Canton Hydroelectric Facility to Produce Clean Energy for Connecticut

Historic powerhouse will produce 1 MW of renewable, clean energy and provide many benefits to the Town of Canton, the people of Connecticut, and the environment

Rocky Hill, Conn. (July 8, 2019) – The construction of a 1 megawatt (MW) hydroelectric facility at the Upper Collinsville Dam on the Farmington River in Canton is resuming after the closing of the construction loans, according to the project’s developer, Canton Hydro, LLC. The project is the result of significant expertise and innovation from many stakeholders, including the Town of Canton, The Provident Bank, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and the Connecticut Green Bank. Once operational, the facility is projected to generate an average 4.3 million kWh of clean energy and save 3.2 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, while preserving a historic powerhouse, enhancing public safety features, and revitalizing aquatic habitat by allowing fish to swim upstream for spawning for the first time since 1867.

“Hydro projects like this one in Canton are very exciting for Connecticut,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “Although these projects require significant work and coordination, they provide a great example of how the Green Bank’s public-private partnership model works to leverage capital, revitalize Connecticut’s environmental infrastructure, and produce clean energy for years to come.”

This project is the culmination of more than a decade of efforts, including the drafting of the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act (H.R. 316; Pub.L. 113–122), a U.S. public law that was introduced into the 113th United States Congress, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 30, 2014. The bill allowed the Town to take over the lapsed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses to refurbish two old dams. Originally constructed for hydropower that generated electricity for the former Collins Company factory, the site ceased generation in 1966. After a pre-feasibility study concluded the site could again support hydroelectric, the Town of Canton selected Canton Hydro through a competitive request for proposals.

“In addition to the generation of clean energy and reduction of carbon emissions, this hydro project will provide long-term benefits to Canton residents, the state, the environment and the wildlife,” said Canton First Selectman Beth Kandrysawtz. “Some of the other positive outcomes will be the construction of an upstream fish and eel passage, enhanced recreational possibilities due to the increased water level in the upper impoundment area, the improvement of flood control, and the creation of jobs. Not to mention the preservation of the historic powerhouse which was built in the 1930s.”

Clean Energy Through Creative Financing

The final requirement for the project was securing financing, which was accomplished through a creative partnership structure. The total project cost is approximately $6.6 million with the Green Bank providing a $1.2 million subordinate loan and $500,000 limited guaranty to leverage an approximately $4.7 million senior loan from The Provident Bank through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Loan program. Additional equity is being provided by Canton Hydro.

“When a project has this many moving parts — environmental, economic, legislative and so on — it’s vital to have a financial partner willing to take a comprehensive approach that benefits both the client and their community,” says Dave Mansfield, CEO of The Provident Bank. “The Provident team is powered by innovation and that’s why renewable energy lending and the type of creative financing required for something such as the Upper Collinsville Dam, are not only a specialty of ours, but true passion projects.”

Redeveloping Historic Hydropower

The dam is owned by the State of Connecticut and the water rights will be leased to Canton Hydro over a 30-year period. Utilizing the state’s Virtual Net Metering program, State of Connecticut owned buildings through DEEP will benefit from the lower cost renewable energy. 

“This is a terrific project that builds on Connecticut’s legacy of leadership in environmental protection and clean energy development,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “Working with the Green Bank and local developers across Connecticut, we can improve our historic dams to provide clean energy, while at the same time restoring these facilities that create opportunities for recreation and wildlife conservation, and protecting our precious water resources. The process and documentation established with this project will serve as a replicable model that can be used with other state buildings that could benefit from clean energy technologies.”

The project will use a Kaplan turbine manufactured by WWS Wasserkraft GmbH, an Austrian company with longstanding experience in the construction of high-performance hydroelectric plants smaller than 10 MW per unit. In addition to supplying the main equipment, Wasserkraft will act as the turnkey solution provider and will supervise construction. A Denil Fishway passage to support the migration of fish into the Farmington River will be installed along with a new low-level fish guidance barrier to prevent fish swimming towards the primary spillway and guide them directly to the entrance of the upstream fish passage.

“This project is a truly innovative approach to the redevelopment of a hydropower plant in Connecticut,” said Mariana Cardenas Trief, clean energy finance consultant to the Green Bank. “The capital stack displays a creative blend of public funding, from sources like the Green Bank and the SBA 504 Loan program, and private investment from Provident.”

