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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?
The lights in this landmark shine sustainably

Investors who enter purchase power agreements, like the landlords of the Sydney Opera House, can use hedges to avoid high drama. 

Navigating Risk: A Corporate PPA Guide

Corporate buyers who learn to weave power purchase agreements into their finances have drawn on research and hedges to manage electricity's risk. With the Covid-19 disaster roiling electricity markets and project schedules, we survey risk management strategies and test their resilience. Some new takes on risk- and takes on new risks- have emerged.
New flavors of PPA can help new entrants lock in renewable supply.

Power purchase agreements can spur megawatts' worth of energy transition- once more companies learn how to find, operate and improve them. 

What's the Next Phase for PPAs?

One of the world's biggest corporations evolved a form of power purchase agreement that houses risk within a project. A startup down the road has developed ways to streamline procurement and clarify terms for smaller companies. This article, wrapping our series on power purchase agreements' heft and potential, details these innovations and asks what light they shed on how PPAs can connect more corporations with longer and wider commitments to fossil-free power.
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.
A kook at trees that green bonds can support

Forests like this can grow in steadier fashion when ratings for green bonds become steadier as well. (Photo by David Gierth, accessed via Pexels.) 

Look for the Green Bond Label? The State of Green Bond Certification

Given the short history and dynamic state of the green bond market, wide variation exists in external review processes — based on regions, frameworks and evaluation parameters. Green bonds can fund energy, transportation, buildings or natural capital such as conservation. Work so far on certification shows how investors can keep building confidence and volume in this form of financing.
Perspectives from State Experts
Susan Glickman

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Florida Battles to Create a Clean Energy Policy Framework

In this interview, Susan Glickman, Florida director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, discusses the status of clean energy development in the state. Glickman lays out policy battles over renewable portfolio and energy efficiency standards, the state’s history of natural gas consumption, growth in utility solar programs, and an effort to deregulate the state’s utility industry.
Chris Nelson headshot

Chris Nelson

Can Solar Catch Up to Wind in South Dakota?

South Dakota is a national leader in the proportion of its electricity mix coming from wind energy. CEFF spoke to South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Vice Chairman Chris Nelson about the status of clean energy in the state. He contends that the rise of wind in the state is traceable to federal incentives and a business-friendly policy landscape, and argues that solar may be better positioned for future growth.
David Campell

Photo courtesy of David Campbell.

Cost-Competitive Renewables Poised to Grow in Deregulated Texas Market

Texas offers an instructive case study for the growth of renewable energy. Most of the state’s electricity is delivered through the deregulated Electric Reliability Council of Texas market. The state has long since surpassed its mandated renewable portfolio standard, so market dynamics dictate the ongoing pace of renewables growth. Nonetheless, Texas is by far the country’s largest wind power generator and is slated to see major growth in solar capacity as well.