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Citi Suggests Global Climate Investment Goals

On the surface, Citi’s recommendations of global climate investment goals, published in August in the report “Energy Darwinism II: Why a Low Carbon Future Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth,” look deceptively simple. But a closer look at the patchwork of international regulations, legislation, and carbon markets reveals that financing clean energy in developing nations may be quite challenging to accomplish.

Multifamily Energy-Efficiency Bill May Receive Federal Approval

Before leaving for summer recess, the United States House of Representatives passed an innovative bipartisan energy-efficiency-finance bill that may change the landscape for resource efficiency in affordable multifamily housing. The Private Investment in Housing Act of 2015 authorizes the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to initiate a pay-for-success demonstration project that would provide energy- and water-efficiency retrofits for 20,000 units of government-supported multifamily affordable housing without any government funding.

Which Solar Investment Tax Credit Strategy Can Survive the Federal Political Climate?

What are the political options the United States solar industry faces as it seeks to avert the impact of the phase-out of the federal investment tax credit (ITC)? A policy paper produced by researchers at The George Washington University, “Softer Solar Landings: Options to Avoid the Investment Tax Credit Cliff,” explores four potential alternatives to the current plan and assesses their political viability.

Value-of-Solar Study Proposed for Massachusetts

At a public event in Boston on June 11 called "Designing Solar’s Value: A Stakeholder’s Forum," speakers outlined an ambitious proposal to shift the entire framework of solar financing in Massachusetts to a value-of-solar model. The newly founded Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC) cosponsored the event, which was hosted by Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE).

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.

Why Solar Thermal Technology Lacks Incentives and Financing

Compared to the outpouring of financing for solar photovoltaics, financing for solar thermal technologies has taken a back seat for many years in the United States. The Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) spoke with Everett Barber, a consultant and author who has worked for many decades in the solar thermal industry, about his perspective on this discrepancy.