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Climate Risks and Energy Investments - Technical, Market and Policy Innovations

Joseph Nyangon

University of Delaware


John Byrne

University of Delaware


Derisking energy investments Climate investment readiness Transformative energy innovations Disaster risk management Stranded assets Energy transition Climate proofing energy infrastructure Energy policy Smart city urbanization Renewable energy policies Climate change Asset management Deep decarbonization Governance and institutions Global energy cooperation Case studies Impacts

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Climate change is increasingly posing threats to energy assets and investments, and these impacts are projected to grow in the coming decades. At the same time, the energy sector is experiencing a myriad of challenges, notably, fears of a possible utility “death spiral”, aging infrastructure, retiring workforce, years of stagnant investment in smart grid resilience, business model innovation reforms, and changing customer expectations. To mitigate the worst impacts, attention is now shifting to strategies for derisking energy investments—longer-term climate-resilient mitigation and adaption strategies in energy infrastructure development around financing, costs, and revenue to reduce climate change risks. The two principal risks involve those arising from the physical effects of climate change on energy infrastructure, institutions, businesses operations, energy markets and assets, and risks resulting from the shift to a low carbon economy due to changes in technology, policy, legal, and market factors. This book looks at both physical climate risks and stranded asset risks: what strategies would be needed to derisk energy investments against climate change impacts; and how governance system can be structured to deal with stranded asset risks resulting from repricing or write-downs of carbon-intensive assets. The book should be a valuable one-stop comprehensive information resource on climate risks and energy investments topics for students, researchers, academics, and policymakers interested in long-term trends in energy infrastructure design, electricity markets, and global environmental, climate change and energy policy development.

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Date completed: March 28th 2019

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Expected publication date: November 30th 2019

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About the editor

Joseph Nyangon

University of Delaware

Dr. Joseph Nyangon is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy of the University of Delaware. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Payne Institute of the Colorado School of Mines and a research fellow at the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE). He has Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware focusing on energy and engineering economics, and MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. He studies new metrics of electric power systems, energy economics, energy and climate change policy, and innovation policy. His current research focuses on optimization strategies and empirical methods to improve policy, regulation, and practice in the rapidly evolving electricity sector. He has published peer-reviewed papers in WIREs: Energy and Environment, The Energy Journal, Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Financial Analyst Journal and IGI Global. His work has been supported by competitive fellowships from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the TED Fellows Program, the Environmental Defense Fund, the MIT Climate CoLab Initiative and University of Delaware’s Center for Energy and Environment Policy.

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