Joule Assets Part I: How to Draw Investors to Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency and money seem like the stuff of a Zen riddle.  The energy efficiency market is worth at least $900 billion.* But try to find financing for a project and no money exists. For investors it’s a problem of scale. Most building retrofit projects are too small to create attractive returns for investors. “A critical issue for … [Read more...]

Asset Manager Sees Promising Year for Energy Efficiency Investments

Impax Asset Management Group, which manages $4 billion in assets for institutional and high net worth investors, is reporting that it sees the next 12 months as particularly promising for energy efficiency and other clean energy markets. Founder Ian Simm writes Jan. 28 in Investment News that it is more than a cyclical pickup. The drivers are … [Read more...]

Why Investors Are Wary of Energy Efficiency and What Will Boost their Confidence

  If public enthusiasm were money, the energy efficiency industry would be loaded with capital. From world leaders to celebrities to the common folk, everybody champions saving energy these days. Unfortunately, public enthusiasm isn’t what attracts money; investor confidence does. And despite all of the public support for energy … [Read more...]

Are We Investing Energy Efficiency Dollars in the Wrong Buildings?

It’s not easy deciding what buildings merit our energy efficiency dollars. In fact, the obvious choices may be the wrong choices. That’s the takeaway from a report issued today that is bound to stir up some discussion within the energy efficiency industry. Produced by Boston-based analytics firm Retroficiency, the “Building Energy Efficiency … [Read more...]