 

About Canton Hydro LLC

Canton Hydro was established in 2015 for the purposed of the redevelopment of the Upper Collinsville Hydro facility by a group of architects, engineers and investors passionate about revitalizing hydro power assets and preserving historic structures while improving the aquatic habitat. For more information, please visit www.cantonhydro.com.

About The Provident Bank

The Provident Bank, a subsidiary of Provident Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PVBC), is an innovative, commercial bank that finds solutions for our business and private clients. We are committed to strengthening the economic development of the regions we serve, by working closely with businesses and private clients and delivering superior products and high-touch services to meet their banking needs. The Provident has offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. All deposits are insured in full through a combination of insurance provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF).

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A Leader in Climate Finance, Connecticut Green Bank Enters the Green Bond Market

Solar Home Renewable Energy Credit Program Achieves Climate Bond Certification for $38 Million Issuance

Rocky Hill, CT (June 6, 2019) – The Connecticut Green Bank has issued green Asset-Backed Securities consisting of $36.8 million in Solar Home Renewable Energy Credits (SHREC) Collateralized Notes Series 2019-1 Class A and $1.8 million Series 2019-1 Notes, Class B. The financing is certified against the Climate Bonds Standard, providing investors with assurance of the deal’s green credentials. Verification against the Climate Bonds Standard was done by Kestrel Verifiers, a US-based company. Climate Action Reserve, a non-profit specializing in environmental impact assessment, provided an independent review of the beneficial impacts of the activities and programs financed with the securities. The Green Bank worked with RBC Capital Markets as their underwriter and sole book runner in this green bond transaction.

The proceeds from the monetization of the SHRECs are allocated to fund the Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP), which was created to fulfill state policy adopted in 2015 that mandated the installation of 300 MW of new residential solar by 2022, while developing a local solar industry. The Green Bank is moving swiftly towards accomplishing this goal two years ahead of schedule. Through its ongoing evaluation efforts to measure positive societal impact, the Green Bank will be tracking job growth, tax revenue generation, air pollution reductions, public health improvements, and equitable access to clean energy as a result of increased investment in the deployment of clean energy.  

“In an effort to accelerate the growth of the market for residential solar PV in Connecticut, this transaction represents an approach that can scale-up public and private investment in our state’s growing green energy economy,” stated Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “Such investment will not only reduce the burden of energy costs on our families, specifically low-to-moderate income families, but it will also create jobs in our communities and reduce the pollution that causes climate change.”

A Regional Leader and National Model

A regional leader in sustainability and climate finance, the Connecticut Green Bank was recognized as the 2017 Innovations in American Government Award winner from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University for their “Sparking a Green Bank Movement” nomination. The Green Bank’s public-private partnership structure is often cited as a model for national green bank proposals introduced in Congress, which would rely on the issuance of federal green bonds for funding. Issuing Certified Climate Bonds further demonstrates the Green Bank’s commitment as a regional and national leader and model.

The Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme is like fair-trade labelling for financial instruments. Rigorous scientific criteria ensure that the activities to be financed are consistent with the 2 degrees Celsius warming limit in the Paris Agreement. Climate Bonds Certification is used globally by bond issuers, governments, investors and financial markets to prioritize investments which genuinely contribute to addressing climate change.

Environmental Outcomes Measured by Metrics

The Connecticut Green Bank recognizes the importance of leadership in moving toward a zero-carbon future. To this end, the Green Bank has developed clear strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Connecticut and a mission to achieve cleaner, cheaper and more reliable sources of energy while creating high-paying jobs, supporting local economic development, and increasing accessibility and equity for all.

To serve as a leader and enter the green bond market successfully, these strategies and plans must be supported with metrics and data measurement that prove their efficacy.

“The Green Bank has thoughtfully built out our methodologies for assessing impact by consulting and engaging local and national experts,” said Eric Shrago, Managing Director of Operations at the Green Bank. “We have built a world class technological platform that tracks our projects and their performance. This has operationalized our impact methodologies so that we can speak to the societal benefits of all of our activities with ease and reasonable certainty. This transparency in methodology and data gives investors/stakeholders confidence that we are accomplishing what we set out to and demonstrates how we are doing.”

Beyond affordable and clean energy, many of these societal benefits align with those outlined by the United Nations in their 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including ensuring good health and well-being, promoting decent work and economic growth, and building resilient infrastructure.

