Topic: Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity Articles

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SunPower Splits in Two

The U.S. company’s transformation from solar manufacturer to the second-largest residential PV company in the nation is complete after it spun off its high-efficiency cell and module production unit into a new entity, in partnership with Chinese wafer maker TZS.
Commentary

Community Solar a Key to Energy Equity in Florida

"Finally, the Sunshine State is living up to its name and taking steps to become a true leader in the solar revolution. A critical component of our just transition to renewable energy is ensuring that every Floridian can participate and benefit from affordable, clean, local solar power. That’s why we must extend the benefits of solar power to renters and people with homes that are not suitable for solar panels."
New York skyline

New York City / Daniel Mennerich / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Data Disclosure and Scenario Analysis: Calls for Action Take Center Stage at Sustainable Investment Forum 2019

A conference convening 450 investment professionals, 40 speakers and more than 30 sponsors, Sustainable Investment Forum 2019 sparked debate and introspection among its attendees. The event focused on the importance of climate resilience, climate-aligned investment and how the financial sector can play its part to ensuring a swift global energy transition.
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Michigan Joins Spate of State Grid Modernization Initiatives

The MI Power Grid program will focus on three areas: customer engagement, integrating emerging technologies and optimizing grid performance and investments. Business groups and one of the state's largest electric utilities, Consumers Energy, applauded the move.
Smokestacks

Lowell, MA / Curran Kelleher / CC BY 2.0

Startup Opus 12 Pilots Carbon Conversion Technology

What if excess carbon in the atmosphere could be converted to more useful forms? That’s the ultimate goal of carbon conversion companies such as Opus 12, a startup in Berkeley, California. Making stuff out of carbon dioxide could be a trillion-dollar industry by 2030, and it creates an economic incentive to start removing carbon from the atmosphere sooner rather than later, which is a critical piece of most scenarios for limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
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The World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Will Be as Cheap as Coal

A number of offshore wind projects won contracts to sell power at guaranteed prices in a U.K. auction. The price of 39.65 pounds per megawatt-hour ($49.70) was 31% below the level in a similar auction two years ago.
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Why It’s So Hard to Build Offshore Wind Power in the US

While the U.S. is second only to China in onshore wind power capacity — which is neither as reliable nor as efficient as offshore, but a lot cheaper to build — it lags behind China, Germany, the U.K., and other countries in taking advantage of the stronger, steadier gusts at sea.