Upcoming Webinars and Events for CESA http://cesa.org/webinars/ The Value Proposition for Energy Storage at the Sterling Municipal Light Department http://cesa.org/webinars/the-value-proposition-for-energy-storage-at-the-sterling-municipal-light-department/?date=2017-04-27 <p>The Sterling Municipal Light Department has deployed a <a href="http://www.cleanegroup.org/ceg-projects/resilient-power-project/featured-installations/sterling/" target="_blank">2-megawatt/3.9 megawatt-hour battery storage system</a> that can isolate from the main grid in the event of a power outage and, with an existing PV array, provide up to 12 days of emergency backup power to the town’s police department and emergency dispatch services. In addition to these resiliency benefits, the battery storage system will provide cost savings for both ratepayers and the utility, with an anticipated project payback period of seven years (two years after grants are applied).<br> <br>Experts at Sandia National Laboratories have prepared an economic analysis of the project including anticipated revenue and cost savings from multiple value streams including capacity reductions, transmission reductions, arbitrage and frequency regulation.<br> <br>In this webinar, guest speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Sterling Municipal Light Department will present the economic case for Sterling’s energy storage system.<br><br><strong>Speakers:</strong></p> <ul><li>Imre Gyuk, U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability</li> <li>Dan Borneo, Sandia National Laboratories</li> <li>Sean Hamilton, Sterling Municipal Light Department</li> <li>Raymond Byrne, Sandia National Laboratories</li> <li>Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance (Moderator)</li> </ul><p>The project was supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, with additional financial and technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity under the direction of Dr. Imre Gyuk, Sandia National Laboratories, and Clean Energy States Alliance. Technical support was also provided by Clean Energy Group through a grant from Barr Foundation. Battery installation and commissioning was provided by NEC Energy Solutions.<br> <br>This webinar is a presentation of the <a href="http://cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership/" target="_blank">Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP)</a>. ESTAP is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, and is managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).</p> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:59:01 -0400 http://cesa.org/webinars/the-value-proposition-for-energy-storage-at-the-sterling-municipal-light-department/?date=2017-04-27 Should There Be a Clean Peak Standard? http://cesa.org/webinars/should-there-be-a-clean-peak-standard/?date=2017-05-09 <p>Both Arizona and California are considering whether to establish a Clean Peak Standard. It would require a certain percent of delivered electricity during a predetermined peak period to come from specified clean resources. The goal would be to continue to expand clean energy generation while reducing electricity costs and making it easier to meet peak demand. <br><br>In this webinar, Lon Huber, Senior Director at Strategen Consulting, will discuss the Clean Peak Standard concept and how it might be implemented. He was one of the two authors of a paper for Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer Office, "<a href="https://www.strategen.com/new-blog/2016/12/1/evolving-the-rps-a-clean-peak-standard-for-a-smarter-renewable-future" target="_blank">Evolving the RPS: A Clean Peak Standard for a Smarter Renewable Future</a>." <br><br>This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative.</p> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:58:55 -0400 http://cesa.org/webinars/should-there-be-a-clean-peak-standard/?date=2017-05-09 Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low-Income Customers http://cesa.org/webinars/bringing-the-benefits-of-solar-to-low-income-customers/?date=2017-05-18 <p>The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is producing a guide on bringing the benefits of solar to low-income consumers. The guide, "Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low-Income Consumers: A Guide for States and Municipalities," is designed for state and municipal officials, and will be released in May. It will identify successful and promising approaches, offer factors policymakers should consider, and provide policy and program design recommendations for bringing the benefits of solar to low-income consumers.  <br><br> In this webinar, report author Ben Paulos (PaulosAnalysis) will provide an overview of the guide. There will be time to address questions from the audience. CESA Project Director Nate Hausman will host. <br><br> This webinar and report are being produced through CESA’s Sustainable Solar Education Project as part of a series on strategies to ensure that solar remains consumer friendly and benefits low- and moderate-income households.</p> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:57:35 -0400 http://cesa.org/webinars/bringing-the-benefits-of-solar-to-low-income-customers/?date=2017-05-18 Crowd-Financing Solar for Nonprofits Serving Low-Income Communities http://cesa.org/webinars/crowd-financing-solar-for-nonprofits-serving-low-income-communities/?date=2017-05-25 <p><span>Nonprofit community service providers that serve low-income communities have faced challenges in financing solar for their own facilities. These organizations’ lack of credit history, potentially unreliable revenue, and inability to take advantage of tax credits and accelerated depreciation can make traditional solar financing models a poor fit. <br><br>One answer that has emerged is “crowd-funding,” in which many individuals each provide a small amount of money for a project. Crowd-funding can involve donations, or it can involve investments, in which the individuals who participate expect a financial return. In this webinar, Andreas Karelas, the Executive Director of RE-volv, and Todd Bluechel, the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at CollectiveSun, will present two models that rely on crowd-funding to enable nonprofits to adopt solar. Mr. Karelas will discuss RE-volv’s model, which allows for crowd-sourced donations. Mr. Bluechel will discuss “CrowdLending,” one of CollectiveSun’s financing options that facilitates loans to fund solar projects after tax credits have been applied. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&amp;A with the audience.  <br><br>This is one in a series of webinars presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) as part of the Sustainable Solar Education Project on bringing the benefits of solar to low-income residents. The Sustainable Solar Education Project, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, is helping state and municipal officials to ensure distributed solar electricity is equitable and consumer friendly.  <br></span></p> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:39:44 -0400 http://cesa.org/webinars/crowd-financing-solar-for-nonprofits-serving-low-income-communities/?date=2017-05-25 CESA Spring 2017 Membership Meeting http://cesa.org/webinars/spring-2017-members-meeting/?date=2017-06-11 <p>The Spring 2017 CESA Membership Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13 and co-hosted by the <a href="https://www.mwcog.org/" target="_blank">Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)</a>. <br> <br><strong>A draft agenda is available</strong> <strong><a href="http://cesa.org/assets/2017-Files/CESA-Members-Meeting-Agenda-June-2017.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></strong>. The agenda is still a work in progress. If you have any suggestions on meeting session topics or guest speakers, please <a href="mailto:maria@cleanegroup.org">let us know</a> as soon as possible.<br> <br>The meeting sessions for this two-day event will be held at COG offices at 777 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 300. The first session will start at 9 am on Monday, June 12 and the last session will end at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, June 13. CESA will host an optional dinner on Sunday, June 11th at 6:30 pm, as well as a networking reception on the evening of Monday, June 12th, from 6 to 8 pm.<br> <br>We have secured a room block at the <a href="http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/district-of-columbia/hilton-garden-inn-washington-dc-us-capitol-DCANMGI/index.html" target="_blank">Hilton Garden Inn/ U.S. Capitol</a> at 1225 First Street, NE, with a discounted rate of $195 plus tax per night. We will book these room by a rooming list, so all hotel reservations will go through CESA. Please note your hotel needs on the registration form.<br> <br><strong>The hotel room block will close on Tuesday, April 4</strong>, so it is very important that you register for the meeting as soon as possible to ensure a hotel reservation. You will have 48 hours before the date of arrival to cancel or change your reservation without penalty. <br> <br>If you will not need hotel reservations, we ask that you also please register as soon as possible so that we can gauge attendance.</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmLnISrbe8OM5MtChvcTOaXZCX3iTDZ0ohurhewsRSIbA9Wg/viewform" target="_blank">&lt;&lt;REGISTER HERE&gt;&gt;</a></strong></h3> <p style="text-align: left;">Use the <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmLnISrbe8OM5MtChvcTOaXZCX3iTDZ0ohurhewsRSIbA9Wg/viewform" target="_blank">online registration form</a> to register for the meeting, to indicate hotel room needs, and to indicate which days and meals you will attend. Registration is free, and CESA will cover meals during the meeting.<br> <br>We will send out hotel confirmations, along with more details about the meeting logistics, by mid-May. If you have any questions, please <a href="mailto:maria@cleanegroup.org">contact Maria</a>.</p> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:03:21 -0400 http://cesa.org/webinars/spring-2017-members-meeting/?date=2017-06-11 Workshop for State Officials: Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low- and Moderate-Income Residents http://cesa.org/webinars/sustainable-solar-education-project-workshop/?date=2017-06-14 <p><strong>Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Training Center<br>777 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 300<br>Washington, D.C.</strong></p> <p>The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is offering a special opportunity for state officials to participate in a full-day workshop on low- and moderate-income (LMI) solar. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on June 14th, and is only open to state employees. Workshop attendees who request travel support will receive reimbursement covering most or all of their travel and hotel costs.<br><br>The workshop will examine the challenges states face in promoting LMI solar and will highlight ideas for overcoming those challenges. Participants will engage leading experts and peers from across the country in discussions on such topics as financing, using community solar to advance solar for LMI households, LMI solar+storage as a strategy to reduce lifecycle costs, and harnessing existing poverty and housing programs for solar. The workshop will help state officials identify and plan appropriate strategies for LMI solar for their particular state. <strong><a href="http://cesa.org/assets/2017-Files/LMI-Solar-Workshop-Agenda.pdf" target="_blank">Read an agenda here</a></strong>. <br><br>State employees from any state are welcome to apply to attend the workshop. We encourage small teams of two to four people to apply. A team can include officials from different agencies within a state or representatives of municipalities or NGOs with which the state proposes to work. However, each individual must apply individually. <strong>Please submit completed applications by close of business on Friday, March 10th. Applications submitted after March 10th will be reviewed, but only on a rolling basis until the workshop has been filled. </strong></p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevD8cmSu6W2cU97yINlhBQhzid4kKQMdhy5dkt3ZigxiIytQ/viewform?c=0&amp;w=1" target="_blank">&lt;&lt; APPLY NOW &gt;&gt;</a></strong></h3> <p>This workshop is being conducted through CESA’s <a href="http://cesa.org/projects/sustainable-solar/" target="_blank">Sustainable Solar Education Project</a>, which provides information and educational resources to state and municipal officials on strategies to ensure distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and accessible for LMI households. The Sustainable Solar Education Project is managed by CESA and is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals program. </p> <p>Contact CESA Project Director Nate Hausman by phone at (802)223-2554 x206 or by email at <a href="http://nate@cleanegroup.org" target="_blank">nate@cleanegroup.org</a> if you have any questions.  </p> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:31:17 -0500 http://cesa.org/webinars/sustainable-solar-education-project-workshop/?date=2017-06-14