For example, through the RSIP, the Green Bank has reduced 749,500 tons of CO2e GHG emissions as calculated by Climate Action Reserve’s Climate Impact Score. This is the equivalent of 159,130 passenger vehicles driven for one year, 84 million gallons of gasoline consumed, or the emissions from 1.7 million barrels of oil consumed. Additionally, the RSIP has created more than 14,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs.

Future Issuances

The Green Bank has plans for future issuances.

“The SHREC program and the Climate Bond certified asset backed securities will factor into the Green Bank’s plans going forward,” states Bert Hunter, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Connecticut Green Bank.  “By raising capital through the issuance of green bonds, the Green Bank can significantly scale-up its investment activities while increasing opportunities for private investment in our state’s clean energy economy.”

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. In 2017, the Connecticut Green Bank received the Innovations in American Government Award from the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and innovation for their “Sparking the Green Bank Movement” entry. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.

 

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Boston University Questrom School of Business Wins Aspen Institute’s International MBA Case Competition Featuring Connecticut’s Green Bank

Aspen Institute’s Competition asked 23 international business schools to address future programmatic direction of nation’s first green bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was recently the focus of the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society International MBA Case Competition, where students representing 23 top international business schools analyzed a Yale School of Management (SOM) authored case study centered on the quasi-public agency’s future sustainability. The five highest scoring teams recently presented their proposals and the winner, Boston University Questrom School of Business, was announced on April 26 at a ceremony at the Yale Club in New York City where Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont was the keynote speaker.

“As Connecticut strives to become greener and more energy efficient to meet our statutory goals, we no longer have to choose between the environment and economic growth, as the Green Bank has proven,” said Governor Lamont. “Our state has been a hub for clean energy innovation — an effort strengthened recently through my first executive order as governor, which expanded Connecticut’s ‘Lead By Example’ initiative. Proposals like these not only help the Green Bank become more resilient and sustainable in the future, but support investments in sustainable businesses and further safeguard our environment.”

  • The winning team from Boston University Questrom School of Business.
  • The team from Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • The team from John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business, Duquesne University.
  • The team from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University.
  • Teams presented their proposals.
  • Green Bank Chief Investment Officer Bert Hunter was one of the competition's judges.

As the nation’s first green bank, the Connecticut Green Bank is no stranger to innovative thinking and was awarded with the “Innovations in American Government Awards” by the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in July of 2017 for “Sparking the Green Bank Movement.” It was this kind of solution-oriented thinking back in 2011 that led the state’s General Assembly, on a bipartisan basis, to form the Green Bank to promote cleaner, less expensive, and more reliable sources of energy while creating jobs and supporting local economic development. Since then, the Green Bank has invested more than $1.5 billion into clean energy projects that have generated more than 330 MW of installed capacity. This has helped create 16,500 induced, indirect and direct job years and prevented more than 5.3 million tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.

In its tenth year, the Aspen Institute’s Competition tasked students with helping the Green Bank and Inclusive Prosperity Capital (IPC), a non-profit organization co-created by the Green Bank in 2018, by proposing a new program or an enhancement to an existing program that would position both organizations to become sustainable. The teams’ proposals were judged on the depth and breadth of their analysis, the development of the rationale for their recommended action, the impact on affected constituencies, and the anticipation of challenges.

In addition to the winner, rounding out the top five teams were: Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business, Duquesne University; Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University; and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

“Our competition prompts MBA students to innovate for the good of business and society, using their analytical and critical thinking skills on a real situation, and the Green Bank is a perfect subject,” said Justin Goldbach, Founder & Director of The Aspen Institute’s Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. “The Yale SOM case study on the Green Bank highlights its success in Connecticut, and its influence on the formation of other green banks, but also shows their continued need to innovate to remain viable and overcome obstacles.”

The teams offered critical insight into potential new directions for the Green Bank and IPC. Ideas proposed for the Green Bank included enhancements to the existing programs, like Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), and suggestions for new programs for the promotion of Clean Energy Microgrid (CEM) installations, a pilot bonded financing model for infrastructure upgrades, the formation of a green start-up incubator, and investment in electric vehicles. The winning team suggested investment in a new fleet of electric buses for Connecticut schools and the Department of Transportation.

“This has been the peak learning experience of our MBAs so far, and it’s been so awesome to meet the other teams,” said Sara DuPont, a member of the winning team.

