Upcoming Webinars and Events for CESA http://cesa.org/webinars/ Low-Income Solar, Part 1: Lessons Learned from Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs http://cesa.org/webinars/low-income-solar-lessons-learned-from-energy-efficiency-programs/?date=2017-03-23 <p>As states seek to increase the adoption of solar among low-income households and communities, the history of low-income energy efficiency programs provides useful lessons. In this webinar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher Ian Hoffman will discuss the lessons learned from low-income energy efficiency programs, and how they can be applied to low-income solar programs. Topics covered will include how programs can be tailored to different segments of the low-income population, such as multifamily vs. single-family housing, as well as what obstacles have been encountered and what new solutions are proposed.</p> <p><strong>Panelist</strong>: Ian Hoffman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory<br><strong>Moderator</strong>: Warren Leon, Clean Energy States Alliance</p> <p>The research presented in this webinar, and the webinar itself, are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. CESA is producing this webinar as part of the <a href="http://cesa.org/projects/sustainable-solar/" target="_blank">Sustainable Solar Education Project</a>.</p> <p>***<br><br>Part 2 of this webinar series is taking place on Thursday, March 30. <a href="http://cesa.org/webinars/financing-tools-for-low-income-solar/" target="_blank">Read more and register here</a>.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:35:39 -0500 http://cesa.org/webinars/low-income-solar-lessons-learned-from-energy-efficiency-programs/?date=2017-03-23 Interactions between Wind Turbines and Wildlife, Part 2 http://cesa.org/webinars/interactions-between-wind-turbines-and-wildlife-part-2/?date=2017-03-29 <p>Because there were many more questions than we were able to answer on our March 1st webinar, “<a href="http://cesa.org/webinars/interactions-between-wind-turbines-and-wildlife/" target="_blank">Interactions between Wind Turbines and Wildlife</a>,” we will be hosting a follow-up webinar to address additional questions from the audience. We encourage you to come prepared with questions. <br><br><strong>Guest Speaker</strong>: Taber Allison, American Wind Wildlife Institute  <br><strong>Host</strong>: Warren Leon, Clean Energy Group/ Clean Energy States Alliance <br><br>Before attending this webinar, please watch Part 1, <a href="http://cesa.org/webinars/interactions-between-wind-turbines-and-wildlife/" target="_blank">available here</a>. In that webinar on March 1st, Taber Allison of the American Wind Wildlife Institute described the current state of knowledge of wind turbine interactions with wildlife, and explained the key issues that were discussed at the December 2016 national Wind Wildlife Research Meeting. <br><br>This webinar is a presentation of the Northeast Wind Resource Center (NWRC). The NWRC is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s WINDExchange program, and is managed by Clean Energy Group, with participation from Sustainable Energy Advantage and the Maine Ocean &amp; Wind Industry Initiative. For more information, visit the NWRC website at <a href="http://www.northeastwindcenter.org" target="_blank">www.northeastwindcenter.org</a>.</p> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:41:08 -0500 http://cesa.org/webinars/interactions-between-wind-turbines-and-wildlife-part-2/?date=2017-03-29 Low-Income Solar, Part 2: Using the Tools of Low-Income Energy Efficiency Financing http://cesa.org/webinars/financing-tools-for-low-income-solar/?date=2017-03-30 <p>As states seek to increase the adoption of solar among low-income households and communities, many states are considering employing financing tools that have been used for low-income energy efficiency. In this webinar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher Greg Leventis will review low-income energy efficiency financing products and discuss how different financing products can address different barriers to low-income energy improvements.<br><br><strong>Guest Speaker</strong>: Greg Leventis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory<br><strong>Moderator</strong>: Warren Leon, Clean Energy States Alliance<br><br>The research presented in this webinar, and the webinar itself, are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is producing this webinar as part of the Sustainable Solar Education Project.</p> <p>***<br><br>Part 1 of this webinar series is taking place on Thursday, March 23. <a href="http://cesa.org/webinars/low-income-solar-lessons-learned-from-energy-efficiency-programs/" target="_blank">Read more and register here</a>.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:53:18 -0500 http://cesa.org/webinars/financing-tools-for-low-income-solar/?date=2017-03-30 NYC's Policy Target and Roadmap for Resilient Solar+Storage http://cesa.org/webinars/nycs-policy-target-and-roadmap-for-resilient-solar-storage/?date=2017-04-04 <p>It is clear that 21st century energy needs must include energy storage infrastructure. Pairing storage with renewable distributed generation resources like solar PV can increase reliability, local control and resiliency for consumers, as well as for utility and emergency planners. However, this technology needs a pathway through regulatory, policy and financial hurdles, some of which are unique to urban environments. The Sustainable CUNY Smart DG Hub’s Resilient Solar Project has created the Resilient Solar Roadmap, a 5-7 year plan for expanding the deployment of solar+storage in NYC. Additionally this plan helped engender the development of the nation’s first municipal energy storage target, NYC’s goal of 100 megawatt-hours by 2020, which was announced during Climate Week in Sept. 2016.