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Reports and Studies2/14/2018

Energy storage webinar available online 

The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) presented the webinar, State of the US Energy Storage Industry: 2017 Year in Review, on Feb. 13. Guest speakers from GTM Research shared insights related to recent developments in the US energy storage market, including deployment trends, policy updates and market outlook.

ESTAP is supported by The DOE Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories support ESTAP, and the Clean Energy States Alliance manages the partnership.

Register for upcoming webinars 

  • Solar+Storage for Public and Affordable Housing
    Thursday, Feb. 22, 11 am-12 pm MT
  • One Year In – Energy Storage Proves its Worth in Sterling, MA
    Wednesday, March 7, 11 am-12 pm MT
  • Valuing Resilience: Exploring the Role of Solar+Storage in Grid Outages
    Wednesday, March 14, 11 am-12 pm MT

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 2/13/18

Reports and Studies2/7/2018

Cost-Reduction Roadmap Outlines Two Pathways to Meet DOE Residential Solar Cost Target for 2030

Installing photovoltaics at the time of roof replacement or as part of the new home construction process could enable significant cost savings

Leveraging cost-reduction opportunities in the roof replacement or new construction markets for residential photovoltaic (PV) installations could help the United States meet the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) residential solar photovoltaic cost target by 2030, according to new research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2/8/18

Green Power1/31/2018

Awards for Saving Energy at Federal Facilities

Each year the Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to honor outstanding federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. Please distribute the attached 2018 Awards Criteria and Guidelines and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions to appropriate staff in your agency and encourage them to submit nominations for these awards. All nominations must be submitted into FEMP's Awards Nomination Website by Thursday, April 26, 2018. The system is now open to accept nominations.

FEMP will offer two identical one-hour WebEx presentations that will provide an overview of the 2018 awards criteria and eligibility requirements, as well as tips on how to prepare nomination narratives. Register for the February 22 meeting at 1:30 pm EDT, or for the March 13 meeting at 2:00 pm EDT.

FEMP plans to announce the 2018 Federal Award winners in July 2018.

Source: US Federal Energy Management Program, 2/1/18

Reports and Studies1/31/2018

​Promising PV Financing Strategies for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers

Historically, low-and moderate-income (LMI) customers have lacked equal access to solar photovoltaics (PV), in large part because of the unique barriers they face. Rent, lower credit scores, and limited savings often make upfront investments in PV more difficult for these customers. To begin addressing this issue, some states have adopted innovative financing programs to provide LMI residents with access to PV. A new report from National Renewable Energy Laboratory could offer important guidance for these programs.

Unlocking Solar for Low- and Moderate-income Residents: A Matrix of Financing Options by Resident, Provider, and Housing Type examines 13 financing options—such as direct cash incentives, on-bill financing, and third-party leasing—to finance PV for LMI customers across three housing types: single family, multifamily, and manufactured housing. Variables, such as housing type, ownership status, and whether the resident receives federal housing assistance, affect which of the financing options will be optimal for a given customer.

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory via, 2/1/18

Reports and Studies1/24/2018

N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center Releases Q4 Solar Policy Update to The 50 States of Solar

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, in conjunction with Meister Consultants Group, Inc., announces the release of a special annual review edition of the quarterly report, The 50 States of Solar. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on distributed solar policy, with a focus on net metering, community solar, residential fixed charges, residential solar charges, third-party ownership, and utility-led rooftop solar programs.

This latest edition includes an extensive review and analysis of major solar policy developments during the 2015 calendar year, followed by comprehensive solar policy changes proposed and adopted during the last quarter of 2015.

Source: North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, via Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, 1/24/18


Environmental Education Local Grants Program for Regions 1-10: Solicitation Notice for 2018

Applications Due: March 15, 2018
Environmental Protection Agency

The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

Source: Van Ness Feldman, 1/17/18

Green Power1/21/2018

​2018 Webinar Series: Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and WAPA are pleased to co-sponsor the 2018 webinar series, entitled Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development. The series includes 11 webinars, all offered at no cost and held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time the last Wednesday of each month, beginning in January and concluding in November.

Roughly two million American Indians and Alaska Natives from 567 federally recognized tribes live on or near 56.2 million acres of Indian land. The 2018 webinar series will provide these diverse communities with information and knowledge to evaluate and prioritize energy options; establish tribal consensus on energy goals and objectives; take short and long-range actions; make informed technical, financial, market, policy and regulatory decisions; and take advantage of proven tribal energy development best practices. The webinars will highlight tribal case studies and provide attendees with tools and resources to facilitate and accelerate community energy and infrastructure development in Indian Country.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Attendees must have Internet access, computer compatibility with GoToMeeting software, and a phone line. Find additional information and register for the webinars.