For IPC, suggestions included expanding the Smart-E loan program, creation of a fellows initiative, and developing a certification program for contractors.

“At the Connecticut Green Bank, we spend our days working to balance business goals with societal impacts, while finding innovative ways to confront climate change,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “It was inspiring to read these proposals from the best international business school students who could see the Green Bank’s vision and help guide our mission in the future.  We look forward to bringing several of these innovative ideas into the marketplace.”

 

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. In 2017, the Connecticut Green Bank received the Innovations in American Government Award from the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and innovation for their “Sparking the Green Bank Movement” entry. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.

 

About the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program

Founded in 1998 by Yale SOM alumnus Judith Samuelson, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program works with business executives and scholars to align business decisions and investments with the long-term health of society—and the planet. Through carefully designed networks, working groups and focused dialogue, the Program identifies and inspires thought leaders and “intrapreneurs” to challenge conventional ideas about capitalism and markets, to test new measures of business success, and to connect classroom theory and business practice. For more information, visit www.aspenbsp.org.

 

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Connecticut Green Bank sells $38.6 million in monetized solar home renewable energy credits (SHRECs)

First-of-its-kind issuance is backed by more than 14,000 residential solar systems

Rocky Hill, CT (April 9, 2019) – The Connecticut Green Bank is pleased to announce the sale of $38.6 million investment-grade rated ABS notes. This innovative first-of-its-kind issuance monetizes the solar home renewable energy credits (SHRECs) generated through the Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP). The sale was comprised of two tranches of SHRECs produced by more than 105 megawatts of 14,000 residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The SHRECs were aggregated by the Green Bank and sold in annual tranches to Connecticut’s two investor-owned utilities, Eversource Energy and United Illuminating Company, at a fixed, predetermined price over 15 years. The funds raised through this sale will recover the costs of administering and managing the RSIP, including the incentives offered to residential participants in the program.

The Green Bank worked with Kestrel Verifiers to certify that this issuance conforms with the Climate Bonds Standard.  Further, it partnered with the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) to independently assess the impact of the systems in tranches one and two of the SHRECs. CAR estimates that these systems will produce 238,000 MWh of electricity each year, avoiding the emission of approximately 749,494 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2e) of greenhouse gases (GHGs).  CAR leveraged the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Avoided Emissions Generation Tool (AVERT) and Co-Benefits Risk Assessment (CoBRA) in their assessment of air quality and public health impacts respectively.

“The proceeds from this green bond support the many families reducing the burden of energy costs by putting solar PV systems on the rooftops of their homes,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank.  “By attracting more private investment into Connecticut’s growing green energy economy, we are creating jobs in our communities while at the same time confronting global climate change.”

“This groundbreaking transaction, the first rated issuance for the Green Bank and the first ever solar ABS transaction by a green bank, demonstrates how governments can leverage public funds to harness the tremendous depth of the capital markets to accelerate investment in clean renewable energy. The innovative structure of the SHREC program enables the Green Bank to reach a new class of investors seeking to achieve steady long-term returns while at the same time supporting the state’s energy, environment and economic development policies,” states Bert Hunter, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Connecticut Green Bank. “Working with the RBC Capital Markets as our underwriter, we were able to sell our green bonds and continue to support Connecticut’s growing green economy.”

RBC Capital Markets was the sole book runner in this transaction.

“RBC is thrilled to partner with Connecticut Green Bank on this first securitization exclusively backed by renewable energy credits,” said Nick Rogers, Director, Securitization Finance at RBC Capital Markets.  “Achieving a higher advance rate and lower cost-of-funds than other recent solar production ABS speaks to the strength of the SHREC program and its resonance in the market.”

 

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FuelCell Energy to Acquire 14.9 Megawatt Bridgeport Fuel Cell Park from Dominion Energy

  • Increases the Company’s generation portfolio to 26.1 megawatts
  • Fuel cell park is one of the largest producers of renewable energy credits in CT            

DANBURY, CT (Nov. 05, 2018) —  FuelCell Energy, Inc., a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the existing 14.9 megawatt fuel cell park in Bridgeport, CT from Dominion Energy. FuelCell Energy developed, constructed and commissioned the Bridgeport fuel cell park in December of 2013. FuelCell Energy has operated and maintained the plant under a service agreement with Dominion Energy since it was commissioned.

