CLEAN ELECTRICITY & EFFICIENCY
Scaling Smart, Efficient, and Renewable Energy
In 2011, the American clean energy sector grew at a rate of 8.3 percent -double that of the overall economy- demonstrating its critical role as an economic driver. Addressing the electrical spectrum from generation to distribution to consumption, the Clean Electricity & Efficiency Working Group will develop new ways to finance scalable projects, increase energy efficiencies, and spur the innovation and adoption of commercial- scale technologies. Objectives include achieving deployment at scale through pilots and demonstrations, creatively bringing capital to bear through financial mechanisms, creating market demand and building the business case for clean energy and efficiency, spurring partnerships and synergies, and creating jobs.
Transmission and the Smart Grid The build-out of power transmission and distribution systems is necessary to meet growing energy demand, ensure reliability of supply, and bring renewable energy sources to the grid from remote areas. Measures to make the grid more efficient, reliable, and smart will move us towards an energy era that is increasingly connected and accessible.
Building Efficiency Efficiency measures and energy management at the building level is the low hanging fruit of the clean energy economy and is currently the cleanest and most cost-effective energy resource available to us. Financial products and mechanisms for retrofit projects, consumer energy awareness and engagement, and the integration of controls and IT within building systems are pivotal points of development and growth.
Solar and Distributed Energy Solar energy has experienced a glut of supply recently which has led to a drop in price; to capitalize on this growth, models to finance utility-scale and distributed installations, to address the barrier of up-front cost, and to spur the market adoption of solar energy must be addressed and developed. Distributed generation more broadly will be a focus as a means to develop regional assets and increase local control over energy resources.