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Project 2011 April

  1. 1. April 2011 Building a Productive, Expanding, Sustainable Energy Economy: Cutting the Cost of Clean SolutionsCoalition for Green CapitalReed Hundt, CEO(202 494 4111,
  2. 2. Who we are and what we want to do1. The Coalition for Green Capital (CGC) is a non-profit consortium of energy industry leaders including renewable resource developers, original equipment manufacturers, investors, lawyers, financial advisors, and consultants dedicated to a clean energy economy built on low-cost, profitable, sustainable energy generation and consumption2. The CGC seeks to build a productive, expanding, and sustainable economy by: Creating an Energy Investment Trust (EIT) that provides long-term, low-cost financing for clean energy solutions Reducing taxes on innovative goods and services in the clean energy sector Removing the regulatory barriers to innovation in clean energy goods and services Creating state-level Green Banks Creating an International Green Bank, also known as the “Global Investment Trust for Clean Energy”3. Contact the CGC at, or: -Reed Hundt, CEO (202 777 7700, -Ken Berlin, General Counsel (202 371 7350, -Alex Kragie, Vice President (202 579 2354, -Sarah Davidson, Vice President (202 577 1605, 2
  3. 3. Investment in clean energy generation and consumptionfaces obstacles Major projects require high capital expenditures with a long amount of time required for even modest returns Entrepreneurial breakthroughs have created only modest value in this sector Federally-funded research and development is not fully matched by industry R&D Business models are jeopardized by volatility in commodity pricing The playing field isn’t level; renewable energy must compete with incumbent players who have enjoyed decades of greater federal support and thus have benefits of scale economics 3
  4. 4. Profound changes in last three years have raised hurdlesfor investment in clean energy solutions Demand for new-build electric generating capacity has dropped and will not rise significantly until excess capacity is absorbed Demand for energy in China is rising significantly, which attracts investment for research and development, deployment, and deployment at scale Substitution of clean for non-sustainable energy in the US will occur only if old peak and base-load facilities are replaced by new plants Creating energy-efficient buildings will occur only if investing firms are rewarded for creating efficient solutions Unpredictable emissions regulation delays investment decisions State regulators often do not permit utilities to capture value from cost synergies, research and development, efficiency, or shifts to sustainable electricity 4
  5. 5. The cost and price of clean energy solutions must godown so as to expand addressable market To cope with lower prices for energy commodities and low electricity prices, lower the cost of capital for clean energy solutions through use of long-term, low-cost financing To expand investment in clean energy solutions, eliminate capital gains and income tax on future returns from innovative goods and services in the clean energy sector To increase research, development, and deployment in the energy sector, reform regulations to enhance investment in and returns from research, development, and deployment 5
  6. 6. Electricity in the USA is not a growth business Electricity power generation in the U.S. between 2008 and 2009 dropped by 4.1 percent, with a projected annual growth rate of only 0.5% between 2010 and 2035. As of October 2010, YTD electricity production is only back at 2008 levels Energy efficiency reduces consumption Utilities are adjusting downwards even long-term demand projections Source: EIA, Annual Energy Outlook and Electric Power Annual Also: and; AWEA; ( 6
  7. 7. China uses low-cost finance to expand clean energysolutions“Chinas real advantage lies in the  China will spend $765 billion on its clean energyability of solar panel companies to form industry by 2020partnerships with local governments andthen obtain loans at very low interestrates from state-owned banks.”  Many U.S. companies are leaving the U.S., not-Michael El-Hillow, Evergreen because of lower Chinese labor costs, but becauseSolar CEO, explaining China is providing low-cost financing and otherMassachusetts plant closure incentives  Evergreen Solar, the nations third largest solar“If you change the interest rate half apercent or 1 percent, the difference is manufacturer announced that it was closing itsamazing, because the cost is all at the plant in Massachusetts and laying off 800beginning.” workers-Dennis Bracy, CEO of the US-China Clean Energy Forum 7
  8. 8. As stimulus effects have faded, wind deployment hasdropped sharply Wind deployment in the United States dropped from 9,581 MW in 2009 to ~5,115 MW projected in 2010 10000 8000 6000 US Wind Capacity 4000 Additions 2000 0 2009 2010Source: EIA, Annual Energy Outlook and Electric Power AnnualAlso: and; AWEA; ( 8
  9. 9. To persuade utilities and regulators to replaceconventional electricity with clean solutions, prices haveto vary state by state 9
  10. 10. Lowering cost of debt will reduce delivered price of electricity for clean solutions Prepared by an energy investment firm using public data sources Notes: -Assumes that all after-tax free cashflows from the project are financeable, net of cover ratios -CAPEX costs do not include significant transmission system upgrades -The CAPEX here is based on reported project cost data for the ARRA grant program through November 2010, with a 10% discount to account for reductions in equipment costs since 2009 in projects being built in 2011 and 2012 timeframe -The two cases describe the identical project, but commercial banks will finance a moreLow-cost financing reduces the delivered electricity prices of these actual wind conservative wind caseprojects by 15-20% to the point of being cost-competitive with new-build conventional (requiring the 1.4x cover ratio)coal and gas-fired power plants in each region to meet incremental energy demand -The two cases assume the sale ofgrowth: identical quantities of electricity - Note (1): LIBOR rate based on•With low-cost financing provided by the Energy Investment Trust, the internal rate of return LIBOR swap curve for last 5can be maintained while keeping the cost to consumers at or below current delivered electricity years, Treasury based on rates for the same period.costs (see highlighted sections above, where the cost of delivered electricity is reduced by$10/MWh or more because of the low-cost financing offered in the right column versus 10 10available bank financing in the left column).
