Oregon’s New Energy Storage Project for Resiliency and Cost Savings

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A new energy storage project in Eugene, Oregon will provide backup power for emergency services, as well as cost savings and electricity services to the municipal utility (Eugene Water and Electric Board). This webinar summarized the project and explored technical and economic issues that have arisen during development. The project is important because it will further understanding of how energy storage can participate in energy markets in the Pacific Northwest. The project is jointly supported by U.S. DOE Office of Electricity, Sandia National Laboratories, and Oregon Department of Energy.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Imre Gyuk, U.S. DOE-OE
  • Robert Del Mar, Oregon Department of Energy
  • Matt Ibaraki, Eugene Water and Electric Board
  • Phil Fischer, NEC Energy Solutions
  • Alex Headley, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Dan Borneo, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar was a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S. ESTAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, managed by Sandia National Laboratories, and administered by the Clean Energy States Alliance. Learn more at www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership.

Yale CBEY Webinar: Clean Energy Access in Post-Maria Puerto Rico

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) hosted a webinar on “Clean Energy Access in Post-Maria Puerto Rico.” Speakers discussed the critical issues facing Puerto Rico as it works to build its energy grid.

Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director at Clean Energy Group, talked about CEG’s Resilient Power Project and how CEG is working with various nonprofits and solar+storage developers to bring resilient power to the island.

Next, Martin Wainstein from the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY) talked about his project to use an innovative and scalable smart solar financing mechanisms to put solar panels on Puerto Rico’s public schools, which serve as emergency shelters during hurricanes.

Iowa’s Biomass Conversion Plan and Economic Assessment Tool

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Anaerobic digestion is a promising approach for achieving the economic and environmental goals laid out in the Iowa Energy Plan. Iowa State University, with funding from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, recently released a report and assessment tool for anaerobic digesters in an effort to identify business opportunities for profitable operation. The Iowa Biogas Assessment Model includes sets of maps on the state’s biogas resources and an online economic spreadsheet which estimates the capital and operating costs of processing raw biogas into pipeline quality gas. The formulas and inputs into the spreadsheet can be modified.

This webinar featured a discussion on the state’s recently released Biomass Conversion Action Plan and an in-depth look at the inputs and assumptions that went into the development of the economic assessment tool. In addition, farmer Bryan Sievers of Sievers Family Farms about their conversion to biogas and how their experience helped in the development of the economic assessment tool.

Speakers:

  • Shelly Peterson, Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Bryan Sievers, AgriReNew, Sievers Family Farms
  • Mark Mba Wright, Iowa State University
  • Val Stori, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Learn more at www.cesa.org.

The Real Estate Industry and Selling Homes with Solar

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This webinar looked at the issues homeowners with solar can face when they go to sell their house, the ways in which the real estate industry can prepare to help solar homeowners sell their home, and how state agencies and the solar industry can educate solar homeowners so that they are well prepared to sell their house without difficulty.

Janelle McGill, a Colorado realtor who has been engaged in training real estate professionals on solar, identified some of the issues that homeowners can face, discussed the role of various parties (i.e., real estate agents, appraisers, lenders, title officers), and made suggestions for the types of information state agencies and the solar industry could provide to solar homeowners.

Pamela Brookstein of Elevate Energy described the training her organization has provided to the real estate industry, identified issues that emerged through the training program, and commented on the types of information and training real estate professionals need to help solar homeowners sell their home.

Presenters:
• Pamela Brookstein, Market Transformation Specialist, Elevate Energy
• Janelle McGill, Realtor and Consultant

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Learn more at www.cesa.org

Renewable Thermal in RPSs: Examples from New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont

Although RPSs have historically focused on electricity generation, fourteen states now include renewable thermal power for heat generation. CESA has republished a report on how states across the country are incorporating renewable thermal technologies into their RPS programs, “Renewable Thermal in State Renewable Portfolio Standards.” Additionally, CESA published a series of case studies, including New Hampshire’s leading, innovative thermal RPS program – read that report here.

