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More Capital Is Moving to Low-Carbon Investment Indexes

Bloomberg News: Investors may not know how to solve climate change, but low-carbon indexes are growing as a way to start managing the portfolio risks associated with a warming planet, according to Fred Samama, deputy global head of institutional clients at Amundi Asset Management, Europe’s largest asset manager overseeing about 1.4 trillion euros ($1.7 trillion). […]

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New Wrinkle in China’s Cleaner-Air Push

World Economic Forum: Scientists at China’s Institute of Earth Environment have constructed what they say is the world’s largest air purifier in the northern city of Xian. The experimental smog-sucking tower stands at over 100 metres tall and is designed to improve air quality in the city, where standards regularly fall short of expectations set […]

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Op-Ed: A Local Case Against Environmentalists Who Oppose Renewable-Energy Infrastructure

World Economic Forum: The solar farm in question isn’t small — it’s 35,000 solar panels spread over the equivalent of 28 Canadian football fields. That’s why it struck me at first as such a bad idea — and the same thought had certainly occurred to others at the open house. “This is another example of […]

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Uber and Airbnb Seen as Models for Fast-Changing Electricity Economy

S&P Global Market Intelligence: Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of research and development at the Electric Power Research Institute, made a case for a shared-economy model, in line with the Uber and Airbnb business model, to enter the utility space. Rooftop solar, microgrids and other technologies individuals and communities are going to need to be […]

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Off-the-Grid Power Generation Takes Root in Puerto Rico

GreenTech Media: As the territory’s government looks to privatize its utility and haltingly moves forward on plans for a less-centralized grid powered by more renewables, interest in leaving the grid altogether has grown. In a Feb. 14 status report, PREPA reported that the utility had restored power to about 76 percent of customers. On Friday, […]

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Dire Conditions Persist Across U.S. Coal Industry

S&P Global Market Intelligence: The average number of U.S. coal mine employees and coal production fell in the fourth quarter of 2017 despite positive market indicators and support from the White House. Coal production fell 1.6% and average mining employment fell 2.3% in the fourth quarter compared to the prior period, according to an S&P […]

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American Military Is Demonstrating a Sensible Energy-Security Mindset

Cleveland Plain Dealer: China is positioning to be the world’s dominant force in new energy technologies. This is the conclusion of a new report by the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Their report, “China 2017 Review: World’s Second-Biggest Economy Continues to Drive Global Trends in Energy Investment,” found not only that […]

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U.S. Regulatory Panel Votes for More Grid Battery Storage

National Law Review: On February 15, 2018 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Final Rule addressing participation of energy storage resources in electricity markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (“RTOs”) and Independent System Operators (“ISOs”).  Largely adopting the proposal issued in November 2016, the Final Rule seeks to remove barriers for energy storage participation in […]

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Study: Wind and Solar Won’t Break the Grid

Energy Collective: A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) shows that major power systems are able to cope quite well with increasing shares of intermittent renewables, if the right measures are taken. The study says that increased generation of these renewables does not make the grid less reliable or […]

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Anti-Renewables Think Tank Is Losing Its Battle to Keep an Outdated Missouri Power Plant in Business

ThinkProgress.org: The Heartland Institute — a free market think tank known for its efforts to promote climate science denial — is lobbying to keep one of the country’s oldest coal-fired power plants alive. But it doesn’t seem to be working. In a letter dated January 30 and publicly disclosed on February 9 by the Missouri […]

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