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Reports and Studies12/11/2017

​Listen to two recorded webinars from CSEA

Two webinars recently presented by Clean Energy States Alliance are now available to download. Approaches for Involving Low-Income Communities with Solar, from Nov. 30, discusses how to engage with low-income customers and communities in order to spread the benefits of solar. Connecticut’s Low- and Moderate-Income Solar Customer Segmentation Analysis, from Dec. 5, explored how to identify which households are most likely to adopt solar, and how to best reach out to these consumers.  

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 12/12/17

Reports and Studies12/7/2017

Access Our New Distribution Grid Integration Unit Cost Database for PV

New tool helps utilities, developers, and analysts to assess costs associated with integrating distributed PV

NREL is excited to announce the availability of the new Distribution Grid Integration Unit Cost Database tool, which allows users to estimate and compare costs associated with the integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The database contains hardware and software cost information for different components that may be used to integrate distributed solar PV onto distribution systems, and includes more than 335 data points collected from a variety of utilities, PV developers, technology vendors, and published research reports.

NREL is using this data to conduct bottom-up analysis of costs that might be incurred on distribution systems to integrate high penetrations of PV under a variety of technology scenarios, and plans to continue to improve the database as additional data is collected and vetted.

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 12/7/17

Reports and Studies11/30/2017

Studies Provide a First-Order Assessment of the Impacts of Wind and Solar as well as other Drivers on Wholesale Prices, Bulk Power System Assets, and Power Plant Retirements

Dec. 13
11 AM MT

Berkeley Lab has released two new reports: (1) Impacts of Variable Renewable Energy on Bulk Power System Assets, Pricing, and Costs; and (2) Power Plant Retirements: Trends and Possible Drivers. Both studies were initially prepared as input into the August 2017 DOE "Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability." A free webinar summarizing key findings from the reports will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern. Register for the webinar.

Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 12/1/17

Reports and Studies11/30/2017

Solar Plus: Improving Performance in Distributed Clean Energy Systems  

This fall, the Schatz Energy Research Center is kicking off a new “Solar Plus” (Solar+) project to investigate how real-time coordination between clean energy systems can yield performance improvements that benefit both building owners and utility operations. Research and development over the past decade has successfully reduced the cost of solar arrays, batteries, building controls, and electric vehicles. Many of the emerging challenges we now face are related to the large-scale deployment and integration of distributed clean energy components. For example, electrical distribution circuit capacity is limited (in order to prevent power lines from overheating), which in turn limits the downline capacity of distributed generation systems. This Solar+ project will develop control strategies to coordinate onsite resources to reduce their combined footprint on the power system, effectively increasing the capacity of the grid to host clean energy technology.

Source: Humboldt State University Schatz Energy Research Center, 10/31/17

Reports and Studies11/30/2017

​2017 Office of Indian Energy Program Review Meeting Presentations

Find presentations from the 2017 Office of Indian Energy Program Review held Nov. 13–17, 2017, in Denver, Colorado.

Source: DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, 11/18/17

Reports and Studies11/15/2017

Webinar on 2016 Green-e Verification Report now online

The Green-e staff reviewed the results of the 2016 Green-e Verification Report, which was was released on October 23rd. This webinar covered how the Green-e programs performed throughout last year and looked at trends in the voluntary renewable energy markets, including generation trends, renewable energy certificate and green pricing programs, and community choice and direct corporate purchases.

Source: Center for Resource Solutions, 11/15/17

Funding11/15/2017

​Current Federal Funding Opportunities

Van Ness Feldman has helped clients secure nearly $3 billion in federal funding for projects in recent years. For more information on this funding opportunity update, or the firm's capabilities in this area, please contact Shannon Angielski, Tracy Nagelbush or any member of the firm's Federal Funding Practice at 202.298.1800. To sign up to receive these e-mails on a weekly basis, e-mail vnf@vnf.com with "FFO Subscribe" in the subject line.

Source: Van Ness Feldman, 11/15/17

Reports and Studies11/15/2017

CAISO issues renewables report

Our renewables reports provide important information about actual renewable energy within the ISO grid as California moves towards a 33 percent renewable generation portfolio. The reports use raw data and are not intended to be used as the basis for operational or financial decisions.