Source: Office of Indian Energy, 1/18/18

Green Power1/15/2018

Two NREL Projects Awarded More Than $3 Million to Advance Novel Solar Forecasting Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced its selection of two projects led by researchers at NREL, each to receive more than $1.5 million, to advance predictive modeling for the uncertainty of solar power while improving grid reliability. The projects will be led by Bri-Mathias Hodge, manager of the Power Systems Design and Studies Group in the Power Systems Engineering Center (PSEC); and Manjit Sengupta, a chief scientist in the Sensing and Predictive Analytics Group in PSEC.

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1/11/18 

Green Power1/15/2018

​Hydro Newsletter - Volume 5, Issue 1

In our first installment of Van Ness Feldman's Hydro Newsletter for 2018:

  • Full Panel of FERC Commissioners Restored
  • Legislative Update
  • DC Circuit Affirms FERC Order Denying Claim for Headwater Benefits Overpayments
  • FERC Issues Final Rule Modifying Its Methodology for Calculating Annual Charges for Use of Government Lands in Alaska

Source: Van Ness Feldman, 1/2/18


Using Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Funds for Low-Income Solar

As solar costs have declined, interest in using WAP funds for low-income solar deployment has increased. A state seeking to integrate solar into WAP must obtain approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to include the technology in its program. This approval process includes demonstrating the effectiveness of solar in generating savings.

This webinar discussed the federal approval process for using WAP funds for solar and introduced a state-specific tool NREL developed to help demonstrate the effectiveness of solar in generating savings.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 1/11/18

Green Power1/10/2018

Optimizing Voltage Control for Large-Scale Solar

Learn how NREL researchers, working with GE’s Grid Solution business and Duke Energy, used an advanced distribution management system to better manage voltage swings from utility-scale photovoltaic systems. The research brought NREL’s extensive power-hardware-in-the-loop and modeling capabilities together with real data from Duke Energy and GE’s advanced distribution management system.

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1/10/18

Reports and Studies12/25/2017

Listen to recorded webinar on energy storage savings calculator

In this webinar, Geli and Clean Energy Group presented Geli’s newly released online energy storage and solar+storage design tool, ESyst, and walked through an example of how the free tool can be used to optimize electric bill savings for an actual affordable housing property. Clean Energy Group is partnering with Geli to provide free ESyst analysis support to nonprofit organizations working in low-income communities and affordable housing.

Source: Clean Energy Group, 12/21/17

Green Power12/25/2017

Webinar: NREL's new tool sizes solar+storage 

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.

Source: Clean Energy Group, 12/21/17


​U.S. Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium FOA

Deadline: March 26, 2018

Informational webinar
Dec. 20, 1 PM MT

The U.S. Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium FOA solicits an administrator to establish and lead a voluntary consortium of members committed to shared public/private investment in collaborative R&D focused on realizing technology improvements for the offshore wind industry in the U.S.

The U.S. offshore wind industry has unique technological challenges that have yet to be overcome in the global offshore wind market. In order to establish a consortium to undertake mutually beneficial research and development (R&D) addressing these challenges, a competitive award of $18.5M will be made under this Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) FOA. An additional $2.0M will be allocated directly from DOE to DOE/NNSA Federally Funded Research (FFRDC) and Development Centers to carry out R&D activities, either in direct partnership with the applicant, or prioritized by the consortium.

EERE will conduct an informational webinar  on 12/20/2017 at 1:00 pm MT.

Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 12/14/17

Green Power12/14/2017

Green Power Partnership Program Update

Issue 54 - December 2017

The EPA Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program encouraging organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.

In This Issue

  • Welcome New Partners!
  • Upcoming Deadline for Partner Data in Top Partner Rankings
  • Upcoming GPP Webinar: REC Arbitrage Process
  • GPP by the Numbers
  • Ways to Promote Green Power Partnership Involvement
  • Photo of the Month
  • Congratulations to Partners Celebrating Their 10-Year
  • Anniversary with the Green Power Partnership!
  • News Items
    • Google’s Homepage Features Green Energy Investments Article
    • Two Partners Earn Platinum on AASHE’s 2017
    • Sustainable Campuses Index
    • New Toolkit to Help Local Governments with Distributed
    • Wind Energy Zoning and Permitting
    • Solar and Wind Jobs are the Two Fastest Growing
    • Occupations in America

Source: EPA Green Power Partnership, 12/13/17

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


​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 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

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