After Donald Trump took office, a U.S. coal plant has shut down roughly every 15 days. Last week, despite Trump’s attempts to keep it open, the Tennessee Valley Authority decided that it will close a coal power plant in Kentucky to save money and keep electric rates low. Just 200 miles away, on the site of another former Tennessee Valley Authority coal plant, Google is building a $600 million data center that will get power from a massive new solar farm.
It’s one sign of bigger changes in the world of energy, and one reason why a ranking called the Carbon Clean 200 exists: If traditional fossil-focused companies falter, which companies might be most likely to succeed? In the latest version of the ranking, Google’s parent company Alphabet tops the list.