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Renewable Energy Sector Hails New York State's New Climate Plan

June 20, 2019

From Reuters – By Dave Gregorio

Investors, developers and users of renewable energy at an industry conference in New York this week were buzzing about the state’s ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. “New York is leading a path forward with public policy that signals to the capital markets and developers to deploy projects to achieve its ambitious goals,” Susan Nickey, managing director at Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc, said on Wednesday. New York state lawmakers passed the legislation early Thursday morning.

If Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill into law as expected, New York would become the second U.S. state to aim for a carbon-neutral economy. California Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order last year to make that state carbon-neutral by 2045.

“It’s great to have California and New York competing to see who can cut the most carbon,” said Gregory Wetstone, president and chief executive officer of the American Council on Renewable Energy, sponsor of the REFF-Wall Street conference in Manhattan.

Wetstone, whose group includes investors, developers and other professionals involved in renewable energy, noted that New York and California are the two most populous U.S. states, “and that matters. The grid will be changing more quickly and that’s exciting.”

The plan “creates new opportunities for investors in renewable energy that is grid connected but especially ‘behind-the-meter’ solutions like green roofs, distributed solar, advanced lighting and controls, onsite storage and battery storage projects,” said Nickey, whose company invests about $1 billion a year in the sector.

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Hannon Armstrong CEO: It's Time We Price Carbon. It's Never Been Done

Hannon Armstrong CEO Jeff Eckel tells Jim Cramer it’s time that companies “privatize the cost of the impacts of carbon.”

April 9, 2019

From CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer

Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital is a real estate investment trust that dedicates its money to fighting climate change, one of the biggest political topics today.

Responding to a question about the Green New Deal championed by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Democrats, CEO Jeff Eckel told Cramer he’s pleased that discussion about climate change has picked back up since the President Donald Trump pulled the United States from the Paris Climate Accord nearly two years ago.

“I’ve been a student of public energy policy for 40 years and I think it’s time we did the one thing we’ve never done, which is price carbon,” Eckel said. “Don’t let the government get it, get the money back to citizens, but start to capture the—start to internalize the socialized cost that fossil fuel interests are spreading out to everybody through climate change and other problems and internalize it. Let them privatize the cost of the impacts of carbon.”

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Hannon Armstrong CEO on Growth in Sustainable Investing

Jeff Eckel, CEO of Hannon Armstrong, joined Cheddar to discuss how investors can embrace climate change solutions without sacrificing returns.

February 26, 2019

From Cheddar Media

Sustainable investing is on the rise as investors seek opportunities to boost both the environment and their bank accounts. The value of ESG funds totaled $12 trillion at the beginning of 2018, more than a quarter of professionally managed assets in the U.S., according to the U.S. SIF Foundation.

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Climate Change Pushes Companies to Buy Renewables

Corporate buyers are leading the growth in spending on wind and solar, analysts say, and touting green credentials in marketing.

January 30, 2019

From The Wall Street Journal – By Timothy Puko

Corporations are fueling record investment in U.S. wind and solar power, seizing an
opportunity to show consumers their environmental stripes while also taking advantage of plunging costs and favorable tax breaks.

Spending on wind and solar grew 13% in 2018 from the year before, rising above $16 billion, according to consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. It expects growth will more than double in 2019.
Corporate buyers are leading that growth, analysts say, and are also touting their support of alternative energy in marketing campaigns.

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What the Climate Change Report Means for Investors, According to Hannon Armstrong CEO Jeff Eckel

November 28, 2018

From Barron’s – By Leslie P. Norton

The alarming government report on the impact of climate change will raise the profile of a number of companies engaged in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital (ticker: HASI). Hannon invests in sustainable infrastructure, measuring and tracking greenhouse gas emissions and investing only when emissions are neutral to negative.

“They are superb in attacking a large and growing industry with a terrific niche,” said Shawn Kravetz of Esplanade Capital, a Hannon investor.

Barron’s checked in with Jeff Eckel, Hannon’s CEO since 2000, about what the report means for investors and for his company. Here’s what he said.

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Sustainable Energy Investor Hannon Armstrong: ‘The Equity Tide Is Coming In Our Direction’

Oct 9, 2018

From Forbes – Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Contributor

The last decade has seen the sustainable energy industry make significant strides in the United States and across the globe. Supply chains for technologies such as LED lighting, solar panels, and batteries have become far more efficient, and costs have fallen dramatically with developing economies of scale. This, in turn, is a function of increased financial flows moving into the space and driving more projects.

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Eckel on Investing in Sustainable Energy

Aug 2, 2018

Bloomberg Radio – Paul Brennan

Jeff Eckel, CEO of Hannon Armstrong, on investing in sustainable infrastructure projects. He speaks on Bloomberg Markets with Pimm Fox and Bob Ivry.

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Too Small to Move the Needle? Not So Fast, Managers Argue

Jul 30, 2018

Institutional Investor – Julie Segal

As infrastructure projects get smaller and localized, asset managers are securitizing and bundling their way into major institutions’ portfolios.

Infrastructure projects are downsizing in scale, leading boutique managers to create alternative financing options and to bundle projects into funds.

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Hannon Armstrong Shows Growth in Going Green

Jul 16, 2018

REIT Magazine – Poonkulali Thangavelu

Climate change is one of the defining issues of the day, and that means ample growth opportunities lie ahead by enabling the world to go green, says Jeffrey Eckel, president and CEO of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital.

Hannon Armstrong provides financing to the sustainable infrastructure markets. The firm’s financing enables projects that help cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Hannon Armstrong also sees investment and services opportunities in infrastructure assets that help manage and mitigate the impact of climate change.

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Lending Competition Spurs Green Financing Mart

Jun 7, 2018

Real Estate Finance & Investment – Sondra Campanelli

Driven by a competitive lending environment, commercial real estate financiers are starting to provide energy efficiency financings in order to…

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Clean Energy Requires New Financing Models: Q&A with Hannon Armstrong CEO Jeff Eckel

May 9, 2018

Bloomberg Sustainable Finance Brief

Financing the clean energy economy requires new models and there aren’t a lot of companies that have stepped up to do it yet, according to Jeffrey Eckel, CEO of Hannon Armstrong, a renewable energy financing company. He spoke to Emily Chasan and Brian Eckhouse about how the industry can scale up. Comments have been edited and condensed.

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