Topic: Data and Secondary Markets

Data and Secondary Markets Articles

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.
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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.

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.

Clean Energy Bond Investors Want a Full Buffet of Options

For the first time, researchers have examined what potential investors want from the United States clean energy bond market. The December 2014 report “What Investors Want: How to Scale-Up Demand for U.S. Clean Energy and Green Bonds” shows investors’ tastes vary widely. Offering a broad menu of options is the best response, the authors recommend.

Retail Investment Expands in Clean Energy Markets

Retail investment in clean energy is starting to flourish. Historically, investments in clean energy were only available to institutional investors. Recently, access has become available to retail investors through new investment vehicles such as solar bonds. On Nov. 18, Clean Edge presented a webinar exploring this topic. The event, “Clean Energy Retail Investing: The Rise of Bonds, REITs, Yield Cos, and other Investment Vehicles,” was co-hosted by SolarCity.

Alternative Market Solutions Could Ignite Renewable Energy Finance

How can alternative financing solutions help expand clean energy through capital markets? Industry experts convened at this year’s Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) East conference in Miami on Sept. 20-23 to discuss these possibilities. Yieldcos, crowdfunding or peer-to-peer (p2p) markets, and property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing could supplement the role of securitization and may deliver the capital the renewable energy industry demands.

Political Capital Needed for Clean Energy Finance to Flourish

Private-sector investment in clean energy continues to grow as costs come down and free-market dynamics begin to replace government subsidies. But this influx of financial capital is still not enough, according to speakers at “Creative Power: New Models for Growing Clean Energy Investment,” a discussion held at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan on Sept. 20 as part of New York Climate Week.