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How can you safeguard homes in the wild?

Construction near forests can't cohere with insurance premiums. (Courtesy Elmer Frederick Fischer/Corbis.)

Unsurance: California Homeowners and Utilities Face Off With Fire

Bring in the ethicists, actuaries and silviculturists to figure out how to insure homeowners who buy lots at the edge of wilderness that gets more combustible each year. Then, to really complicate things, reckon with the costs to insure utilities in the same territory. In California, nobody from the insurers who won't market to some homes to the state officials capping insurance rates has fashioned a workable solution. Here's a look at the problem set in an ongoing search for security.
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Clean Across the Continent: Promoting High Wind Goals in the Heartland

The Center has worked virtually this fall with dozens of professionals earning certificates in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy. Learners in the program study the history, physics, innovation pathways and technological possibility sparking the carbon-free economy. One learning strategy involves crafting policy memos and op/ed pieces on issues where public support can unleash capital. Here, Tyler Yeargain (associate director of the Yale Center on Environmental Law and Policy when not absorbing the ins and outs of clean energy) argues that South Dakotans should seek to draw half their energy from wind inside of a decade. Yeargain's case includes government support-...
Measure the microgrids' benefits in human terms

How Can Nigeria Use Its Mini-Grid Power Supply to Empower Rural Residents? (Second of Two Parts)

The first section of this story laid out how worldwide finance steered capital into Nigeria's rural communities through a grant process and a tender process, both designed to boost microgrid production. This conclusion asks how these programs pay off for residents and communities-and how their lessons can grow across sub-Saharan Africa to other fast-growing regions.
Tony DePrima's determined to lift fossil-free power standards in the First State.

Delaware energy leader Tony DePrima

As Solar and Efficiency Hold Steady, Delaware Aims to Up Renewables

Delaware consumes 100 times more energy than it produces, according to the Energy Information Administration, and gets 87% of its electricity from natural gas. The state’s renewables portfolio consists primarily of solar and biomass; a 120-megawatt offshore wind facility is expected to be online in 2022. CEFF spoke to Tony DePrima, executive director of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DSEU), about the state’s clean energy landscape.