Upcoming Webinars and Events for CESA https://cesa.org/webinars/ FERC and Clean Energy https://cesa.org/webinars/ferc-clean-energy/?date=2018-04-26 <p>In this webinar, John Moore, Director of the Sustainable FERC Project at NRDC, will discuss some of the issues currently before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the regional markets it regulates, including the potential threats for state RPSs and related state energy policies. Among the issues he will discuss are the increasing tensions between state and federal energy policies,  energy storage, resilience, aggregation of rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources, PURPA, and transmission planning. There will be time for audience questions. <br><br>This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:06:28 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/ferc-clean-energy/?date=2018-04-26 Income Trends of Residential Solar Adopters https://cesa.org/webinars/income-trends-of-residential-solar-adopters/?date=2018-05-02 <p>The residential photovoltaic (PV) market has expanded rapidly over the past decade, but questions exist about how equitably that growth has occurred across income groups. Prior studies have investigated this question but are often limited by narrow geographic study regions, now-dated analysis timeframes, or coarse estimates of PV-adopter incomes. At the same time, a spate of new programs and initiatives, as well as innovations in business models and product design, have emerged in recent years with the aim of making solar more accessible and affordable to broader segments of the population. Yet, many of those efforts are proceeding without robust underlying information about the income characteristics of recent residential PV adopters. <br></p><p>A forthcoming report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory offers insights into the income trends of residential solar adopters, with some emphasis on low- and moderate-income households. It is the most comprehensive analysis of this type to date, and one of few to utilize household-level income estimates. <br></p><p>In this webinar, report authors will discuss their findings. There will be time to address questions from the audience. <br></p><p><strong>Presenters:</strong></p><ul><li>Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory</li><li>Naïm Darghouth, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory</li><li>Diana Chace, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator) <br></li></ul><p>This webinar is presented by CESA as part of the Sustainable Solar Education Project. <br></p> Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:03:55 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/income-trends-of-residential-solar-adopters/?date=2018-05-02 CESA Spring 2018 Membership Meeting https://cesa.org/webinars/cesa-spring-2018-membership-meeting/?date=2018-05-15 <p>Registration is open for the annual CESA Members Meeting, which will take place in Chicago, starting with an optional dinner on the evening of Monday, May 14<sup>th</sup>, and with sessions starting Tuesday morning (May 15<sup>th</sup>) and ending Wednesday the 16<sup>th</sup> at 4:30 pm. The meeting will be held at Roosevelt University in the Loop, with lodging nearby at Hotel Blake. There will be ample opportunity for sharing and discussing your organization’s successes and challenges.</p><p>Sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including the implications of evolving utility business models, low-income solar, energy storage, and ways in which smart grids can provide opportunities for distributed generation. There will also be a session in which CESA member organizations will describe their tools and resources that can be easily be borrowed and used by other states, and a net-working reception on May 15<sup>th</sup> where we will present the 2018 SLICE awards to the award recipients.</p><p>A draft agenda is available <strong><a href="https://cesa.org/assets/2018-Files/CESA-meeting-agenda.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></strong>. We will be updating this link periodically with more details.</p><hr><h3>Registration &amp; Travel Assistance</h3><p>Use the <strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdom4znbnGk4CPW3H_YFI3Vz_r5VErZEbwoA2Qe1dIYrlmhnA/viewform" target="_blank">online registration form</a></strong> to register for the meeting to indicate which days and meals you will attend. Registration is free, and CESA will cover meals during the meeting.</p><p>Travel assistance is available based on need. You can indicate your travel assistance needs on the registration form.</p><p>In order for us to plan for the meeting and meals, please register as soon as possible, and not later than May 1st.</p><hr><h3>Hotel Reservations</h3><p>CESA has a room block at the Hotel Blake Chicago (<a href="http://www.hotelblake.com" target="_blank">www.hotelblake.com</a>) with a discounted rate of $199 per night, plus 17.40% hotel room tax. In order to reserve a room in our room block, register below and make your hotel reservation at the Hotel Blake Chicago by Friday, April 13th. You can cancel your hotel reservation without penalty by doing so Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 4 PM local hotel time.<br> <br><strong>HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS</strong>: The Blake Hotel reservation link for the CESA room block is <strong><a href="http://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/NQ9PP4" target="_blank">www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/NQ9PP4</a></strong>. If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, you can call the hotel at 312-986-1234 and ask for Ray Cline or in-house reservations and ask to make a reservation under the "CESA Spring Meeting" room block rate.</p><hr><p>If you have any questions about meeting registration or the hotel room block, contact Maria Blais Costello at 802-223-2554 x-203 or email <a href="mailto:maria@cleanegroup.org">maria@cleanegroup.org</a>.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:37:35 -0500 https://cesa.org/webinars/cesa-spring-2018-membership-meeting/?date=2018-05-15 Solar Consumer Protection Workshop https://cesa.org/webinars/solar-consumer-protection-workshop/?date=2018-05-17 <p><strong>Hyatt Place Chicago/O'Hare Airport, 6810 Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Illinois</strong></p><p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBfEn7b_gZDC6R4dECaQ8J-6byTaxSBYCQUVGqGSuztHF0iA/viewform" target="_blank"><strong>APPLICATION FORM</strong></a><strong> | </strong><a href="https://cesa.org/assets/2018-Files/Solar-Consumer-Protection-Workshop-Agenda.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>DRAFT AGENDA </strong></a></p><p>CESA is offering a special opportunity for state officials to participate in a full-day workshop on solar consumer protection. The workshop will help state officials identify and implement solar consumer protection strategies. <strong>Applicants can apply for scholarships to cover hotel, airfare, and other travel costs.</strong> <br><br>The workshop will explore a variety of solar consumer protection issues from improper solar system installation to misleading solar savings projections. Participants will engage leading experts and peers from across the country in discussions on state strategies to promote solar consumer protection. Discussions will examine community solar consumer protection, solar contract disclosure requirements, the incorporation of quality assurances into program design, and more. <br><br>State employees from any state can apply to attend the workshop. Staff from attorneys general offices, ratepayer and consumer advocate offices, state energy offices, public utilities commissions, and other state agencies are invited to apply. We encourage small teams of two to four people from the same or different agencies within a state to apply. However, each individual must apply individually.  <br><br><strong>Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the workshop has been filled. The electronic application form to attend the workshop is available <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBfEn7b_gZDC6R4dECaQ8J-6byTaxSBYCQUVGqGSuztHF0iA/viewform" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong> <br><br>The workshop will be held in close proximity to O’Hare Airport to make travel to and from it easy. Contact CESA Project Director Nate Hausman by phone (802-223-2554 x206) or by email (<strong><a href="mailto:nate@cleanegroup.org?subject=Solar%20Consumer%20Protection%20Workshop%2C%205%2F17%2F18%20">nate@cleanegroup.org</a></strong>) if you have any questions about this workshop.<br><br>This workshop is being conducted through CESA’s <strong><a href="http://www.cesa.org/projects/sustainable-solar/">Sustainable Solar Education Project</a></strong>, which provides information and educational resources to state and municipal officials on strategies to ensure distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and benefits low- and moderate-income households. The Sustainable Solar Education Project is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.</p> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:39:43 -0500 https://cesa.org/webinars/solar-consumer-protection-workshop/?date=2018-05-17