Kat Friedrich's Articles

- April 08, 2014

Clean Energy and Climate Resilience Join Forces

Massachusetts and New Jersey are spearheading clean energy financing programs that also address the need for climate resilience. Both of these programs appear to be partially motivated...

- March 21, 2014

Minnesota May Reward Solar Producers for Climate Change Reduction

How can utilities account for the climate and financial benefits of solar power? For years, Minnesota has been considering this question. And on Mar. 12, the state authorized a value-of-solar...

- February 21, 2014

Three Strategies for Low-Income Solar Programs

The phrase ‘low-income’ rarely appears in solar energy press coverage in the United States. But some enterprising organizations have set their sights on expanding the market for residential...

- November 18, 2013

Solar and Energy Efficiency Securitization Emerge

Organizations are beginning to securitize solar and energy efficiency loans to allow greater levels of investment. Securitization involves pooling loans to create consolidated securities...

- September 26, 2013

California Decision May Accelerate Energy Efficiency Financing

A new market-shaping decision took place at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Sept. 19. To increase the state’s reliance on private capital for energy efficiency...

- September 06, 2013

Residential PACE Energy Programs Pursue Innovative Approaches

Although the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has created strict requirements for residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs, a few states and cities are continuing...

- May 20, 2013

Texas Legislature Passes Commercial and Industrial PACE Bill

The Texas House and Senate passed Senate Bill 385 in May. If Governor Rick Perry approves the bill, the state will break new ground by developing plans for commercial and industrial...

- February 21, 2013

Commission Report Features Financing Recommendations to Double U.S. Energy Efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy's Commission on National Energy Policy included financing as one of the central recommendations in its recent report, "Energy 2030: Doubling U.S. Energy...

- February 05, 2013

Strong Marketing Is Essential for Energy Efficiency Finance

Marketing is an essential ingredient for the success of energy efficiency finance. But too often, finance and efficiency experts focus on technical and financial issues and underestimate...

- November 27, 2012

On-Bill Repayment Shows Great Promise for Energy Efficiency, But Significant Challenges Remain

On-bill repayment has received a great deal of attention during the last few years as a potential approach to expanding the reach of energy efficiency financing in the residential and...

Kat Friedrich

Kat Friedrich

Kat Friedrich has a graduate degree from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Half of her coursework was in journalism. She is the editor of the Clean Energy Finance Forum, which is sponsored by the Yale Center for Business and...

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