Tag: Department of Energy

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Loan-Guarantee Program Fuels Innovative Energy Technology

A secure and responsible energy future relies on innovation. Technological innovation is needed to help increase energy efficiency and advance the energy economy. “De-risking” new energy technologies is a critical step in bringing innovation to market. And this is a step directly addressed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program.

Why Stakeholders Support ARPA-E

When the United States renewed funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) on March 23 despite a proposal to defund this energy-innovation agency, what galvanized support for this decision? Two reports published in 2017 by the National Academies Press and Information Technology & Innovation Foundation showed why the agency plays a quiet but energetic role that moves industries forward.

Advice for Solar Firms from the MIT Energy Conference

Entrepreneurial advice from this March’s MIT Energy Conference is still full of insight for members of the solar energy industry a few months later. Key themes throughout the conference included the need for increased innovation, cheaper technology, and greater collaboration between companies, financiers and utilities.

Solar Stakeholders Sharpen Their Ability to Reduce Soft Costs

While the installation costs for solar in the United States have dropped dramatically in recent years, the number is double that in Germany. The difference has mainly resulted from soft costs – costs that do not relate directly to construction. To explore the cost-reduction opportunities, Solar Power World held a webinar on April 28 to discuss some major strategies for installers to decrease the soft costs of financing, training, and local solar programs.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Secondary Markets for Energy Efficiency

Some investors are looking with anticipation toward the development of secondary markets for energy efficiency in the United States. To provide an inside perspective on why these markets are crucial today, authors of the report “Accessing Secondary Markets as a Capital Source for Energy Efficiency Finance Programs: Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators” spoke with Clean Energy Finance Forum.

Citi Director Outlines Progress and Hurdles in Financing Clean Energy

What do leaders in the banking industry think about the potential of privately financing solar power, wind energy, and energy efficiency? In this interview, Michael Eckhart, managing director and global head of finance and sustainability at Citigroup, shares his optimism about the transition to clean energy and his observations about the persistent obstacles in the market – including the need to scale up financing for energy efficiency.

Financing the Next Generation of Resilient Power

Hurricane Sandy was a stark reminder of the fragility of our electric grid. Clean Energy Group (CEG) has produced a series of papers and webinars looking at how a new generation of resilient power systems can help to address this problem. Its Nov. 20 webinar, “Financing Resilient Power,” scheduled to follow the publication of the paper “ Financing for Clean, Resilient Power Solutions ,” specifically focused on strategies for financing such systems.

On-Bill Financing Report Shows Strong Performance

On-bill financing can be a powerful tool for offering attractive energy efficiency options to a broad range of utility customers, according to a new report by State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action). Utility customers often fail to invest in energy efficiency because of its upfront costs, the report said. On-bill financing allows customers to pay for energy efficiency measures gradually over time through charges included on their utility bills. This approach makes it much easier for some customers to access energy efficiency financing.