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Cost Competitiveness of Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

A transition to secure, reliable, low-carbon and low-cost energy resources at scale requires advancements in technology, policy and methods for economic evaluation. This project encompasses a suite of research initiatives that build tools for public and private-sector decision-makers to evaluate the economic attractiveness of low carbon...

Beyond 2016: The Solar Industry and the Step-down of the Federal Investment Tax Credit

Current legislation stipulates that the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar installations will be reduced from its current 30% rate to 10% on January 1, 2017 for commercial and utility scale solar power systems. Since its inception, the solar ITC has been a significant federal mechanism to spur rapid growth in the deployment of...

State-Based Policies for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Led by former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and former Secretary of State and Treasury George Shultz, The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, analyzes and makes specific recommendations regarding 12 policies that states are using today to encourage energy efficiency and...

The China Project

The China Project will map how countries, initially the U.S. and China, could minimize the cost of a shift to a cleaner global energy system by playing to their own economic strengths as they race to scale it up.  Among other things, the project, led by Jeffrey Ball, will analyze cross-border U.S.-China clean-energy investment and how it's...

Increasing Capital Flow to Clean Energy

From securitizing energy efficiency retrofits to leveraging federal procurement, from unlocking capital in charitable foundations and pension funds to harnessing cheaper mechanisms to finance renewable-energy projects, the center is developing a suite of projects that could deliver cleaner and more-secure energy in less time and at less cost...

Energy Technology Meets Information Technology

How can information technology be harnessed to meet critical energy goals? Led by Jonathan Koomey, this effort at the center engages with entrepreneurs, software developers, CEOs, energy experts, and policy makers to find means to unleash the power of data, technology, and innovation to help with today’s pressing energy goals.  

The Electric Power Commercialization Finance Project (EPCF)

The EPCF project is evaluating novel financing structures to commercialize breakthrough energy technology.  Led by Justin Bowersock, the project presents an opportunity for engineering, law, and business students to assess the key technological, regulatory and financial barriers to technology commercialization in the electric utility sector.  

Philanthropic and Long-term Sources of Capital in Clean Energy Finance

Philanthropists, making grants and program related investments, and family offices, using an array of investment mechanisms, can deploy significant capital to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technology, beyond current funding provided by venture capital, private equity and project finance firms.   Philanthropic...