September 21, 2016 — In advance of the first presidential debate on Monday, Sept. 26, venture capitalist Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner of VC firm DBL Partners and an early backer of Tesla and SolarCity, and Kristofer Holz, an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management, have prepared what amounts to a briefing book for the next president on how to foster clean energy policies that can improve the environment and rein in climate change, create jobs, and provide reliable, affordable electricity. Their 25-page opus, “THE 2017 INAUGURATION: Empowering a Clean Energy Nation,” which surfaced at this week’s New York Climate Week, aims to build a bread-based cleantech coalition with financial policies that encourage innovation and collaboration. It offers specific policy approaches in “An Investor’s Perspective: Policy Recommendations for the Next President.” It presents a “Clean Energy Trifecta” that would provide economic stimulus for coal-producing states, bring affordable clean energy to underserved low-income populations, and help states that are primed for a solar renaissance. It would boost weatherization, particularly in low-income housing. And it would seek to engage utilities as partners in working toward needed policies supporting grid reform.
Finally, in “Supercharging Our Future –Investment Policies That Build an Onramp to Our Clean Energy Economy,” it makes specific policy suggestions, like expanding the investment tax credit to energy storage—a much-needed fourth wheel. Like other items we’ve highlighted today, it’s a paper worth studying.
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