With Dark Clouds on the Horizon, Can Financial Innovation Keep Distributed Solar Shining?

March 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Distributed Solar and Financing

While solar is growing fast in America, there are dark clouds on the horizon for the distributed or rooftop PV industry, according to Dan Reicher, an energy finance and policy expert and professor at Stanford Law School and executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.[read more]

Micro-Cap Oil Stocks that Hit the Jackpot: Interview with Phil Juskowicz

August 31, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Successful Oil Stocks

Philip Juskowicz is a managing director in the research department at Casimir Capital, an investment bank specializing in the Natural Resource industry. He began at Standard & Poor's, where he recommended Mitchell Energy, credited with discovering the Barnett Shale.[read more]

Two More Finance Institutions Divest From Fossil Fuels

July 10, 2013 by David Thorpe

Fossil Fuel Divestor

Storebrand, a Norwegian financial services group, and Dutch bank Rabobank have become the latest companies to announce they will pull out of the investments in the fossil fuel industry.[read more]

Energy Products: Return on Investment Already Too Low

June 26, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Investment

our economy’s overall energy return on investment is already too low to maintain the economic system we are accustomed to. That is why the economy is showing signs of heading toward financial collapse.[read more]

Climate, Insurance & the Next Financial Meltdown

January 5, 2012 by Marc Gunther

Well-to-do Brazilians are buying up luxury condos on the beach in Miami, The Times reported last week. “They are taking Miami by storm,” one real estate executive declared. It’s an unfortunate metaphor.[read more]


Archive: "How to Save a Planet On a Budget" Part 3 - Lessons For Cleantech

December 20, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

This third hour focuses on the venture capital environment for cleantech. Cleantech VC Environment, Moderated by Jesse Jenkins Featuring: Will Coleman, Scott Edward Anderson & Dan Shugar[read more]

New Policy Approaches Are Key To Scale Up Renewable Energy

December 7, 2011 by Lewis Milford

Governments should consider scaling up renewable energy as part of their robust economic development strategy, rather than just as an environmental strategy with the secondary benefits of job creation. Such an approach is fundamental for attracting new private-sector investment to finance renewable projects at a scale that is needed to...[read more]

Follow Up: Post Your Questions & Responses From "How To Save The Planet On A Budget"

December 1, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

Thank you so much for a terrific webinar! In a few days, we'll have an audio recording of this amazing presentiation up in this post's slot. We kept a fast pace to get to all the speakers in the 3 hour time slot, and we know we didn't get a chance to get to everyone's questions. Please post your unanswered or unasked questions in the...[read more]

Policy Key to Weather Cleantech Crisis

November 23, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins

Absent timely action by federal policymakers, the coming mass-expiration of federal clean energy policies and investments virtually guarantees that the boom-times of recent years will give way to an industry bust. In the perilous and challenging journey from basic research to full commercial deployment of nascent energy technologies, several pervasive market barriers require limited but direct public policies to accelerate advanced energy innovation and commercialization. Faced with the collapse of current federal clean energy policies, however imperfect they currently are, private investors will be left largely incapable of picking up the slack on their own.[read more]


Financing Key Bottleneck For Sustainable Energy Development

November 23, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

Money, money, money, money! Energy!That's not how the O Jays' song goes. But it may as well, and its my mental soundtrack whenever I engage in discussions of green finance. Financing and funding is a key holdup in renewable development, and indeed, in almost ever sustainability policy effort I can think of.What's frustrating is that it's...[read more]

Is It Time For Clean Energy Investing To Go Online?

November 1, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

Longtime readers of The Green Skeptic will recall that back in 2008, I was working on a start-up venture that became the unfortunate victim of the market collapse coupled with, as Andy Swan kept reminding me every time it dipped, the plummeting price of oil after an all-time high of $147 per barrel in the summer of '08.[read more]

Top 5 Things Cleantech Entrepreneurs Fail to Understand About Raising Venture Capital

October 17, 2011 by David Gold

As a venture capitalist, I review hundreds of business plans each year and physically meet with roughly a hundred entrepreneurs seeking capital. I have the advantage of doing this through the eyes of someone who has been on the other side of the table, having raised venture capital for my own start-up before becoming a VC. And while there are certainly numerous exceptions, there are themes I see across cleantech start-ups that are not specific to their technology or market but which nonetheless impede their ability to raise capital. Here is the top five…[read more]

It’s Not About Efficiency…. It’s About the $$$$

August 16, 2011 by Don Madden

Converting America’s commercial and industrial base to a higher standard of energy efficiency is not going to happen because it is “the right thing to do.” Frankly, if businesses are going to adopt new energy technologies projects are going to require both excellent ROI and virtually no impact on cash flow. The market is full of...[read more]

Energy Transition and America's Future: Interview with Gregor MacDonald

August 5, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

For those of you who follow Gregor MacDonald (@gregormacdonald) on Twitter or read his excellent blog,, or were fortunate enough to catch his subscription-only newsletter and weekly web-TV program while it lasted on StockTwits, you know Gregor represents a thoughtful, studied voice on energy transition and possesses a macroview of the global economy.[read more]

The UK Must End Conflict Over Financing The Low Carbon Revolution

August 5, 2011 by David Thorpe

The Uk Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has just released figures showing that renewable sources generated just 6.8% of UK electricity in 2010, an increase of only 0.3% on the previous year.[read more]