Andy Xie

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Yale College, 2021

Andy Xie is a Junior at Yale University studying Economics and Political Science, with a concentration in Environmental Policy. At CBEY, Andy writes for the Clean Energy Finance Forum and is a Research Assistant at the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance; in these capacities, his roles and interests lie mostly in the realm of impact investing, corporate social responsibility, philanthropic wealth management, and ESG. On campus, Andy serves as the Vice President of Net Impact (a social sector management consulting group), the Vice President of Yale Undergraduate Diversified Investments, and a Head of College Aide in Berkeley College. Andy is also the proud owner of a 4-year old Golden Retriever.

Authored Articles

In a Boiler, a Recipe for Energy Savings

The story of a small property owner and a repaired boiler hints at the potential multipliers in C-PACE, a program that lets owners use energy savings to repay loans for upgrades. Keys to the program include training and coaching, which make the savings easier to achieve and quicker to see. Can programs like this provide cues to states revving out of the shutdown?
Get to know the power purchase agreement

How can electricity customers route electricity economics in a greener direction? Two forms of long-term power commitments provide promising vehicles. 

Virtual or Physical, the PPA Is Prime

Power purchase agreements come primarily in two flavors: physical and virtual. In the physical deal, a buyer takes electricity on specified green terms. In the virtual arrangement, a buyer commits capital for renewable projects that will light somebody else's territory. This piece lays out the logic, risks and potential in each approach.