• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Are Green Banks Obama’s Next Move?

    A February 14th EnergyBiz article by Ken Silverstein outlines some of the common arguments for and against Green Banks given Obama’s recent interest in using those institutions to facilitate clean energy expansion. CGC’s Vice President, Ken Berlin, responds to skeptics by addressing the benefits of leveraging federal funds to make renewable energy more affordable to the consumer. Silverstein sums […]

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