Using AVERT to Estimate the Emissions Benefits of Clean Energy Policies and Programs

State policymakers and various stakeholders frequently have need to estimate the emissions impacts of particular renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. However, it can be challenging and expensive to quantify those impacts. AVERT, a new tool that was built for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Synapse Energy Economics can ease this task. It is a free, open-access tool that estimates the hourly emissions and generation benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs. AVERT allows non-expert users to quantify displaced emissions of CO2, SO2, and NOX, and avoided generation mitigated by state or multi-state programs. Stakeholders and regulators can also use the tool to identify likely units and regions impacted by different efficiency or renewable energy programs. The webinar described and demonstrated AVERT. For more information about AVERT, see http://www.epa.gov/avert/.

Presenters:

  • Robyn DeYoung, State Climate and Energy Program Manager, US EPA
  • Jeremy Fisher, Principal Associate, Synapse Energy Economics

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/RPS-webinar-slides-6.1.15.pdf

This webinar was a presentation of the Clean Energy States Alliance’s State-Federal RPS Collaborative. For more information about the RPS Collaborative, please visit http://www.cesa.org/projects/state-federal-rps-collaborative/.

Clean Energy from Coast to Coast, featuring California and Connecticut

This webinar highlighted two winning programs from CESA’s 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards. In California, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)’s Community Renewable Energy Deployment (CRED) initiative is deploying an array of lesser-known clean energy technologies in their community. Across the country, the Connecticut Green Bank’s Community Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program helps property owners finance smart energy upgrades, and has made historic progress towards attracting private capital for energy efficiency. Both of these programs have exemplified maximizing the resources at your disposal, with great benefits to their regional economies and environments. From coast to coast, these two very different programs have achieved impressive results in their work to accelerate clean energy in their region. Guest speakers from SMUD and the CT Green Bank presented.

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here.

CESA’s report on the 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards is available here.

Read CESA’s recent blog posts on these two programs, featured in Renewable Energy World:

Achieving Net Zero in Alaska and Oregon

This webinar highlighted two winning programs from CESA’s 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards that have worked towards the goal of achieving “net zero.” The Alaska Energy Authority, in collaboration with the Kodiak Electric Association, has worked to power the remote island community of Kodiak, Alaska with 99% renewable energy produced on-site. The Energy Trust of Oregon has successfully implemented a program to enable the City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant to produce all of its energy on-site by 2015 using renewable energy sources. These two projects use very different renewable technologies, and have vastly different energy needs and site challenges. Guest speakers from the Alaska Energy Authority and the Energy Trust of Oregon presented.

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here.

CESA’s report on the 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards is available here.

HUD Webinar: Building Resilient Energy Systems

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) hosted a webinar on building resilient energy systems featuring guest speakers from Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project.

Crystal Bergemann, Senior Energy Analyst for HUD, discussed HUD’s Renew300 Initiative, the Federal Renewable Energy Target, including HUD’s renewable energy tool-kits and resources, as well as the newly launched partnership with the Department of Energy to expand access to community and shared solar projects. Crystal was joined on the call by Clean Energy Group President Lew Milford and Project Manager Seth Mullendore, who discussed the changing economic and resiliency opportunities of adding storage potential to renewable energy projects, particularly in multifamily housing buildings.

Clean Energy Group’s slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: https://www.cleanegroup.org/wp-content/uploads/HUD-Webinar-Slides-Building-Resilient-Energy-Systems-7.30.15.pdf

This webinar is a part of HUD’s Topical Resilience Webinar Series. For more about this webinar series, please visit https://www.hudexchange.info/news/ndrc-webinar-series/.

APA Webinar: Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience

https://youtu.be/xAEFTqpCScc

The American Planning Association (APA) hosted a webinar about using solar to enhance community resilience. Clean Energy Group Senior Finance Director Rob Sanders was a guest speaker. More information about this webinar is available on the APA’s website here.

 

What States Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Programs and Policy

This webinar introduced Clean Energy Group’s new report, “What States Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Programs and Policy.” The report summarizes the leading state programs to date, explores policy and program tools for states to use in supporting resilient power deployment, and makes recommendations based on lessons learned from the first years of state resilient power initiatives. Guest speakers discussed resilient power efforts going forward in Massachusetts, Oregon and New Jersey.

