Market Analysis Insights

Ryan Hubbell's picture

Market Uncertainty is Heating Up Along with Temperatures in Texas

Texas is an energy powerhouse. It dwarfs nearly every other state in total production on both a British thermal unit (BTU) and kilowatt-hour (kWh) basis. Yet the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is reportedly facing a looming problem of shrinking capacity reserve margins thanks to peak electricity load growth outpacing new capacity additions.

Bethany K Speer's picture

Community Development Financial Institutions – Providing Clean Energy Capital

Oftentimes, larger institutions do not finance small renewable energy and energy efficiency projects due to their lack of scale and higher risk profile. But, this is exactly the niche community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are filling by making it possible for small developers, businesses, and underserved homeowners to finance clean energy projects.

Karlynn Cory's picture

Eggs in Many Baskets: Arizona Public Service Diversifies Generation Sources

Arizona Public Service (APS) changed how it selects new generation supply with a March 2012 filing; it will no longer use "least cost" as the dominant factor. Instead, it will diversify and distribute its generation eggs in many baskets.

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Bohr, Baby, Bohr! German Policies Support Enhanced Geothermal Drilling

Karlynn Cory (NREL), Wilson Rickerson (Meister Consultants Group), Benjamin Miethling (Meister Consultants Group)

Germany may have found the secret sauce that encourages new geothermal projects: policies that directly support drilling and financing the power plant—by lowering investor risks.

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Community Solar: Policies that Go the Distance

Many individuals want to get into the driver's seat by securing solar photovoltaic (PV) power—but how do you get into the pole position? By using Community Solar.

DOE's SunShot Initiative Now Focusing on Creative Finance

Reposted with permission from Greentech Media.
Eric Wesoff: June 5, 2012

Think "Moon Shot" in getting solar to $1 per watt installed—with a new competition to address solar financing

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Where Did All the Solar Go? Calculating Total U.S. Solar Energy Production

Good data can be hard to come by. Let's take solar production data. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), solar electricity production facilities— including photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) — produced a total of roughly 1,800 GWh in 2011 [1].

Bethany K Speer's picture

Worth the Trouble: New Market Tax Credits

The investment tax credit (ITC), production tax credit (PTC), and 1603 Treasury cash grant get a lot of attention for their importance in spurring renewable energy project development. But they have a less-prominent sister incentive: new markets tax credit (NMTC).

Travis Lowder's picture

Weather Derivatives as Insurance Products in the Wind Industry

The wind and solar industries are continuing to mature, stakeholders are getting savvier about the risks and rewards inherent to these markets, and more capital is being invested to deploy these technologies than ever before.

Ryan Hubbell's picture

S & P Opines on Securitizing Distributed Generation

Renewable energy-related asset securitization has been gaining a lot of traction lately as a number of key stakeholders from both the private and public sectors have been stepping up their collaborative efforts (including NREL's finance team).