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A (very) old technology for transmission still holds in parts of South Carolina and other states.

(Photo by overWHAMmed, from Flickr Creative Commons). This transmission line in Pelzer, SC, testifies to the market potential for investment in new high-voltage lines. 

Policy Memo: Senators, Jolt Capital Via a Transmission Investment Tax Credit

Can transmission of clean energy become more competitive and more ambitious with a federal tax credit? The author, a sustainable finance professional, argues on a bipartisan basis that it can and that transmission tax credits will tap a multibillion-dollar pipeline of ready projects.
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...
Charlotte, NC hybrid bus

The administration can tee up safe, low-carbon transit in cities like Charlotte, NC and others without a cooperative Congress. 

Industrial Policy Can Set the USA on a Decarbonization Pathway

The United States, under its Paris Agreement commitments, must become carbon-free by 2050. Its Congress appears nowhere close to passing laws that would spark an energy transition, though. So the government's executive branch should craft a green industrial policy that mixes incentives, procurement, tax credits and other tools to bring...
What was that line from Hoosiers?

The President made promises. His cabinet looks promising. What do you watch for now? 

The President Has a Team, and Decarbonization Has Its Time

Jennifer Granholm, former governor of the auto-manufacturing mecca in Michigan, became the United States secretary of energy on February 25. Granholm now oversees a revamped agency that includes energy-justice advocate Shalanda Baker in a key role and other clean-energy doers in high places. Is this a downpayment on President Joe...
Courtesy of Norfolk Solar

(Courtesy of Norfolk Solar) If dollars are flowing into under-served neighborhoods and staying there for as long as they throw off tax savings, why not channel some of them to improve energy justice? Plenty of opportunity remains. 

Where Investors See a Tax Savings, She Saw a Pathway to Clean Energy Equity Goals

The federal Opportunity Zones designation forgives capital gains taxes on investments in neighborhoods that have withstood economic isolation. One Norfolk, Virginia entrepreneur found dollars from investors looking for the tax break, found sites ready for solar development, and found a way to create jobs and increase solar market share in...

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