What stops banks from lending to energy efficiency projects?

By Elisa Wood November 8, 2012 Four years after the US credit market crashed, energy efficiency projects continue to struggle to secure financing. What’s the problem? A slow economy, of course. But when it comes to energy efficiency – and on-site renewable energy – the problem runs deeper. It’s not lack of interest in green energy. To the … [Read more...]

Obama’s budget good for energy efficiency

By Elisa Wood February 16, 2012 President Obama's 2013 budget caused a lot of smiles this week among energy efficiency advocates – even if it is more of a wish list than anything else. Obama calls for about $1.2 billion in spending for energy efficiency. What’s this mean to the energy efficiency industry? Kateri Callahan, president of the … [Read more...]

Efficiency “sweet spot” for investors

By Elisa Wood February 18, 2010 Energy efficiency appears to have married rich in partnering with smart grid. Yet another report shows that together they have formed what has become today’s most appealing clean tech sector for venture capital. Ernst & Young, using data from Dow Jones VentureSource, recently reported that financing rounds … [Read more...]

$3.1 billion for state energy efficiency programs – Just one catch

By Patrick Costello, guest contributor March 19, 2009 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act promises to advance the U.S. energy efficiency movement with an unprecedented $26 billion infusion of funds. Of that, $3.1 billion goes to state energy efficiency programs through the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. Great news, right? … [Read more...]

Who gets the EE stimulus money?

By Elisa Wood February 19, 2009 The ink is dry on President Obama’s signature to the federal stimulus bill and word is out that energy efficiency receives more than $20 billion. How will homeowners and businesses benefit? Two sources offer an excellent break-down on the incentives: the Alliance to Save Energy and the Office of Energy Efficiency … [Read more...]