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BFF Newsletter #11 - December 2020

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2020 has been unpredictable in so many ways, which makes us all the more appreciative for our amazing community and colleagues who have managed to make this year a success in spite of all the odds.
From all of us here at the Contrarian Ventures, we wish you a cosy and safe holiday season full of rest, joy and laughter!



We would finally like to announce an initiative we have been working on for some time now the Climate Investor 50 ranking!

We think it is important to highlight this generation of impactful climate investors enabling the sustainable energy transition. With investment in climate technologies having grown by orders of magnitude over the last 5 years, we think the timing is right for a boom of early-stage startups working to solve one of the greatest challenges of humankind has faced.

The initiative's objective is to acknowledge the leading proactive investors enabling the sustainable energy transition each year, according to a well-rounded methodology.

We welcome you to explore the investor universe, nominate your investors and vote for the ones you know are doing amazing work.
Nominate Now

  Contrarian Ventures Changing 

We are very excited to announce that Contrarian Ventures (and Bye, Fossil Fuels Newsletter!) are getting a NEW LOOK! This means that we, after taking a long critical look at what we do, will be unveiling the upgrade to our visual identity to match that energy!

Our vision is to enable the sustainable energy transition without compromise and we believe that sustainability is the only way going forward. We are updating the look because we’ve deepened our commitment to this vision through a more focused approach.

So in the next edition, we will be sharing the story and meaning of how we see ourselves, and for now - here is a sneak peek:

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Battery Pack Prices Cited Below $100/kWh for the First Time in 2020
🔋 Latest BNEF annual battery cost analysis shows continued battery pack cost declines this year, a whooping 13% decrease from last year and breaking through $100/kWh

Energy Transitions Commission | Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050
An Electricity-Driven Decline in Coal Demand
⛏️ Demand looks flattening out through the mid-2020s after next year's bump, which means that, Asian demand permitting, 2013 was likely the global peak

The World is at a Turning Point for Fossil Fuel Production
🌍 Interesting summary on how the world is nowhere near on track to meet the Paris climate deal's goals and the long-term changes needed to get on track

Hurry-IconBig Moves in the Market

💡 Through a $20 million equity investment in the startup OhmConnect, and an $80 million commitment to develop a demand response program leveraging OhmConnect’s technology and services across the state of California.

Swell Pours $450M into Solar-Plus-Battery Virtual Power Plants
🔋 The California startup’s plans for virtual power plants in three states add to a group of fast-growing investments in distributed energy as assets.

Steve Wozniak’s Starts a Cryptocurrency Energy Efficiency Startup
🚘 Cryptocurrency is not an obvious candidate to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak is backing a new cryptocurrency promising to do just that.

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