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One healthy bipartisan effort in Congress relates to enabling Master Limited Partnerships (MLP’s) to finance renewable energy projects. Long used in traditional energy, MLPs are a proven instrument and can help overcome the high upfront costs of renewable energy hardware and installation which produces a stream of low cost energy over its life. This is done by having a public market for investors to efficiently price and trade MLP interests.

Here’s a good article by Jordan Collins and Bryan Stockton explaining the progress in Congress toward enabling legislation to include renewable energy projects. While not a done deal, it is encouraging to see this important instrument be debated.

http://www.mintz.com/newsletter/2013/Advisories/3138-0613-NAT-ECT_Collins-Stockton/index.html

 

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