FuelCell Energy intends to own and operate the plant as part of its generation portfolio. The transaction is expected to:

  • Add annual revenue in excess of $15 million per year;
  • Deliver EBITDA margins in excess of 50%, and
  • Be accretive to FuelCell Energy’s earnings per share.

Under the terms of the agreement, FuelCell Energy will acquire 100% of the equity interest in Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell, LLC, the owner of the 14.9 MW project asset, whose parent is currently Dominion Energy. This agreement is the result of a competitive bid process undertaken by Dominion Energy.

“The purchase of the Bridgeport fuel cell park project from Dominion Energy is strategically important for FuelCell Energy,” said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. “We undertook the construction of this project in 2012 with the support of Dominion Energy, leading to substantial benefits for numerous stakeholders.”

Mr. Bottone continued, “Having been the operator of the Bridgeport fuel cell park for the past five years, we are uniquely positioned to acquire and benefit from this established project. This important acquisition will materially accelerate our strategy to retain generation assets and to benefit from their financial profile of consistent revenues, operating profits and cash generation. Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Connecticut Green Bank who supported us five years ago in the construction of this project, and is playing a key role in financing this acquisition.”

Total cash consideration to be paid is $36.6 million. FuelCell Energy expects to fund the acquisition with a combination of third party financing and $15 million of restricted cash on hand that is tied to the project and would be released at closing. Financing for this acquisition is expected to include a term lender and the Connecticut Green Bank, who also participated in the initial financing of the construction of the project. The closing of this transaction is expected to happen on or before December 31, 2018, subject to customary closing conditions and contingencies including closing third party financing.

“We were excited to play an integral part in this project since its inception, development, and commissioning, and are equally thrilled to have the opportunity to help FuelCell Energy purchase the project,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank.  “This project is important to the Connecticut Green Bank as it uses a technology manufactured in our state which creates jobs, is located on a remediated brownfield in an industrial zone, is helping our largest city with economic development through private investment in green energy, and is reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.  The fuel cell park is one of the largest in the world bringing reliable and resilient power to our electric grid.”

This acquisition will bring Fuel Cell Energy’s generation portfolio to 26.1 MW, which coupled with 83 MW of new project awards and backlog, provides a line of sight to achieving the company’s long-term generation portfolio milestone of 60 MW.

 

Cautionary Language  

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company’s anticipated financial results and statements regarding the Company’s plans and expectations regarding the continuing development, commercialization and financing of its fuel cell technology and business plans. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause such a difference include, without limitation, changes to projected deliveries and order flow, changes to production rate and product costs, general risks associated with product development, manufacturing, changes in the regulatory environment, customer strategies, unanticipated manufacturing issues that impact power plant performance, changes in critical accounting policies, potential volatility of energy prices, rapid technological change, competition, and the Company’s ability to achieve its sales plans and cost reduction targets, as well as other risks set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statement to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 

 

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Coalition Announces New Funding Source for Electric Vehicle Charging From Carbon Credit Markets

New Methodology Will Increase Infrastructure Revenues and Encourage Further Investment to Address a Key Barrier to EV Adoption — Lack of Charging Stations

Portland, OR (Sept. 18, 2018) — A coalition of electric vehicle (EV) stakeholders has developed an innovative pathway to use the carbon credit markets to improve EV charging infrastructure revenues and thus help support continued EV sales growth.

The new method, pioneered by the Electric Vehicle Charging Carbon Coalition (EVCCC), provides a blueprint to certify the reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result when EVs are powered by electric vehicle charging stations compared with conventional vehicles and fossil fuels. These reductions translate into carbon credits that can be sold to help improve current EV infrastructure revenues and make future investments more attractive.

The EVCCC founding members include the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA), Connecticut Green Bank, Electrify America, EVgo, Exelon, and Siemens. Leading the project is the Climate Neutral Business Network (CNBN) which developed the methodology with the EVCCC and the voluntary carbon market’s leading third-party certifier, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) program, managed by Verra.

EV charging stations represent the “fueling stations of the 21st century” as EVs grow in popularity and more EV models with longer ranges are introduced in the coming years. Not only is more widely available infrastructure needed to power these EVs outside of the home – where the majority of charging is typically done overnight — but faster charging technology reduces the time drivers wait for their vehicles to charge.

