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Workshop – Market Design for the Clean Energy Transition: The Role of New Generator Finance

WRI will partner with Resources for the Future to co-host a follow-up workshop aimed at deepening stakeholder understanding of how non-utility generation is and will be financed, and exploring the implications for wholesale market design and operations.

Rapid expansion of zero- and low-carbon generating capacity requires effective policy frameworks for both vertically integrated utilities and organized (restructured) electricity markets. In July, WRI convened a workshop to discuss potential frameworks for market design reform and identify areas of stakeholder interest. Resources for the Future and the National Renewable Energy Lab convened an earlier workshop in September 2017 that considered a range of options for organizing electricity transactions in the face of rapid technological change and related areas for new research.

The event will include presentations and discussions to illuminate the variety of financial instruments that developers use to de-risk their projects and secure financing (a world that is often less than transparent to policymakers). The discussion will also explore how market designs can and should reflect the changing nature of market risks and the instruments available for managing those risks.

Attendance is by invitation only, and the workshop will be conducted under Chatham House Rule. For more information and to request an invitation, please contact Heidi Bishop.


  • Elise Caplan, Director of Electric Market Analysis, American Public Power Association
  • Steven Corneli, Principal, Strategies for Clean Energy Innovation
  • Eric Gimon, Senior Fellow, Energy Innovation
  • Rob Gramlich, President, Grid Strategies
  • Brendan Pierpont, Consultant, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Dan Reicher, Senior Fellow, Stanford Law School
  • Jonathan Silver, Managing Director, Tax Equity Advisors

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