Webinar offers tips for pitching energy efficiency to key accounts

July 23, 2015
1-2 p.m. MDT

Commercial efficiency consulting firm Noesis will present 5 Tips for Pitching Energy-efficiency Projects to CFOs Thursday, July 23.

Speakers will discuss how to get faster and more frequent approvals for commercial retrofit projects. Participants will learn five tips Noesis has developed to help marketing and customer service representatives deliver the business case for their projects and get more projects approved, faster.

Noesis specializes in working with energy-efficiency equipment vendors, but utility key account representatives might find the information valuable as well. Also, if your utility partners with vendors and contractors, consider getting everyone involved in marketing your customer programs to attend this training opportunity.

Source: Noesis, 7/17/15

Study finds energy-efficiency loan financing a solid investment

Lending agencies take note: Loans made to finance energy-efficiency upgrades have low default rates, according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy External link information (ACEEE).

The 24 energy-efficiency loan programs reviewed for What Have We Learned from Energy Efficiency Financing Programs? revealed default rates ranging from 0 to 3 percent, a number that has remained largely unchanged during the collapse of the housing bubble. Moreover, existing loan programs are just scratching the surface of the potential market, according to the report’s authors. Less than .5 percent of the targeted customer class is participating in the programs, suggesting a significant untapped market.

The loan programs provide funding directly to building owners or managers for projects that lower energy bills and reduce annual energy costs by an average of 12 to 17 percent. Small commercial banks and credit unions are the agencies most often offering these programs, sometimes in collaboration with utilities or local and state governments. The programs evaluated by the ACEEE report have loaned out over $1.5 billion. Subsidies and energy program funds keep interest rates for borrowers at about 3 to 5 percent annually.

Read the ACEEE press release.

Free webinar covers financing options for municipal energy projects

PLUS : How Fowler, Colo., financed its energy projects with NO upfront costs

Sept. 13, 2011, 11 a.m. Central Time 

There is more than one way for municipalities to finance energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects, and a free webinar Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Central Time will be exploring some of those options. Hosted by Energy Forefront, Municipal Financing Options for Renewable Energy External link information will focus on how local governments can help homes, businesses and their own facilities use less energy or even generate it.

Three presentations will examine various methods available to municipalities for financing renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects, either for the municipality or for their citizens and business owners. Topics include:

  • Multiple Methods that Cities/Towns Could Use to Finance Renewable Energy and Energy-efficiency Projects, including Federal tax benefits, aggregation, securitization of smaller projects, 501c3 non-profit corporations and more – Baird Brown, attorney at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • How Various Cities & Towns Structured their Energy Financing – Vincent DeVito, Attorney at Bowditch & Dewey LLP
  • Financing Municipal Renewable Energy Projects with No Upfront Costs describes how Fowler, Colo., procured financing for wind solar, biomass and several other energy-related projects without any upfront costs to the city – Wayne Snider

Reserve your place today.