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Doug Sims, Director of Strategy and Finance, Center for Market Innovation, New York

Doug Sims
I am Director of Strategy and Finance at NRDC's Center for Market Innovation. I joined NRDC after many years at an international law firm working on the project financing of energy and other infrastructure projects in Latin America, Africa and other places. It was exciting and interesting work, but life is short, and I wanted to apply my skills to combating climate change and to be on the front lines of the green revolution. I work on issues related to renewable energy deployment in the US and abroad. I earned a BA in philosophy from Stanford and a law degree from Harvard.

Recent Posts

Green Bank Network to Turbocharge Financing for Clean Energy Projects to Help Meet Global Climate Goals

Posted December 7, 2015 by Doug Sims

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Most people agree that we need to reduce climate-changing emissions around the world. The question remains, how do we pay for it? NRDC, in collaboration with the Coalition for Green Capital and six green banks, today announced we are establishing...continued

Imagine fixing our crumbling infrastructure in ways that last. It can be done.

Posted May 18, 2015 by Doug Sims

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We usually don't talk as a nation about infrastructure. It's best when it's invisible. Literally, it is the structure-beneath-the-structure that supports our lives. Your job supports your family, but infrastructure -- power, water, transportation as well as social infrastructure like...continued

New York starts spreading the News: 50 percent Offshore Wind Power Cost Reduction is on the Way

Posted March 12, 2015 by Doug Sims

This is Part I of a two-part series on offshore wind power in New York. It discusses opportunities to cut the cost of offshore wind by 2020 by using strategies set out in a new report written by the University...continued

Major Clean-Energy Milestone: Construction Begins On First US Offshore Wind Farm, After More than $290 Million In US and EU Financing Is Fully Secured

Posted March 3, 2015 by Doug Sims

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At long last, there's some great, game-changing news out today about offshore wind power in America. The innovative technology, which provides more than 8,000 megawatts of electricity in Europe alone, will soon be moving off of US drawing boards and...continued

First New York Green Bank deals to bring up to $800MM in Clean Energy Investments to New York State

Posted October 22, 2014 by Doug Sims

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Today, the New York Green Bank (NYGB) announced its first planned transactions. It's a broad, impressive set of offerings that could have transformative impact in New York and nationally by doubling down on boldness and creativity in the clean energy finance...continued

Strong with the wind: NRDC proposes consumer-friendly solutions for coastal states to jump start offshore wind investment

Posted February 25, 2013 by Doug Sims

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Offshore wind should already be becoming a core part of the energy mix in coastal states, but it’s not. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) landmark study, 20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy’s Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply,...continued

Governor Cuomo's New York Green Bank: a Triple Crown for the Clean Energy Economy

Posted January 9, 2013 by Doug Sims

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Governor Cuomo's New York Green Bank:  a Triple Crown for the Clean Energy Economy Today, in his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will be forming a Green Bank with $1 billion of initial...continued

PTC and MLPs: the U.S. clean energy industry needs both now, but the PTC off-ramp is just over the horizon

Posted December 13, 2012 by Doug Sims


Yesterday, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced their vision of the future of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy.  After 20 years of on again, off again spigot-action that has resulted in both an extraordinary increase of installed...continued

Clean Energy Finance 3.0 - The Rise of the State Green Banks

Posted September 17, 2012 by Doug Sims

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Clean energy finance banks or “Green Banks” are shaping up to be the latest in clean energy finance technology, as convincingly set out in a report issued last week by the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation. The Green...continued

The MLP Parity Act: Leveling the playing field for clean, renewable energy companies creates opportunities for investors

Posted June 8, 2012 by Doug Sims

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Yesterday, Senator Coons (D-DE) and co-sponsor Senator Moran (R-KS) introduced the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act.  NRDC strongly endorses the Act, which would help level the playing field for clean, renewable energy by reducing costs of development and increasing private...continued

Highly Anticipated Chilean Government Report on Energy Fails to Ask the Big Questions So Mostly gives Small Answers

Posted December 22, 2011 by Doug Sims

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Last May, in the middle of increasing public concern about energy mega-projects, particularly the proposed mega-dam complex called HidroAysén, President Piñera appointed a multi-disciplinary panel of experts to a special advisory body called La Comisión Asesora para el Desarrollo Eléctrico...continued

Obama to Piñera: Make Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency the Base Case Scenario for Building Chile's Energy Future

Posted March 17, 2011 by Doug Sims

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Before the emerging energy crisis was exacerbated by events in Libya and Japan, President Obama’s trip to Chile already had energy as a major agenda item.  The visit seemed destined to be a genial affair in which Obama and President...continued

Ohio opens the gates to economic growth and GHG reduction through a green public-private partnership

Posted October 27, 2010 by Doug Sims

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What is the best way to use government dollars to speed the deployment of cutting edge renewable energy technologies while creating jobs and growth at home and not destroying private incentives?  It’s sort of a trick question in that there...continued

Taking Chilean energy policy public part II: energy companies' investment decisions keep steering the ship towards the rocks

Posted August 4, 2010 by Doug Sims

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In my last blog, I discussed how some of the ills of the Chilean electricity sector can be attributed to the privatization of public policy, which has effectively been entrusted to a small number of energy companies and their shareholders. ...continued

For long term security of electricity supply, Chilean energy policy must "go public"

Posted July 29, 2010 by Doug Sims

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In the early eighties, Chile was a world leader in modernizing its electricity sector by privatizing state assets and creating a competitive environment.  Now, it has the chance to be a leader again in the “green power” revolution if it...continued


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