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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.  

Even as startup investment in Africa continues to grow — more than $700 million in venture capital is expected to flow in this year— the continent’s energy needs remain a $450 billion challenge. Nearly...
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...
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...
The fires that spread across the Amazon this year are claiming another victim beyond the millions of acres they burned: Andean glaciers, which are melting at a faster pace because of particles released by the burning.
A test case by Brooklyn-based energy technology firm LO3 Energy has found that buying and selling locally produced renewable energy within towns and cities has financial benefits. LO3’s blockchain-based software, which aims to allow...
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...
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...
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 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...
Hydrogen will play a bigger role in the transition to a green future -- but only with government cooperation. To make clean-burning hydrogen economically viable, governments will have to double what they charge companies...
Formula 1, one of the biggest shows on earth broadcast to over half a billion fans, wants to become a sustainable sport and is aiming for “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2030.  Formula 1 events...
Setting the tone for the World Economic Forum next week in Davos, world leaders are citing failure to act on climate change as the No. 1 danger facing the world, replacing weapons of mass destruction.
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,...
As one of the world’s driest places, Dubai may not seem like an obvious choice for water-generated electricity.  But the United Arab Emirates state sits in the middle of a region that has become...
Billionaire Bill Gates has taken a side in the polarized issue of whether to dump fossil fuel stocks to effect climate change or hang on to them. Unlike the Church of England and some of the Rockefellers,...
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...
Key Takeaway: Scientists are responding to efforts by the Trump Administration to eliminate federal advisory committees by providing research-based evidence to shape decision-making.
The U.S. is the world’s biggest spender on clean energy efforts, yet only Norway and Finland are living up to a pledge to double public investments needed for a transition to cleaner energy, a survey found. 
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...
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...
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...
The “too much of a good thing” rule may be proving true in California’s electricity market as the state faces looming power shortfalls beginning next year after aggressive moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions also curbed power...
The Trump administration is moving to abolish rules enacted under former President Barack Obama on emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas linked to climate change, in what amounts to the latest assault by the White House...
Startups are increasingly on the front line as the U.S. Department of Energy nibbles at using Blockchain technology to secure the energy grid from cyber attacks. Internet security startup TFA Labs won a $199,660...
A long-derided idea -- find a way to affordably suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and fight climate change -- is gaining steam again thanks to a Harvard professor who thinks he’s got it figured out.
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Greenprint Partners, a Chicago-based B Corp founded by female entrepreneurs, believes that existing water-drainage infrastructure can be transformed into engines of sustainability that also reduce pollution and flooding. Nicole Chavas, CEO and...
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...
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...
The timber industry, long associated with a range of environmental problems from removing oxygen-producing trees to ruining habitats, probably doesn’t rank high on many impact investors’ lists of favorite industries. A recent study from North Carolina won’t...
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...
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