The EVCCC was formed to open up access to the carbon credit markets for EV charging systems – specifically to strengthen the business case fundamentals and thus accelerate deployment potential. In the early stages of market development for any new infrastructure investment, securing new sources of capital helps accelerate critical mass and scale. New sources of capital are vital contributors to the success of U.S. clean tech innovation, but as experts at MIT have pointed out, compared to IT software and medical sectors, “clean tech clearly does not fit the risk, return or time profiles of traditional venture capital investors… As a result, the sector requires a more diverse set of actors and innovation models…or, in other words, more ‘patient capital’.”  EV charging systems’ access to carbon credit markets represents an innovative, new source of such “patient capital.”

Sue Hall, founder and CEO of CNBN, explains “one of the original motivations for this project was to compensate for the higher costs of deploying and operating EV charging infrastructure. The new carbon credit revenues — which are expected to yield an estimated 5 percent to 10 percent return on capital — make these deployments more financially sustainable.”

Here’s how it will work: 1) EV charging systems will charge electric cars, reducing CO2; 2) the eligible EV charging operator receives certified carbon credits based on this action; 3) those credits can then be sold to a voluntary credit purchaser such as a company, government, or other entity that is looking to go carbon neutral (e.g., cities, university campuses, utilities, and individuals), which in turn creates new capital to help companies fund more EV infrastructure. 

The carbon credits available through this new voluntary capital market can only be issued once independently certified by Verra’s VCS Program, including assessments by its qualified third-party validation and verification body.  This provides the credible assurance needed for buyers to have credit purchase confidence.

“Verra’s approval of this VCS carbon offset methodology provides another arrow in the quiver to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and confront climate change,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “By valuing emission reductions we can increase private investment in EV infrastructure, which in turn will help increase consumer demand for EVs. By seeing more EV infrastructure, consumers will understand that EVs come with easy access to cheaper and cleaner fuel.”  

In Connecticut, the Green Bank is evaluating a plan to create a revenue stream for owners of EV infrastructure; owners should register their equipment now. 

The newly developed Methodology for Electric Vehicle Charging Systems represents the culmination of nearly two years of collaboration that began with a carbon business case and concept paper.  In a detailed report, the methodology provides the instructions and formulas for EV infrastructure operators and investors to develop precise project design descriptions. Projects whose descriptions are in accordance with VCS methodology requirements can become eligible to generate carbon credits after they are validated and verified. 

Specifically, the methodology details how measurement of electricity (in kilowatt hours) dispensed at EV chargers corresponds to a net reduction of carbon emissions compared to equivalent fossil fueled vehicles in the light, medium and heavy-duty sectors, while it also adjusts for the carbon content of localized electricity as well as project emissions consumed by the EV charging equipment to provide charging services.

The resulting carbon credits create a new choice for a growing market of buyers seeking to offset their GHG emissions via transportation-focused investments and complements existing carbon offset sources like sustainable forestry management or methane gas reduction from landfills.

“Cities everywhere desperately need more EV fast charging. There’s not enough to make a road-trip across this country or any country easy. This investment grows the options for everyday EV drivers, making electric charging simple and more efficient for everyone. Any business needing a new carbon offset should jump on board. This will be a game-changer for carbon markets, and a crowd-pleaser for EV drivers everywhere” said Jessie Denver, Energy Program Manager with the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, a member of CNCA.

Wayne Killen, Director for Charging Infrastructure Planning and Business Development at Electrify America, agrees: “There is an acute lack of charging infrastructure, especially more costly DC fast charging, in convenient public locations.  More comprehensive and faster EV charging infrastructure have both been identified as key reasons drivers avoid EVs, according to several surveys, including Strategic Vision’s New Vehicle Experience Survey. “

“EVgo has already built out the nation’s largest public fast charging network in the U.S., with more than 1,000 DC fast chargers across the country,” said Jonathan Levy, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at EVgo.  “We recognize the need to expand and accelerate the growth of public charging infrastructure to enable the deployment of electric vehicles, which is why EVgo supports innovative approaches like this that reduce the costs of building more DC fast charging infrastructure.” 

Suzanna Mora, Director of Utility Initiatives at Exelon, adds “as the nation’s largest utility company, we know that our customers want clean energy and new tools to help them reduce their carbon emissions.  This new initiative will support our efforts to invest in EV charging infrastructure and make it easier and faster for our customers to adopt cleaner transportation options.”

