Resilience Hubs: Model Overview and Community Case Studies

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Disruptions from the global pandemic to extreme weather events have impacted communities tremendously. In recent events, entire communities have been unable to access healthy food, clean water, reliable information or electricity- sometimes for extended periods of time. Holistic and year-round resilience efforts are critical to success. Focusing on the intersection of social, ecological, and technical solutions in the most disenfranchised areas is at the heart of what makes communities more resilient.

This Clean Energy Group webinar overviewed the concept of a Resilience Hub, including the five foundational elements that make Resilience Hubs successful. Presenters discussed the services, programs, communications and operational elements in addition to the building retrofits and resilient power systems – solar PV paired with battery storage – that have made their Resilience Hubs a trusted community node for resilience. (See the Urban Sustainability Directors Network’s Resilience Hub initiative website to learn more about Hubs: http://resilience-hub.org/.)

Kristin Baja, Director of Direct Support and Innovation at Urban Sustainability Directors Network, overviewed the Resilience Hub concept. Chase Engelhardt, Policy Analyst and Organizer at Climate Resolve, and Ross Keller, Development Officer at Cambridge Community Center, spoke to their experience developing Resilience Hubs. Clean Energy Group Project Director Marriele Mango moderator.

This webinar builds on a June 2021 webinar, “An Introduction to Community Resilience Hubs.”

The Governance of Wholesale Power Markets

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Rapid transitions in the power sector are shining a light on how wholesale power markets function, who benefits, and who decides.  The advent of cheap wind and solar power has especially disrupted the markets, as new players enter and incumbents seek to preserve the status quo. The move to 100% clean electricity will be helped or hindered by how power markets work. 

This Clean Energy States Alliance webinar discussed how wholesale markets are governed, how governance affects decisions about market design and operations, how states and others can engage, and what features of governance should be changed. It reflected findings from the recent CESA report, The Governance of Wholesale Power Markets, by CESA Senior Research Associate Bentham Paulos, and featured power market veterans: 

  • Rich Sedano, President and CEO of the Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Dr. Shelley Welton, Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina

This webinar was presented by CESA as part of the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative.

An Introduction to the Solar Power in Your Community Guidebook

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Join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy to learn more about the 2022 update to the Solar Power in Your Community Guidebook. Last updated in 2011, much has changed in the world of solar. With an emphasis on energy equity, the 2022 edition highlights new and existing technologies and strategies to maximize the benefits of solar to all communities. The guidebook covers opportunities for making solar affordable and accessible to residents, building capacity for a local solar workforce, installing solar on government land or buildings, innovative solar technologies, and more!

In this Clean Energy States Alliance webinar, panelists from NREL and DOE presented the updated guidebook and discussed how it can be a resource for developing a supportive local environment for innovative, equitable, and community-led solar.

Panelists:

  • Emily Fekete, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Abigail Randall, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Abbe Ramanan, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

Use of Operating Agreements and Energy Storage to Reduce Photovoltaic Interconnection Costs

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State decarbonization goals and visions for large-scale electrification of the thermal and transportation sectors necessitate increased and accelerated deployment of renewable and distributed energy resources (DERs). The existing electrical infrastructure and supporting interconnection and permitting processes will need to be updated to support efficient and cost-effective renewable energy deployment at scale. Common challenges that increase the cost of integrating renewables include mismatches in timing between renewable energy production and peak electricity consumption, as well as the physical distance between large renewable energy systems and electric load centers.

In this Clean Energy States Alliance webinar, we explore one integrated technical and process concept designed to manage interconnection costs and streamline interconnection timelines to support near-term renewable energy deployment. We describe a new agreement between renewable energy developers and utilities, informed by a technical and economic analysis. The agreement defines the operational parameters for a renewable energy system, with the goal of reducing risk and cost to all parties. This work provides a foundation upon which states and utilities may build proof of concept.

Read the conceptual framework here and the technical and economic analysis here.

Panelists:

  • Carrie Gill, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
  • Shauna Beland, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
  • Joyce McLaren, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Ryan Constable, National Grid
  • Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

MCAN / Prince Lobel Webinar: Energy Storage in Massachusetts

In this webinar hosted by the Massachusetts Climate Action Network and Prince Lobel, CEG President Seth Mullendore discussed energy storage projects that have reduced peak demand and presented the benefits of storage over fossil fuels, specifically over gas. Other panelists were from the Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Cogentrix.

A webinar recording is available here.

