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A coal-fired power plant can't coexist with a safe climate, but securitization can help retire it.

(Photo by Sam LaRussa via Flickr.) This coal-fired power plant outside Austin, Texas, is one of thousands across the country that owners will have to finance out of service. 

Explainer: How Can Securitization Retire Coal Plants?

Imagine that you are a utility owner. You anticipated your plant would last 40 years and invested accordingly. Now you see the value of coal plummeting, but you can't strand your assets. Someone mentions securitization. You wonder: What's that?
Targets for job creation lift at the local level in Ithaca, NY

(Courtesy of Jo Zimny Photos via Flickr Creative Commons.) Ithaca took its buildings off fossil fuel. It aims to take its job base in the same direction. 

Policy Memo: Making Buildings Carbon-Free to Make Real a Green New Deal

At the local level, a Green New Deal can crowd in private capital. In this update of a Financing and Deploying Clean Energy policy memo, the sustainability director for Ithaca, NY explains the holistic economic and energy-justice strategy driving the city's project to decarbonize all its buildings.
Larry Fink and the then-chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, courtesy the Financial Times

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, the world's leading asset manager, has called on all managers to align with climate goals. Do ESG metrics do that? (This photo shows Fink with the then-chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, Duncan Niederauer, at the FT CNBC Nightcap in Davos in 2014. Courtesy the Financial Times.) 

ESG Isn't Perfect (Quite Far From It) - But It Is Progress

There’s an elephant in the fund: Earlier this year, some of the most vocal and proactive ESG firms, each with multiple commitments towards a net-zero future, actively funded lobbying efforts against President Biden's infrastructure bill and Build Back Better Act. These bills contain some of the most assertive climate provisions...
Hear stories from the coast, the cities and the Western United States on Yale Clean Energy Future

The first four episodes tell an evolving story of a transforming world. 

Yale Clean Energy Future: We See the Future, And It Works - For Everyone

The first episodes tell an evolving story of a transforming world. This podcast is one of the many tools in our CBEY toolbox to foster greater dialogue, educate the general public on energy, justice, and the transition, and a great excuse for us to keep learning from experts at Yale...
China's infrastructure investments contain green and gray

(Photo courtesy Yale Climate Connections.) China issues and regulates billions in green bonds. But can anybody fully track the product's decarbonization progress? 

Green Bonds: They're Becoming a Standard and They're In Need of Clear Standards

More than a trillion dollars' worth of green bonds have found buyers around the world, but standards for defining what makes a bond green remain watery. How fast and how far can this technique extend before standards make it more reliably predictive of carbon savings- or before an investor loses...