CESA webinar shows lessons from energy-efficiency programs apply to low-income solar
As states seek to increase the adoption of solar among low-income households and communities, the history of low-income energy-efficiency programs provides useful lessons. In this webinar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher Ian Hoffman discussed the lessons learned from low-income energy efficiency programs, and how they can be applied to low-income solar programs. Topics covered include how programs can be tailored to different segments of the low-income population, such as multifamily vs. single-family housing, as well as what obstacles have been encountered and what new solutions are proposed.
Source: Clean States Energy Advisory, 3/23/17
|Reports and Studies||3/20/2017|
IREC report highlights efforts to improve clean energy safety, access, price
For 35 years, Interstate Renewable Energy Council has brought together multiple clean energy stakeholders, often with differing goals, to reach consensus and produce results. This report, released at IREC’s 35th anniversary on March 8th in Washington, D.C., highlights eight noteworthy results of IREC’s decades-long work in regulatory reform, workforce development and consumer protection that have made clean energy safer, more accessible and affordable for us all. The report also features The House that IREC Built, an essay from former president/CEO Jane Weissman, on how IREC’s culture of responding to changing markets and political circumstances has yielded an impressive list of clean energy impacts and outcomes over its 35-year history.
Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 3/8/17
|Reports and Studies||3/20/2017|
Webinar: Solar+Storage for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities
CESA has produced a new report for states and municipalities on solar+storage for low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. The report, Solar+Storage for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities: A Guide for States and Municipalities, explains how solar+storage can benefit LMI residents and describes a variety of policy tools for doing so, including grants, rebates, utility procurement standards, financing support, opening markets, and soft cost reductions.
Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf.
This webinar was a presentation of CESA's Sustainable Solar Education Project.
Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 3/17/17
CESA project seeks to grow distributed solar market
The Sustainable Solar Education Project provides timely information and educational resources to help states and municipalities ensure distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and benefits low- and moderate-income households. The project is developing program guides, webinars, online course material, and in-person training for government officials on topics related to strengthening solar equitability, improving consumer information, and implementing consumer protection measures. It is managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and funded through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals program.
Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 3/16/17
Learn about green power certification, verification from recorded webinar
The Green Power Partnership webinar, The Value of Certification and Verification is available online. The webinar presented information on the importance of certifying and verifying green power purchases.
You can download the webinar presentations and the webinar recording on the GPP website.
You will need Windows Media Player or a similar media player to view the webinar. All past and upcoming webinars can be found on the GPP Events & Webinars page.
Source: EPA Green Power Partnership, 3/9/17
The CESA Brief for March 2017
The CESA Brief e-newsletter provides periodic updates about the programs and accomplishments of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and its member organizations.
To keep-up-to date with all of CESA's projects, join the mailing lists
Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 3/13/17
CESA Energy Storage webinar recording available online
In this webinar, Dan Borneo and Ben Schenkman from Sandia National Laboratories presented lessons learned from the portfolio of projects that Sandia is involved with. Panelists discussed project initiation, application determination, power and energy requirements, design, and installation, as well as other aspects of a successful energy storage project such as commissioning, system testing, codes and standards, data acquisition, and operations. This presentation was followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 3/8/17
Hydroelectric power is poised for comeback in California
California’s years-long drought put hydroelectric power flat on its back.
But one of the cleanest and cheapest energy sources may be poised for a comeback as the state has been drenched with rain and its mountains blanketed in snow in recent months.
Energy officials studying the numbers are cautiously optimistic the sector’s output may roar back to levels seen before drought decimated watersheds, streams and reservoirs.
Such a turnaround may not make a big difference in electricity bills because many factors go into what consumers pay, experts said. Instead, the major benefit would come in the form of less air pollution.
Source: Los Angeles Times, 3/7/17
Download Recording of Wind and Wildlife Webinar
In this webinar, Taber Allison of the American Wind Wildlife Institute described the current state of knowledge of wind turbine interactions with wildlife, and explained the key issues that were discussed at the December 2016 national Wind Wildlife Research Meeting.
Source: Clean Energy Group withNortheast Wind Resource Center, 3/3/17
|Reports and Studies||3/8/2017|
Watch DOE EnergyTalks online
Increase your Energy IQ! EnergyTalks presentations provide in-depth explanations of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs by energy specialists. Each 10-20 minute presentation highlights an aspect of our revolutionary impact on energy innovation. The complexity and breadth of this work is world-renowned and recorded on video.
Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 3/9/17
|Reports and Studies||3/8/2017|
Guide Details Best Practices for Photovoltaic System Operations and Maintenance
A best-practices report on photovoltaic (PV) operations and maintenance (O&M) released by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the PV O&M Working Group provides valuable insights on improving the performance of PV systems, extending their lifespan, and saving costs. The report is an expanded edition of an interim report published in 2015.
Lead author Andy Walker of NREL will host a webinar on March 15, 2017, at 12 p.m. EST to discuss the guide in more detail and take questions. Register here.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 3/9/17
Co-ops Get $202M in Power Loans
The latest round of loans from the Rural Utilities Service will direct $202 million for transmission and distribution projects to electric cooperatives in nine states.