  11. 11. Low-cost long-term financing can lower the delivered price of clean energy while still attracting private investment Assumptions: Market Financing EIT Financing Notes: CAPEX - Northeast (Rhode Island) [$/kW] $4,180 $4,180 - CAPEX is the EPC price of a CAPEX - Plains (Kansas) [$/kW] $4,190 $4,190 solar photovoltaic system priced CAPEX - Southwest (Arizona) [$/kW] $4,190 $4,190 at $3.75/W, plus $.25/W debt service reserves, $.08/W Tenor Years 10 20 development expenses, $.04/W financing fees, $.06/W for Solar Case/Coverage DSCR 1.40x 1.30x interest during construction, working capital, and maintenance Interest Rate [%] 6.8% 4.5% reserves. - Project is depreciated using Balance at Maturity Balance Fully Repaid Balance Fully Repaid MACRS, and assumes a 30% investment tax credit IRR to Equity (Leveraged) 11.0% 11.0% - Both financing cases assume the same system sizes, production, Revenue Requirement (2012 Power Price) O&M, etc. @ 2% Escalation - Production estimates for each region: Northeast [$/MWh] $152/MWh $118/MWh Northeast: 1208 kWh/kWp Plains [$/MWh] $140/MWh $109/MWh 13.8% NCF Southwest [$/MWh] $112/MWh $87/MWh Plains: 1382 kWh/kWp 15.8% NCF•Low-cost financing reduces the delivered electricity prices of solar photovoltaic projects by Southwest: 1675 kWh/kWp 19.1% NCF20-25%, this puts solar within striking distance of current peak power prices, and generates - Assumes a 1MW distributedelectricity at the time when its most needed (peak hours) at the location where its most generation project.needed (close to the load).•With low-cost financing provided by the Energy Independence Trust, the investors’ internal rate ofreturn can be maintained while keeping the cost to consumers at or below current delivered peakpower prices. The cost of delivered electricity is reduced by $25-34/MWh because of low-costfinancing offered in the right column versus currently available bank financing in the left column. 11
  12. 12. Standard commercial debt limits wind projects to high- priced, high-capacity states -- The boxed area of the table shows a cross-section of representative project capacity factors across the country, and how power prices impact potential returns for each different wind regime -- The East coast primarily sees projects at 35% NCF or less, and the West coast is mostly at 30-41% NCF -- Only the Plains are at 44% NCF or above 2012 Price [$/MWh] with 2% annual escalation -- 10% Internal Rate of Return (IRR is the percentage contained within the boxes above), is considered the minimum for leveraged project finance -- IRR table above for an example wind project using Commercial Bank Financing at $1,963/kW installed cost and current tax policy: financing terms of 6.75% interest rate at 20% leveragePrepared by investment firm specializing in wind energy transactions based on data from independent wind development companies and public sources 12Note: Net Capacity Factor is a measure of the actual amount of power produced during a year. Calculated by dividing total net energy production by the 12maximum theoretical possible annual production from the nameplate capacity
  13. 13. Low-cost, long-term financing expands the scale of wind projects to the East and West coasts and into the Mid-West2012 Price [$/MWh] with 2% annual escalation --IRR table for an sample wind project using EIT Financing at $1,963/kW installed cost and current tax policy: financing terms of 4.50% interest rate at 34% leverage --The larger scope of the shaded scenarios significantly increases the economically-attractive wind generation that can compete with new build fossil-fuel power plants to provide energy for incremental demand growth by lowering the power prices necessary to hit target rates of return or opening areas with lower wind resources to provide equivalent power prices; by some estimates, approximately 120 GWs of lower-NCF wind resource become competitive with new conventional generation.Prepared by investment firm specializing in wind energy transactions based on data from independent wind development companies and public sources 13Note: Net Capacity Factor is a measure of the actual amount of power produced during a year. Calculated by dividing total net energy production by the 13maximum theoretical possible annual production from the nameplate capacity
  14. 14. Energy Investment Trust can make projects in marginallywindy areas economically feasibleLong-term, low-cost loans would expand the geographic market for wind projects to theorange and brown areas above– substantially increasing investment in more than 20 states 14
  15. 15. EIT will create substantial additional wind investment inat least 15 states without raising their electricity prices WA NH MT ND VT ME OR MN ID WI MA SD NY WY MI RI IA PA CT NE NJ NV OH IL IN DE UT CO WV VA MD CA KS MO KY DC NC TN OK AZ NM AR SC MS AL GA TX LA FL AK HIIllustrative 15
  16. 16. Energy Investment Trust can make projects in marginallysunny areas feasible 16
  17. 17. EIT will create substantial additional solar investment inat least 14 states without raising their electricity prices WA NH MT ND VT ME OR MN ID WI MA SD NY WY MI RI IA PA CT NE NJ NV OH IL IN DE UT CO WV VA MD CA KS MO KY DC NC TN OK AZ NM AR SC MS AL GA TX LA FL AK HIIllustrative 17
