The Nevada Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) is a non-profit organization created in 2017 by state legislation. NCEF provides financial and technical resources to accelerate clean energy growth in the state, reduce energy costs, create jobs, and meaningfully address climate change. NCEF works with communities, local businesses, schools, governments, utilities, contractors, lenders, and others to increase access to clean energy opportunities such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, zero-emission vehicles, and energy storage.
After its creation in 2017, NCEF was incubated for four years with the support of the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC) and NCEF's Board of Directors. The start-up of NCEF is funded by the Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) with unused American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
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NCEF is a Green Bank, which is an institutional model that has been successfully proven in over a dozen other US states. The Coalition for Green Capital (CGC) defines Green Banks as “mission-driven institutions that use innovative financing to accelerate the transition to clean energy and fight climate change.” Green Banks address clean energy market gaps and financial barriers, serving segments of the population and economy that have historically experienced underinvestment in clean energy. Green Banks achieve their goals through the direct provision of financing, such as loans and co-investments, and market development activities, such as providing technical assistance, partnership building, and turnkey financial product design.
Unlike typical “banks,” Green Banks do not take deposits, and operations can be funded by governments, private investors, or charitable contributions.
Kirsten Stasio is Executive Director of the Nevada Clean Energy Fund (NCEF). She has over a decade of clean energy experience across the investment, policy, education, corporate and start-up sectors. Before joining NCEF, Kirsten worked at MAP Energy, an energy investment firm, where she helped scale investments in renewable energy across the US. Her early career began at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a non-profit, where she worked with policymakers and other stakeholders to implement climate finance solutions. She holds an MBA and an MS from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California, Davis.
Kirsten moved to Nevada with her family in 2018. In her free time, she serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University where she teaches a course on energy and sustainability. The origins of her passion for sustainability trace back to her childhood when she spent time on her family’s fourth-generation ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills, a place where she enjoys spending time today with her husband and daughter.
The NCEF Board of Directors consists of Nevada state government officials and nominees from state labor organizations and counties that are appointed by the Governor of Nevada. The nine Directors include: