In May and June, EPA's Local Government Climate and Energy Program will host a three-part webcast series about funding and financing clean energy programs.
Part I: Getting Started: Answering Big Picture Funding Questions
May 16, 2012, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT)
Many local governments are investing in clean energy programs to meet their energy, environmental and economic policy goals. In this post-ARRA world, they're also asking how they should fund these clean energy programs. This introductory webinar will cover the big picture questions that local governments should consider. What resources are available? What are the program priorities? How can these programs pay for themselves? What funding is available? This webinar will guide local governments through these and other questions in the context of their own unique circumstances and illustrate the concepts through case studies that explore how local governments have used both conventional and unconventional methods to gain support, line up partners and design and implement their funding programs.
Part II: Getting it Funded: Finding Funding for your Clean Energy Programs
May 30, 2012, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT)
Part II of this webinar series explores the holy grail of local government program design: finding sources of funding. This fast-paced presentation will cover seed funding versus sustainable funding, funding that can be used up versus what must be repaid, sources of revenue, and more. Local government case studies will demonstrate how to identify and understand the sources of funding, including grants, energy savings, partnering with the private sector, fees and taxes, leasing agreements and bonds.
Part III: Keeping it Going: Financing Options for your Clean Energy Programs
June 13, 2012, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT)
It's one thing to secure initial funding to launch a clean energy program; it's another to implement smart financing mechanisms that can help leverage existing funds and make clean energy investments more affordable for clean energy program audiences (residential, commercial and municipal sectors). In Part III of this webinar series, learn how to choose and implement financing options that meet local needs. Hear from local governments about successful programs using a variety of financing models. Also learn about new resources from EPA that can help identify and design financing programs that are specific to a community's needs: the Financing Program Decision Tool (http://go.usa.gov/VRl), and Clean Energy Financing Programs: A Decision Resource for States and Communities (http://go.usa.gov/VRi).
To register for these webcasts, visit http://epa.gov/statelocalclimate/web-podcasts/local-webcasts.html. Learn more about EPA's Local Government Climate and Energy Program athttp://epa.gov/statelocalclimate.