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Increasing Renewable Energy Generation in Kansas

Kansas Report ThumbnailKansas is blessed with some of the best wind and solar resources in the country and in 2015, generated 23% of its electricity from renewable sources. At the 2016 REFF-Wall Street conference, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback formally announced his goal for Kansas to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources as soon as 2018.

This paper analyzes the potential economic impacts of Kansas generating 50% of its electricity from renewable sources. US PREF's analysis, presented to the governor, found that achieving 50% renewable generation requires the addition 2,650 megawatts and would attract over $5.2 billion in investment and economic activity to Kansas.

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Increasing Investment and Capital Flows in Maryland

Maryland Report Thumbnail2Maryland has long been a leader on renewable energy policy and enacted a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 2004. Maryland's RPS requires electricity suppliers to procure 20% of their power from renewable sources by 2022. Maryland now has 702 megawatts of in-state renewable energy generation and since 2008, almost $1.4 billion in asset finance, private quity and venture capital has been invested in Maryland's renewable energy sector.

In 2016, the Maryland General Assembly proposed increasing the state's RPS to 25% and moving the compliance deadline forward to 2020. This report makes the case that satisfying the increase in the RPS with in-state renewable development would attract $8.22 billion in investment and economic activity. 

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Increasing Investment and Capital Flows in Ohio

Ohio CoverOhio has a number of factors that make it attractive to renewable energy developers. Ohio is a leading manufacturer of renewable energy componets. Ohio is also sucessfully attracting data centers from companies with sizeable renewable energy commitments. To date, Ohio has over 530 MW of renewable energy capacity and attracted over $1.3 billion in private investment.

However, Ohio recently made several policy changes that are adversly impacting the market and frustrating development. As a result, very little development or investment has occured since 2014. 

This report makes the case that improving the policy landscape in Ohio would have tremendous results. US PREF estimates that over $25 billion of investment and economic activity could occur and result in thousands of megawatts of developemnt. 

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Increasing Investment and Capital Flows in Illinois

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Renewable energy is delivering significant economic benefits to states with supportive policies. Illinois has been a leader in renewable energy policy, attracting over $9 billion in private investment resulting in over 3,700 MW of renewable energy capacity. In addition, Illinois has a strong manufacturing base and Chicago is home to many of the largest renewable energy companies in the country.

This report makes the case for the improvement and continuation of key policies to provide market certainty and continue to motivate capital investment in the state. US PREF estimates that this could result in over $19 billion of investment and economic activity in Illinois. 

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Why Policy Matters - Renewable Energy Market Momentum at Risk

Why Policy Matters

Effective policies such as the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) have been instrumental in motivating capital and driving growth in the renewable energy sector. These policies helped the sector attract more than $350 billion in investments since 2004 while enabling the rapid scale up of the renewable energy industry which has led to substantially lower costs. Unlike other energy policies however, the PTC and ITC are temporary and require periodic reauthorization. The uncertainty surrounding the continuation of these policies adversely affects the markets and puts further growth at risk.

This report presents market data demonstrating the effects of this policy uncertainty. The report specifically notes that new wind installations are forecasted to fall 73%, to 2.3 GW in 2017, due to inaction on the Production Tax Credit (PTC). Additionally, the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is scheduled to decrease from 30% to 10% in 2016 for commercial solar systems and will expire altogether for residential solar systems. The report finds that this ITC step down and expiration is forecast to cut solar installations by almost 50% and is already affecting the market. These steep drop offs – market cliffs, can be avoided by the extension of current tax policies; however, year-long extensions do not provide the optimal policy certainty needed to ensure continued investment in the sector. Also part of the investment came from the playground to the casino online gokken op internet.

This report makes the case for the continuation of these effective policies, along with the adoption of new policies, to provide market certainty and continue to motivate capital investment in the sector.

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Reallocating Energy Investments? Consider the Clean Energy Sector

Reallocating Energy Investments June 2015Today, Clean Energy is an established sector, continues to grow, and offers an increasingly diverse set of investment options that can address a broad spectrum of investor objectives and portfolio allocation targets.

As a result, a growing number of investors are seeking to rebalance their investments to optimize long-term portfolio performance, address future financial risks associated with being over-weighted to the fossil fuel sector, and capitalize on investment opportunities that offer attractive returns and are aligned with the trend towards a less-carbon intensive economy

This paper explores new options for optimizing an energy portfolio, outlines both private and public Clean Energy investment alternatives, analyzes options for addressing sector exposure risks by increasing Clean Energy investments, and offers several conclusions for institutional investors to consider as they invest in today’s energy. 

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New York Green Bank Letter

Comments provided to New York’s Public Service Commission. Provided in response to the New York Green Bank’s request to release the second tranche of funding to complete the capitalization of the green bank.

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Renewable Energy Finance, Market & Policy Overview

This detailed market overview aggregates the numerous policy mechanisms affecting renewable energy projects in the U.S. and provides an analysis of the impact these policies have had on private sector investment in the industry. The paper also looks at innovative financing mechanisms the industry has recently developed including Securitization, YieldCo, and Green Bonds.

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