Baltimore Garbage Incineration and Clean Air Act Update

On March 27, a federal court ruled in a 24-page decision to strike down the Baltimore Clean Air Act, which would have imposed air pollution limits on incinerators located in the city. The Baltimore Clean Air Act was unanimously passed by the Baltimore City Council in February 2019, with support from 36 other community, public health, labor, civil rights, and environmental groups in the Clean Air Baltimore Coalition.… Read More

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Voices of 100%: A Long Island Town’s Ambitious Plan to Protect its Coast and Procure Clean Energy — Episode 97 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with John Bouvier, a town council member of Southampton, New York. The two discuss setting ambitious goals, the unique challenges coastal communities face, and how Southampton’s work is driven by both technical experts and community stakeholders.… Read More

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How Micro-Securitizations Can Bridge the Clean Tech Funding Gap

In their efforts to protect consumers from higher capital costs, utilities have racked up more and more debt and weakened their credit. Storms, wildfires, record heat waves, and cold fronts are pushing our electricity grids to the limit. The general public is demanding a wholesale shift to zero carbon energy to stop climate change. Meanwhile, new technologies are starting to erode the utilities’ traditional monopolies.

Fortunately, there is a tool that has been able to help reduce risks while providing capital at scale: securitization. Around since the 1970’s, securitization raises capital at scale by aggregating large numbers of similar assets together and creating liquidity for potential investors.

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