22 Jul '11, 6pm

Show Me the Money: Energy Efficiency Financing Barriers and Opportunities

Show Me the Money: Energy Efficiency Financing Barriers and Opportunities

Energy efficiency represents a significant largely untapped opportunity for meeting the dual goals of financial return and environmental protection. By eliminating wasted energy, the U.S. can reduce its fossil fuel use, move toward energy independence, and reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by almost forty percent by 2030 at a net savings to customers. The investor stands to harvest an estimated $130 billion in annual energy savings according to 2009 research from McKinsey & Company. However, a host of barriers stand in the way of these cost savings and associated GHG emissions reductions being realized, including but not limited to: • High upfront capital costs • High development costs • Long payback periods • Uncertainty of savings and perceptions of risk • Split incentives • Limited capital availability How real are these barriers? What progress has been made in ...

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