Financing the Energy Transition

Jonah Allen

Research Associate

Jonah is a Research Associate at the Jain Family Institute and a third-year Ph.D. student in Mineral and Energy Economics at the Colorado School of Mines, where he researches water policy, energy markets, and sustainable finance. He previously obtained his B.S. in Environmental Studies and certificate in Technology Business Management from UC Santa Barbara, where he focused coursework on renewable energy deployment, water management, and the energy-water nexus. In his senior thesis he studied the potential for industrial-scale remediation of contaminated brownfield sites using white-rot fungi.
As an undergraduate, Jonah complemented his coursework with internships in data analysis for a water management district, market research for software company in renewable energy, and project management for a renewable technology innovation hub. Before beginning the Ph.D. at Mines, Jonah spent two years managing finance and operations for a small residential construction company in his hometown of San Francisco.

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Financing the Energy Transition

This series presents at investors and policymakers with a high-level picture of the factors influencing the financing and bankability of green technologies in the United States. For each technology -- including nuclear, solar, wind, hydrogen, long duration energy storage, carbon capture, and industrial decarbonization -- our team of data analysts and market experts conducts in-depth interviews with investors and scholars to ground sector-specific levelized cost models. These models, in turn, allow us to capture the key sensitivities governing each technology's cost profile and identify the most important levers for optimizing their financial viability. With these reports, we aim to equip decisionmakers, on both the investment and the policy sides, with the insights they need in order to make informed decisions that will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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