ESG Investing: Financing Renewable Energy via Sustainable Markets

July 8, 2019 By Max Almono   On June 17, ACORE hosted an Executive Meeting in New York City to examine how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) disclosure and scoring methodologies can better reflect renewable energy use and investment. Participants at the event included leading investors, utilities, corporate offtakers, credit rating agencies, and professional service…

Explaining Changing Trends in Cleantech Patent Filing with Kilpatrick Townsend’s Scott McMillan and David Hsu

June 12, 2019 by Tyler Stoff, Policy & Research Manager with ACORE   Patent litigation and prosecution firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and patent consultants GreyB Services recently released their first annual Patenting Trends Study. Their findings documented changes in filing behavior from 2008 – 2018. ACORE staff interviewed Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Scott McMillan…

How Power Market Structures are Driving Demand for Energy Storage Investment

On March 19, ACORE hosted an invite-only, executive meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss evolving business models for energy storage and hybrid projects. Participants in the event, Aligning Market Incentives to Facilitate Financing and Deployment of Energy Storage, ranged from senior-level financiers to corporate offtakers, utilities, developers and wholesale markets. MISO, ERCOT, PJM and Grid…

Energy storage tax credit, transmission spotlighted as bipartisan opportunities at ACORE’s Hill briefing

On April 4, ACORE convened a Capitol Hill briefing with fellow leaders in the renewable energy and energy storage industries, including the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). A packed room of congressional staff and members of the media learned from the speakers how to continue renewables’ rapid growth with…

Interview with Libby Bernick – Managing Director and Global Head of Trucost Corporate Business, S&P Global

In support of ACORE’s 1Tx2030 campaign, ACORE policy staffer Max Almono has begun to assess the role of “ESG” (Environment, Sustainability and Governance) scoring in driving renewable energy investment and procurement. To better understand the impact of ESG scoring on the renewable sector, Almono recently sat down with Libby Bernick, Managing Director and Global Head…

Rising from the Ashes: How PG&E’s Bankruptcy Could Impact the Energy Sector and California’s Progress on Climate Change

With potential liabilities in excess of $30 billion stemming from a series of deadly wildfires that ignited across Northern California in 2017 and 2018, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and its holding company PG&E Corp. (PG&E) filed for Chapter 11 relief in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday.…

Looking Ahead: My 2019 Renewable Energy Industry Outlook

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a synopsis of Deloitte’s 2019 Renewable Energy Industry Outlook.    In 2018, the core fundamentals that drove growth in the renewable energy sector included the declining costs of wind and solar generation, advances in battery storage technology and grid operators’ growing expertise and expanding tool set for integrating intermittent renewable…

A Battery Storage System Can be the Perfect Complement to Your New Solar PPA

EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece was originally published on EDF Renewables’ website, and is being republished with permission of the author.    Hedging Against the Duck Curve As the solar industry continues to make progress on the technology cost curve, the economic competitiveness of solar power has steadily become a reality in U.S. markets across California and the desert…