Best Practices – Policies to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Best Practices – Policies to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Nancy Wasserman of Sleeping Lion Consulting collaborated with Chris Neme of Energy Futures Group to create a summary of the most effective policies than can be adopted by local to national governments to promote energy efficiency.  The Manual, published by the Regulatory Assistance Program identifies foundational mechanisms, implementation mechanisms, and supporting mechanisms. The foundational mechanisms include Integrated Resource Planning, standards, and market design, while the supporting and pricing mechanisms feature structures for programs, funding, information and labeling, tax policy, R&D and training. The paper describes how each policy mechanism operates, assesses its likely effectiveness, and identifies best practices. The paper also identifies jurisdictions that have successfully applied the policies...

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US CDFIs – Oportunity Finance Network

Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) is the leading US network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities.   OFN Members have originated more than $30 billion in financing across rural, urban and Native communities particularly in markets that are often overlooked by conventional financial institutions,  with cumulative charge-off rates of less than 2%!   OFN offers membership, training, financing, consulting and advocacy on behalf of its members. OFN’s mission through 2025 is to lead CDFIs and their partners to ensure that low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities have access to affordable, responsible financial products and...

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Mobilizing Capital to Transform a State’s Energy/Economy

Mobilizing Capital to Transform a State’s Energy/Economy

Sleeping Lion collaborated with Catalyst Financial Group to prepare a guidance document (2MB) outlining the financial requirements for how Vermont can achieve 80% renewable energy by 2030.  The document was prepared for the Energy Action Network (EAN), an active network of nonprofit, business and government leaders working to transform Vermont’s energy economy by focusing on capital mobilization, technological innovation, regulatory reform and public engagement.  The guidance document has helped to inform policy and finance players and was followed by a Clean Energy Finance...

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Tools for Co-operatives

Tools for Co-operatives

In the US – the University of Wisconsin Center for Co-operatives provides start-up resources, events, training, research, and publications about all aspects of co-operatives including economic impact.  Their chart outlining the difference of various types of US corporations is one of the best summaries available. In Canada – the newly formed Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada is a national, bilingual association that represents more than 18 million co-operative members from 9,000 co-operatives.   It partners with provincial co-operative development organizations across the country to deliver training, advocacy and events that support the cooperative...

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Resource for Foundations – Mission Investors Exchange

Resource for Foundations – Mission Investors Exchange

Great Tools for Foundations interested in Impact Investing A member organization and web site offering great resources for foundations and other charitable funders (generally US-based) thinking about mission-related, program-related or impact investments. Publisher of the Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing, now used across the...

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