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securitization
Elizabeth McCarthy

PG&E’s $7.5B securitization: A bellwether for utility efforts to cover the costs of climate change?

Wildfire liability financing under scrutiny in California could presage efforts in other states to offset costs of coal plant retirements and climate-change mitigations.

PG&E’s $7.5B securitization: A bellwether for utility efforts to cover the costs of climate change?
climate change
Rudy Kahsar, Katie Mulvaney, James Newcomb

What to watch for in the IEA’s forthcoming report

The most critical factors for a rapid transition are the hardest to model.

What to watch for in the IEA’s forthcoming report
coal
Amanda Myers, Mike O’Boyle

The US coal fleet is running out of time and money. What comes next?

New analysis shows that four out of five U.S. coal plants cost more to run than new local renewables.

The US coal fleet is running out of time and money. What comes next?
nuclear power
Jason Deign

What’s the future for US coal and nuclear as the energy transition takes hold?

Both face market challenges, but nuclear could outlast coal.

What’s the future for US coal and nuclear as the energy transition takes hold?
building electrification
Lila Holzman, Daniel Stewart

Utilities can’t be for the Paris Agreement and against building electrification

Energy companies are making a bad bet on fossil fuels in buildings. Investors don’t want to take the hit.

Utilities can’t be for the Paris Agreement and against building electrification
methane
Jeff St. John

New satellites can mitigate methane’s outsize impact on climate change

MethaneSat and Carbon Mapper could give governments and industry new ways to find methane emissions — and determine the value of stopping them.

New satellites can mitigate methane’s outsize impact on climate change
air conditioning
Jeff St. John

Designing air conditioners that won’t cook the planet

The Global Cooling Prize awards $1 million to designs that shave energy, reduce global warming and could make AC more affordable and eco-friendly for billions.

Designing air conditioners that won’t cook the planet
carbon emissions
Jeff St. John

IEA: Post-Covid carbon emissions on the rise

A reminder that carbon emissions must be decoupled from economic growth to yield persistent climate improvements.

IEA: Post-Covid carbon emissions on the rise
climate change
Jason Deign

Renewable energy in the time of floods, droughts and hurricanes

Renewable energy plants are built to last decades. How will climate change alter the weather patterns they're designed for in the years to come?

Renewable energy in the time of floods, droughts and hurricanes
distributed energy
Jeff St. John

How distributed energy can harden the Texas power grid

Natural-gas microgrids and battery-backed solar can hedge against climate change risk — maybe even without major policy changes.

How distributed energy can harden the Texas power grid