Carbon credits from this new source will be available for sale in 2019 when the first inventories from Exelon, Electrify America and EVgo are offered.  More importantly, this new investment alternative should help accelerate the adoption of private, shared, ride hail and fleet owned EVs, because their corresponding GHG reductions from higher sales volumes can be supported by more robust and financially viable charging infrastructure.

For further information or media inquiries, please contact: Sue Hall, President CNBN. Fact sheet available at http://climateneutral.com/index.php/evccc/

 

 

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C-PACE New Construction Pilot Program Launched

New program makes long-term and affordable financing available for higher performance new and redeveloped buildings

 

Rocky Hill, CT (June 15, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank is proud to announce a pilot program that will make Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing available for new construction in Connecticut. The C-PACE New Construction Pilot will provide property developers and owners with long-term, affordable and non-recourse financing to help them design and construct buildings that achieve a higher level of energy performance and reduced operating costs.

C-PACE New Construction can fill gaps in the capital stack needed for a new construction project, lower the overall cost of financing, or both. New commercial and industrial buildings designed and built to exceed what is required by Connecticut building and energy codes will be eligible to receive C-PACE financing for a portion of their overall eligible construction cost. C-PACE New Construction can be applied for a wide range of property types, including major redevelopment of existing and historic sites.

“Connecticut’s C-PACE program has already been very successful, providing more than 200 projects with $114 million in financing,” said David Gabrielson, Executive Director of PACENation, an industry group promoting Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, “This New Construction Pilot expands C-PACE into an untapped market in the state by offering innovative financing to developers who can more affordably build to higher energy standards.”

When applying for C-PACE financing in the C-PACE New Construction Pilot, applicants will use whole building energy modeling to demonstrate that their project’s energy performance will exceed a code-compliant baseline. An eligible finance amount will be determined based on the performance beyond the baseline up to a maximum 20 percent of the total eligible construction cost.

“C-PACE for new construction opens many new opportunities in Connecticut,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Programs at the Green Bank. “By expanding the reach of C-PACE beyond building retrofits, C-PACE New Construction provides another financing option for developers. Other lenders view C-PACE more like equity than debt, which can help developers with overall project financing.  New buildings in Connecticut will serve our residents for 50 years or more, and we want to help get them right from the start.”

Financing through the C-PACE New Construction Pilot will be able to include costs directly related to the building’s design and construction, for example:

  • Engineering and design expenses;
  • Energy modeling expenses;
  • Building core and shell;
  • Energy consuming equipment and energy saving measures (HVAC, lighting, elevators, controls, windows, green or cool roofs, meters, etc.); and
  • Clean energy generation.

Applicants seeking funding through the C-PACE New Construction Pilot should discuss and review their projects with the Green Bank before submitting a financing application. This engagement ahead of application submission will help ensure that projects meet the requirements of the C-PACE New Construction Pilot.

Connecticut Green Bank will be hosting a launch event for the C-PACE New Construction Pilot on Wednesday, June 20 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at the Energize CT Center, 122 Universal Drive N, North Haven, CT. For more information and to register to attend the event, please visit ctgreenbank.com/event/c-pace-new-construction-launch-event/

Learn more about the Pilot at http://www.cpace.com/newconstruction.

 

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Connecticut Green Bank to Participate in Solar Energy Innovation Network Project

The Green Bank is partnering with the Clean Energy States Alliance on a multi-state initiative to identify locations for distributed energy resources that provide benefits to the grid.

 

Rocky Hill, Connecticut (May 1, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank is participating in a multistate initiative that was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid.

The multistate initiative is being led by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy. The Green Bank will work with CESA and five other state partners to identify locations for distributed energy resources (DER) that provide benefits to the grid. The Green Bank’s work will focus on strategies for achieving customer adoption of DERs in high-value locations and measuring the impact these resources have on the electric distribution system.

The other agencies CESA is partnering with on this initiative are:

  • Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia
  • New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission – Sustainable Energy Division
  • Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
  • Washington Department of Commerce – State Energy Office
  • Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

The multistate initiative is one of just nine teams selected to join the program, which is known as the Solar Energy Innovation Network.

“We selected teams that are experimenting with promising ideas to use solar power to improve the future of grid security and reliability in their communities,” said Kristen Ardani, who leads the Innovation Network at NREL.

The Green Bank will receive financial, analytical, and facilitation support as it works to anticipate and address new challenges and opportunities stemming from solar energy and other distributed energy technologies. The solutions developed and demonstrated by this multistate initiative will serve as a blueprint for other communities facing similar challenges and opportunities.