Source: California Independent System Operators, 11/15/17

Green Power11/8/2017

Staff Workshop Demonstrates Energy Storage Benefit Tool

The California Energy Commission provided a public demonstration of its new energy storage valuation software (StorageVETTM) on Nov. 2. The workshop allowed participants to observe tool functionality, ask questions about the tool, and obtain instructions on how to request assistance when using the tool. The StorageVETTM tool was developed by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with funding support from the Energy Commission under a previous EPIC Grant Funding Opportunity.

Source: California Energy Commission, 11/3/17

Reports and Studies11/8/2017

U.S. Job Creation in Offshore Wind

This report quantifies the job impacts of offshore wind development and specifies the types of jobs to be created. A high market scenario of 8,000 megawatts by 2030 would yield a peak of over 16,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) baseline jobs in the U.S. in 2028, with baseline jobs being ones for which there are no compelling reasons why the work would not be performed by U.S. workers. The jobs most likely to be performed in the U.S. include project development and management, supply and installation of electrical substations and subsea cable, and wind farm operation and maintenance.

Source: Northeast Wind Resource Center, 11/2/17

Green Power11/8/2017

REopt Lite: Sizing Solar+Storage for Savings and Resiliency with NREL’s New Tool

In this webinar, presenters from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) introduced the beta version of the lab’s new solar+storage web tool, REopt Lite. This free tool is designed to help building owners and planners quickly and easily evaluate the economics of solar PV and battery storage for their sites. It identifies the optimal PV and battery system sizing  to minimize costs and maximize lifetime energy savings. The tool can also be used to size solar+storage systems to support a site’s critical loads during a grid outage.

REopt Lite is an online version of NREL’s more comprehensive REopt model, which has been used by analysts to evaluate renewable energy opportunities at more than 10,000 sites, supporting decisions leading to more than 260 megawatts of renewable energy development.

Source: Clean Energy Group, 11/2/17

Reports and Studies11/2/2017

Report explores issues surrounding value-added electricity services

New energy generation, storage, delivery, and end-use technologies support a broad range of value-added electricity services for retail electricity customers. Sophisticated energy management services, distributed generation coupled with storage, and electric vehicle charging are just a few examples of emerging offerings.

Who should provide value-added services — utilities or third parties, or both, and under what conditions? What policy and regulatory changes may be needed to promote competition and innovation, to account for utility costs to enable these services, and to protect consumers? Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers approaches the issues from three perspectives: utilities, third-party service providers, and consumers.

Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 10/30/17

Reports and Studies11/2/2017

Realtors' sustainability report available online

In order to position NAR as a leader in real estate sustainability topics with REALTORS®, brokers, allied trade associations, and consumers, the REALTOR® Sustainability program efforts focus on coordination and articulation of new and existing association benefits and resources. Identifying the growth of sustainability in real estate, this program conducts outreach to members, appropriate trade associations and agencies to raise awareness and engagement in NAR sustainability efforts. Additionally, it identifies resources that would benefit all members. Finally, this program introduces corporate social responsibility and triple bottom line concepts into NAR’s decision-making practices, allowing NAR to educate and support sustainability in real estate through environmental, social, and economic contexts.

Source: National Association of Realtors, 9/1/17

Green Power11/2/2017

Hydro Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 11

  • FERC Revises License Term Policy for Hydropower Projects
  • Senate Confirmation of FERC Commissioner Nominees Stalled
  • Legislative Update
  • FERC Reaffirms Lack of Jurisdiction to Authorize Small Conduit Hydroelectric Projects at Reclamation Facilities
  • Parties Seek Rehearing of FERC Order in Gas Pipeline Case Waiving CWA 401 Authority
  • EPA Proposes to Repeal Clean Power Plan

Source: Van Ness Feldman, 10/31/17

Reports and Studies11/2/2017

NOAA map gives state-by-state climate information

These state summaries were produced to meet a demand for state-level information in the wake of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, released in 2014. The summaries cover assessment topics directly related to NOAA’s mission, specifically historical climate variations and trends, future climate model projections of climate conditions during the 21st century, and past and future conditions of sea level and coastal flooding. Additional background information and links are given below.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 11/1/17

Green Power11/2/2017

Nonprofit balances wind development, wildlife protection

The American Wind and Wildlife Institute facilitates timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. The groundbreaking non-profit organization is based on wide collaboration with all who hold a stake in the success of wind energy and the protection of wildlife and habitat. By working together, we can move toward a common goal.

