Incorporating Equity into State Offshore Wind Policies and Programs

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here.


Over the next decade, offshore wind power will become a major source of electricity for the United States, fundamentally reshaping the nation’s energy supply. State governments will play a major role in shaping an entirely new energy source and the economy of coastal states as a whole.

The development of this large-scale energy infrastructure has the potential to impact already marginalized communities, including environmental justice communities, low-income communities, and communities of color, in both positive and negative ways. Many states now consider equity an important pillar of their energy policy, and several have begun to incorporate principles of equity into various parts of the planning process for the development of the offshore wind market in their states.

A report by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), Offshore Wind and Equity: State of the States Report, provides an overview of how states with offshore wind potential have begun to include and operationalize principles of equity in their offshore wind policies and related economic development programs.

In this CESA webinar, report authors Vero Bourg-Meyer and Sam Schacht presented their findings. They were joined by representatives from New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut for a discussion on how their states are incorporating equity into their offshore wind programs.

Panelists:

  • Jessica Dealy (Senior Policy Advisor – Offshore Wind, NYSERDA)
  • Marian Swain (Deputy Director of Policy and Planning, MA DOER)
  • Robert Snook (Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection)
  • Vero Bourg-Meyer (CESA)
  • Sam Schacht (CESA)

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

Assessing the Value of Energy Storage: A Framework for States

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Battery storage is a particularly difficult technology to assess with a benefit cost analysis (BCA), yet it’s important for state energy offices to understand how to do so. To help states fairly and equitably assess the cost-effectiveness of energy storage technologies and programs, the Applied Economics Clinic and the Clean Energy States Alliance have produced a new report, Energy Storage Benefit-Cost Analysis: A Framework for State Energy Programs. The report provides guidance for state energy agencies in such areas as how to quantify the value of energy storage services, which cost-effectiveness test to use, how to pick a discount rate, and how to ensure an equitable process that takes stakeholder input into account. In this Clean Energy States Alliance webinar, report authors Liz Stanton and Bryndis Woods of Applied Economics Clinic will discuss the report’s findings with CESA’s Todd Olinsky-Paul.

State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: 2022 Year in Review

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here.


Our annual lookback at the year in energy storage covers 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. The webinar features John Fernandes, senior consultant for emerging technologies at Customized Energy Solutions. Dr. Imre Gyuk, director of energy storage research at US DOE Office of Electricity, made introductory remarks. Clean Energy States Alliance Senior Project Director Todd Olinsky-Paul 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.