Financing Seminar for Local Government Leaders

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The Big Picture – Why is financing important? How does it fit into energy and climate policy more broadly? What is the potential impact of the stimulus bill?

Dan Kammen, Professor of the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley, Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
presentation ~ video

Introduction to Financing for Efficiency and Renewables – What financing models exist? What are their limitations and strengths?

Merrian Fuller, Graduate Student in Energy & Resources Group, Project Lead for the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
presentation ~ video

10:45     Nuts and Bolts of Clean Energy Municipal Financing – How does CEMF work? What are the relevant laws and processes to create a CEMF program? What are the sources of funding and the implications of the current state of the credit markets? What is the status of the federal income tax credit for solar? What are the opportunities for regional or state-wide programs? presentation

Chris Lynch, Attorney & Vice President at Jones Hall video
Kenneth Dieker, Principal at Del Rio Advisors video
Craig Hill, Principal at Northcross, Hill & Ach video
Cisco Devries, President of Renewable Funding video
Q&A video

12:15     Using Stimulus Funds - Presentation from Art Rosenfeld and Julia Levin from the California Energy Commission presentation ~ video 1 ~ video 2

12:30     Lunch

1:30     Welcome from Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates

1:40     Participants' Experience – Hear from homeowners who are currently participating in a CEMF program. What attracted them to the program? What are the benefits and challenges? What are their recommendations for new programs? Participant 1 video ~ Participant 1 video ~ Q&A video

2:30     Lessons from the Trenches – Program managers describe their experience thus far with CEMF including program status, administrative requirements to run the program, advice to other managers, and plans for the future.

Gail Feldman, City of Berkeley presentation ~ video
Patrick Conlon, City of Palm Desert presentation ~ video
Ann Livingston, Boulder County presentation ~ video
John Haig, Sonoma County presentation ~ video
Q&A video


Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at the University of California, Berkeley
U.S. Department of Energy
Bears Breaking Boundaries
Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC)
Municipal Management Association of Northern California
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
CalCEF Innovations
City of Berkeley
Executive and International Program - Goldman School of Public Policy
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Local Government Commission

The RAEL Team:

Dan Kammen, Professor and Director, RAEL
Merrian Fuller, Haas School of Business, Energy and Resources Group
Cathy Kunkel, Energy and Resources Group
Gogi Kalka, Energy and Resources Group

RAEL Clean Energy Financing project website.

==> Any questions can be directed to Merrian Fuller (merrianfuller [at]