Royal Dutch Shell Plc and EDP Renovaveis SA agreed to sell power from a wind farm they’re building in the Atlantic Ocean for a record-low price. The 804-megawatt Mayflower wind farm, located south of Martha’s Vineyard, will supply electricity to utilities in Massachusetts for $58 a megawatt-hour over the life of the contract.
Though 45% of utility employees surveyed in Utility Dive's 2020 State of the Electric Utility Survey see the transition's cost — including stranded assets — as a top risk for the sector, only 18% see generation retirements and stranded assets as a top concern and just 14% said stranded assets present a major challenge to a changing fuel mix.
A network of 54 central banks and industry supervisors formed in 2017 is looking for ways to develop a new framework for climate risk management in the financial sector. Many of the group’s members are also on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, which sets global capital requirements.
"The role of our financial regulators is to ensure sustainable, efficient markets that protect us from financial and economic disruptions. As we’ve seen over the years, however, they’re not always up to the task."
If there’s a silver lining to the Pacific Gas & Electric Company disaster, it’s that — in the midst of filing for bankruptcy — it has opened up the space for conversations about alternatives. And perhaps one of the most interesting of these conversations is based on the idea of transforming the utility into a network of cooperatives: utilities owned and managed by the ratepayers themselves.