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Should we re-invest in high-risk areas in New Orleans?

By Anonymous (with many family links to Tulane University and New Orleans) Should we re-invest in high-risk areas in New Orleans? This issue came up during our discussion of the Katrina situation. I think it’s extremely important to focus on the low-risk areas, especially in the New Orleans decision. First, the majority of the money […]

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The Economic and Environmental Case for a National Renewable Portfolio Standard

By Anonymous The best way to increase market share of renewable energy and to encourage significant private investment in innovation in the space is for the US government to enact national Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) regulation that mandates at least 20% of all public utility energy consumption in must come from renewable sources. Although public […]

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1366 Technologies: Clean Tech & the Entrepreneurial State

By Anonymous The US has always had an active state industrial policy, just like every other industrial country. It’s been understood that a system of private enterprise can survive only if there is extensive government intervention. It’s needed to regulate disorderly markets and protect private capital from the destructive effects of the market system, and […]

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How can we keep Clean Tech in North America?

By K. O’N.   The 1366 Technologies case really brought home a key issue facing the alternative energy start-up community. It seems like many of the innovative companies in clean tech are caught in the traditional “tech” start-up mentality of going after VC and grant money as a first option. However, as we saw in […]

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Why landlords and tenants will lead energy efficiency in commercial real estate, not service companies

By Y. C. If one looks at the 30 year cost of a commercial building, it’s easy to observe that it is a good deal to invest in a building’s energy efficiency. 30 Year Cost of a Commercial Building However, the process is not quite smooth. The problem is not about technology or about needing […]

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Investment Opportunities in the US Water Infrastructure Network

By Anonymous Investors and urban planners need not look far for project opportunities in the global water infrastructure network.  The United States is home to one of the oldest and most out-of-date water infrastructure systems in the among other advanced nations.  According to the EPA, upgrading the US water and sewer infrastructure is expected to […]

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How do we mitigate the “distraction” factor?

By Anonymous Cook Composites and Polymer’s option to take their waste rinse styrene and turn it into a concrete coating would have been a profitable business for them with a decent return.  However, the company chose not to pursue the concrete coating product because their sales force was not incented to sell a low margin […]

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The Uninvestable Resource

By Anonymous For a couple of years prior to business school, I was the butt of numerous jokes at my investment firm for my obsession with the idea of investing in water. “You can’t make money in water,” my mentors would say, pointing to the low single digit returns of most water utilities, and abysmal […]

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A real positive impact with KKR’s green fund

By Mabel Feng KKR’s Green Portfolio Program is a great example of how private equity can add real value. It has found a way to invest and promote sustainability and energy initiatives across firms. Moreover, it is shedding light on the opaque task of valuing energy awareness for a firm. I may be drinking the […]

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Who will be the leaders in $15bn mega fund aimed at clean energy investment and whose time frame can be decades?

By Anonymous The concept of a $15bn clean energy focused fund is interesting from both a clean energy innovation perspective as well as from a capital markets and alternative investment asset class lens. The potential to commit such a large pool of capital towards funding research and innovation in the massively capital thirsty clean energy […]

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