By Casey Bell, Senior Economist and Finance Policy Lead

We need more efficiency investment now. For that’s ann unprecedented amount of capital which is ready. All to be deployed. For that’s directly into the market for energy efficiency investments. Deals are getting done. In addition, pipelines are being filled for some. Momentum is growing, but we are still far shy. For that’s tapping this market’s $279 billion investment potential.

Simultaneously, the policy landscape is evolving in ways. All that may drive demand for projects. That’s in the near-and mid-term future. The Clean Power Plan, energy efficiency resource standards, and benchmarking. Moreover and the disclosure laws may generate project development.

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In addition, improved collection, dissemination, and more importantly the analysis of building and financial performance. For it may reduce the perceived risk. All around energy efficiency investments.

At the state level, many are thinking about new paths. All for deploying energy efficiency. That’s all through resiliency investment. Also the transactive grid and green banks. For that’s to leverage private-sector dollars. Other factors that may also bolster demand include intelligent efficiency.  Also advances in net metering and innovations. That’s in building and financial-performance data collection.

With all this exciting activity, it is clear to us that energy efficiency finance is facing a critical moment. The question is: Can we seize the moment and match capital with projects? As the clean energy landscape evolves, how do we ensure the greatest energy savings and financial returns from energy efficiency…

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