Financing Energy Projects


Improving energy efficiency can result in significant economic and environmental benefits. Public sector organisations are increasingly seeing energy costs rise, which in turn increases the financial attractiveness of projects aimed at reducing energy consumption. This publication takes a look at public sector energy schemes and their financing.








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New opportunities are emerging for public sector organisations to engage in the generation and supply of energy in ways that can improve local energy security.

Some of the barriers to developing and financing new initiatives appear to be a lack of understanding of the language of financing, and limited knowledge of the range of options available for developing and financing new projects.

This publication takes a look at public sector energy schemes and their financing. This includes both those designed to reduce energy consumption and those focusing on sustainable energy production. The aim is to provide the reader with practical information, including:

  • finance fundamentals
  • financial instruments
  • energy efficiency and production schemes
  • approaches to financing projects
  • finance language
  • project vehicles
  • developing the business case
  • examples of public sector projects.

This guide is available in book and bookmarked PDF formats. Details of licensing arrangements for other categories of purchaser, which includes those organisations operating shared service arrangements, are available from CIPFA’s Publications Department.

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