2012 kicks off with major moves in the small world of energy efficiency finance

In our final Quarterly Investment Monitor of 2011, I highlighted the year’s incredible upsurge of interest in energy efficiency financing, and predicted that 2012 would be a proving period when bets are placed, and programs and companies either mature or wilt. The first quarter of 2012 has already shown this to be true with the acquisition of Transcend Equity by SCIenergy, the re-repivoting of Serious Energy away from financing, and the likes of Deutsche Bank weighing in on financing in earnest with a detailed report on the subject.

Before diving into 2012, a brief review of several efficiency financing news highlights of 2011: the White House launched its $ 4 billion Better Buildings Challenge; Barclays, Ygrene Energy, and the Carbon War Room announced the delivery of turnkey Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program development; and Serious Energy joined Metrus Energy, Transcend Equity, and other financiers by formally launching its Managed Energy Services Agreement style financing program and pivoting to providing energy efficiency as a service.

For a space with only a handful of key players, 2012 started off with two key bangs.…

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