Roger Glendenning, acting deputy undersecretary for rural development at the Department of Agriculture, made the announcement Feb. 28.
"USDA continues to be a partner with cooperatives and utilities to expand and modernize the rural electric grid," Glendenning said. "These loans represent the latest efforts to create jobs, help grow the rural economy, and support new technology."
The money comes from the RUS Electric Loan Program, which provides low-cost loans and loan guarantees, generally with a repayment period not to exceed 35 years.
Source: Cooperative.com, 3/2/17
Using Solar to Meet Campus Sustainability Goals
Thursday, March 30
10-11 AM MT
University campuses are increasingly deploying solar to meet their sustainability goals. This webinar will focus on how campuses can evaluate the costs and benefits of solar PV. Jenny Heeter (NREL) will share information on the current costs of solar and how solar compares to other greenhouse gas reduction efforts that campuses are taking. Chris O’Brien (Edison Energy) will present trends in campus renewable energy purchasing, including data on on-site PV installations. O’Brien will also review factors in understanding how on-site PV can be beneficial to campuses, including the engagement benefits. Finally, Lars Lisell (NREL) will demonstrate how campuses can use NREL’s System Advisor Model (SAM) to determine technical and economic feasibility of implementing a solar project. Recent work will also be highlighted that was performed as part of NREL’s solar implementation assistance program.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 3/8/17
|Reports and Studies||3/2/2017|
DOE creates new document to streamline federal PV soliciations
With the increasing adaption of on-site renewable energy systems designed to feed site loads, there is a critical need to develop tools that allow the federal sector to become a mature and sophisticated consumer. Procurement Specification Templates for On-site Solar Photovotaic is intended to reduce project development and operational risks while increasing the speed at which projects are completed; two necessary components to reach the scale required to meet mandates and achieve cost savings for taxpayers. This guide is intended to act as a living document where lessons learned from the increasing number of projects can be incorporated and provide guidance for efforts.
While additional guides will be developed to cover other renewable technologies, this guide covers on-site solar photovoltaic systems with an emphasis on third-party designed, financed, owned, and operated systems.
Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 2/13/17
CEC posts Grant Funding Opportunity
The following documents for GFO-16-509 - Geothermal Grant and Loan Program (GRDA) - Mineral Recovery from Geothermal Brines are now available on the California Energy Commission website:
- Pre-Application Workshop Participant List
- Pre-Application Workshop Webex recording
- Pre-Application Workshop Presentation
Source: California Energy Commission, 2/23/17
California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms
A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will soon build the largest wind farm in the United States to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals.
The $5 billion project, however, will be constructed 700 miles away in Wyoming, a state better known for coal mines and oil fields.
The vast distance between the two states provides a different Anschutz-owned firm with another big opportunity: a $3 billion project building transmission lines to deliver the power - one of a dozen similar power-line projects by other companies across the West.
Source: Reuters, 2/15/17
Find Funding & Financing Opportunities
The Energy Department supports a number of grant, loan and financing programs. Learn more about these programs and how they can help you -- whether you are a startup energy business looking to launch a pilot project, a company with proven technology that needs help reaching commercial scale, or a state, local or tribal government looking for funding resources for energy projects.
Source: Department of Energy, 2/17/17
|Funding||2/16/2017|Apply for funding for energy efficiency, renewables
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) works with business, industry, universities, and other organizations to increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. One way EERE encourages the growth of these technologies is by offering financial assistance opportunities for their development and demonstration.
Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 2/17/17
|Reports and Studies||2/15/2017|
Final report issued on digester repowering project
Municipal wastewater treatment accounts for 0.5-0.6 percent of the national electricity demand and is typically the largest operating cost after staff. This infrastructure has an excellent opportunity to re-define itself and evolve to being an energy producer versus an energy user. The solids, or sludge in municipal wastewater are rich in energy potential that can be harnessed when treated with the right anaerobic digestion technology.
A demonstration project by the California Energy Commission evaluated the measure of retrofitting a conventional digester with an Omnivore digester to increase biogas production.
Source: California Energy Commission, 2/15/17
Solar webinar recording, slides available to download
American Public Power Association presented the webinar, Solar in Your Community Challenge, Feb. 15. The Challenge will support dozens of teams across the country with cash prizes and technical assistance to demonstrate innovative, scalable business and financial models that can open new solar markets that benefit these underserved communities.
If you were unable to participate, a recording and the PowerPoint presentation are available online. (Registration required)
Source: American Public Power Association, 2/15/17
The Value of Certification and Verification
11:00 am-12:00 pm MT
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar
with the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) examining the value of certification and verification in the green power market.
Switching to green power is easy with the right information but it can be difficult for buyers of green power to know whether they are buying credible products from credible suppliers. For this reason, EPA recommends, as a consumer best practice, buying green power products that are third-party certified and verified. Green power products certified by an independent third-party offers consumer a higher level of certainty about the integrity of their purchase.
The Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e Energy program not only certifies green power products, but also independently verifies the products on an annual basis.
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, 2/13/17
|Reports and Studies||2/12/2017|
Archived webinar introduces solar standards guide
Clean Energy States Alliance has produced a guide on standards and requirements for solar equipment, installation, and licensing and certification. The guide, “Standards and Requirements for Solar Equipment, Installation, and Licensing and Certification: A Guide for States and Municipalities,” is designed for state and municipal officials who are developing or revising solar standards and requirements. It discusses a selection of programs and rules for solar equipment, installation, and licensing & certification to highlight the means by which states and municipalities have addressed these areas and includes recommendations and considerations for each topic area.
In this webinar, report authors Beren Argetsinger of Keyes & Fox LLP and Ben Inskeep of EQ Research LLC provided an overview of the guide and addressed questions from the audience.
Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 2/9/17
|Reports and Studies||2/6/2017|
National Solar Jobs Census for 2016 now available
The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016 is the seventh annual update on current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. The Solar Jobs Census 2016 found that solar employment increased by over 51,000 workers, a 25 percent increase over 2015. Overall, the Solar Jobs Census found there were 260,077 solar workers in 2016. Solar industry employment has nearly tripled since the first National Solar Jobs Census was released in 2010.
Source: The Solar Foundation, 2/3/17
|Reports and Studies||2/1/2017|
DOE releases 2017 US Energy & Employment Report
The US Energy & Employment Report 2017 finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 by just under 5 percent, adding over 300,000 net new jobs, roughly 14% of all jobs created in the country.
Source: Department of Energy, 2/1/17
|Reports and Studies||2/1/2017|
RMI report explores risks, opportunities of community solar development
Among developers, financiers, and communities, coming to a shared understanding of the risks and opportunities of community-scale solar (CSS) can be challenging. Rocky Mountain Institute’s Shine program and Sustainable Finance practice have collaborated on a report outlining project structures that address key risks and opportunities for stakeholders interested in developing and scaling CSS projects. The report, Financing Community-Scale Solar: How the Solar Financing Industry Can Meet $16 Billion in Investment Demand by 2020, is based on recent on-the-ground community and industry experience.
Download Financing Community-Scale Solar.
Source: Rocky Mountain Institute, 1/31/17
|Reports and Studies||2/1/2017|
DER rate design explored in NARUC manual
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has published a manual to assist commissions in considering appropriate rate design and compensation policies for distributed energy resources (DER).
The nature of electricity delivery, consumption, generation, and grid itself are changing, and changing rapidly. Understanding how DER impact the grid itself, including reliability, is important, but also understanding where, when, and how DER can benefit the grid is of equal value. Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation attempts to provide regulators and stakeholders with information on how to address these opportunities, while maintaining affordable, reliable, safe and secure electricity.
Source: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, 12/1/16
|Reports and Studies||2/1/2017|
Standards and Requirements for Solar Equipment, Installation, and Licensing and Certification: A Guide for States and Municipalities
This guide from the Clean Energy States Alliance is intended as a starting point for program managers in states or municipalities who are developing or revising standards and requirements for installation, licensing and certification, equipment and warranties for solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment and systems. It discusses a selection of programs and rules in these areas to highlight various means by which states and municipalities have addressed these topics and how they impact the implementation of solar policy goals. The guide develops recommendations and considerations for each topic area based upon review of numerous state and local solar programs and in consultation with program managers, solar installers, consultants, and non-governmental organizations.
Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 1/30/17
Van Ness Feldman Hydro Newsletter - Vol. 4, Issue 2
- President Appoints Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur as Acting FERC Chairman; Former Chairman Norman Bay Resigns; Limitations on FERC’s Ability to Act Without a Quorum
- Second Circuit Reinstates EPA’s Water Transfers Rule
- FERC to Hold Workshop on Two-Year Pilot Licensing Process
- President Trump Issues Executive Order for Expedited Environmental Review of High Priority Infrastructure Projects
- President Trump Issues Executive Order for Regulatory Reform
- FERC Issues Policy Statement on Electric Storage Resources
- Supreme Court Agrees to resolve Jurisdiction Issue for Challenges to Waters of the U.S. Rule
- FERC Adjusts Civil Penalty Amounts
- Army Corps of Engineers Releases 2017 Nationwide Permits
Source: Van Ness Feldman, 1/31/17
Edison and Tesla unveil giant energy storage system
Tesla Motors Inc. and Southern California Edison on Monday unveiled one of the world’s largest energy storage facilities, part of a massive deployment of grid-connected batteries that regulators hail as key to helping keep Southern California’s lights on and reducing fossil-fuel reliance.
The facility at the utility’s Mira Loma substation in Ontario contains nearly 400 Tesla PowerPack units on a 1.5-acre site, which can store enough energy to power 2,500 homes for a day or 15,000 homes for four hours. The utility will use the collection of lithium-ion batteries, which look like big white refrigerators, to gather electricity at night and other off-peak hours so that the electrons can be injected back into the grid when power use jumps.
Source: Los Angeles Times, 1/30/17