Distributed solar and other distributed energy resources are playing an increasingly important role in electricity systems across the United States. “When distributed energy is deployed optimally, it can offer benefits to the customer, to the grid, and to the other ratepayers,” says CESA Executive Director Warren Leon. “Well-sited DER can provide resiliency benefits, reduce grid congestion, and help defer or avoid distribution system upgrade costs.”

“Determining how we can extract the most value from distributed energy resources is critical to the sustained orderly development of the local clean energy industry,” says Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “This project will help Connecticut and our partners identify areas where DERs can play a role in grid modernization and develop deployment strategies with utilities to capture these additional benefits.”

NREL is operating the Solar Energy Innovation Network with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. NREL pursues fundamental research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to transform the way we use energy.

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Multifamily Pre-Development Loan & Permanent Financing Together

The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) and the Connecticut Green Bank are now working together to offer you a simple way to improve the energy efficiency, cost savings, comfort, safety and attractiveness of your multifamily property. This joint effort combines a Navigator Pre-Development Energy Loan with a HUD 223(f) loan or a Freddie Mac Small Business Loan (SBL) offering.

The unsecured Navigator loan funds customized analysis and design of energy improvements for multifamily properties using owner-selected and managed technical service providers.

Eligible Costs include:

  • Energy benchmarking, opportunity assessments, audits
  • Assessments of energy-related health and safety issues
  • Design, engineering and bidding of work
  • Costs to secure project financing for energy upgrades
  • Green charrettes and green physical needs assessments
  • Other reasonable energy-related expenses needed to design and fund your project
Read more about how a Navigator Loan with HUD/FHA or Freddie Mac financing works.

Ask your mortgage officer how we can help tailor a lending solution to fit your needs, and find out if we can underwrite to savings for sustainability improvements.

For more information about CPC, please contact Michael Staton or Timothy Deegan.

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Middlesex Chamber Announces Joint Energy Saving Effort with Connecticut Green Bank

Program will help local businesses save energy and money 

Middletown, CT – March 2018 – The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced a new initiative to help local businesses afford renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades. The effort is a collaboration between the Chamber, the Connecticut Green Bank, and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. The team will help local businesses take advantage of C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy), an innovative financing program for green energy upgrades. C-PACE offers long-term financing for projects that lower energy costs and generate positive cash flow.

The initiative’s official announcement was made at the Chamber’s Member Breakfast Meeting on February 26, 2018. Pictured, from left to right, are: Larry McHugh, President, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce; Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Programs, Connecticut Green Bank; Robert Schmitt, Associate Manager, Marketing, Connecticut Green Bank; and Jeff Pugliese, Vice President, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

“This initiative is meant to help connect local business owners to financing that will help them afford recommended energy and renewable upgrades to their buildings” said Jeff Pugliese, Vice President of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. “The idea is to help our members cut down on energy usage so that they can reinvest the savings back into the business.”

The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic business organization with over 2,125 members that employ over 50,000 people in and around its service area. The chamber represents businesses from all industry sectors and of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies, to micro businesses.

The team will reach out to the business community in a variety of strategic ways, and will highlight local businesses who have saved through the program.

“We are excited to be working directly with the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce to promote C-PACE,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Programs, Connecticut Green Bank. “C-PACE is a proven tool for businesses to modernize their buildings, save energy, and increase their bottom line – but it is also a powerful economic development tool. The Middlesex Chamber is a valuable partner, and we look forward to working with them to build an even more resilient business community with C-PACE.”

The initiative will target all eligible local businesses including manufacturers, offices, retail establishments, business in mixed use spaces, and non-profits.

To learn more about the collaboration, please visit middlesexchamber.com or cpace.com.  

 

 About Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce

 The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic business organization with over 2,125 members that employ over 50,000 people in and around its service area. The chamber represents businesses from all industry sectors and of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies, to micro businesses. It has 12 county based divisions, and over 30 industry based committees and councils that focus on issues of importance to the business community. The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce has been honored with the Governor’s Laurel Award for Responsible Social Involvement, The President’s White House Citation for Private Sector Initiatives, the U.S. Department of Labor’s LIFT America Award, Connecticut Small Business Advocate Award, Vision 2000 Excellence Award, and the NAACP Business Award.

 Please visit www.middlesexchamber.com for more information.

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