• New CGC White Paper on Green Bank Best Practices

    The Coalition for Green Capital is excited to provide the latest and greatest thinking on the Green Bank concept in its new Green Bank White Paper! The concept of a Green Bank—a financing institution that leverages private capital into clean energy projects—has been around for a while. The Coalition for Green Capital (CGC) has been […]

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  • CGC Hosts Green Bank Academy

    The Green Bank Academy was a two-day event designed to help state energy and finance officials from around the country to learn about and discuss the establishment and coordination of state Green Banks. Leaders from over a dozen states at various stages of Green Bank development attended the Green Bank Academy. Speakers at the Green […]

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  • An Excerpt from Reed Hundt’s New E-Book: Zero Hour

    Modern life rests on two electromagnetic wave platforms: knowledge and power. The former comprises the mobile and Internet networks that have circumnavigated the globe and changed social and economic life, mostly for the better and absolutely forever, in just two decades. The latter consists of the electricity and transportation systems that produce the air pollutants […]

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  • In Response to Lomborg’s op-ed “The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels”

      In Bjorn Lomborg’s recent New York Times op-ed, “The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels,” the author asks readers to simply “face it,” and accept that the only way to bring electricity and its associated economic growth to the developing world is by burning carbon and pollutant-emitting fossil fuels. This view represents a stale and […]

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  • “This is the Global Threat of Our Time” – Barack Obama

    A New York Times article today reported that President Obama was readying regulations that will impose carbon dioxide emissions limits on power plants. Carbon standards on existing plants will be so costly, coal-powered facilities in America may be under pressure to close, leaving a huge void to be filled by wind, solar and natural gas. […]

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  • Liquid Solar

    A Science Daily article this week grabbed me with a headline suggesting “Solar Panels as Inexpensive as Paint?” Reading on, this doesn’t refer exactly to the price point of paint, but to the ease with which solar technology could be installed in the near future. The article details research being done at the University of […]

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  • Tennessee Valley Authority

    In President Obama’s recently released 2014 Federal Budget Proposal the Administration called for a “strategic review” of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), including the possible privatization of the utility. Founded in 1933, TVA is currently the largest public utility with over 9 million customers located throughout the Eastern United States. TVA also has a debt […]

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  • Limits to Innovation

    Here at CGC we are all about innovation and ingenuity. However, it’s important to step back and recognize what limits there are to ingenuity. As James Boyce of Resources for the Future says, “There aren’t many substitutes for the relatively untouched expanse of Alaska’s North Slope if what matters to you is its very wilderness.” In the […]

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  • Distributed Solar – Part III

    To follow up on the April 8 blog post about distributed solar, we thought it would only be fair to share both sides of the distributed solar roll-out plan. Below is a table comparing reasons for accelerating the distributed solar push and reasons for letting it grow more languidly.   Accelerated Distributed Solar Roll-Out Slow […]

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  • Distributed Solar – Part II

    An additional benefit of “green collar jobs” that could be created by distributed solar roll-out is that the jobs require a variety of skills and pay a variety of salaries. Working in the solar industry can involve a broad range of tools and skills ranging from electrical work to sales to structural engineering. Similarly, the salaries range […]

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