Blog: September 2017

Sep13

Part 2: Artificial Arctic Feedback Loops: How Might Market Forces and Geopolitics Influence an Evolving North?

Posted by Oscar Serpell

This blog is a continuation of Part 1 The United States Geological survey estimates that the arctic region could hold enormous quantities of oil and gas; 13% and 30% respectively of the planet’s undiscovered reserves. Over the last several decades, various attempts have been made to extract fossil fuel resources from...

Sep11

Part 1: Artificial Arctic Feedback Loops: How Might Market Forces and Geopolitics Influence an Evolving North?

Posted by Oscar Serpell

The Paris Climate agreement, which entered into force in November 2016, brought together nearly 200 countries to address the mitigation of extreme climate change. The parties agreed that each country would submit a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), with an overall goal of reducing global greenhouse gas...

Sep08

Examining the Role of Early-Stage Venture Capital Investment in Energy

Posted by Peter Sopher, Kleinman-Birol Fellow

VC deal flows for companies with solar module and component technologies – such as cells, wafers and panels – have fallen in recent years while startups with business models related to providing financial and marketplace solutions for developing solar projects have received relatively more investment  The following is...

Sep05

Big Natural Gas Customers Want Sustainability Reporting from Producers, Invite Stakeholder Comments

Posted by John Quigley

Investors are increasingly demanding that companies disclose climate and other operational risks to their bottom lines, and to report on sustainability efforts. Now, major natural gas consumers are getting into the act.   A very significant group of U.S. natural gas purchasers, including natural gas distribution...

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