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Transitioning to a low-carbon energy system could provide plenty of opportunities for investors, businesses, and consumers alike. However, current business and regulatory models are ill-suited to take advantage of these new opportunities. CPI works with policymakers and business leaders to find solutions that make the transition to low-carbon energy an economic winner.

 

About CPI Energy Finance

Climate Policy Initiative Energy Finance is a multidisciplinary team of economists, analysts, and financial and energy industry professionals that develops innovative finance and market solutions to accelerate the energy transition. We work with policymakers, investors, and companies on three main areas that combine to reduce the barriers to the climate transition, reduce its cost and accelerate new investment.

Understanding the impact of a low carbon transition on South Africa

Climate transition risk

Companies and countries that depend on carbon assets or exports may be at risk of financial loss because of climate policy or market dynamics. We assess the costs of the climate transition and develop tools to help industries and economies manage this risk.

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Developing a roadmap to a flexible, low-carbon Indian electricity system: interim findings

Market design and reform

A transition to a low carbon electricity system requires new market models that can improve price signals, for example in investment in flexible resources that are essential in the integration of variable renewable generation.

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Overcoming barriers to institutional investments in renewables

Finance as a catalyst

Financial innovation can increase the financing options for low carbon technology, help smooth the transition away from fossil fuels, open up new markets for institutional investors and unlock pools of low cost capital.

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Understanding the impact of a low carbon transition on South Africa

March 26, 2019

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), with the support of Agence Française de Développement and the Advisory Finance Group of ...

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Financing clean power: a risk-based approach to choosing ownership models and policy & finance instruments

September 4, 2017

This week we publish a working paper setting out a framework for: (i) determining how risks for power investments should ...

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Developing a roadmap to a flexible, low-carbon Indian electricity system: interim findings

February 13, 2019

Climate Policy Initiative Energy Finance today launches its interim findings on increasing flexible capacity in India at the World Sustainable ...

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Markets for low carbon, low cost electricity systems (working paper)

October 5, 2017

Today we are publishing a working paper on the future design of the energy market as part of a program ...

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Flexibility: the path to low-carbon, low-cost electricity grids

April 25, 2017

Wind and solar have become established resources for low-carbon electricity around the world. Cost declines for those technologies now allow ...

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Overcoming barriers to institutional investments in renewables

August 8, 2017

Since the financial crisis in 2008, interest in matching the predictable long-term liabilities of institutional investors with the low-risk cashflows ...

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Clean Energy Investment Trust: financial innovation for pension funds & insurers

August 8, 2017

This week we launch our design for an investment-grade financing vehicle targeted at institutional investors that reduces the cost of ...

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Beyond YieldCos

June 27, 2016

US-based YieldCos, such as Terraform Power and NRG Yield, raised equity worth $23 billion dollars by mid-2015, only to see their share prices fall by as much as 60% just a few months later. The rise and fall of new investment ideas nearly always provides valuable lessons, and the US YieldCos are no exception.

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Moving to a Low-Carbon Economy

October 8, 2014

With the right policies, the transition to a low-carbon energy system consistent with avoiding the most damaging effects of climate change could free up trillions of dollars over the next 20 years to invest in better economic growth.

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Roadmap to a Low Carbon Electricity System in the U.S. and Europe

June 19, 2014

Electricity systems across the U.S. and Europe face significant challenges in the transition to low-carbon energy. While the transition provides plenty of opportunities for investors, businesses, and consumers alike, the current business and regulatory models of investor owned utilities (IOUs) and independent power producers (IPPs), which have mainly developed around competitive markets for fossil fuel generation, are particularly ill-suited to take advantage of these new opportunities.

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Policy and investment in German renewable energy

April 14, 2016

This report examines the availability of capital for renewable energy, the cost-effectiveness of different mixes of capital and investors used in meeting Germany’s medium and long-term deployment goals, and the potential impact of policies on this mix of investment.

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European Renewable Energy Policy and Investment

December 6, 2016

Europe’s policy and finance environment has enabled some of the fastest deployments of renewable assets globally. In 2016, it ...

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