Popp Study on Role of Venture Capital, Governments in Clean Energy Published by CEPR
Sep 12, 2022
The role of venture capital and governments in clean energy: Lessons from the first cleantech bubble
David Popp, Matthias van den Heuvel
CEPR, July 2022
Large investments in low-carbon technologies are needed to limit global warming. This column uses data on U..S start-ups over the past 20 years to analyze how venture capital in clean technologies can address the funding gap. It argues that unsuccessful nationwide US climate policy has dampened demand for clean energy technologies in the past.
Moving forward, governments need to implement persistent demand-side policies, such as a carbon tax, to improve the expected performance of early-stage investors in clean energy, before using targeted public investments to fund the cleantech start-ups with limited potential for outsized returns.
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