Will Institutional Investors Allocate More to Renewable Energy in 2015?

Photo Above: State of the Union Address, January 2015 Credit: White House

Photo Above: State of the Union Address, January 2015 Credit: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address highlighting a number of issues such as financial regulation, infrastructure and climate change. During the 2015 address, President Obama stated, “And no challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”

According to the World Bank, renewable energy made up 18% of the global energy mix in 2010. Over the past few years, institutional investor capital has flowed into natural gas and renewable energy investments. Pensions, sovereign funds and infrastructure funds are on the prowl for commercially-viable energy projects. Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), manager of Norway’s gigantic sovereign wealth fund, in 2014 announced plans to double the amount of environmentally-related investments to around US$ 8 billion.

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