State Leadership in Decarbonizing the Building Sector, Featuring California and New York

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The building sector is a substantial contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. This webinar will highlight two state initiatives that are making a big impact in decarbonizing this sector.

The California Energy Commission’s 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for newly constructed buildings and renovated buildings blazes a trail for states seeking to decarbonize aggressively and cost-effectively. This update to the state energy code includes electric heat pumps as the performance standard baseline for single-family homes, multifamily homes, and select commercial buildings. It also includes a first-in-the-nation standard for solar-electric systems plus battery storage for select nonresidential building types, including high-rise multifamily, hotel/motels, medical clinics, retail stores, restaurants, and schools. Over the next 30 years, this code is estimated to provide the state with $1.5 billion in environmental benefits, equivalent to taking nearly 2.2 million cars off the road for a year.

The New York Clean Energy Initiative, a joint effort of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), provides incentives and technical assistance for electrification and high-performance envelope improvements in new and existing multifamily affordable housing developments. The program offers a replicable and scalable model to accelerate decarbonization of affordable housing, a notoriously hard-to-reach sector. Through this program, more New York families will benefit from healthy, clean energy homes, and housing developers have streamlined access to technical assistance and clean energy incentives to support decarbonization.

In this webinar, representatives from the California Energy Commission and NYSERDA will present their programs and answer questions from the audience. CESA’s Warren Leon will moderate.

These programs were recipients of the 2022 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards.

Introduction to Floating Wind Technology and Markets

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Offshore wind is a rapidly accelerating industry in the United States, but many challenges lie ahead. Some coastal waters, including those off the West Coast of the US, are too deep to install traditional, fixed-bottom wind turbines. Around the world, renewable energy developers are turning to floating turbines as a solution. This promising technology will revolutionize where and how we generate offshore wind power, but states and developers must work together to determine how best to deploy it.

In this webinar, hosted by the from Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO), Adrienne Downey with offshore wind project developer Hexicon Group will present the current state of floating offshore wind technology around the world and will chat with California Energy Commissioner Kourtney Vaccaro about the potential of floating offshore wind in the US and the obstacles to its adoption.

Hosts:

  • Sam Schacht (CESA)
  • Mike Matthews (WFO)

Special Guests:

  • Adrienne Downey (Hexicon)
  • Kourtney Vaccaro (California Energy Commission)

Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage: Comparing State Policies

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A variety of studies and disparate datasets track state energy storage polices, but these datasets do not cover all behind-the-meter (BTM) related storage policy. Moreover, these databases do not align these policies with the policy stacking framework. Thus, it is unclear what BTM storage policies are adopted across the country, what should comprise a complete storage policy framework or stack, and how states policies compare against that stack.

A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) addresses this gap in the literature by developing a state policy stack for BTM battery storage compared across all fifty states. This first-of-its-kind BTM storage policy stack includes 11 parent policy categories, and 31 associated policies divided across the market preparation, creation, and expansion policy components.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Cook, NREL
  • 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.

Solving the Grid Connection Problem

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As the energy transition accelerates, an unprecedented number of clean energy projects have applied to connect to the power grid. Even before new incentives provided by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), there were enough renewable energy generators waiting to connect to meet 80% of US demand, if they were all built. This flood of proposed projects has created unprecedented delays, with the average wait time for a permit now exceeding three years. In response, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has opened a rulemaking to revamp the grid connection process.

In this Clean Energy States Alliance webinar, a panel of experts discussed the problem and what can be done about it. The webinar was moderated by CESA Senior Research Associate Ben Paulos. Speakers included:
• Joe Rand, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
• Beth Soholt, Clean Grid Alliance
• Jeff Dennis, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance on behalf of the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative.

Advancing Solar for Manufactured Homes through Community Solar

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Manufactured homes, formerly known as mobile homes, comprise over 6% of the country’s housing stock and represent an even larger share of housing for low-and-moderate-income (LMI) families. Community solar projects have seen success across the country in bringing the benefits of solar to LMI homeowners, including those living in manufactured housing. However, because of cost and trust issues, it can be difficult for developers to deploy community solar – even with free subscriptions – to LMI households living in manufactured homes.

In this Clean Energy States Alliance webinar, panelists shared more information about how community solar can be used to bring the benefits of solar to manufactured homes; how to engage with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP); and successful examples of community solar projects that have benefitted manufactured homes and communities.

Panelists:
– Ariel Drehobl, Solar Equity Analyst, US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
– Wafa May Elamin, Project Manager, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This Clean Energy States Alliance webinar is part of the DOE-funded Scaling up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities project. Read more and sign up here to participate in the solar for manufactured homes learning network here.

This webinar builds off of lessons learned from CESA’s 2021 report, Solar for Manufactured Homes: An Assessment of the Opportunities and Challenges in 14 States.

Commissioning an Energy Storage System: Lessons Learned in the Field

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Commissioning is the last major step before an energy storage system can become operational but planning for commissioning should not be left to the end of project development. Instead, project teams should consider the commissioning process from the beginning, during the design phase.

This webinar featured speakers who have developed energy storage projects. Panelists shared how they approached the commissioning process, what they learned, and what they would recommend project teams do to help make commissioning run as smoothly as possible.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director of Energy Storage Research, DOE Office of Electricity
  • Dan Borneo, Engineering Project/Program Lead, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Dave Galarowicz, Lead Engineer, Alliant Energy
  • Clay Koplin, CEO, Cordova Electric Cooperative
  • 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.

Glad Tidings: How a California Congregation Is Pioneering a New Model by Building a Clean Energy Hub with Solar and Electric Vehicles

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Glad Tidings International church is a critical facility for the community of South Hayward in the Bay Area of California. To make sure they can support their congregation and community during a power outage, as well as to accelerate South Hayward’s transition to clean energy, Glad Tidings applied to Clean Energy Group’s Technical Assistance Fund to assess the feasibility of creating a clean energy hub.

This Clean Energy Group webinar provided an overview of how the congregation decided to pursue this innovative project. Speakers from Gemini Energy Solutions provided an overview of the resulting project, and discussed their effort to bring Black-owned businesses into the scope of the project. Speakers from OpConnect discussed how they integrated a small fleet of electric vehicles into the solar+storage resilience component of the clean energy hub.

Panelists:

  • Wade Harper, CEO, Glad Tidings Community Development
  • Anthony Kinslow II, Gemini Energy Solutions
  • David Yosuico, Gemini Energy Solutions
  • Dexter Turner, CEO, OpConnect
  • Dominick Sanchez, Regional Account Executive, OpConnect
  • Shelley Robbins, Project Director, Clean Energy Group (moderator)

This webinar was presented by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project.

Informing Energy Storage and Storage-Enabled Microgrid Project Decisions Using EPRI’s DER-VET™

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with support from the California Energy Commission, discussed its approach to informing decision-makers about the planning and operations of energy storage and storage-enabled microgrid projects. Panelists discussed analysis frameworks, case studies, and applications of EPRI’s Distributed Energy Resource Value Estimation Tool (DER-VET™) utilized across a large array of grid applications for a variety of stakeholders—including customers, technology providers and developers, utilities, and regulators.

DER-VET™ provides a free, publicly accessible, open-source platform for calculating, understanding, and optimizing the value of distributed energy resources (DER) based on their technical merits and constraints. An extension of EPRI’s StorageVET® tool, DER-VET supports site-specific assessments of energy storage and additional DER technologies—including solar, wind, demand response, electric vehicle charging, internal combustion engines, and combined heat and power—in different configurations, such as microgrids. It uses load and other data to determine optimal size, duration, and other characteristics for maximizing benefits based on site conditions and the value that can be extracted from targeted use cases. Customers, developers, utilities, and regulators across the industry can apply this tool to inform project-level decisions based on sound technical understanding and unbiased cost-performance data. DER-VET was developed with funding from the California Energy Commission.

Panelists:

  • Mike Gravely, California Energy Commission
  • Hatice Gecol, California Energy Commission
  • Giovanni Damato, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Ramakrishnan Ravikumar, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Miles Evans, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Andrew Etringer, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Anna Adamsson, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar was 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.

The Health and Environmental Justice Impacts from Peaker Power Plants in Boston, Philadelphia, and Detroit

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More than 4.4 million people in urban areas in the United States live within one mile of a peaker power plant and are unnecessarily and directly exposed to air pollutants that cause significant health problems and higher incidence of premature death, according to The Peaker Problem: An Overview of Peaker Power Plant Facts and Impacts in Boston, Philadelphia, and Detroit. This report, released by Clean Energy Group with the consulting firm Strategen, examines the environmental justice and public health impacts of peaker power plants in these three U.S. cities.

According to the new analysis, 32 million Americans live within three miles of a peaker power plant. Peakers are some of the dirtiest, least efficient, and most expensive energy sources, and most of them are located in low-income communities, environmental justice communities, and communities of color. Long-term exposure to peaker emissions, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), can cause asthma, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diminished fertility, miscarriages, and other adverse health conditions.

In this Clean Energy Group webinar, report authors discussed their findings.

Panelists:

  • Shelley Robbins, Clean Energy Group
  • Marriele Mango, Clean Energy Group
  • Erin Childs, Strategen
  • Eliasid Animas, Strategen
  • Seth Mullendore, Clean Energy Group (moderator)

New Federal Funding for Energy Storage: What’s Available and How To Qualify

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US Department of Energy has several new, large funding budgets for energy storage projects, research and development. Within the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, there is $500 million for long duration energy storage prototypes, pilot projects and market creation. There are also other large funds for which energy storage projects may qualify: for example, the newly created Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations has $1 billion for large-scale demonstration projects.  This webinar featured speakers from the national laboratories and US DOE, who explained how and when these federal dollars will become available, who can qualify, and how to apply. 

Panelists:  

  • Dr. Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy 
  • Ben Shrager, US Department of Energy  
  • Katrina Pielli, US Department of Energy
  • Russ Weed, CleanTech Strategies LLC 
  • 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 https://www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership/  

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