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The future of large-scale battery storage deployments may have arrived

Climate Finance When Elon Musk promised to deliver 100-megawatts of battery power-storage in 100 days to South Australia — via Twitter — he disclosed for the first time Tesla’s pricing for its battery packs: $250 per kilowatt hour when deployed on a large scale (see, “Elon Musk may be on the hook for battery power in Australia”). At that

Wind farming could give U.S. farmers a $900 million annual boost by 2030

Climate Finance Wind is the fastest growing source of electricity in the U.S. and 70 percent of windfarms are being built in low-income, rural areas. Bloomberg New Energy Finance wind energy analyst Alex Morgan projects rural landowners could reap $900 million a year through leases to wind developers. Wind projects are also a tax boost for

Canada invests in fuel cells and biofuels to commercialize Canadian cleantech

Climate Finance Sustainable Development Technology Canada is investing US$7.5 million in Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, a joint venture between Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company to reduce the cost of fuel cells. The foundation is also making a US$9.8 million contribution to Canfor Pulp Products to demonstrate low cost biofuels. The funds come from a US$32

BlackRock asks companies to report climate risks

Climate Finance BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, put corporate boards on notice that it expects them “to have demonstrable fluency in how climate risk affects the business” and how management is managing that risk. Specifically, the world’s largest asset manager is encouraging companies, “in due course,” to follow the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s

Lenders seek to green the shipping industry with promise of savings

Climate Finance Ships, which carry 90 percent of global trade, are heavy polluters. The 15 biggest vessels emit more nitrogen and sulphur than all the world’s cars combined. Inefficient vessels cost the shipping industry $70 billion per year, but owners have little incentive to invest in upgrades. Tens of billions of dollars in retrofit loans

Iran could have a completely green electricity grid by 2030

2030 A Finnish university study found that Iran could achieve a zero-emissions grid by 2030 with a capital expenditure of €167 billion ($187 billion). Iran, one of the world’s largest oil producers, would need to develop about 49 gigawatts of solar power, 77 gigawatts of wind energy and 21 gigawatts of hydropower. A green grid

Congo Basin Blue Fund begins to come into focus

Climate Finance The Congo Basin forests are second only to the Amazon Basin as a natural carbon storage system. But for countries in the basin to make the transition from forest exploitation to ecosystem services will require both cooperation and capital. The Brazzaville Foundation is pushing forward with the nine-country Congo Basin Blue Fund introduced at