April 29, 2019
States in the Northeast are making great strides in advancing offshore wind development. Recently:
April 15, 2019
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and other California utilities have released an economic study of housing electrification costs and benefits. The study, Residential Building Electrification in California, assesses the energy savings, greenhouse gas savings, impacts to the electric grid and overall economics of residential building electrification for customers across many regions of California. Results show that electrification can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 60% in 2020 and up to 90% in 2050 compared to mixed-fuel homes.
March 25, 2019
The US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office announced that CESA will receive funding for a three-year project that will build on three innovative low- and moderate-income (LMI) solar access and finance initiatives. The project will further develop these models and promote them in additional locations. The three initiatives are: (1) Efforts by Connecticut Green Bank to document the creditworthiness of LMI single-family homeowners and attract financial institutions, most notably PosiGen, to offer financing to the LMI solar market; (2) New Mexico State Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department efforts to develop “PV-on-a Pole” prototypes to be manufactured inexpensively and installed widely at manufactured homes; (3) Efforts by Clean Energy Group, foundations, and affordable housing organizations to use loan guarantees and other credit enhancements to finance solar+battery storage for multifamily affordable housing. Learn more *here*.
February 1, 2019
Massachusetts becomes first in the nation to make battery storage eligible for energy efficiency incentives
By Todd Olinsky-Paul, CESA Project Director
January 27, 2019
CESA has launched a new project with Alabama A&M University, the Partnership for Southern Equity/Advancing Equity and Opportunity, the University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability, and Woodline Solutions to research, write, and disseminate a report on the solar landscape in under-resourced communities. The report will identify the most useful strategies for advancing solar photovoltaic technologies in ways that benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. The project team will gather input from a wide range of stakeholders, including state and municipal governments, utilities, foundations, advocates for LMI populations, and the solar industry, and will especially seek to learn from the experiences of organizations that have deep roots in LMI communities. The report will tentatively be released in the Fall of 2019. The project is funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
January 17, 2019
New York Governor Cuomo has announced plans for a “Green New Deal,” an ambitious plan to accelerate the state’s clean energy economy. The Governor’s agenda includes:
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