1. Find all relevant materials at eesi.org/102512_cleanfinancing

    Thursday, October 25, 2012——The Embassy of Germany and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing hosted in coordination with the Congressional Study Group of Germany that examined how we can fully unleash the clean energy sector to reap powerful economic growth and job creation benefits. The speakers will compare investment policies in the United States and Germany, to see what is working and what isn't. What type of regulatory framework is necessary to give clean energy companies a stable investment climate? What works best, loan guarantees, tax credits, feed-in tariffs, quotas?

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  2. Read more at eesi.org/advancing-deployment-electric-vehicles-02-oct-2012

    On October 2, 2012, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing on the growth of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the United States and on efforts to spur greater transport electrification. The briefing discussed how communities, utilities, private companies, the government and others are leading efforts to put more PEVs on the nation’s roads by capitalizing on new technologies and working to overcome market barriers. The briefing explored ways to foster more rapid PEV adoption across multiple sectors and the different rationales for doing so. Speakers also discussed the various benefits of increased PEV market share; how utilities, communities and other businesses are developing more PEV-friendly areas; and the growing electrification of vehicle fleets.

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  3. Read more at eesi.org/092812weatherization

    One million low-income households have benefited from the federal Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) Recovery Act funding, with a total of 7.4 million homes weatherized since the program's inception 35 years ago. The benefits from this federal investment have been both immediate and long-lasting: housing made more affordable and more comfortable, as well as lessening of the carbon footprint through energy retrofits and the creation of new skilled jobs. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) organized a briefing hosted in coordination with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition that discussed what has made this program such a success story, and what policies will ensure that WAP can continue to help low-income families save money, improve America's energy security, and create skilled jobs that cannot be outsourced.

    Speakers for this forum were:

    -Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Energy Programs Consortium; State and Local Energy Report

    -David Hepinstall, Executive Director, Association for Energy Affordability

    -John Joseph, Ph.D., Principal, JAI Software; Professor of Economics, Thomas College

    -Richard W. Caperton, Director of Clean Energy Investment, Center for American Progress Action Fund

    -Brad Penney, General Counsel, Advocates for The Other America

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  4. Visit eesi.org/052212economics for more information.

    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing that challenged widely held assumptions about renewable energy and the infrastructure needed to connect it to the grid. The Midwest’s steady winds could, in theory, power the entire country, according to an analysis conducted in 2010 by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and AWS Truewind, a consultancy. So could solar energy in the Southwest. Moreover, the transmission investments needed to tap the enormous potential of American renewable resources can make the grid more efficient and reliable at the same time. And renewable energy is increasingly competitive in some power markets with traditional fuels like gas and coal. At this briefing, various perspectives regarding the overall economics, capacity and reliability of integrating renewable energy into the grid were presented.

    Speakers for this forum were:

    John Jimison, Energy Future Coalition, Introductory Remarks

    Robert Fagan and Ezra Hausman, Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., an economic consultancy focused on energy markets.

    Joe Gardner, Executive Director of Real-Time Operations, Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO), which controls the transmission system in 11 Midwest states and Manitoba, Canada.

    Fred Morse, Chairman, USP Division of SEIA and Senior Advisor, Abengoa Solar, a major developer of central-station solar power generation facilities.

    James J. Hoecker, Counsel and Advisor, WIRES (Working Group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems), former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    The briefing coincided with the release of a new report, The Potential Rate Effects of Wind Energy and Transmission in the Midwest ISO Region, commissioned by the Energy Future Coalition and produced by Synapse Energy Economics, which concludes that adding more wind power to the Midwest’s grid would place downward pressure on energy market prices and rates, even after factoring in the costs of the additional transmission needed to connect it. Traditional power plants face fuel prices that fluctuate dramatically over time and they must also address regulatory uncertainty and pollution control upgrades, whereas, for example, solar, wind, and geothermal power plants are not subject to such fuel price volatility. What mix of renewable resources and traditional resources is actually the most reliable and cost effective system to meet our energy needs and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

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    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) hosted a Congressional briefing to discuss several renewable energy resources which often do not receive much attention and yet are in plentiful supply across the United States: renewable gas, hydropower, and geothermal. Each of them can provide baseload electricity, and each of these renewable energy resources comes from a variety of sources and can deliver energy through a variety of energy technology applications. The briefing explored the status of these resources, how they are used and why, and what the market drivers are for them.

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