AWWI solves wind-wildlife issues through:

  • Technological innovations
  • Science for policy and practice
  • Information exchange

Source: American Wind and Wildlife Institute, 11/1/17

Reports and Studies10/27/2017

Webinar recording available on Colorado’s Low-Income Community Solar Demonstration Project

In 2015, the Colorado Energy Office launched the Low-Income Community Solar Demonstration Project to develop community solar projects for low-income residents. The project provides over 1 MW of electricity and serves over 300 low-income Coloradans. On this webinar, representatives from the Colorado Energy Office, Lotus Engineering and Sustainability, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s  Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) described and evaluated the Low-Income Community Solar Demonstration Project.  

This webinar was presented by CESA as part of the Sustainable Solar Education Project.

**UPCOMING WEBINAR**

Principles and Policies for Low and Moderate-Income Solar, Part 2

Friday, November 17, 12-2pm ET

This is the second in a two-part webinar course on low and moderate income (LMI) solar policy and principles. Speakers from CESA and Vote Solar will present.

Read more & register.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 10/26/17

Green Power10/26/2017

How to (Not) Fail a Community Solar Customer

A recent guest column in a local Denver newspaper could be a harbinger of the future for community solar project owners if they're not careful when choosing their customer management contractors.

The writer alleges he was misled when signing up for a community solar project in Colorado (the “customer acquisition” side of the business), and treated horribly when he tried to get out of the 20-year contract. It’s hard to blame him for getting so upset that he wrote a piece warning others not to sign up.

At Clean Currents, the company I ran from 2006-2014, we had a process and a culture in place that resulted in unprecedented levels of customer happiness with an energy company. It all starts with how the customer is acquired.

Source: Greentech Media, 10/5/17

Reports and Studies10/26/2017

​New Research: Study Provides Baseline Insights on Solar Industry Workforce Diversity

New research released today by The Solar Foundation in partnership with the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Women’s Empowerment Committee reveals that the 260,000-worker-strong U.S. solar energy workforce is more diverse than similar American industries, but still needs to make progress in order to ensure fairness and equality for its employees. The 2017 U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study provides statistically significant evidence for what has long been casually observed, proving that women and people of color face significant hurdles to accessing the equal pay and senior positions of their white male counterparts, with women of color being affected the most.

Source: The Solar Foundation, 9/10/17

Green Power10/26/2017

NREL releases beta version of PV+battery calculator

The REopt Lite web tool helps commercial building managers:

  • Evaluate the economic viability of grid-connected PV and battery storage at a site
  • Identify system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs
  • Estimate how long a system can sustain critical load during a grid outage

Select your technology, enter your data and see your results. Then share your feedback with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 10/25/17

Reports and Studies10/26/2017

Guide to Making Claims About Your Solar Power Use

This guidance document describes best practices for appropriately explaining and characterizing your solar power activities and the fundamental importance of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for solar power use claims. This guidance is primarily focused on claims associated with on-site projects but is equally relevant for off-site owned projects as well.

Source: Green Power Partnership, 10/25/17

Reports and Studies10/25/2017

IRENA Report Expects Global Electricity Storage Capacity to Triple by 2030

Cheap energy storage is a key component for integrating variable renewable energy (VRE) such as wind and solar into electricity grids as a way to transition towards low carbon energy systems. To date, the cost of batteries has often acted as constraint to adding more renewable capacity. A recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) suggests that this is about to change as the cost of stationary electricity storage continues to fall rapidly.

The report titled, ‘Electricity Storage and Renewables: Costs and Markets 2030,’ provides an in-depth analysis of the role of stationary and mobile electricity storage in energy systems. It argues that, as the share of VRE rises, electricity has to be stored for days or even weeks to balance supply and demand. With appropriate energy storage systems, the share of VRE could be increased to 80% of total electricity supply in many countries, the publication finds.