  18. 18. With EIT support, equity investors can fund more projects –small changes to capital structure have big impacts Without EIT Financing – 20:80 Debt/Equity ratio Including EIT Financing – 34:66 Debt/Equity ratio 34% NCF, $70/MWh power price  34% NCF, $57/MWh power price (~20% reduction through use of EIT) 11% leveraged rate of return  10.5% leveraged rate of return When considering the net cashflows to the equity investor, the present value of  When considering returns to both debt (interest) and equity, the up-front equity capex is equal to the sum of the present value equity cashflows and the net capex and the returns on the required capital are still 85% of the total cost tax benefit (26%+9%=35%); this value equals the up-front equity capex at the of a wind project, with only 15% of the lifecycle cost being the operating hurdle discount rate expenses; but with the EIT the debt capex has increased from 9% to 16%, 85% of the total cost of a wind project is related to capital cost and the return on so that the effective power price can be ~20% lower the investment, with only 15% of the lifecycle cost being the operating expenses 18
  19. 19. An Energy Investment Trust should supply long-term,low-cost finance– without a Congressional appropriation In order to achieve these goals, the US needs a private-sector run patriotic corporation called the Energy Investment Trust  The EIT would be capitalized by the government one time, in return for a security that requires repayment to government by a full lump sum at the end of ten years (like a balloon loan), so there’s no score  The EIT would be a for-profit/non-profit hybrid  All revenue resulting from loans based on government funding would not be distributed as profit  Income from equity raised by the EIT would be distributed at below market rates  At the end of ten years, the projects are re-financed and/or Congress makes another capital investment  EIT debt would not be federally guaranteed (not a GSE)  The EIT would be a private corporation, so the government has no equity  Therefore the EIT would not be a government agency and would not fall under NEPA or Davis-Bacon Act 19
  20. 20. EIT could enable private sector to invest in: Financing of smaller scale, community-oriented renewable projects that are starved of capital Financing electric vehicle fleets Financing charging stations for utilities to serve EVs Adding a layer of cheap equity or debt (or both!) to a CEDA project to spread high Internal Rate of Return CEDA money farther Rolling out energy storage at large scale Replacing retiring coal plants with coal with CCS technology or natural gas Building transmission lines for a municipal utility that can’t raise rates Building a new generation unit for a municipal utility that can’t raise rates Adding to a Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loan for a rural utility that needs capital to replace defunct coal but can’t raise rates Scaling out distributed nuclear or Combined Heat and Power Continuing Department of Energy research and development and deployment that lacks new appropriations and doesn’t qualify for CEDA 20
  21. 21. Create a long-term tax holiday for “innovative” energygoods and services To complement this Energy Investment Trust, Congress should create a ten- year tax holiday (no state or federal taxes of any kind) for “innovative” energy goods and services, stipulating that only CEDA and EIT projects are “innovative” by this definition Private sector investors can add assumed capital gains and income tax payments to their return expectations 21
  22. 22. Promoting research and development on a long-termbasis requires rewards for such expenditures Regulators should not be permitted to deny utilities cost recovery for reasonable research, development, and deployment Utilities should voluntarily dedicate 20% of their research and development to add to the capital of the Energy Investment Trust– in order to qualify for EIT loans 22
  23. 23. The Energy Investment Trust should have zero appropriations score Invest in low-risk solutions Deposit from Treasury ($10 billion) •Ten year payback at a market rate Direct Loans to Private Sector-led Projects Energy Investment Voluntary Contributions from Utilities Trust Loans to State Green Banks (CEFIs) (EIT) Loan guarantees for capital equipment Private Sector Matching Grant ($500 purchases million) (Covers default subsidy)*Some other examples of similar corporations: The American Red Cross, Daughters of the American Revolution, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, theAmerican Legion, the Board for Fundamental Education, the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association and the National Fund for Medical Education. 23
  24. 24. Clean Energy Deployment Administration to invest inhigher-risk, initial deployment of clean energy solutions CEDA is designed to foster initial commercial deployment of breakthrough technologies CEDA, within the Department of Energy, extends government research and development closer to market entry CEDA passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in June 2009 on a bi-partisan basis 24
