Category: July-August 2016 – The Future of Energy

by Carole Laible, chief executive officer, Domini Social Investments

Human nature often resists change. We struggle with moving from familiar surroundings to new, unknown territories. Yet, when it comes to the greatest single challenge we face today, our resistance to change will surely cause massive, uncontrollable, and unforeseeable changes.

Climate change is upon us. We know with certainty that our behavior is impacting the planet we inhabit. The last time atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide were this high was millions of years ago, long before Homo sapiens appeared. read more

by Garvin Jabusch, cofounder and chief investment officer, Green Alpha Advisors

It has been a tough couple years for fossil fuels companies. In the immediate term, new drilling techniques and the lifting of the Iran economic embargo have opened up new supplies of oil and gas, and subsequently there has been a lot of damage to the oil price over the last year and a half. So much so, that according to The Economist, at $45 a barrel, oil is cheaper than it’s been since the first OPEC oil embargo in 1973.[1] In real economic read more

by Nancy E. Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL (Double Bottom Line) Partners*

 A Changing Climate

By 2050, the world will consume 61 percent more energy than it does today. This should be good news, for, as access to reliable, affordable energy increases, so does the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people. Energy keeps schools and businesses running, computers working, cities shining, and cars moving. Without the availability of energy, the global poverty rate could not have dropped by more than half since 1990, allowing the opportunity to improve lives across a wide sphere. And read more

by Doug Arent, Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis

Power systems and the investment landscape are changing. Both at home and around the world, the ways that we produce and consume electricity and arrange fuel transportation are evolving.

The many drivers of this transformation include public policy, consumer trends and demands, business models, and technological innovation. The ultimate outcome of the changes remains to be seen, but a clear direction is apparent. A clean energy future is here and poised for rapid growth. Clean energy attracted a record read more

California Metro Areas also Top Annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index Rankings from Clean Edge

by Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge

At a time of notable acceleration in the nation’s transition to a clean energy economy, California leads all states in clean tech leadership for the seventh consecutive year, according to annual rankings released in May 2016 by Clean Edge, a leading clean tech research and advisory firm.

Based in Portland, Oregon, and the San Francisco Bay Area, Clean Edge annually benchmarks all 50 states and the 50 largest U.S. metro areas on dozens of metrics covering clean energy, clean transportation deployment, policy leadership, financial investments read more

A new book by Mark Mykleby, Patrick Doherty, and Joel Makower

The New Grand Strategy describes a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative.

It tells how a discipline called “grand strategy” has been used in the past to align our economy, foreign policy and governance structures to take on the big challenges of the day, such as fighting fascism or containing communism.

Today’s big challenge is global unsustainability — things like rapid economic inclusion of three billion people, addressing climate change and natural resource depletion, strengthening weak national read more

Dramatic cost reductions could drive sharp increase in global solar PV capacity

A New Report from International Renewable Energy Agency

The share of global electricity generated by solar photovoltaics (PV) could increase from 2 per cent today to as much as 13 per cent by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Released in late June 2016 at InterSolar Europe, Letting in the Light: How Solar Photovoltaics Will Revolutionize the Electricity System finds the solar industry is poised for massive expansion, driven primarily by cost reductions. It estimates that solar PV capacity could reach between 1,760 read more

Investments to Focus on Clean Energy, Exclude Fossil Fuels

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies, will complete moving its stock holdings to socially responsible funds by December 2016. Half of EESI’s holdings are already in such funds.

?Aligning our investments with our mission is essential to walk our talk,? said EESI board member Claudine Schneider, a former Republican Member of Congress (RI, 1980-1990) who spearheaded EESI’s move to socially responsible investing. ?Making investment decisions read more

The University of Massachusetts in late May 2016 became the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels. The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the UMass Foundation, a separate not-for-profit corporation that oversees an endowment whose value was $770 million at the end of the last fiscal year.

The decision followed a series of developments that signaled the University community’s desire to fight climate change. Last year, the Foundation voted to divest from direct holdings in coal companies in response read more

Coal and gas will begin their terminal decline in less than a decade, according to a new BNEF analysis.

by Tom Randall, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

The way we get electricity is about to change dramatically, as the era of ever-expanding demand for fossil fuels comes to an end—in less than a decade. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance [1] that plots out global power markets for the next 25 years.

Call it peak fossil fuels, a turnabout that?s happening not because we?re running out of coal and gas, but because we?re finding cheaper alternatives. Demand is peaking ahead of schedule because electric cars and affordable read more

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