2014 Webinar Recap: Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Financing in the Northeast-Midwest Region

On October 21, 2014, the NEMWI hosted an informational webinar for a general regional audience on Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Financing in the Northeast-Midwest Region. The Webinar gave particular attention to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing policies and programs. These municipal-level programs, enabled through state legislation, seek to provide home- and business-owners low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings. Thirteen NEMW states have PACE-enabling legislation, and nearly all of those states have or are developing PACE programs. Jocelyn Durkay from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) provided an overview of residential and commercial PACE programs in the NEMW region, generally. Among other updates from a recent NCSL web brief, she provided information on policy developments in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and New Hampshire. Jessica Bailey from Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority described the model commercial PACE program that she designed for the state. The program has closed nearly 40 deals in the state, financing projects that range from energy efficiency upgrades to solar panel installation. Eleni Pelican from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy shared federal policy issues around PACE implementation, as well as DOE resources for states and localities, such as the Solution Center and Technical Assistance Program. A recording of the webinar may be viewed here. Slides only are available here.