while adding a layer of privacy. A handful of public...
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.  
Two solar projects in Egypt with a combined 130 megawatts of capacity began commercial operations, a sign that the country is starting to realize its strong renewable-energy potential.  On Aug. 18, Elsewedy Electric and...
Seattle green energy startup LevelTen pulled in $20.5 million this week from a group of investors that for the most part ticked the usual social impact boxes. Except that big name associated with nuclear meltdown. The...
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...
KEY TAKEAWAYS As the global energy mix continues to integrate renewables, energy storage solutions will grow increasingly important. More than simple batteries, new energy storage devices use artificial intelligence to predict and react to grid instability, price shifts, and...
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...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. “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....
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