• A National Green Bank in 2017

    The successful state-level Green Banks may be getting a national sibling in 2017. If elected, Secretary Hillary Clinton has pledged to create a $25 billion national infrastructure bank. The bank would fund projects of “regional and national significance” with an emphasis on “projects to modernize our energy, water, broadband, and transportation systems.” Clinton recently vowed […]

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  • Basics of Green Bank Legislation & Structure

    Policymakers and stakeholders often ask CGC what it takes to create a Green Bank, and whether legislation is required to create a Green Bank. Though legislation is not necessary in all states, it is often used to create a new Green Bank financing entity. Legislation can define the mission of the Green Bank institution, name the source of capitalization, determine […]

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  • White House Expands Lending Program to Include State Green Banks

    The White House has announced a broad set of executive actions to further the deployment of clean energy that directly benefits state Green Banks. President Obama is using all the tools at his disposable within the federal government to support the financing and adoption of clean energy at the state and local level. This week’s […]

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  • Carbon Tax and the Theory of Second Best

    By Jeffrey Schub Paul Krugman wrote yesterday that a carbon tax would be an ideal “economics 101” policy solution to correct for the externality of carbon emissions. Krugman argues that, despite a carbon tax being the most efficient solution, “second-best” approaches that are less efficient will be the likely outcome. This need to settle for […]

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  • Give the Grid to Solar; Let Clean Energy Spread Like the Internet Did

    By Reed E. Hundt [1] Hope or heartbreak is at hand for everyone who believes America should show how to stop destroying the climate by burning coal to make electricity. On the side of hope, solar panel installers now offer homeowners a deal not to be refused: pay no money down, and buy about three-quarters of […]

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  • Green Bank Act of 2014: Why $50 Billion?

    After reading about the recently introduced Green Bank Act of 2014, one of your first questions might be, “Why $50 billion?” In short, $50 billion leveraged through a federal Green Bank just might be enough to finance the renovation of America’s power platform. The Connecticut Green Bank has achieved a leverage ratio of 10:1 meaning that […]

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  • The Cash for Coal Program

    A recent Guardian article ventures that a group of wealthy investors would need to invest $50 billion today to buyout and shut down all the private and public coal companies in the US (the Guardian). Alternatively, the cost to the investors would be far less than $50 billion if the investors were to purchase all […]

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  • Green Banks Will Help Solar Prices Continue to Drop

    According to a new report published by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, installed prices of commercial and residential solar PV systems fell by about 6-14% between 2011 and 2012. The report shows that this drop in price stems from the reduced cost of PV modules. The remainder of the cost, therefore, is […]

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  • Utilities for Sunnies

    Given last week’s post “Utilities for Dummies,” we would like to present an article that just came out in the Wall Street Journal. According to Roberts’ article, many see the American utility as a long-time follower of the status quo with little incentive to innovate. Is this about to change? In Ryan Tracy’s article “Utilities […]

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  • Utilities for Dummies

    If you want an easy-to-read but informative summary of how utilities in America work, check out David Roberts’ “Utilities for dummies: How they work and why that needs to change.” Plus his summary randomly includes cute pictures of quokkas.

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