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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Financing

Financing


Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs....

U.S. Department of Agriculture and various other organizations, Oct. 2014.
https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=279

"This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster sustainable and innovative initiatives in this country associated with agriculture and forestry. Sustainability is commonly understood to embrace the triple concepts of economic, environmental and social viability. Specifically, the guide provides information about program resources pertaining to economic development, farm loans, insurance and risk management, natural resources conservation and management; nutrition and consumer food access, renewable energy and energy conservation, research and outreach, and value added and marketing innovations."


The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Agency Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, Sept. 2014.
http://www.naseo.org/Data/Sites/1/stc-hoover-report-bk_v3-draft-9-5-14.pdf

"On September 11, 2014, at the NASEO Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, former U.S. Senator Jeff  Bingaman announced the release of The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  The development of the bipartisan report was led by former Senator Jeff Bingaman and former Secretary of State and Treasury George Schultz under a joint study by Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy.  The report highlights several great state energy best practices examples."

Energy Efficiency Advocates Optimistic About PACE Program [Texas]

The Texas Tribune, Oct. 7, 2014, by Jim Malewitz.
http://www.texastribune.org/2014/10/07/pace-loan-program-energy-efficiency-gains-momentum/

"PACE [Property Assessed Clean Energy] allows commercial and industrial property owners to use a property tax lien to finance energy efficiency upgrades like solar panels and water recycling systems. PACE programs bill an owner through the lien and forward payments to a private lender. Under a smooth-running program, property owners pay less than what they save on their energy bills. If a property is sold, the new owner inherits the debt — a rule meant to further reduce the risks of investment."

Tips for Updating School HVAC Equipment

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Aug. 4, 2014, by Jen Anesi.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127240-tips-for-updating-school-hvac-equipment

"While times are hard now for many schools, some manufacturers believe an improving economy and increasing availability of alternative financing options will soon make it easier for schools to get the funding necessary for upgrades. And, in the meantime, HVAC products will continue to improve in energy efficiency, ease of installation, and life cycle."


ESCOs Offer Energy Efficiency Without Inflated Upfront Costs

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, June 2, 2014, by Cherie Preville.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/126741-escos-offer-energy-efficiency-without-inflated-upfront-costs

"Energy Services Companies help buildings affordably trim energy usage."

Financing Energy Improvements on Utility Bills: Market Updates and Key Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators

State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, DOE/EE-1100, May 2014.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/pdfs/onbill_financing.pdf

"Enabling consumers to finance energy improvements on their utility bills is one of several potentially valuable tools for expanding consumer access to attractive capital. While financing may be an attractive tool for increasing program leverage and mitigating the rate impacts of utility consumer-funded efficiency programs, administrators can face difficult choices between allocating funds to financing or to other approaches designed to overcome a broader set of barriers to consumer investment in energy efficiency. This report focuses on key program design considerations for policymakers and program administrators."


Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market: A New Option for Progress

Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, April 2014.
http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2014/04/16-clean-energy-through-bond-market

"State and local bond finance represents a powerful but underutilized tool for future clean energy investment." Report discusses the barriers that are holding back widespread adoption of clean energy bonds and makes recommendations for development finance agencies seeking to tap their potential.


Engaging Small to Mid-Size Lenders in the Market for Energy Efficiency Investment:

ACEEE, Report Number F1401, Feb. 2014.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/f1401.pdf  (free registration required to access)

"On October 18, 2013, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Energi Insurance Services, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Argonne National Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) convened a group of key stakeholders to discuss opportunities for augmenting small bank and lender activity in the energy efficiency space.

This white paper captures key findings from the convening and places them within the context of current research and experience. It goes on to make recommendations to entities within the energy efficiency community to help increase small to mid-size lender activity in the market for energy efficiency financing."


Unlocking Demand: An Analysis of State Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financing Programs in the Buildings and Industrial Sectors

National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), Dec. 2013, by Sandy Fazeli, NASEO Program Manager.
http://www.naseo.org/data/sites/1/documents/publications/Unlocking-Demand.pdf

"The types of financing tools used by State Energy Offices have evolved from revolving loan funds to sophisticated credit enhancement mechanisms and new approaches to bond financing. With successful models expanding across the United States, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) has completed an analysis of state energy financing programs focused on the buildings and industrial sectors to identify and evaluate approaches that have been implemented by State Energy Offices and their public and private partners."

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