January 15, 2019
Community solar has the potential to vastly increase access to solar for low- and moderate-income communities, especially for renters, but programs need to be specifically designed with those customers in mind in order to have the maximum benefit. A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Clean Energy States Alliance aims to help state program officials to design effective programs. The report, Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers, is available *here*.
December 18, 2018
Equinor Wind, Mayflower Wind, and Vineyard Wind are the *three provisional winners* of last Friday’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) competitive wind energy area lease auction. BOEM opened the competitive bidding process on Thursday morning for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts. The three lease areas sold for a combined price of $405 million dollars after thirty-two bidding rounds. Each lease area was auctioned at approximately $135 million. This historic auction and the record-breaking prices reflect the region’s strong commitment to offshore wind.
December 12, 2018
vt guide no border Since 2016, Vermonters interested in installing a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system have relied on "*A Vermonter's Guide to Residential Solar*," a free guidebook produced by the Clean Energy States Alliance and the Vermont Public Service Department. The guide was updated in the fall of 2018 to reflect changes in Vermont's net metering rules.
December 7, 2018
Directory of State Clean Energy Programs and Policies for Low- and Moderate-Income Residents – Updated December 2018
directory no border[resource-library/resource/directory-of-state-clean-energy-programs-and-policies-for-low-and-moderate-income-residents]CESA has updated its *Directory of State Clean Energy Programs and Policies for Low- and Moderate-Income Residents[resource-library/resource/directory-of-state-clean-energy-programs-and-policies-for-low-and-moderate-income-residents]*. This document, first published in 2015, surveys current and planned state activities that seek to bring the benefits of clean energy to low-income residents and communities. It focuses primarily on clean energy generation, but also covers some energy-efficiency initiatives. It does not include low-income weatherization programs. We will continue to update this document periodically to keep it current and useful as a directory of relevant state programs and policies. Read more *here[resource-library/resource/directory-of-state-clean-energy-programs-and-policies-for-low-and-moderate-income-residents]*.
November 30, 2018
The Yale Center for Business and the Environment’s Renewable Thermal Alliance (RTA) has awarded CESA a 2018 RTA Seed Innovation Grant. CESA will use this grant to work with four CESA member states (CT, MA, NY, RI) to develop a carbon cost calculator that will readily provide residential and business owners the cost savings and reduced greenhouse gas impacts associated with the installation of a renewable heating and cooling systems. HeatSmart communities will be the calculator's primary initial audience. Read more *here[https://cbey.yale.edu/our-stories/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2018-renewable-thermal-alliance-seed-innovation-grant]*.
November 21, 2018
The *Solar Potential Analysis Report[http://mnsolarpathways.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/solar-potential-analysis-report-nov15.pdf]*, commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, indicates that the state will be able to meet its ambitious renewable energy goals of 10% solar energy by 2030 and 70% from solar and wind by 2050 at costs comparable to natural gas generation. Another main conclusion from the study was that while utility-scale energy storage will play an important role in Minnesota’s renewable energy future, overbuilding and curtailing renewable energy generation may be the most affordable option. Read more *here[https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2018/11/19/stories/1060106555]* and *here[https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2018/11/19/stories/1060106567]*.
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