MFAH Collaborative Webinar: Solar and Storage in Multifamily Affordable Housing

Multifamily housing providers are uniquely positioned to benefit from the combination of solar and storage systems to deliver economic and resilience benefits. Watch the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Clean Energy Group, Boulder Housing Partners, and Sunrun discuss solar and storage projects in the multifamily sector, available solar and storage assessment tools, and considerations for those providers evaluating these systems.

Clean Energy Group’s Marriele Mango and Abbe Ramanan presented.

This webinar was presented by the Multifamily Affordable Housing (MFAH) Collaborative.

Renewable Thermal Alliance Webinar: Calculating Cost and Carbon Savings of Clean Heating & Cooling Technologies

The Clean Energy States Alliance has been working on a regional multi-state Clean Heating & Cooling (CH&C) Calculator for several years. This calculator provides a common, regional platform to estimate the cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions of switching to clean heating and cooling technologies. The first version of this tool targets homeowners and is designed to be user-friendly, simple, yet accurate. The second phase of the work improves the previous framework and develops an installer version with more complex and detailed questions.

In this webinar, CESA Project Director Val Stori walked through the tool, explaining the methodology, tool inputs, and results. The Connecticut tool and the Rhode Island tool will be available soon and free to access. The Massachusetts and New York tools will be released in 2022.

This webinar was hosted by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment on behalf of the Renewable Thermal Alliance.

Energy Storage for Winter Grid Reliability: Lessons from Massachusetts

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here.


Applied Economics Clinic and Clean Energy Group have released a new report that finds that customer-sited battery storage is by far the lowest priced new winter peaking resource now available to Massachusetts utilities; that payments to customers enrolled in the Commonwealth’s ConnectedSolutions battery program should be increased by at least 33 percent; and that program budgets should be expanded significantly. The report’s authors highlighted these findings in this webinar. 

At present, the value of winter peaking capacity services from distributed (customer-sited) resources is incorrectly assumed to be $0 in the Massachusetts battery program cost-benefit analyses that determine performance payments to battery storage owners. The new report finds that the true value of these important services is not zero; in fact, utilities pay huge sums for winter reliability services to avoid blackouts and supply winter electric demand peaks. The true value of these winter peaking services should be calculated, and used in determining future winter seasonal performance payment rates for battery customers, who are not currently being paid commensurate with the value of the service they provide. 

These changes need to be made immediately. Winter electric peaking capacity (called “winter reliability” in New England) provides an important value to the electric grid by helping to avoid winter blackouts. As heating and transportation are increasingly electrified to meet climate goals, winter peak energy needs will grow; and as fossil-fueled generators are phased out due to emissions caps, new, clean sources of winter peaking capacity will need to be found.  

Panelists:  

  • Joshua Castigliego, Applied Economics Clinic 
  • Liz Stanton, Applied Economics Clinic 

Moderator: Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy Group  

Benefits of Scaling Local Solar and Storage

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In this Clean Energy States Alliance webinar, Local Solar for All’s Karl Rabago discussed how advanced utility planning modeling shows that scaling local distributed energy resources (DERs) can lead to a least-cost clean grid. Although it is often assumed that utility-scale renewable energy resources are the most cost-effective lever for decarbonizing the electricity system, coupling those remote resources with greater amounts of DERs, such as community and rooftop solar and battery storage, actually maximizes cost savings and better distributes the benefits of clean energy. Using Vibrant Clean Energy’s sophisticated WIS:dom®-P utility planning model, Local Solar for All recently released a study that examines how DERs can support decarbonizing the grid by 2035. Join us to learn how DERs can help states meet their clean energy targets, and why the narrative that only utility-scale renewables are cost-effective is incomplete.

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

NASEO Webinar: Incorporating Equity Concerns into Resilience Planning

This webinar, presented by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), featured experts on energy equity and resilience and shared insights for states as they incorporate equity concerns into their energy system resilience planning activities and process.

Moderator:
– Carrie Hearne, Associate Director, Energy Equity Programs, Virginia Department of Energy

Speakers:
– Dr. Jianhui Wang, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Southern Methodist University
– Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group
– Jeremy Twitchell, Senior Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Energy Storage for Social Equity (ES4SE): An Introduction to the DOE-OE Initiative

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In this webinar, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) introduced the Energy Storage for Social Equity Initiative (ES4SE), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program. ES4SE is designed to empower urban, rural, and tribal disadvantaged communities to consider energy storage technologies and applications as a viable path towards community prosperity, well-being, and resilience. Hear from energy storage experts at PNNL and Sandia on how energy storage can lead to equitable outcomes and get a brief overview of technical assistance and deployment program details and eligibility criteria.

Panelists:
– Dr. Imre Gyuk, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity
– Henry Guan, Sandia National Laboratories
– Ryan Franks, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories

Moderator: Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance

This webinar was presented by 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.

Making Justice40 a Reality

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here.


