• Senate

    Senate Committee Hearing: Clean Energy Finance

    CGC would like to congratulate Richard Kauffman – the Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York and a close friend of the Coalition – who testified in front of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last Thursday in favor of green banks and other important mechanisms for clean energy finance. He said: “State […]

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  • Congratulations CEFIA!

    Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) closed on a $60 million deal on Friday that will finance leases for over 2,000 rooftop solar systems for residential and commercial customers. CEFIA contributed $9.5 million to the deal, which attracted more than $50 million from private banks including US Bancorp, First Niagara Financial Group, 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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  • Global

    WWJD? *

    I recently received an invitation to sign a petition from students at my Alma mater urging divestment from fossil fuels. Colorado College is one of more than 200 campuses that have taken a stand against endowment investments in fossil fuels. The movement started on Swarthmore’s campus in 2010 and is designed after the 1980s anti-apartheid campaigns. […]

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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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  • Why and How: Green Banks

    Why Should Green Banks Loan Money? The bottom line is that green banks offer capital below market cost. As the cost of renewable energy technologies continues to fall, soft costs associated with clean energy deployment (access to startup capital) continue to impede growth in this sector. Here are some specific reasons why green banks should loan money: 1. […]

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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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  • New Solar Financing Program in Hawaii

      We would like to congratulate the State Legislature of Hawaii for passing Senate Bill 1087 (SB 1087), innovative legislation authorizing the first ever combination of bond financing and on-bill repayment for clean energy infrastructure, including distributed generation solar PV systems. SB 1087 will make it less costly to deploy clean energy projects in Hawaiiby […]

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  • Senator Coons to Introduce Master Limited Partnership Parity Act

    Senator Coons (D-Delaware) has just announced that he will be introducing the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act. This Bill would level the playing field for renewable energy investors by enabling them to adopt a corporate structure that currently gives tax advantages to fossil-fuel investors. A master limited partnership (MLP) is a business structure that is taxed […]

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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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