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What Will It Take to Catalyze the Energy Transition?

Vastly higher clean energy targets are essential to empower the international community to make the leap to a sustainable future, according to Richard Heinberg, coauthor of “Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy.” In this interview, he delves into the practical challenges involved in the global transition to renewable power sources.

A Solar Social Enterprise Collects Best Practices in India

How can social enterprises finance solar power and other investments sustainably while also bringing funding up to scale? SELCO Foundation hosted two roundtable discussions in India in 2014 and 2015 to ask stakeholders how to respond to these challenges. The roundtables and a set of interviews yielded a report, “ Bridging Gaps: Investors and Social Energy Enterprise .”

Will Green Bonds Experience a Boom-and-Bust Cycle?

Green bonds are fixed-income, liquid securities that are used to raise funds for activities like clean energy finance, climate mitigation, and other sustainable initiatives. On April 15, in a panel titled “Business Response: Green Bonds,” experts at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit 2015 in New York City came together to discuss the green bond market’s accomplishments and challenges.
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Are Secondary Markets a Sustainable Capital Source for Energy Efficiency?

As the energy efficiency finance market grows and matures, are robust secondary markets inevitable, necessary, or even appropriate? This is the question that State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network’s (SEE Action) Financing Solutions Working Group has attempted to answer in its new white paper, “Accessing Secondary Markets as a Capital Source for Energy Efficiency Finance Programs: Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators.”

ICP Responds to Need for Energy Efficiency Standardization

The United States energy efficiency industry will have to standardize projects before it can receive large-scale private financing, according to our recent Q&A with a senior manager at Citigroup. Meanwhile, commercial building owners are skeptical that energy efficiency retrofits will be financially worthwhile.

Get in Line: New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Commercial wind and solar developers looking to sign up for New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (REPTC) in the near future will have to take a number and get in line. The program has been so popular that production tax credits for solar are maxed out through 2022. All of the available credits for wind are claimed from 2016-2020. Clean Energy States Alliance hosted a webinar on Dec. 8 in which Erica Velarde, clean energy program manager for New Mexico’s Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD), described the success of her state’s tax credit to promote utility-scale wind and...