Local, state, and federal policymakers and advocates are in desperate need of guidance when it comes to which specific financing models they should be employing to finance large scale energy efficiency, renewable energy or carbon reduction initiatives. The Clean Energy Finance Center is focused on the local, state and national level efforts to mobilize the public and private sectors to direct capital towards financing our country’s transition to a clean energy economy. The Center serves as a convener of and an independent, trust-worthy, and fact-driven resource to policymakers, governments, regulators and the investor community.
The Center conducts research in clean energy finance, energy efficiency finance, environmental finance (http://www.environmental-finance.com/), and carbon finance (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_finance). An example of the types of analyses that are undertaken by the Center are:
➢ Analysis of state revolving loan programs – efficacy and performance of different models from a financial and energy savings or clean energy generation perspective; detailed analysis of financial and legal structures; exploration of credit enhancement models
➢ Analysis of the most effective project finance models for clean renewable projects – studying use of loan guarantees, renewable energy credit revenue, leasing models, various tax credits/incentives