Two of the largest pension funds have forced Dynegy Inc., to agree to report on climate risk by the end of this year, and how the company will address this risk. The California State Teachers' Retirement System and North Carolina Retirement Systems, both of which owned substantial shares in the company, filed a shareholder resolution with Dynegy in January to require the company to report on the feasibility of adopting specific greenhouse gas reduction goals for its existing and proposed power plants.
In exchange for an agreement by Dynegy to make the report, the two pension funds withdrew the resolution. Dynegy is apparently developing a plan to disclose climate change information to its shareholders, which likely will include the company’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a plan for mitigating those emissions. The mitigating steps may include purchase of greenhouse gas offsets or carbon credits.
At the same time, Dynegy is planning to construct coal-fired power plants in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada and Texas. Two plants are under construction in Arkansas and Texas.
This development indicates a growing capability of institutional investors to force climate change disclosure from major companies.