January 18th, 2010

Video: What IS and IS NOT working in the Clean Energy Industry – Part 2 Non-Profits


Last week, I posted the first part of a discussion by Chuck Levin, the Director of New Generation Energy where he discussed what is working and what’s not working in the clean energy industry. At the end of the discussion Chuck began to discuss how New Generation Energy addresses some of the places that are currently not working in the industry. In Part 2, Chuck continues to discuss what a ‘perfect world’ would like to, in terms of increasing clean energy production and efficiency and goes more in depth with how New Generation Energy approaches the situations, the role of certifications, and how their Renewable Energy Notes work. See a details description of the talking points below the video. Enjoy!

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In Part 2 Chuck discusses:

  • What a perfect world would look like
  1. Economical way to apply expertise to small business owners and non-profits and why that doesn’t currently happen
  2. Identifying areas to attack
  3. Financing
  4. Measuring
  • How non-profits have an advantage
  • Programs they’ve adopted
  1. Renewable Energy Notes
  2. Walk through the doors and act as project guides
  3. Connect corporate donors to non-profits
  4. Combine loans with donations from existing channels, take advantage of government money
  5. Ground to Roof upgrade program, how they organize it and get corporate sponsors
  • How certifications can help affect the actions of small businesses
  • What characteristics the certification needs
  • Addresses how Renewable Energy notes work

I found Chuck’s discussion on the role of certification very interesting and important. One of the main issues with the ‘green’ movement right now is a lack of clarity of what is or is not green, this is the role of certifications.

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