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.


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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MIT Finance & Sustainability workshop

Cambridge, MA, April 3, 2017

The Institute's Finance & Sustainability workshop aims to stimulate debate and to lay the groundwork for an expansive research agenda ...

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Confluence Philanthropy’s 7th Annual Practitioners Gathering

New Orleans, LA, March 14, 2017

The Annual Practitioners Gathering is Confluence's flagship event for members and prospective members to meet over the course of three ...

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Climate Leadership Conference

Chicago, IL, March 1, 2017

The 6th Annual Climate Leadership Conference is dedicated to professionals addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.


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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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