Closing the Energy and Transportation Affordability Gap for Connecticut’s Low- and Moderate-Income Households

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According to a recently released report, combined spending on energy, transportation, and housing in Connecticut households exceeds affordable levels in areas throughout the state. On average, these costs are 49% statewide, which is above the 45% threshold for affordability. Low- and moderate-income households are being burdened at a higher rate – 68% – than wealthier residents because these costs consume a larger portion of a household’s income.

In this webinar, presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance, guest speakers discussed the findings of an October 2020 report, “Mapping Household Energy and Transportation Affordability in Connecticut,” which was produced by VEIC on behalf of the Connecticut Green Bank and Operation Fuel. The report details how costs for these basic needs impact rural and urban communities in Connecticut, and it highlights gaps and opportunities in existing clean energy programs.

Panelists:
– Emily Basham, Connecticut Green Bank
– Gannon Long, Operation Fuel
– Justine Sears, VEIC
– Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, VEIC
– Abbe Ramanan, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) as part of the State Energy Strategies project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

FERC Order 2222: How it will level the playing field for distributed energy storage and other DERs

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a landmark ruling in Order 2222 to enable Distributed Energy Resource (DER) aggregations to fully participate in wholesale electricity markets. From their location on the distribution system or behind a customer meter, DERs ranging from renewable generators to electric and thermal storage and from energy efficiency to electric vehicles and their charging equipment will be able to compete head-to-head with traditional large-scale power plants for valued grid services, driving down consumer costs and enhancing grid flexibility and reliability.

This webinar described existing participation barriers for DERs in wholesale electricity markets and how Order 2222 should help lower them. Presenters discussed what new opportunities may open up for various DER technologies, and what challenges lay ahead. They examined the implications of the various parts of the order, including the more controversial issues surrounding federal vs. state jurisdiction. Presenters analyzed the trade-offs between the retail and wholesale value of DERs, and the techno-economic feasibility of virtual power plants. Lastly, they considered what implementation may look like at the various ISOs/RTOs.

Speakers:
– Edward Toppi, Vice President – Distributed Market Integration, Customized Energy Solutions
– Mike Berlinski, Director – Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
– Todd Olinsky-Paul, Senior Project Director, 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

Greenlink Equity Map: Visualizing Equity Issues to Build Stronger Climate Solutions

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Cities across the country have begun to recognize the importance of prioritizing equity and environmental justice when designing and implementing climate and sustainability strategies. However, a lack of access to accurate and understandable equity data has presented a challenge to policy makers and community advocates alike.

To help bridge this critical information gap, Greenlink Analytics and Upright Consulting Services partnered to launch the Greenlink Equity Map (GEM) and Process Guide. GEM is an online map designed to help visualize equity-related issues and how burdens are spread across communities. The GEM platform includes more than 15 equity indicators, including energy burdens, the portion of income community members are spending on energy bills. The GEM Process Guide for City-Community Partnerships details emerging best practices and guidance for cities working in partnership with community organizations to develop a shared analysis of equity data.

Presenters:

  • Yeou-Rong Jih, Director of Urban Initiatives, Greenlink Analytics
  • Minna Toloui, Upright Consulting Services, LLC
  • Divya Sridhar, Climate Resiliency Manager, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • Deepa Vedavyas, Sustainability Manager, City of Cleveland – Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
  • Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group (Moderator)

This webinar was presented by Clean Energy Group on behalf of the Resilient Power Project.

Using Overbuilding + Curtailment to Achieve 100% Clean Electricity

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As part of the Minnesota Solar Pathways project, Clean Power Research analyzed alternative pathways to achieving 100% renewable energy production across the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) service territory. The resulting Solar Potential Analysis—MISO Region showed that overbuilding plus curtailment of PV and wind resources was the most cost-effective implementation strategy. Overbuilding + curtailment acts as “implicit storage” enabling these resources to deliver 100%-ready power 24/365 without fail while using only a small affordable fraction of the seasonal storage reserves that would be required otherwise.

In this webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance, lead analyst Marc Perez discussed the project’s findings and will refer to similar projects that he has conducted for other locations around the world. Brian Ross, Senior Program Director at the Great Plains Institute, who served as lead facilitator for the project’s Technical Committee, discussed some of the challenges and solutions for implementing an overbuilding + curtailment approach.

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) on behalf of the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative.

The Impact of Policies and Business Models on Income Equity in Rooftop Solar Adoption

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Low- and moderate-income (LMI) households are less likely to adopt rooftop solar than higher income households in the US. Some state policy interventions and business models have expanded solar adoption among LMI households, however. New research by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) finds evidence that LMI-specific financial incentives, solar leasing, and property-assessed financing have increased the diffusion of solar adoption among LMI households in existing markets and have driven more installations into previously under-served low-income communities. On this webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), LBNL researchers shared their findings about the impact of these interventions on solar adoption in low-income communities.