How CEG and CT Green Bank are Helping Connecticut Affordable Housing Facilities Install Resilient Solar+Storage

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Connecticut’s new Energy Storage Solutions program combines equipment rebates with performance payments to support and encourage new behind-the-meter battery storage installations, with additional incentives for participants from historically underserved communities. In order to support resilient solar+storage installations in multifamily affordable housing facilities – among the most challenging sectors for clean energy development – Connecticut Green Bank has partnered with Clean Energy Group to offer project-specific technical assistance grants for pre-development feasibility studies.

This webinar showed examples of the kind of technical assistance developers and facility managers can qualify for, and explained the process to apply. A guest speaker from American Microgrid Solutions, a partner of Clean Energy Group’s Technical Assistance Fund (TAF), spoke to their experience providing resilient power assessments and project development support for community partners, including affordable housing providers.

Presenters include:

  • Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy Group
  • Bryan Garcia, CT Green Bank
  • Marriele Mango, Clean Energy Group
  • Geoff Oxnam, American Microgrid Solutions
  • Bert Hunter, CT Green Bank

This webinar was the third in a three-part webinar series on Connecticut’s energy storage program.

Putting Policy into Practice: How the CT Green Bank, Eversource & Avangrid will Partner on Connecticut’s Energy Storage Solutions Program

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Connecticut recently announced its new statewide electric energy storage program, a nation-leading, nine-year effort to develop 580 MW of new distributed energy storage behind residential and commercial customer meters. The program, which is co-administered by Connecticut Green Bank and the state’s electric utilities, features a Justice 40 goal (40 percent of the new energy storage installations should be in low-income or underserved communities). This webinar explained how the program incentives work, who can participate, and where to get information and assistance.

Presenters include:

  • Sergio Carrillo, CT Green Bank
  • Rob Whelan, United Illuminating
  • Paul Tangredi, Eversource Energy
  • Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy Group – co-moderator
  • Bryan Garcia, CT Green Bank – co-moderator

Webinar Follow-Up Resources: 

This webinar is the second in a three-part webinar series on Connecticut’s energy storage program.

State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: 2021 Year in Review

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Our annual lookback at the year in energy storage covered advances in the U.S. market, including deployment trends, policy and regulatory updates; the state of the art in energy storage technologies; and the market outlook for the coming years. John Fernandes from Customized Energy Solutions shared his insights, with introductory remarks from Dr. Imre Gyuk from US DOE Office of Electricity. CESA Project Director Val Stori moderated.

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.

Introduction to Power Markets

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The transition to a 100% clean electricity supply will likely involve a very large amount of wind and solar power generation. These resources, with no fuel cost and low operating costs, fit poorly in wholesale electricity markets based on the marginal cost of production, which is largely determined by the cost of fuels. This mismatch could disrupt power markets, drive up costs, and prematurely cap the growth of wind and solar. To understand how wind and solar will affect power markets, we first have to know how power markets work today. This introductory session is intended for people who have limited or no knowledge of wholesale electricity markets, regional transmission organizations, and locational marginal prices. Ben Paulos of PaulosAnalysis offered a presentation based on the short report How Wholesale Power Markets Work, written for the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative.

Connecticut’s New Energy Storage Solutions Program: How it Provides Benefits to Ratepayers, Participants and the Grid

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Over the past three years, the Northeastern United States has been innovating on behind-the-meter battery storage deployment and incentive structures. Battery storage programs in states including New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont are producing new insights to increase deployment of battery storage resulting in benefits to participants, ratepayers, and society. This webinar explored the emergence of Connecticut with its Framework for an Equitable Modern Grid and the creation of Energy Storage Solutions, the largest battery storage incentive program of its kind in the country. Panelists went into detail on the public policy underpinnings and the use of conventional cost-effectiveness tests to design a replicable and scalable incentive program with resilience and Justice 40 as the priorities.

Webinar Panelists: 

  • Josh Ryor – Director, Office of Utility Programs and Initiatives with the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
  • Nicole Reed Fry – Director with Guidehouse
  • Tyler Olney – Managing Consultant with Guidehouse
  • Todd Olinsky-Paul (Co-Moderator) – Senior Project Director with the Clean Energy Group
  • Bryan Garcia (Co-Moderator) – President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank

Webinar Follow-Up Resources:

  • Equitable Modern Grid – the foundation behind the Public Utility Regulatory Authority’s Energy Storage Solutions program
  • National Standard Practice Manual – provides a comprehensive framework for cost-effectiveness assessment of distributed energy resources
  • Benefit Cost Analysis Model (Excel Download)– developed by Guidehouse for Energy Storage Solutions, the model allows users to optimize the incentive program design to achieve PURA’s public policy objectives

This webinar is the first in a three-part webinar series on Connecticut’s energy storage program.