In this webinar, Samantha Donalds and Val Stori discussed CESA’s new reports. Then, speakers from New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont discussed the inclusion of renewable thermal in their state’s RPS programs. These presentations were followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Panelists:

  • Karen Cramton, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
  • Deandra Perruccio, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
  • Rebecca Smith, Oregon Department of Energy
  • Andy Perchlik, Vermont Public Service Department
  • Samantha Donalds, Clean Energy States Alliance
  • Val Stori, Clean Energy States Alliance

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative. More information and resources are available at www.cesa.org/projects/renewable-portfolio-standards.

Americans’ Changing Views of Renewable Energy Policies

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For ten years, the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College have conducted the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE), which explore Americans’ attitudes towards energy and climate change. The researchers recently published Solar, Wind, and State Mandates: 10 Years of Renewable Energy in the NSEE, which considers how Americans’ views on solar and wind energy have changed over the past decade. The report also explores attitudes towards and knowledge of state energy mandates, such as renewable portfolio standards. In this webinar, lead author Sarah Mills discussed the report’s findings and revealed the results of a new 2018 survey, which will be released in November.

Presenter: Sarah Mills, Senior Project Manager in the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative. For more information and resources related to renewable portfolio standards, visit https://www.cesa.org/projects/renewable-portfolio-standards/

Energy Storage in the Clean Peak Standard

Clean Peak Standards (CPS) are being implemented or considered by several states, as a way to focus renewable generation at peak demand hours. Energy storage is expected to play a major role in these efforts. In this webinar, Ed Burgess discussed the role of storage and how some states are approaching storage in the CPS.

Speaker: Ed Burgess, Strategen
Moderator: Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy Group/ Clean Energy States Alliance

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Learn more at www.cesa.org.

Evaluation of the Stringency and Design of RPSs

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Four academic researchers recently published in Nature Energy an “Empirical Evaluation of the Stringency and Design of Renewable Portfolio Standards.” This study measured the stringency of different state RPSs and showed “how changes in RPS policy design features relate to different market outcomes.” The authors concluded that “it is not the mere presence of an RPS but its particular design features that matter.” The “analysis highlights which of these features are most critical and for which types of in-state renewable energy development.”

In this webinar, authors Sanya Carley and Nikos Zirogiannis of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs discussed the study’s methodology and findings.

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative. More information and resources are available at www.cesa.org/projects/renewable-portfolio-standards.

Supporting Housing and Mobility with Resilient Power in Boulder

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This webinar explored two new resilient power projects implemented in Boulder, Colorado. Over the past two years, the City of Boulder has been collaborating with stakeholders to strengthen the resilience of community facilities through deployment of solar and battery storage technologies. These innovative projects support critical operations at the City’s public housing authority headquarters, Boulder Housing Partners (BHP), and at the leading nonprofit mobility service provider in the Boulder area, Via Mobility Services.

BHP is the primary affordable housing provider in Boulder and its headquarters acts as a command post for thousands of low income residents, many of whom have increased vulnerability to power outages. BHP’s new solar+ storage system works in tandem with a small natural gas generator to allow services to continue at their headquarters in the event of an extended outage. The system also supports two EV charging stations, ensuring that electric transportation will be available in an emergency.

Via Mobility Services is a community second responder and provides transportation services through their bus and vehicle fleets to those in need throughout the community, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities. The facility’s resilient solar+storage system assures that critical IT loads never go offline, even if both gas and electricity become unavailable. The loads supported by this system are essential for Via to avoid major disruptions to their services.

Presenters:

  • Lex Telischak, Electrical Engineer, City of Boulder
  • Tim Beal, Director of Sustainable Communities, Boulder Housing Partners
  • Tony Boniface, President, Independent Power Systems
  • Bill Patterson, Chief Financial Officer, Via Mobility Services
  • Ben Gregory, Director of Business Development, Pos-En
  • Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group

This webinar was presented by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. Learn more at www.resilient-power.org.

Community Solar Program Design and Implementation for Low-and Moderate-Income Customers

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In this webinar, Jenny Heeter and Lori Bird from NREL discussed their forthcoming report, Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers. The report reviews existing and emerging low- and moderate-income (LMI) community solar programs, discusses key questions related to program design, outlines how states can leverage incentives and finance structures to lower the cost of LMI community solar, and examines marketing and outreach considerations.