</p> <p>In this webinar, Tria Case of Sustainable CUNY and Kathryn Wright of Meister Consultants Group will discuss the collaborative development process for creating the Roadmap, along with the barriers and recommendations outlined within the plan. Ben Mandel of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will describe the City’s storage target and what types of policy initiatives can help drive NYC towards achieving this goal.</p> <p>This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group's Resilient Power Project, and will be moderated by Clean Energy Group project director Seth Mullendore. For more information and resources from the Resilient Power Project, visit <a href="http://www.resilient-power.org" target="_blank">www.resilient-power.org</a>.</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:28:49 -0400 http://cesa.org/webinars/nycs-policy-target-and-roadmap-for-resilient-solar-storage/?date=2017-04-04 Tools for Building More Resilient Communities with Solar+Storage http://cesa.org/webinars/tools-for-building-more-resilient-communities-with-solar-storage/?date=2017-04-06 <p>Could your community benefit from clean, reliable power? In this webinar, Clean Energy Group will reintroduce the concept of building more resilient communities through the deployment of solar PV combined with battery storage (solar+storage). In addition to an overview of what resilient power is and the benefits that solar+storage can bring to a community, project director Seth Mullendore and senior finance director Rob Sanders will introduce Clean Energy Group’s new <a href="http://www.cleanegroup.org/ceg-projects/resilient-power-project/toolkits/" target="_blank">Resilient Power Toolkits</a>. These <a href="http://www.cleanegroup.org/ceg-projects/resilient-power-project/toolkits/community-services/" target="_blank">community services</a> and <a href="http://www.cleanegroup.org/ceg-projects/resilient-power-project/toolkits/affordable-housing/" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> toolkits are designed to make information on resilient power easily accessible for organizations interested increasing resiliency, reducing energy costs, and improving public health through clean energy technologies.</p> <p>This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group's Resilient Power Project. Learn more at <a href="http://www.resilient-power.org" target="_blank">www.resilient-power.org</a>.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:22:51 -0500 http://cesa.org/webinars/tools-for-building-more-resilient-communities-with-solar-storage/?date=2017-04-06 The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program http://cesa.org/webinars/the-solar-massachusetts-renewable-target-smart-program/?date=2017-04-12 <p>The Solar Carve-Out and SREC program within the Massachusetts RPS have led to dramatic increases in solar capacity in the Commonwealth. Last year, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) carried out a thorough process, with considerable stakeholder input, to design a new program that would maintain robust growth in the number of solar installations while reducing costs for ratepayers. A new solar incentive program is now in the process of being implemented. Among other things, it seeks to reduce market risk and uncertainty so that incentives will not need to be as large.<br><br>In this webinar, Kaitlin Kelly, RPS Program Coordinator at DOER, will describe the context for the program, discuss the program’s design considerations, and explain how the program will work and be rolled out. There will be time for questions from the audience.<br><br>This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the <a href="http://cesa.org/projects/renewable-portfolio-standards/" target="_blank">RPS Collaborative</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:48:53 -0500 http://cesa.org/webinars/the-solar-massachusetts-renewable-target-smart-program/?date=2017-04-12 CESA Spring 2017 Membership Meeting http://cesa.org/webinars/spring-2017-membership-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>. A draft agenda is being developed and will be posted on the CESA website's members' page and will be available at this link by mid-March: <a href="http://bit.ly/CESA-Spring-2017-Mtg-Agenda" target="_blank">bit.ly/CESA-Spring-2017-Mtg-Agenda</a><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>CESA has a room block at the <a href="http://www.hotelsone.com/washington-hotels-us/hilton-garden-inn-washington-dc-us-capitol.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. In order for us to plan for hotel needs, we ask that if you are likely to attend the meeting and will need hotel reservations, to register by <strong>April 4th</strong> in order to ensure a room from our limited room block. You can cancel your hotel reservation without penalty by doing so 48 hours before the date of arrival. <br><br>If you don't need a hotel room reservation, we ask that you please register by <strong>May 15th</strong> so that we can plan for meals and meeting room space adequately.<br><br>There is no registration fee for CESA members to attend the meeting. If you have any questions or need to cancel your registration or hotel reservation, please contact Maria Blais Costello at 802-223-2554 x-203 or <a href="http://maria@cleanegroup.org" target="_blank">maria@cleanegroup.org</a>.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:05:47 -0500 http://cesa.org/webinars/spring-2017-membership-meeting/?date=2017-06-11 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