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After a Hiatus, DOE's Clean Energy Loan Program Will Soon Be Back in Action

March 2, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan guarantee program, one that could open the door to solicitations for a range of smaller-scale, distributed and grid-integrated projects by the end of this year.[read more]

Solyndra Is Not The Failure It Appears

November 20, 2011 by James Greenberger
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Properly understood the DOE’s loans and grants are investments in technology, not in individual companies. Individual companies may come and go. Ownership of the financed technologies may change. Whether the stockholders of Solyndra make a return on their investment or are wiped out in a bankruptcy matters little to the DOE or to U.S. taxpayers. What is important is that the technology that was financed continues to develop, that the domestic know-how with respect to that technology continues to build, and that a market for the technology begins to develop. Those are the measures of success for a government technology investment, not the success or failure of a private business that happened at one time to own the technology.[read more]

Dueling economists on whether Obama's $8-billion loan program for electric cars is a good idea (Part I)

July 13, 2009 by Marc Gunther

I’m trying something different this week on the blog, in part because I’m on vacation. Recently, I had the great pleasure of attending a retreat for journalists organized by the Murray Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. The event was held on Cape Cod, at the lovely Wianno...[read more]