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Green Power9/28/2017

​Green Power Partnership Program Update for September

This Web page highlights recent news and press about the Green Power Partnership and its Partners. The following news, media coverage, and press releases can be accessed from this Web page.

Green Power Partnership (GPP) Program Updates are published monthly and provide the latest news and updates on the Partnership.

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Issue 52, September 27, 2017

In this issue:

  • Renewable Energy Markets Conference – Register Now!
  • New GPP Web Pages & Resources
  • GPP Webinar Recap: Solar Carports: Turning University Parking Facilities into Renewable Electricity Plants
  • Upcoming Deadline for Partner Data in Top Partner Rankings
  • Recent Updates to Partnership Requirements
  • Partner Spotlight: Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Welcome New Partners!
  • New DOE Wind Reports Show Continued Growth Nationwide
  • New NREL Report: “Charting the Emergence of Corporate Procurement of Utility-Scale PV”

Source: EPA Green Power Partnership, 9/27/17

Reports and Studies9/28/2017

EESI 2016 annual report now available

EESI's annual reports describe some of our successes and highlight the donors, partners, and friends who made them possible. To find out how you can help make this work possible, please email Susan Williams or call her at (202) 662-1887.

Source: Environmental and Energy Study Institute, 9/27/17

Reports and Studies9/28/2017

Tracking the Sun 10: The Installed Price of Residential and Non-Residential Photovoltaic Systems in the United States

Berkeley Lab’s Tracking the Sun report series is dedicated to summarizing trends in the installed price of grid-connected, residential and non-residential systems solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States. The present report, the tenth edition in the series, focuses on systems installed through year-end 2016, with preliminary data for the first half of 2017. The report provides an overview of both long-term and more-recent trends, highlighting key drivers for installed price declines over different time horizons. The report also extensively characterizes the widespread variability in system pricing, comparing installed prices across states, market segments, installers, and various system and technology characteristics.

A webinar about the report will be held on October 4th at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. Register for the webinar.

Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 9/25/17

Green Power9/28/2017

Matchmaking: How the Solar Training Network’s New Solar Careers Web Platform Connects People with Solar Careers

Think of it as a solar connection hub. The new Solar Training Network connects solar job seekers, solar employers, training providers and workforce development boards, all in the name of growing the solar workforce to meet the needs of the booming industry.

Source: The Solar Training Network, 7/27/17

Funding9/28/2017

The California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge Program -- $22M Grant Funding Opportunity for Microgrids

Closing Date: Oct. 20, 2017

The California Energy Commission (CEC) Electric Program Investment Charge Program has released Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO) GFO-17-302 to Demonstrate Business Case for Advanced Microgrids in Support of California's Energy and GHG Policies. The GFO-17-302 expressly identifies California Military Bases as a focus area and has allocated $22M towards the effort. Application submissions close on Oct. 20, 2017.

The U.S. Army has installations located in the service territories of the three eligible California Investor Owned Utilities, including Presidio of Monterey and Fort Irwin, which currently have distributed energy resources. The U.S. Army would cooperate to the extent permissible by law with any grant recipient whose project is considered to be in the best interest of the U. S. Army.

For additional information contact the Army's Office of Energy Initiatives via email or call 703-697-4000 and if after normal business hours, please leave a message and we will return your call the next business day.

Source: California Energy Commission, 8/4/17

Reports and Studies9/26/2017
Through the Interconnections Seam Study, National Renewable Energy Laboratory joins national lab, university, and industry partners to identify cost-effective options for upgrading the U.S. electric grid to create a more integrated power syste​m that can drive economic growth and increase efficient development and utilization of the nation's abundant energy resources, including solar, wind, and natural gas.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 9/26/17​​
Reports and Studies9/25/2017

Berkeley Lab's "Utility-Scale Solar 2016" finds solar power increasingly competitive

Berkeley Lab is pleased to announce the release of Utility-Scale Solar 2016, which presents analysis of empirical project-level data from the U.S. fleet of ground-mounted solar projects with capacities exceeding 5 MW-AC. While focused on key developments in 2016, this report explores trends in deployment and project design, installed project prices, operating costs, capacity factors, and power purchase agreement prices among both utility-scale photovoltaic and concentrating solar thermal power projects.