Source: International Institute for Sustainable Development SDG Update, 10/24/17​

Green Power10/24/2017

​Tradewind green-lights 320MW Rattlesnake with Facebook PPA

US renewables developer Tradewind Energy confirmed it will roll ahead with its expanded 320MW Rattlesnake wind project in Nebraska after securing an off-take deal with Facebook, reviving what appeared to be a dormant project.

The Rattlesnake development, located in northeastern Nebraska and previously listed at 200MW, was reportedly put on ice in 2013 when Tradewind failed to find an off-taker in time to take advantage of the then-expiring wind production tax credit (PTC).

But Facebook has now signed up to take 200MW of the power at Rattlesnake for its new Papillion Data Center – allowing Tradewind to expand the project to 320MW and offer the remaining 120MW to other buyers.

Source: RechargeWind, 10/23/17

Reports and Studies10/24/2017

Lessons Learned from First US Offshore Wind Farm: Design, Manufacturing and Construction

All stakeholders have an interest in building on the experience of existing projects to reduce investment cost, streamline the project development process and build high performing projects. From 2014 through 2016, ABS Group served as the Certified Verification Agent (CVA) for the Block Island project, the first commercial offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. In this role, we provided an independent third-party assessment of the design, fabrication and installation of the wind farm on behalf of the client.

From this experience, we have presented a variety of technical and process challenges and solutions to further the knowledge and capability of the U.S. offshore wind industry...

Source: ABS Group, 10/20/17

Reports and Studies10/24/2017

Study looks at how storage affects demand charges

A new report, Solar + Storage Synergies for Managing Commercial-Customer Demand Charges, by researchers from Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates demand charge savings from solar and battery storage systems co-deployed in commercial buildings. It follows two previous studies that examined demand charge savings from solar on a stand-alone basis for residential and commercial customers.

This latest analysis estimates demand charge savings from solar in commercial buildings when co-deployed with behind-the-meter storage, highlighting the complementary roles of the two technologies. The analysis is based on simulated loads, solar generation, and storage dispatch across a wide variety of building types, locations, system configurations, and demand charge designs.

Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 10/19/17

Funding10/24/2017

Funding Opportunities for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program

The Energy Commission's electricity innovation investments follow an energy innovation pipeline program design, funding applied research and development, technology demonstration and deployment, and market facilitation to create new energy solutions, foster regional innovation, and bring clean energy ideas to the marketplace.

Source: California Energy Commission, 10/18/17

Green Power10/24/2017

Income Verification for Low-Income Solar Programs

Slides from the recent Clean Energy States Alliance webinar are now available online.

One of the challenges of operating a low-income solar program is appropriately verifying participants’ incomes for program eligibility. This webinar features representatives of three different agencies with low- and moderate-income solar programs discussing their income verification processes.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 10/13/17

Reports and Studies10/24/2017

Utility-Scale Solar 2016 webinar is now posted online for viewing

A webinar recorded on October 11, 2017, summarizing key findings from the latest edition of Berkeley Lab's annual Utility-Scale Solar report series. This highly visual webinar describes empirical trends among the growing U.S. fleet of photovoltaic (PV) projects that are ground-mounted and larger than 5 MWAC. In particular, we'll analyze the latest developments in technology design, project pricing, operation and maintenance costs, project performance (i.e., capacity factors), and power purchase agreement (PPA) prices.

The full report, along with an accompanying summary slide deck and data file, can be downloaded for free. We appreciate the funding support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 10/12/17

Reports and Studies10/24/2017

Workshops and Meetings for the 2017 Integrated Energy Policy Report

The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR, pronounced eye'-per) every two years and an update every other year. This proceeding, docket # 17-IEPR-01, will cover the 2017 Integrated Energy Policy Report.

Source: California Energy Commission, 10/12/17

Green Power10/24/2017

Free energy webinars online

Advanced Energy Economy posts previously recorded webinars on various advanced energy subjects. Download them at no charge to learn more about such topics as:

  • Corporate renewable energy procurement
  • Distribution system planning for a modern grid
  • Tracking public utility dockets
  • Electricity markets, reliability and the evolving U.S. power system

Source: Advanced Energy Economy, 10/10/17

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