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By Rod Richardson
Co-Founder, Clean Capitalist Leadership Council; The Grace Richardson Fund
"For decades, clean energy advocates have argued for policies that specifically boost clean energy and arguably benefit the economy. But things have changed. Basic free-market policies that benefit the entire economy will now especially benefit clean energy and efficiency. Since clean technologies are cost-competitive, a level-playing-field accelerant will grow the market share of clean energy more than it would for fossil fuels and will grow it more quickly than conventional subsidies. For instance, Wayne Winegarden and I have proposed CoVictory Bonds & Loans (CVBLs—private, tax-exempt debt) as a COVID recession recovery policy that would boost and be very useful for the entire economy."
Webinar Recording
This discussion is a follow-on from last week's webinar. See the webinar recording on the discussion page.
- Question 1: For entrepreneurs and financiers, how would you use CVBLs for your business? Do you have suggestions for how to improve the concept?
- Question 2: Do you see CVBLs as politically viable? What would you suggest as the best way forward?
- Question 3: How would entrepreneurs view tax-exempt debt differently from municipal governments, and how will their resulting investment behavior differ in response to the option to use tax-exempt debt?
- Question 4: How would tax-exempt debt change the participation level of smaller investors and entrepreneurs, versus conventional tax equity subsidies like the PTC and ITC for renewables?
- Question 5: Are there other free-market policies that would also help accelerate clean energy and environmental benefits?
New Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy
July 28, 2020
State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
July 30, 2020
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Update from Congress

New Legislation

  • Thurs, Aug 6 - Sen. John Thune (R-SD) introduced the Adopt GREET Act (S.4481) to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. 
  • Tues, Aug 4 - Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3) introduced the Energy Innovation Corps Act (H.R.7934) to help Department of Energy (DOE) National Lab researchers team with students and entrepreneurs.

Past Hearings

Podcast Spotlight
This new podcast series from the Center for Strategic & International Studies' (CSIS) Energy Security and Climate Change Program features conversations with global experts to discuss their Theories of Change, and what they think are the most necessary near-term steps and longer-term strategies to ensure a manageable climate for future generations.

In this episode, host Sarah Ladislaw talks with David Victor (professor of international relations at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego) about the role of policy, climate science, and technology in crafting solutions to lowering GHG emissions. Victor's research focuses on regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets.
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