Can Green Banks Bring Energy Investing Into the Mainstream?

What’s a green bank? That’s the question Bryan Garcia finds himself answering again and again, more than any other. As president and CEO of Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, he is as qualified to answer it as anyone in the country.

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$250M in Low-Cost Energy Financing Available in 2014 for Rural Utility Members through Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) energy loan program (ELP) helped spur the electrification of rural America, starting in the 1930s, through the financing of electricity generation, transmission, and distribution. Recent changes finalized in December 2013 (effective February 3, 2014) have greatly expanded the capability and potential impact of the program.

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Nine major cities in the United States now require building owners to benchmark and disclose the energy consumption of their buildings. Several states also benchmark all state-funded facilities. The Environmental Protection Agency has found that between 2008 and 2011, on more than 35,000 buildings with monitored energy consumption, average energy reduction was 2.4% per year and more than 7% over the 3-year period. It may be true that you cannot manage what you do not measure, but measurement is not enough.

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The Energy Water Nexus

Notes from the 2014 NASEO Energy Policy Outlook Conference.

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Timing Is Everything: What States Need to Know About EPA’s Upcoming Greenhouse Gas Limits for Existing Power Plants

On June 25, 2013, President Barack Obama called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases from the electricity sector. This started the clock for the EPA to propose separate rules for new and existing power plants.

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