Should a Carbon Tax Be Part of the Strategy for Achieving 100% Clean Energy?

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This webinar, presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance, explored how a carbon tax could feature in state and national efforts to advance clean energy. Gilbert Metcalf, the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Professor of Economics at Tufts University, explained why economists believe a carbon tax can be an effective, efficient, and fair policy for addressing climate change. He discussed how it could improve the fairness of the tax code and contribute to economic growth, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He compared its benefits to those of other potential policies. Metcalf is author of the 2019 book Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax Is Good for America and was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the US Department of Treasury.

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) on behalf of the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative. Learn more at https://www.cesa.org/projects/100-clean-energy-collaborative/

The Costs and Benefits of Offshore Wind Transmission Options

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Developing offshore transmission and grid interconnections is vital for achieving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states’ offshore wind goals. Two recent studies by The Brattle Group find that by using a planned, shared transmission network, there will be significant benefits to the region including reduced environmental impacts, reduced costs, and reductions in risks that could hinder offshore wind development. In this webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), panelists discussed the two studies–one on New York and the other on New England–and the benefits of coordinated transmission. The Brattle Group also explained important differences between the two regions and the common findings from both studies.

The Brattle studies were prepared for Anbaric Development Partners, a Boston-based transmission and storage developer proposing open-access offshore transmission. Anbaric provided a commercial perspective on pathways to develop independent transmission for offshore wind.

Panelists:

  • Peter Shattuck, Sr. Vice President of Communications, Anbaric
  • Johannes Pfeifenberger, Principal, The Brattle Group
  • Walter Graf, Senior Associate, The Brattle Group
  • Val Stori, Project Director, CESA (Moderator)

Read the reports at the links below:

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP).

Financing Resilient Power in Underserved Communities: Moving Forward with Distributed Solar+Storage Projects

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Resilient solar PV and battery storage (solar+storage) projects are increasingly being pursued in low- and moderate-income communities in response to a combination of falling costs, new revenue opportunities and incentive programs, and innovative financing solutions. This webinar, hosted by Clean Energy Group and the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC), explored the economics of distributed solar+storage projects, characteristics of current projects, financing solutions, incentives, and technical assistance resources.

Panelists:
• Seth Mullendore, Clean Energy Group
• Curtis Probst, NYCEEC
• Kaitlin Kelly, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
• Emily Jones, LISC Boston
• Christina McPike, WinnCompanies
• Thomas Mitchell, LISC NYC

In partnership with The Kresge Foundation, Clean Energy Group and NYCEEC are committed to accelerating the market development of solar+storage technologies in underserved communities. Thanks to a generous $3 million loan guarantee from Kresge, NYCEEC is offering competitive financing for solar+storage projects. Clean Energy Group provides technical assistance support to help organizations assess the feasibility of potential solar+storage projects.

This webinar was presented by Clean Energy Group (www.cleanegroup.org) and NYCEEC (www.nyceec.com).

This webinar was supported in part by the Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities project, which receives funding support from the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Nantucket Island Energy Storage: Batteries for Reducing Peak and Deferring Infrastructure Investment

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This webinar featured a discussion on Nantucket’s new battery energy storage system installed last summer. Prior to the installation of the battery system, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) analyzed the rate- and market-based case for investing in a battery system to meet peak loads. Patrick Balducci from PNNL discussed its evaluation method and the battery lifecycle benefits, including delaying the installation of a third cable out to the island. David Bianco at National Grid covered the technical details of the project as well as discuss the storage system’s reliability aspects. Dr. Imre Gyuk from the U.S. Department of Energy introduced the business case for battery storage and highlight examples from storage systems across the U.S.

Panelists:
– Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director, Energy Storage Research, U.S. Department of Energy
– Patrick Balducci, Chief Economist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
– David Bianco, Principal Engineer, National Grid,
– Val Stori, Project Director, 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

Developing non-Lithium Ion Energy Storage Technologies to Support California’s Clean Energy Goals

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In this webinar, Mike Gravely from the California Energy Commission (CEC) discussed the CEC’s “beyond batteries” solicitations. The CEC is evaluating, supporting, and demonstrating the performance of non-Li+ storage technologies to help meet state clean energy goals. Its programs focus on customer-side of the meter applications, green hydrogen storage for customer-side applications, long-duration storage, and on low-income and disadvantaged communities applications. Over $100 million in EPIC and cost-share investments in over 20 grants in 2020 will contribute to the 45+ microgrid deployments with energy storage that are increasing resiliency, driving down costs, and establishing lessons learned and best practices to help California meet its future clean energy goals.

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance.

Guest Speaker: Mike Gravely, Energy Research and Development Division, California Energy Commission

Moderator: Val Stori, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance