Title: U.S. and Global Perspectives on CLEAN Programs
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Speakers:

Craig Lewis, Founder and Executive Director, The Clean Coalition
Mark Fulton, Managing Director, Global Head of Climate Change Investment Research, DB Climate Change Advisors, a member of the Deutsche Bank Group
Mike Eckhart, Managing Director, Citigroup (moderator)

Summary:

Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Programs—also known as feed-in tariff (FIT) programs—are the world’s most effective market-based solution for deploying renewable energy. The National Renewable Energy Lab reported that this policy tool is responsible for 45% of all wind energy and 75% of all solar photovoltaic capacity installed before 2008. CLEAN Programs make it easier to sell clean local energy to utilities and connect these projects to the grid.

Craig Lewis discussed the advancement of CLEAN Programs in the U.S. He showed how the CLEAN California Campaign, which represents a broad partnership of California business and community groups, including the Clean Economy Network, is encouraging the state to implement a robust CLEAN Program. Mr. Lewis also talked about how the Local CLEAN Program Guide can help communities across the country implement CLEAN Programs to speed renewable energy adoption in their communities and take advantage of the related local economic benefits.

Mark Fulton told the German CLEAN Program story and demonstrated the phenomenal success that Germany is having with its CLEAN Program, which has been in place since 2000. Mr. Fulton also discussed how Germany’s successful practices can be leveraged in the U.S.

Mike Eckhart drew on his extensive knowledge of renewable energy policies to facilitate a discussion between both speakers.

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