A 21st Century Electric Utility

March 23rd, 2016

Many people will have read the Edison Electric Institute’s 2013 report by Peter Kind of Energy Infrastructure Advocates that says the growth of distributed energy resources pose disruptive challenges to utilities.  Since then, we’ve seen increasingly bitter battles over utilities seeking to impose fixed charges and other regulatory changes to protect their revenues. CERES has published a follow-on report by the same author… Read more »

Building the Green Economy

November 30th, 2014

This fall, Robert Pollin offered a plan for greening the U.S. economy in the Boston Review.  Reed Hundt, of the Coalition for Green Capital, offers some comments.   From Robert’s introduction: In 2010 the U.S. produced about 17 percent of global emissions, even though we represent only 4 percent of the world’s population. To make our minimally fair contribution toward reducing global… Read more »

New energy finance study

May 27th, 2014

DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has published a new study exploring life beyond the current PTC/ITC framework: An Analysis of the Costs, Benefits, and Implications of Different Approaches to Capturing the Value of Renewable Energy Tax Incentives.   As Mark Bolinger, the author, describes it: under a variety of plausible future policy scenarios that are relevant to utility-scale wind and solar projects,… Read more »

Solar securitizations and other innovations are coming

October 14th, 2013

NREL’s Solar Access to Public Capital working group has been working hard on the rules of the game for securitizing residential solar projects.  Interesting progress – see this blog.  If you’re at the SPI conference next week, NREL’s Mike Mendelsohn will talk about the work on Tuesday.  One interesting outcome is SAPC’s work in creating standard form PPA contracts.  Worth reviewing. … Read more »

Financing 1-5MW solar projects – tips from REFF-West

October 14th, 2013

At ACORE’s Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West conference this year, a panel of developers and financiers talked about financing small utility-scale solar projects – the ones in the 1-5MW range.  Their best advice was to partner up.  Read more here.