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The Bank of America tower: home base for carbon home truths?

From the lofty heights, zero net carbon seems visible. 

Each Public Company Needs to Reach Carbon Zero, Says Bank of America CEO

With economies around the world in need of a reset after the Covid-19 pandemic upended how we work and travel, chief executives are obliged to publicly work out strategies for growing economically while reducing carbon emissions. While corporate leaders have previously been vocal about, if not committed to, implementing emission...
How do you sum the value of everything in, from, and under these trees?

(Courtesy City Forest Credits.) Beyond soothing imagery, urban trees measurably lift air quality, energy affordability and employment. City Forest Credits aims to quantify what that's worth. 

A Startup Seeks to Raise Urban Equity

City Forest Credits matches nonprofits and cities to fundi urban trees. It describes its mission as one to make “American cities greener, healthier, and more equitable.” By computing value of rainfall interception, air quality benefits and energy savings, the outfit aims to define premium price for nonprofit organizations to charge...

In a Boiler, a Recipe for Energy Savings

The story of a small property owner and a repaired boiler hints at the potential multipliers in C-PACE, a program that lets owners use energy savings to repay loans for upgrades. Keys to the program include training and coaching, which make the savings easier to achieve and quicker to see...
The lights in this landmark shine sustainably

Investors who enter purchase power agreements, like the landlords of the Sydney Opera House, can use hedges to avoid high drama. 

Navigating Risk: A Corporate PPA Guide

Corporate buyers who learn to weave power purchase agreements into their finances have drawn on research and hedges to manage electricity's risk. With the Covid-19 disaster roiling electricity markets and project schedules, we survey risk management strategies and test their resilience. Some new takes on risk- and takes on new...
New flavors of PPA can help new entrants lock in renewable supply.

Power purchase agreements can spur megawatts' worth of energy transition- once more companies learn how to find, operate and improve them. 

What's the Next Phase for PPAs?

One of the world's biggest corporations evolved a form of power purchase agreement that houses risk within a project. A startup down the road has developed ways to streamline procurement and clarify terms for smaller companies. This article, wrapping our series on power purchase agreements' heft and potential, details these...
Get to know the power purchase agreement

How can electricity customers route electricity economics in a greener direction? Two forms of long-term power commitments provide promising vehicles. 

Virtual or Physical, the PPA Is Prime

Power purchase agreements come primarily in two flavors: physical and virtual. In the physical deal, a buyer takes electricity on specified green terms. In the virtual arrangement, a buyer commits capital for renewable projects that will light somebody else's territory. This piece lays out the logic, risks and potential in...
Perspectives from State Experts
Susan Glickman

Susan Glickman / Bob Howard / CC BY-NC 2.0

Florida Battles to Create a Clean Energy Policy Framework

In this interview, Susan Glickman, Florida director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, discusses the status of clean energy development in the state. Glickman lays out policy battles over renewable portfolio and energy efficiency standards, the state’s history of natural gas consumption, growth in utility solar programs, and an...
David Campell

Photo courtesy of David Campbell.

Cost-Competitive Renewables Poised to Grow in Deregulated Texas Market

Texas offers an instructive case study for the growth of renewable energy. Most of the state’s electricity is delivered through the deregulated Electric Reliability Council of Texas market. The state has long since surpassed its mandated renewable portfolio standard, so market dynamics dictate the ongoing pace of renewables growth. Nonetheless...