Houston and Detroit – Twin Cities?

How can Houston avoid becoming the next Detroit? Diversity into clean energy...

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Future Power Sector…you still have a water problem

I wrote last week about the dependency of our power sector on water to keep the power plants cool and to produce power. The ways to reduce this dependency are to move toward more power sources that are air cooled, such as combined heat and power, renewables, such as solar PV and wind or what…

Electric Power Sector…you have a water problem

Our electric sector has a significant water problem. This is not news to much of us in the industry, particularly those of us who think about the energy/water nexus. A couple of my favorite Texas energy/water nexus experts I like to follow are here and here. I was working on a presentation for a talk…

Quick Tips for Cities – Energy Efficiency and Climate Adaptation

Part two of Quick Tips Series: There is growing conversation among the public and private sector about what steps need to be taken to improve community resilience in the face of climate change. A very holistic approach must be taken including improving food security, investing in green infrastructure, giving a voice to vulnerable communities,  implementing…

Quick Tips for Cities – Climate Adaptation and Insurance Companies

  Insurance companies are becoming more and more sophisticated in their ability to assess risk related to climate change  and in turn develop the appropriate products, strategies and instruments to mitigate climate risk.  They have been and are increasing their use of catastrophe models, improved long-term weather forecasts and scenario analysis to better understand their…

Jumping the Gun on Carbon Asset Risk Disclosure?

One of the primary focus areas of this site is to push for greater transparency in the market around climate risk to the private sector (here and here). I mentioned in a previous post that the oil and gas sector alone could potentially see $2.2 trillion of stranded fossil fuel assets, with the United States…

Policy Snapshot: Understanding the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

Earlier this week I posted about to what extent the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement matters. I wrote a separate blog post over at HARC, a sustainability focused research institute in The Woodland, TX.   Here is an excerpt...   On Thursday, June 1st, President Trump and his Administration withdrew the United States from the…