Finally, if you find this report-and the data it provides-to be useful, or if you regularly work with or are in search of solar data to aid you in your work, please note that the U.S. Department of Energy has recently issued a Request for Information concerning solar energy analysis and data needs.  Responses are due by October 6, 2017.

A webinar about the report will be held on October 11th at 10:00 am Pacific Time. Register for the webinar  .

Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 9/19/17

Green Power9/25/2017

New Solar Learning Videos for Local Code Officials and Other Building Professionals   

With the U.S. on pace for 4 million solar electric (PV) installations by 2020, building and electrical inspectors and other local code officials have their work cut out for them to keep up. It’s their job to ensure proper, safe installations, in line with current codes and standards. New informational videos on solar codes and safety are the latest in a suite of training resources targeted to code officials, architects, builders and solar installers.

“With the rapid expansion of solar installations, training from the NEC® (National Electrical Code), as well as other codes and standards become a critical combination to ensure a safe installation,” says David Clements, CEO of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).  “These must-see videos are an excellent resource that will help educate code officials and inspectors when inspecting residential solar installations. We are excited to have partnered with IREC on developing training material that will benefit both code officials and installers. Knowledge and knowing how to apply it will ensure a code compliant installation.”

Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 9/13/17

Reports and Studies9/25/2017

FEMP presentation examines energy legislation

At the Renewable Energy Working Group (REWG) meeting last month at Energy Exchange in Florida, the Federal Energy Management Program gave a presentation entitled:  "Legislation: What's Cooking on the Hill?”.  Although not intended to be all inclusive, it had a good summary of many renewable related legislative actions.

Source: DOE Federal Energy Management Program, 8/4/17

Green Power9/25/2017

Sterling's Resilient Energy Storage System: Providing Ratepayer Savings and Power Assurance for Emergency Response

A new video detailing the economic and emergency preparedness benefits of the battery storage system in the town of Sterling, Massachusetts has been released by the nonprofits Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance. The nine-minute documentary video explains how the energy storage system works, how it will save Sterling’s ratepayers $400,000 per year in electricity charges, and how it will provide backup power to the town’s police station and emergency dispatch center in the event of a long-duration power outage.

This video is an excellent educational resource for policymakers, educators, people in the clean energy sector, and for ratepayers who want to better understand how the electric grid works, and how energy storage combined with solar PV could provide multiple benefits to their community.

Source: Resilient Power - a Project of Clean Energy Group, 9/20/17

Green Power9/25/2017

EPA Green Power Partnership Issues Minor Updates to Partnership Requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Green Power Partnership as a voluntary program that encourages the use of renewable electricity to protect human health and the environment. The Green Power Partnership provides a framework that includes credible usage benchmarks, market information, technical assistance, and public recognition to organizations that use green power.

Since the Green Power Partnership was established, EPA has continually reviewed and updated the Partnership’s program requirements. These new requirements are highlighted in the Green Power Partnership Program Requirements document and are reflected throughout the partnership website.

What’s Next: EPA will be seeking feedback on a second set of proposed program requirement changes in October. Please keep an eye out for notifications of these additional proposed changes. For further questions, please contact the EPA Green Power Partnership.

Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, 9/22/17

Green Power9/21/2017

How Billions of Internet-of-Things Devices Could Change the Grid Edge—and Boost Grid Resilience

The internet of things is a term made up of equal parts hype and reality -- hype about the possibilities of billions of devices communing to make work safer, more productive and more profitable, and the reality of slow and uncertain progress.

Gartner reports that the number of connected things in use worldwide has grown 31 percent to 8.4 billion from 2016 to 2017, with nearly $2 trillion in total spending on endpoints and services. But of that figure, 5.2 billion devices are consumer items -- Fitbits, Alexas, and the like -- while the number of vertical-specific and cross-industry devices add up to just more than 2 billion. 

