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Massachusetts Takes Critical Step Towards Climate-Resilient Utilities

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 12.27.2017


  The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is requiring the state’s biggest electricity provider, Eversource, to assess its vulnerability to climate change and develop a climate adaptation plan.   Read the entire article at Conservation Law Foundation.   In the wake of a devastating 2017 hurricane season, it’s clear that climate change impacts such as storms […]


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Wind Power Blows Past Coal in Texas

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 12.11.2017


  Wind power surpassed coal last month to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy.   Read the entire article at the Houston Chronicle.    When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it helped push the state’s […]


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Natural Gas has No Climate Benefit and May Make Things Worse

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.21.2017


  Study concludes that the methane emissions escaping from New Mexico’s gas and oil industry are “equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants.”   Read the entire article at ThinkProgress.   If the goal is to avoid catastrophic levels of warming, a recent report by U.K. climate researchers finds “categorically no role” […]


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Seven Megatrends that could Beat Global Warming

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.15.2017


  The tide is finally turning, thanks to innovations ranging from cheap renewables to lab-grown meat and electric airplanes.   Read the entire article at The Guardian.   It is becoming increasingly clear that it does not need to be all bad news: a series of fast-moving global megatrends, spurred by trillion-dollar investments, indicates that humanity […]


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Oil and Gas Industry Launches Climate Initiative

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.08.2017


  Ten CEOs of some of the world’s largest and most profitable companies (including Shell, Saudi Aramco, Statoil and BP) are moving quickly to embrace the low-carbon transition.   Read the entire article at GreenBiz.   “Looking back over the past three years, I’m struck by just how far we’ve come with the OGCI, and how […]


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Tesla Tiny House Integrates Solar with Powerwall

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.01.2017


  Read the entire article at TreeHugger.   Automotive and energy storage company Tesla’s innovations and concepts have been capturing the popular imagination for some time now, making electric cars aspirational and sexy, making waves with its solar roof shingles and disrupting the fossil fuel status quo with its massive, grid-scale batteries. The company is now making […]


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Devastation in Puerto Rico could produce a revolutionary power grid

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.30.2017


  Read the entire article at Brookings.   Disasters often lead to unexpected and swift technology innovation. The calamitous collapse of Puerto Rico’s electricity system might be the next example of that phenomenon. As we know, Hurricane Maria devastated the island.     Restoring its existing power grid of big diesel burning plants and long transmission lines […]


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The World’s First Mobile, Solar-Powered Recycling Plant in the Middle of London

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.11.2017


  Read the entire article at inhabitat.    The mobile recycling factory of the future just landed in the 19th century courtyard of the historic Somerset House in Central London. Trashpresso is a giant solar-powered recycling plant that transforms discarded plastic bottles into architectural tiles. The machine is the brainchild of Pentatonic, a furniture and design […]


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10 Giant Companies Commit to Electric Vehicles

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 09.27.2017


  Read the entire article at InsideClimate News.   A coalition of global corporations, including Unilever, Ikea and shipping giant DHL, launched a global campaign today to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles and away from gas- and diesel-powered transportation—which generates almost a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and has been the fastest growing […]


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Clean Energy is Approaching a Tipping Point

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 09.25.2017


  Read the entire article at Bloomberg News.   The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of the […]


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