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By Rod Richardson
Co-Founder, Clean Capitalist Leadership Council; The Grace Richardson Fund
We've had a robust discussion this past week on Rod Richardson's "CoVictory" tax-exempt bonds and loans, and other free market clean energy policies that can benefit the development of the clean energy industry. See some of the comments below! See also the related webinar recording on the discussion page.
"I would not use them.... even for ventures that ultimately succeed, it’s extremely hard to predict how long the 'runway' will need to be before takeoff. A new venture might bleed cash for one, two, five, or even ten years before turning profitable. For that reason, entrepreneurs shun bonds in favor of equity offerings for raising capital. Even if bond offerings for a high risk venture are able to find buyers, they carry unforgiving repayment schedules. Those schedules can force a promising but not yet profitable venture into premature bankruptcy."
- Roger Arnold, Systems Architect, Silverthorn Engineering
"CVBLs are not meant for early-stage speculative clean energy startups that seem to concern you. Another set of clean tax cut proposals address early stage clean energy innovation (see here).... Tax exempt private debt, however, will work quite well for profitable energy infrastructure projects at scale. ...the purpose of CVBLs is to accelerate COVID recession recovery."
- Rod Richardson, Clean Capitalist Leadership Council, Co-Founder
"There are many small companies that are developing projects in mature clean energy asset classes—think solar and wind farms. They currently can only access local bank debt and having access to these bonds would significantly boost the number of projects they develop that would pencil. This is the stimulative point of the bonds." - Jigar Shah, President, Jigar Shah Consulting
"...your biggest immediate hope might be for bonds outside the usual U.S. sectors. Alter Steenbock of Brazil has presented some of us evidence of really impressive new opportunities in regenerative agriculture, starting from concepts like terra preta and advanced livestock management, outside the biased and limited scope of bonds like the ones which gave us the old CDM disasters." - Paul Werbos, retired Program Director for Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems, National Science Foundation
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