United States


In the U.S., a low-carbon energy system is within reach. Technology is progressing quickly and the cost of some renewables has plummeted. CPI analysis shows that changes to business, regulation, and finance models can reduce the cost of the transition.


Our Focus

With expertise in finance, CPI focuses on renewable electricity, energy efficiency, utility business models, and innovation in the U.S. – identifying evidence-based solutions through in-depth analysis on what’s working and what’s not.

Key Projects

  • States and utilities are exploring cost-effective ways to comply with the Clean Power Plan. CPI is working with former public utility commissioners, CREST Renewable Energy, and Clean Energy Action to analyze financially realistic options for Colorado to accelerate deployment of low-cost renewables while retiring or repurposing higher-cost fossil fuel plants. The financial models and tools created will be of relevance to other states and utilities.
  • The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has engaged CPI to review and analyze a set of potential options for the future of large-scale renewable energy, to support New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) process. CPI presented the results of this work in a technical conference held by NYSERDA in June, 2015.
  • Our work on the transition to low-carbon electricity looks at how to scale up renewable energy through adjustments to current models of electricity generation, transmission, delivery, and finance.
  • We have also explored how the potential stranding of coal and oil will affect the U.S. economy and how policies can help reduce the cost of transition to low-carbon energy.
  • The California Carbon Dashboard provides real-time news on cap-and-trade and climate policies in one of the most important economies and emitters in the world.
  • Our analysis on U.S. tax policies showed that adjustments to how renewable energy policies are delivered could save taxpayers billions each year.

What's New in the U.S.


California’s cap and trade program leads the way on US climate action

November 28, 2017

In recent weeks, California has continued to cement its leadership role in American climate policy – most recently at the COP23 ...

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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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USICEF selects first round of grant recipients to catalyze distributed solar power in India

September 22, 2017

US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) has selected the first class of project developers in Indian distributed solar power to receive ...

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Catalysts of the Climate Economy: A National Innovation Summit

Burlington, Vermont, September 6, 2017

Catalysts of the Climate Economy (cc:econ) is a 3-day national innovation summit in Burlington, Vermont to bring together entrepreneurs, ...

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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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