Verizon’s third annual State of the Market: IOT Report, released this week, provides some important data on how these industry-specific and cross-platform IOT networks are being deployed, including a breakout section on how energy and utility companies are using IOT.

Source: GreenTech Media, 9/14/17

Reports and Studies9/15/2017

​New Solar Learning Videos for Local Code Officials and Other Building Professionals 

With the U.S. on pace for 4 million solar electric (PV) installations by 2020, building and electrical inspectors and other local code officials have their work cut out for them to keep up. It’s their job to ensure proper, safe installations, in line with current codes and standards. New informational videos on solar codes and safety are the latest in a suite of training resources targeted to code officials, architects, builders and solar installers.

Regional chapters of the International Code Council and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors have begun hosting one-day trainings where code officials can learn the steps of accurate, consistent solar permit plan review, with the focus on the pre-inspection work of reviewing and approving the plan. To complement what they learn in the class, or as an introduction beforehand, participants can watch and learn about the details of residential solar inspection in the two new brief videos (4-5 minutes each).

Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 9/13/17

Green Power9/15/2017

Timely New Video Shows Cities and Towns How Energy Storage Can Protect Critical Facilities During Extreme Storms while Saving Money

A new video showcasing the Sterling Municipal Light Department’s award-winning energy storage system premiered yesterday at the Solar Power International/Energy Storage International conference in Las Vegas and at the Innovation Northeast’s Energy Storage & Microgrid conference  in Boston. The video highlights the municipal utility’s energy storage microgrid, which is bringing both economic and resiliency benefits to the town of Sterling, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking energy storage project is the result of a collaboration among municipal, state, federal, industry, philanthropy, and nonprofit partners.

The video, produced by Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance, details the economic case for the battery storage system and includes an animation sequence on how the energy storage system works, how it is saving the town of Sterling money, and how it will provide backup power to the town’s police station and emergency dispatch center in the event of a long-duration power outage. The video is available at http://bit.ly/CEG-Sterling.

Source: PR Web, 9/12/17

Green Power9/12/2017

HECO's Grid Modernization Strategy an Investment in Future

Through Order No. 34281, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) directed the Hawaiian Electric Companies to develop "a detailed Grid Modernization Strategy" that "will provide the comprehensive and holistic vision and context to inform subsequent review of discrete grid modernization project applications submitted by the Companies."

The PUC directed the Hawaiian Electric Companies to make an initial draft of the Grid Modernization Strategy available for stakeholder review and comment no later than June 30, 2017, with the final Grid Modernization Strategy documents be filed with the commission no later than August 29, 2017.

This web page will be regularly updated throughout the Grid Modernization Strategy process, with strategy documents and filings, workshop information, presentations, and public comments that have been submitted.

Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, 5/10/17

Reports and Studies9/12/2017

Webinar presents results of 2017 US renewables portfolio standards status report

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has just released its annual report reviewing key trends in state renewables portfolio standards (RPS). The report, U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2017 Annual Status Report, is available for download. Berkeley Lab’s announcement of the report notes: “This annual update, which is published in slide-deck form, builds on Berkeley Lab's ongoing efforts to track and analyze state RPS policies. Among other topics, it describes recent legislative revisions, key policy design features, past and projected impacts on renewables development, compliance trends, and costs. The 2017 edition of the report presents historical data through year-end 2016 and projections through 2030.”

Galen Barbose, lead author for the report, presented the key findings in a webinar for the RPS Collaborative.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 9/16/17

Reports and Studies9/12/2017

Beyond Electrons: How Utilities are Navigating the Evolving Energy Landscape 

Traditionally, customers only expected their electric utility to keep the lights on. But technology advances and new customer demands are causing significant changes in the industry. People expect more than just power from their utility. At the same time, new technologies and distributed energy resources are enabling customers to consume less energy. What does this evolving energy landscape mean for utilities? How are utilities adapting, and how can they innovate to ensure both customer satisfaction and business value for years to come?

