June 12, 2017
2017 CESA Members Meeting in Washington, D.C. CESA members from across the country gathered in DC in June for the annual 2017 CESA Members Meeting.
June 9, 2017
Northeast Wind Resource Center Forum The Northeast Wind Resource Center, in partnership with E2Tech and the Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative, held a half-day wind forum in Portland, Maine to discuss both land-based and offshore wind power on the national, regional, and state levels. The forum, attended by over 150 people, included presentations with developers, federal agencies, transmission operators, and renewable energy organizations. Read event highlights and recaps *here*.
June 8, 2017
By Dana Drugmand, Summer Research Assistant, CESA
May 1, 2017
The California Energy Commission is making solar more accessible and more widespread through its New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP). NSHP’s goal is to create a self-sustaining market for energy-efficient solar homes and help homeowners save money on electric bills. To date, the NSHP has installed nearly 67,000 solar systems. Recent changes to the NSHP Guidebook aim to make solar more accessible to low-income communities. These changes include increased incentive rates for affordable housing projects, and extending the permit application deadline from 60 to 120 days, as the former deadline was too tight for some complex projects, particularly multifamily and affordable housing. Read more about the NSHP in CESA's 2015 case study.
April 28, 2017
The Sterling Municipal Light Department has deployed a 2-megawatt/3.9 megawatt-hour battery storage system that can provide emergency backup power and cost savings. This project, which was supported in part by CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP)[http://cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership/], is expected to save the town of Sterling $400,000 per year – a significant savings for a town with a budget of just over $2.5 million. CESA hosted a webinar on April 27 with guest speakers the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Sterling Municipal Light Department for a presentation and discussion on the economic case for Sterling’s energy storage system - watch it here[http://cesa.org/webinars/the-value-proposition-for-energy-storage-at-the-sterling-municipal-light-department/].
April 14, 2017
The District of Columbia has an aggressive RPS that requires 50 percent of electricity to come from renewables by 2032, including 5 percent from solar. To understand the implications of this policy, the DC Office of the People’s Counsel commissioned Synapse Energy Economics to conduct a value of solar study. The resulting report, *Distributed Solar in the District of Columbia: Policy Options, Potential, Value of Solar, and Cost-Shifting*, has now been released. Among Synapse’s findings is the conclusion that “the value of solar to the utility system exceeds the cost, indicating that solar PV is a cost-effective electricity resource that also provides health and environmental benefits to society.”
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