Clean Energy: Finance

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Debunking Four Myths About The Clean Energy Transition

The grid will require a substantial transformation as more renewable sources come online. Some critics argue technological, financial, and institutional barriers will prevent significant decarbonization of the power sector, but four common clean energy myths are easily debunked by facts and real-world experiences showing the feasibility of a low-carbon energy future.

Low-Income Solar Policy Guide

This policy toolbox is designed to improve distributed solar PV access for low-income customers. It identifies four principle barriers to low-income participation—cost, physical barriers, housing conditions, and market forces—and identifies dozens of solutions that address these barriers. Examples include on-bill financing, community/shared solar, green banks, and federal best practice networks. The report includes case studies from California, New York, Colorado, D.C., and Massachusetts, which have put these principles and recommendations into successful action.

Mapping the Gap: The Road from Paris

This factsheet outlines the financial options for meeting the COP21 agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius or below, finding that global investment in new renewable electric power generation will need to reach $12.1 trillion in the next 25 years. Assuming “business-as-usual” will bring in $6.9 trillion in renewables investment, this leaves a “gap” of $5.2 trillion that must be additionally invested to reach the 2 degree target.

Factsheet: Capital and Climate

Over the past several years, the world has witnessed an upward trend in climate and clean energy investment. This has helped drive down costs of innovative low-carbon technologies, which has enabled their incredible market growth. In many situations, renewable energy sources, such as wind and utility-scale solar, are now cost-competitive with traditional fossil fuel sources. The following factsheet highlights the most current data on global investment in low-carbon technologies.

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015

This annual report compiles figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Desktop database to describe global trends in renewable energy investment, broken down by region, country, sector, and investment type.

The Global Landscape of Climate Finance 2014

This report pulls together climate finance data from a variety of sources covering the scale, key actors, instruments, recipients, and uses of finance toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. It provides key lessons for policymakers about where policy and public resources can make the largest impact.

Renewable Energy Finance, Market & Policy Overview

This market overview aggregates the numerous policy mechanisms affecting renewable energy projects in the U.S. and provides an analysis of the impact these policies have had on private sector investment in the industry. It also examines innovative financing mechanisms the industry has recently developed including Securitization, YieldCo, and Green Bonds. This presentation is the latest in a series of white papers from the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance.

Investing in the Clean Trillion: Closing the Clean Energy Investment Gap

IEA estimates that an additional $36 trillion in clean energy investment, or $1 trillion per year, is needed to keep Earth’s temperature within 2 degrees Celsius of global warming by 2050. This report offers ten recommendations for investors, companies, and policymakers to increase global clean energy investment to $1 trillion per year by 2030. These recommendations focus on ways to mobilize investors action to scale up clean energy investment; promote green banking and debt capital markets; and reform climate, energy, and financial policies.

Working Paper: State Green Banks for Clean Energy

This working paper describes the role of state green banks in helping to deploy and commercialize clean energy technologies. Similar to a public-private partnership, state green banks use initial government funding to lever private investment in clean energy and energy efficiency. This paper discusses the purpose, goals, and structure of state green banks, highlighting Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority as a case study. It concludes with the strengths and weaknesses of state green banks as a tool to spur the clean energy economy.

World Energy Investment Outlook

This special report discusses historical, current, and future trends (to 2035) of global energy investment. The report models two scenarios for future energy investment; the New Policies Scenario includes currently adopted or announced energy policies and commitments, and the 450 Scenario projects the global energy investment trends that will limit the rise in global temperature to two degrees Celsius. The report concludes that the world's current investment path falls short of global climate stabilization goals, and that robust policies and innovative financing vehicles will be needed to reduce this investment gap.

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