There’s a renaissance happening for energy entrepreneurs

November 6, 2018 by  
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After years of difficult times, it’s a great time to be an energy entrepreneur, says a group of energy tech leaders at Stanford’s energy event last week.

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Here’s what it could take to accelerate Hawaii’s transition to 100 percent renewables

June 6, 2018 by  
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The state is more than a quarter of the way to it’s ‘all in’ commitment to clean power, but the hardest work is yet to come.

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We should worry as much about ‘stranded workers’ as stranded assets

June 6, 2018 by  
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Major economic shifts create winners and losers. What risks does the low-carbon transition pose?

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RBS will cease financing new coal stations, Arctic oil, or oil sands projects

May 29, 2018 by  
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Several oil and gas projects will no longer receive financing from Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Reuters reported . The bank said it won’t offer project-specific finance for Arctic oil and oil sands projects, new coal -fired power stations, new thermal coal mines, or unsustainable peatland or vegetation clearance projects. RBS Director of Sustainable Banking Kirsty Britz said, “The RBS of 2018 is very different to the bank we were a few years ago. If we’re going to support our customers in the long run, then it means addressing the challenge of climate change and the risks and opportunities it presents.” The changes are part of RBS’s tighter restrictions on finance and general lending for what Reuters described as “high-carbon energy projects.” In addition to the projects listed above, RBS said it won’t provide finance for “ mining companies generating more than 40 percent of their revenues from thermal coal” and “ power companies generating more than 40 percent of their electricity from coal.” In the past, the threshold for both types of companies was 65 percent. Related: The World Bank will stop funding oil and gas projects after 2019 RBS quoted Sonia Hierzig of ShareAction , a responsible investment charity, as saying the energy financing policies “make RBS the bank with the strongest energy sector policies out of the top five UK banks…RBS would now rank 8th in our climate ranking of the 15 largest European banks, up from 11th previously.” The bank said they’ve funded “more British renewable energy projects than any other UK bank for the last six years running.” They also said they obtain 90 percent of electricity in the UK and Ireland via renewable energy and, since 2014, have seen a 39 percent drop in their carbon dioxide emissions . + Royal Bank of Scotland Via Reuters Images via Depositphotos (1)

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How to infuse distributed generation with institutional capital

April 11, 2018 by  
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The yieldco and asset-backed security models could both be highly relevant.

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How to make solar+storage projects work for low-income communities

April 3, 2018 by  
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Alternatives models of financing and ownership are imperative. Here are some ideas for new ones.

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Episode 104: SASB’s breakthrough year; the future of ESCOs

December 15, 2017 by  
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In this episode, electrifying U.S. rails, showing muscle for environmental finance and investors influence climate action.

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How P&G, Wells Fargo finance the circular economy

August 22, 2017 by  
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Here are three approaches to harness the business opportunities in radically rethinking materials and waste.

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Future of climate finance lies in program incubation

July 26, 2016 by  
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The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance seeks to solve worldwide challenges of clean energy and low-carbon investments through engineering and investing in new finance instruments.

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BetterLabs: A New Kind of Incubation Firm

September 28, 2010 by  
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I was checking out Kiva.org the other day and stumbled onto a developer profile for Vaibhav Domkundwar, Founder and CEO of BetterLabs , who deveopled an app for Kiva called KivaAlerts . Domkundwar is interesting

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