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Economics trump politics as the smart money bets big on clean electrification

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 27 – Joe Biden need not be defensive about his accidentally honest statement at last week’s debate, “I would transition from the oil industry, yes.” U.S. political campaigns at best represent a lagging indicator. Financial markets and investors already have voted for a full-throttle transition away from oil and gas and toward solar,

SOCAP takes stock of impact investing in a changed world

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 22 – The different mood at this week’s impact investing gathering reflected not just the contrast between an online event and the annual schmoozefest on San Francisco Bay. On SOCAP’s virtual stage, impact investing leaders grasped to sum up “the state of the field” in a world gone crazy. Talk of market size

Impact Engine steps into private equity with $31 million growth fund

ImpactAlpha, October 20 – Early-stage fundraising is difficult. Finding mission-aligned growth capital can be just as hard. Most of the few impact-oriented private equity funds have come from private equity giants like KKR, Bain and TPG.  Chicago-based Impact Engine is aiming to expand the supply of growth-stage impact capital by investing in new managers of

Investors see a ‘blue wave’ of growth opportunities in sustainability and inclusion

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 15 – “Pro-business” really does have a new meaning. Just a few weeks ago, U.S. investors were said to be fretting about higher taxes in a potential Biden administration. Judging from a growing batch of briefings, they’re now anticipating not only stability and stimulus, but sustainable growth (see, “Pro-business has a new meaning now”).

Four scenarios for the energy transition in the age of COVID

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 14 – The COVID pandemic “has caused more disruption to the energy sector than any other event in recent history,” opens the International Energy Agency’s annual energy outlook. Global energy demand will drop by 5% this year and CO2 emissions by 7% – and energy investment by 18%. Oil investments have fallen by

Generate Capital forges $600 million partnership with sustainable energy financier Alturus

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 8 – Generate will take an undisclosed minority stake in Boston-based Alturus and provide up to $600 million in financing for energy efficiency projects that the companies will own and operate. The deal was the first announced by Generate since its $1 billion funding haul in February.  Both Generate and Alturus offer sustainable

Helping companies make good on their commitments to stakeholders

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 7 – When 181 members of the Business Roundtable signed on to a new statement of corporate purpose a year ago, little could they imagine how the COVID-19, racial justice, and climate crises would soon put their stakeholder-centric pledges to the test. A recent analysis of corporate behavior in the wake of the