Clean energy innovation and deployment in the United States faces a number of significant challenges in the current environment, including historically low natural gas prices, ongoing uncertainty regarding key policy supports, declining interest and support from private investors, and significant competition from China and other countries. This conference will convene leading experts from law, industry, and finance to explore various aspects of energy innovation finance in the United States and its implications for clean energy deployment and competitiveness. The first panel will provide an overview of current challenges and opportunities, with specific attention to federal and state policy supports (tax credits, loan guarantees, etc.), private investment in clean energy, and project finance. The second panel will address specific issues and challenges in key sectors (wind, solar, smart grid, etc.) and strategies for securing finance in the current climate. The third panel will discuss several larger contexts for clean energy finance and their implications for the sector in the United States, including the role of government support and industrial policy in leading countries around the world, development of new models for energy innovation finance, and the connections with trade law and international competitiveness.
Welcome & Introduction
1:00pm - 1:20pm
Associate Professor of Law
University of Colorado
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)
University of Colorado Law School
Silicon Flatirons Center