Download this webinar to learn:

  • How utility business models are shifting to create new revenue streams
  • How utilities are responding to ever changing customer demands
  • How utilities can leverage partnerships to provide innovative products and services

Source: Zpryme, 9/8/17

Reports and Studies9/12/2017

NREL publication covers best practices in PV O&M

Efforts of the Photovoltaic Operation and Maintenance Working Group have resulted in important publications including Best Practices in Photovoltaic System Operations and Maintenance – 2nd Edition.

This publication has been deployed in other knowledge outlets including a webinar  and two on-line trainings: “Operations and Maintenance for Optimal Photovoltaic System Performance,” and “O&M Best Practices for Small-Scale PV Systems.” The guide describes how to plan and deliver a cost-effective O&M program including dependencies on system type and condition and how to estimate cost and reserve account requirements.  Scopes of work and model contract language are included in appendices. Another important publication is the Cost Model User Guide  that details the methods, assumptions, and calculations behind the annual cost and reserve account calculations.”

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 9/8/17

Reports and Studies9/11/2017

NREL Analysis Identifies Where Commercial Customers Might Benefit from Battery Energy Storage

Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The white paper, Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges (PDF), details an analysis of more than 10,000 utility tariffs in 48 states. The findings indicate that approximately 5 million commercial customers across the country may be able to achieve electricity cost savings by deploying battery storage to manage peak demand.
 
Clean Energy Group, a collaborator on the project, will host a free webinar on Sept. 19, 2-3 p.m. EDT (noon-1 p.m. MDT) to discuss the findings of the report.

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 8/24/17

Reports and Studies9/1/2017

​U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2017 Annual Status Report

Sept. 6
11 a.m.-12 p.m. MT

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has just released its annual report reviewing key trends in state renewables portfolio standards (RPS). The report, U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2017 Annual Status Report, is available for download. Berkeley Lab’s announcement of the report notes: “This annual update, which is published in slide-deck form, builds on Berkeley Lab's ongoing efforts to track and analyze state RPS policies. Among other topics, it describes recent legislative revisions, key policy design features, past and projected impacts on renewables development, compliance trends, and costs. The 2017 edition of the report presents historical data through year-end 2016 and projections through 2030.”

Galen Barbose, lead author for the report, will present the key findings in a webinar for the RPS Collaborative.

Source: Clean energy States Alliance, 8/30/17

Green Power9/1/2017

CEC drafts 11th edition of New Solar Homes Partnership guidelines

This guidebook from the California Energy Commission details the eligibility requirements, rules and process for reserving and claiming an incentive under the New Solar Homes Partnership Program.

The New Solar Homes Partnership Program is part of a statewide solar program known as the California Solar Initiative and provides financial incentives for installing solar energy systems on new residential homes.

The track change version is available online.

Source: California Energy Commission, 8/29/17

Funding8/31/2017

Sept. 5 webinar provides networking opportunity to applicants for CEC industrial energy efficiency grant

3-4 PM MT

Interested in finding partners for research funding opportunities?

The California Energy Commission will moderate a one-hour, virtual networking webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 5, for individuals interested in applying for grant funding under GFO-17-501 “Improving Natural Gas Energy Efficiency, Waste Heat-to-Power, and Near-Zero Emission Distributed Generation Systems.”
 
The aim of the webinar is for individuals subscribed to this LinkedIn Subgroup to network and potentially form project teams for this funding opportunity. Potential applicants are encouraged to participate to leverage connections and form partnerships that could lead to stronger proposals.

Learn more about solicitation requirements.

Source: California Energy Commission, 8/28/17

Reports and Studies8/29/2017

Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges​​

This collaborative paper by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clean Energy Group details the first comprehensive public analysis of the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States. The researchers analyzed representative building load profiles against more than 10,000 utility tariffs, finding that over 25 percent of commercial customers across the country may be able to cost-effectively reduce their utility bills with battery storage technologies today.