Making Justice40 a Reality, a report authored by scholars and advised by movement leaders, assesses state approaches toward climate and clean energy investments in frontline communities. It identifies key lessons for the federal government’s Justice40 Initiative.

In a webinar for CESA’s 100% Clean Energy Collaborative, a panel of academic and movement leaders involved with the report will highlight the report’s findings and discuss recommendations for a transformative and accountable Justice40 Initiative. This includes recommendations for the initiative’s design framework, implementation guidelines, and program investments. The second half of the hour will be devoted to audience questions.

Panelists:

  • Colleen Callahan, Deputy Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
  • Silvia González, Ph.D., Co-director of Research, UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative
  • Cassia Herron, Immediate Past Chair, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Moderator: Warren Leon, CESA

Solar+Storage for Clean Energy and Cost Savings at Albuquerque Public Schools

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A new solar+storage system at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico will provide significant cost savings to the school district. The installation, which includes an 850 kW solar array combined with a 721 kW Tesla Megapack 2 battery storage system, will reduce energy costs by $3.5 million over the system’s 25-year lifetime. In the future, the system may be expanded and set up to provide resiliency benefits as well.

Atrisco Heritage Academy High School is a bilingual education facility rich in diverse ethnicities and higher education college prep programs. Atrisco Heritage High School serves 2,200 students within the Albuquerque Public School District, of which 14% of students come from disadvantaged households. The school is recognizing a decrease in high school enrollment, making energy demand charges crucial. With the advanced PV technology, the school will lower peak demand costs and could potentially be used as a shelter during power outages and environmental crises for the surrounding communities.

The project, which is part of DOE/Sandia National Laboratories Energy Storage for Social Equity Initiative, is jointly supported by Albuquerque Public Schools, OE Solar, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, Sandia National Laboratories, the New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and Clean Energy States Alliance.

This webinar featured presentations and discussion by project partners.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Imre Gyuk, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity
  • Dan Borneo, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Anthony Sparks, Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Kimberli Roth, Director of Sales and Marketing, OE Solar
  • Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar was presented by 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 https://www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership/

Exploring Europe’s Approach to Using Offshore Wind for Green Hydrogen Production

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A new report by the Clean Energy States Alliance, Offshore Wind to Green Hydrogen: Insights from Europe, provides an overview of the plans, strategies, proposals, and challenges for the development of green hydrogen from offshore wind generation in Europe. Interest in offshore wind for green hydrogen production is being driven by the large offshore wind capacity under development in Europe, declining offshore wind costs, favorable policies, carbon prices, and a focus on economy-wide decarbonization. Pilot projects are underway, yet significant obstacles remain to wide-scale implementation.

In this CESA webinar, report author Val Stori and report contributor Lee Wilkinson discussed European green hydrogen policies, the regulatory environment, and the rationale for using European offshore wind for hydrogen. The panel discussion was moderated by CESA’s Executive Director, Warren Leon, who chatted with the panelists about Europe’s enabling regulatory environment, different offshore wind-to-hydrogen configurations currently under discussion, and challenges and opportunities facing green hydrogen development. In addition, panelists discussed concerns about emissions of nitrogen oxides and highlight demonstration projects under development in Europe. They also explained why offshore wind to green hydrogen needs to be on a slower development trajectory in the US and why its future potential should not be used as a reason to develop new natural gas generators or prolong reliance on peaker plants.

Panelists:

  • Val Stori, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance
  • Lee Wilkinson, Senior Consultant, BVG Associates

Moderator: Warren Leon, Executive Director, Clean Energy States Alliance

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP).

Evaluating Massachusetts’ ConnectedSolutions Program: Strengths and Weaknesses from the First Program Cycle

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This Clean Energy Group webinar discussed the findings of a new report, ConnectedSolutions: A Program Assessment for Massachusetts, that assesses the design and performance of the Massachusetts ConnectedSolutions program during its initial 3-year program implementation cycle.

ConnectedSolutions is a nation-leading program that offers incentives to residential and commercial electric customers in exchange for allowing their electric utility to draw on the energy stored in their grid-connected batteries and/or to curtail energy use via smart thermostats or electric vehicle charging at times of peak electric demand.

Initial results have been impressive: launched as a full program offering in 2019, ConnectedSolutions had about 34,000 customer participants with 310 megawatts of capacity enrolled by the end of 2020. The program has reduced expensive peak demand, provided electricity cost savings, enhanced resiliency for participating residential, commercial, and industrial customers, and contributed to meeting the Commonwealth’s energy storage and clean peak goals. However, the program administrators have not made it accessible to low-income and historically underserved communities, and program growth will need to accelerate significantly in order to keep pace with goals, including clean peak targets, set by the Commonwealth.

In this Clean Energy Group webinar, report co-author Bryndis Woods from Applied Economics Clinic and CEG Senior Project Director Todd Olinsky-Paul discussed the findings of the report and answered questions from the audience.