Panelists:
– Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy Group
– Gerry Bingham, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
– Diane Broad, Oregon Department of Energy
– Liza Nolan, New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: https://www.cleanegroup.org/assets/Uploads/Webinar-Slides-7.14.15.pdf

Energy Storage for Demand Charge Management

Non-residential utility customers face two charges on their electricity bills: one for the volume of electricity used (kilowatt-hours) and one for the maximum power used during a billing period (kilowatts). This second of these charges is known as the demand charge. In some regions, it can account for well over half of a customer’s electricity bill.

Solar installations tend to reduce the volumetric side of the bill, through direct energy consumption and net-metering but do little to reduce peak demand. With the addition of an energy storage system, consumers have the potential to significantly reduce the cost of demand charges. This process of demand management is known as “peak shaving”.

A wide variety of facilities can benefit from demand charge management – from commercial housing and businesses to schools and wastewater treatment facilities. Not only can these facilities benefit from energy storage through utility cost savings, they can also use the system to supply emergency power to critical loads when the grid is down. Depending on the utility rate structure and available revenue opportunities, this reliable resilient power can be provided essentially free of cost to the facility.

This webinar introduced the concept of energy storage for demand charge management and featured guest speakers from two companies offering demand management solutions – Green Charge Networks and Schneider Electric.

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/RPP-webinar-slides-6.24.15.pdf

New Jersey’s Resilient Energy Storage Awards

New Jersey’s $3 million Renewable Electric Storage Competitive Solicitation has announced awards to 13 solar+storage projects (one also uses a significant amount of wind generation) that will provide resilient power to critical facilities such as schools serving as emergency shelters and wastewater treatment plants. All the projects plan to sell frequency regulation services into the PJM electricity market. In this webinar hosted by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project, guest speaker Scott Hunter from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities presented on the funded projects and plans to expand the program for a second round of funding.

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/RPP-Webinar-Slides-5.22.15.pdf

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Development Plans for the Northeastern States

Hydrogen and fuel cells provide clean, reliable, and competitive heat and power, and can be configured to provide resilient power benefits, supporting critical services in case of a grid outage. The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) recently published a set of hydrogen and fuel cell development plans for the Northeastern states (Maine to New Jersey). These plans have been designed to increase awareness and facilitate the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology for transportation and stationary applications.

In this webinar, guest speakers highlighted how the fuel cell development plans provide relevant information to help assess, plan, and initiate hydrogen and/or fuel cell projects. Participants learned how the development plans can help meet the energy, economic, and environmental goals in the region, and will hear directly from industry OEMs on how they have begun to use these documents to strengthen business growth.

Guest Speakers:
– Joel Rinebold, Director of Energy Initiative, CCAT
– Jennifer Gangi, Director of Communications and Outreach, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
– Kent McCord, Director of Marketing Strategy, Doosan Fuel Cell America
– Kevin Kinnaw, National Manager, Toyota

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/Webinar-Slides-5.4.15.pdf

This webinar was a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project, and was hosted by Resilient Power Project Director Todd Olinsky-Paul.

The Need for National Collaboration on Distributed Energy Storage

Energy Storage is one of the most promising new trends in the clean energy field today, especially batteries when combined with distributed solar (solar+storage). With the array of benefits that energy storage has to offer–power system resiliency, renewables integration, instantaneous load balancing–it’s not surprising that the recent trend in solar with storage deployment has been heralded as one of the key energy industry developments that will revolutionize the way we produce and use electricity, on both sides of the meter.

The U.S. is in the early stages of this new energy era, with various companies and countries vying for market position. It is an opportune time for stakeholders–NGOs, companies, policy makers, and investors–to start working together to accelerate the trend towards a robust commercial market.

Clean Energy Group has released a new report calling for more collaboration on policies to promote emerging distributed energy storage technologies, Distributed Energy Storage: A Case for National and International Collaboration. The creation of both national and international networks could advance new and effective policies to support distributed energy storage technologies.

Clean Energy Group President Lew Milford and Program Associate Seth Mullendore hosted a webinar to discuss the key findings of the report. They were joined by guest speaker Katherine Hamilton from the Energy Storage Association (ESA). The ESA is dedicated to promoting the adoption of competitive and reliable energy storage systems for electric service. Learn more about the ESA at http://energystorage.org/.

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/Webinar-Slides-4.16.15.pdf

ADDITIONALLY:
The European Energy Centre (EEC) hosted an additional webinar on this topic on Thursday, April 16, from 9-10am ET. Guest speakers Lew Milford and Seth Mullendore from Clean Energy Group were joined by Janice Lin of the Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) and the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA). A recording of this webinar is available at http://academy-eec.co.uk/webinar-series/latest-innovations-in-renewable-energy-storage.html.