Source: Clean Energy Group, 8/28/17

Reports and Studies8/25/2017

​NREL Updates Baseline Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2017 Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), updating a key source of reliable electricity generation technology cost and performance data used to support and inform electric sector analysis in the United States. Now in its third year, the ATB documents technology-specific information on a broad spectrum of electricity generation technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, coal, natural gas, and nuclear.

The Annual Technology Baseline, which is supported by hundreds of literature citations, will be highlighted in a webinar on August 29, at 11 a.m.–1 p.m. MDT (1-3 p.m. EDT). Presenters will describe analytical products in detail, share examples of how they have been used, and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Register for the webinar.

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 8/24/17

Reports and Studies8/24/2017

​NREL Analysis Identifies Where Commercial Customers Might Benefit from Battery Energy Storage

After upfront costs, batteries may reduce operating costs for customers paying demand charges

Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The analysis represents the first publicly available survey of commercial-sector demand charges across the United States. By determining locations where comparatively high demand charges are currently in place and the number of customers that may be paying them, researchers provide insight into commercial battery storage market potential across the United States.

The white paper, Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges​, details an analysis of more than 10,000 utility tariffs in 48 states. The findings indicate that approximately 5 million commercial customers across the country may be able to achieve electricity cost savings by deploying battery storage to manage peak demand.

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 8/24/17

Green Power8/18/2017

Silicon Valley Power Recognized as Top 10 National Green Power Leader by U.S. Department of Energy

 Silicon Valley Power’s (SVP) green power program, Santa Clara Green Power, has once again been honored as one of the Top 10 utility green power programs in the nation by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.  This is the eleventh year that SVP’s Santa Clara Green Power program has made the esteemed Top 10 list and the second year in a row it has ranked in the top 10 in three out of four green power categories – percentage of customer participation, green power sales as a percentage of total utility retail electricity sales, and total green power sales.

Source: Silicon Valley Power, 8/15/17

Reports and Studies8/17/2017

Priority Considerations for Interconnection Standards

The power grid is much like our network of country roads and highways, carrying energy from its origin to its final destination. Interconnection standards are, in effect, the “rules of the road” set by policymakers, which both system owners and utilities must follow to keep traffic flowing smoothly. The quality of these rules facilitates an easy free-flow of traffic, or result in unnecessary gridlock.

This new quick reference guide serves as a supplement to IREC’s Interconnection Model Rules, with key considerations for states working to improve/update interconnection procedures. Each section offers a description of the key components to interconnection based on established and well-vetted national best practices.

Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, August 2017

Reports and Studies8/17/2017

​Annual Wind Power Report Confirms Technology Advancements, Improved Project Performance, and Low Wind Energy Prices

Wind energy pricing for land-based, utility-scale projects remains attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Prices offered by newly built wind projects in the United States are averaging around 2¢/kWh, driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions. 
 
"Wind energy prices--particularly in the central United States, and supported by federal tax incentives--are at all-time lows, with utilities and corporate buyers selecting wind as the low-cost option," said Berkeley Lab Senior Scientist Ryan Wiser.

Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 8/14/17

Green Power8/17/2017

CESA Releases Solar Consumer Education Video Series

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), in conjunction with the George Washington University Solar Institute, has released three short videos for consumers who are considering adopting solar:

  • Rooftop Solar Financing 101 introduces three common solar financing methods: loans, leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs) and briefly explains some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Choosing a Solar Installer offers advice for customers in selecting a solar contractor, questions that customers should ask a solar contractor, and information that should be included in a solar contractor’s bid.
  • Will Solar Panels Save You Money? discusses key questions homeowners should explore when assessing whether going solar makes financial sense, including how the cost of solar compares to savings from solar, how the federal tax credit works, and the extent to which a homeowner’s electricity bill can be offset by solar. 

The videos are free. States and municipalities and other solar stakeholders are encouraged to share the videos and to use them as resources on their websites.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 8/11/17

Green Power8/8/2017

​The CESA Brief​​ 

August 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.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 8/7/17

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