  25. 25. EIT follows and complements CEDA  EIT is a privately run financing support entity CEDA is managed by the Department of  EIT supports widespread deployment of Energy proven, commercially-ready clean energy CEDA supports breakthrough technologies technologies, including energy efficiency and CEDA-backed projects CEDA extends appropriated money and recycles it  EIT will provide financing support to complement and encourage, but not replace, CEDA provides indirect and direct support private sector financing to clean energy ARPA-E CEDA EIT Year 3 Year 1 Year 5 (First Valley (Second of Valley of Death) Death) CEDA and EIT are needed to combat the trend illustrated above by the ITIF and Breakthrough Institute’s Energy Innovation Tracker 25
  26. 26. EIT should loan to State Green Banks State Green Banks and EIT would form a coordinated network to finance clean energy projects The Coalition for Green Capital has developed a financing model for state- level capital deployment, as either a revolving loan fund under the State Treasury, or as an independent, non-profit corporation See the proposal at States have numerous potential sources of funding from existing sources (see next slide on a potential California Green Bank) 26
  27. 27. California has at least five ways to create a State GreenBank  The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (Tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, and tax offsets)  Auction proceeds for certain GHG allowances– appropriations of proceeds from sale of advance auction-designated and AB-32 statutory objectives-directed allowances as deposited into CA Air Pollution Control Fund  California Clean Energy Fund- A $30m non-profit venture capital fund  Utility surcharges  California Solar Initiative-- $2.17b over ten years from a variety of utility and public sources, directed towards installation rebates 27
  28. 28. Copy this: In 1995, new Congress reformed telecommunications, causing $850 billion of private capital to drive innovation and job growthThis investment produced high employment and a budget surplus by 2000. It also positioned the United States to be theleading country in the global ICT market, creating American success stories from Cisco to Google to Facebook. Figures in Millions 1997-2007 $000s, 1997-2007 14,612 18,359 16,065 10,624 25,961 10,722 5,611 14,532 6,810 11,368 13,233 14,485 9,509 13,484 10,243 9,043 Cable 95,126 22,880 25,977 26,436 25,272 73,569 71,776 19,916 22,482 Wireless 48,447 43,285 Wireline 34,594 29,363 28,188 26,260 24,588 26,619 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 * 2007 * * * * * * * Source: CIBC; SG Cowen; Kagan; CTIA 28
  29. 29. Appendix 29
  30. 30. The United States should sponsor a Global InvestmentTrust for Clean Energy (GITCE)Objective: Affordable, abundant, sustainable energy  Cheap enough for any country  Profitable to generate and deliver  Sustainable platform  Utilizing research and development advances as they occur 30
  31. 31. GITCE should lower cost of clean energy solutions indeveloping world Obstacles:  Low purchasing power  Inadequate infrastructure  High commodity costs Advantages:  High demand  Developed country commitments from Copenhagen Solution:  Create GITCE, drawing capital from developed countries and investing profitably in developing world 31
  32. 32. GITCE: Relationship to existing financing sources Private Foreign IFC GITCE Investment Direct Banks Investment Low-cost Loans and Loan Guarantees Clean Energy Focus, including all technologies Impact Investing Long-term Project Investment Private sector clients, non- sovereign govts, PPP 32
  33. 33. Pillars of GITCE  Focus on electricity as specific sector  Specifically target developing nations that have not been major beneficiaries of CDM  Would allocate funds directly to projects in countries where there is the greatest need for financing and development  Financing that complements existing funding sources  Does not replace or displace multilateral development banks or trust funds  Helps overcome existing fragmentation in climate finance channels  Catalyzes private sector financing – does not displace or replace it  Would have governance and operational structure that allows flexible and quick response to demand and market conditions 33
  34. 34. Cutting the Gordian Knot: The case for GITCE Low-cost sustainable development in developing nations through private sector investment Increasing electricity consumption does not have to contribute to global carbon emissions As private, non-profit institution, GITCE would complement governmental initiatives with single goal of providing clean electricity for the bottom four billion of the global population at very low prices Institutional independence to focus on this set of investment objectives and the flexibility to work with all parties  Leverage analytical work, co-financing opportunities and cooperation with development strategies of multilateral development banks  Complementary investments and information sharing with existing climate funds  Providing incentives and financing for private sector participants  Ability to engage and dialogue with all stakeholders, particularly host countries and international organizations focused on the climate change agenda  Ability to receive funding from wide range of public and private sector sources 34