22 Jul '11, 6pm

The Barriers to Unlocking Capital for Energy Efficiency

The Barriers to Unlocking Capital for Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is the quickest and cheapest way to meet our energy needs now or in the future, earning it the nickname, "first fuel." Unfortunately, most companies aren't seizing energy efficiency opportunities, leaving billions of dollars of potential savings and investment dollars stranded on the sidelines. That is one of the top-level findings from "Show Me The Money: Energy Efficiency Financing Barriers and Opportunities ." While researching the report, which was released Thursday, the authors, representing the Environmental Defense Fund , U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions , heard a variety of reasons for why energy efficiency projects weren't being scaled. High upfront costs. Long payback periods. Perceived risk and uneasiness over measuring energy savings. A lack of capital. But the potential for energy savings...

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