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Projects

  • 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. Led by Dan Reicher and Alicia Seiger, this group of projects will tap the input of policy, finance and industry leaders to advance new pathways to increase capital flow to clean energy.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 changing.

  • Given the gridlock in Washington DC, much of the focus on hastening the transition to a more sustainable, reliable, and affordable power generation system has shifted to the states.  As the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy resources begins reaching significant levels, there is a need to take stock.  Which state-level energy policies have proven to be the most effective and which ones have not succeeded?  Which policies should states that are beginning to deploy more clean energy solutions adopt in order to catch up to the early trailblazers?  Which po

  • 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 solar installations.

  • 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 dollars can fill critical clean energy finance gaps that government and private sector dollars cannot fund, but many barriers remain in the way of realizing this potential.  Family offices, generally enjoying a significant degree of independence and creativity, have a track record of pioneering replicable and scalable investment structures, later adopted by institutional investors, such as university endowments as well as pension and sovereign wealth funds.  Led by Alicia Seiger, this project will engage philanthropic and alternative sources of capital to devise and scale up new approaches to clean energy finance.

  • 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 energy technologies.