Upcoming Webinars and Events for CESA https://cesa.org/webinars/ The Future of Electrification and What It Means for Clean Energy https://cesa.org/webinars/the-future-of-electrification-and-what-it-means-for-clean-energy/?date=2018-06-26 <p>There is great potential for electricity to replace liquid and solid fuels for transportation, industrial processes, agriculture, and heating and cooling. In April the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) published the <a data-mce-href="https://www.epri.com/#/pages/product/000000003002013582/" href="https://www.epri.com/#/pages/product/000000003002013582/" target="_blank">U.S. National Electrification Assessment</a>, which examines four possible pathways of how electrification could proceed in the coming years and decades. In the report’s most ambitious scenario, electricity's share of total energy supply would rise from 19 percent today to 50 percent by 2050. <br><br>In this webinar, Francisco de la Chesnaye, Senior Program Manager at EPRI, will present the report’s findings and discuss the potential implications for state renewable energy initiatives. There will be opportunity for audience questions. <br><br>This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative.  <br></p> Fri, 25 May 2018 10:13:26 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/the-future-of-electrification-and-what-it-means-for-clean-energy/?date=2018-06-26 Resilient Power in Practice: Lessons Learned from the Field https://cesa.org/webinars/resilient-power-in-practice-lessons-learned-from-the-field/?date=2018-06-27 <p>The hurricanes that raged through Puerto Rico and the Southeastern U.S. last year were a serious reminder of the fragility of the centralized electric power system in the face of natural disasters. They also highlighted the importance of local, decentralized energy solutions to keep basic services up and running in an emergency. As hurricane season begins to ramp up again, this webinar will take a deeper look into what it means to design a resilient power system.<br><br>In this webinar, Clean Energy Group will be joined by American Microgrid Solutions and muGrid Analytics, who have partnered with the Resilient Power Project on several system evaluations. They’ll explain how a project can be modeled and developed and share some of their experiences and a few practical lessons learned from working with resilient power technologies the field.<br><br><strong>Presenters:</strong></p><ul><li>Geoff Oxnam, Chief Executive Officer, American Microgrid Solutions</li> <li>Dr. Travis Simpkins, Chief Technology Officer, muGrid Analytics</li> </ul><p>This webinar is presented by 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> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:52:49 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/resilient-power-in-practice-lessons-learned-from-the-field/?date=2018-06-27 State Programs for Clean Energy in Local Jurisdictions: Examples from New York and Oregon https://cesa.org/webinars/state-programs-for-clean-energy-in-local-jurisdictions-examples-from-new-york-and-oregon/?date=2018-07-11 <p>This webinar highlights two winning programs from CESA’s 2018 <em>State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards</em>: <strong>New York’s Clean Energy Communities Program</strong> and <strong>Oregon’s Renewable Energy Development Grant Program</strong>. <br><br>Local governments in New York State can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. By completing four of the ten high-impact actions, the awarded jurisdictions earn the Clean Energy Community designation in addition to being eligible for a grant of between $50,000 and $250,000, with no local cost share, to support additional clean energy projects. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects. Since the program’s launch, 297 communities from across the state have completed more than 830 high-impact actions. <br><br>The Oregon Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Development (RED) Grant Program promotes investment in and development of renewable energy projects by providing a grant up to $250,000 for businesses, organizations, public bodies, schools, nonprofits, and tribes that install and operate a renewable energy system that produces electric energy. Since 2012, ODOE has awarded nearly $5 million for 55 renewable projects statewide, including solar, hydropower, biogas, biomass, and geothermal installations.<br><br>In two very different ways, each program is successfully advancing renewable energy deployment in their state. Guest speakers from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) will present. <br><br><strong>Presenters:</strong> </p><ul><li>Kelly Tyler, NYSERDA</li> <li>Brad Tito, NYSERDA</li> <li>Jennifer Kalez, ODOE</li> <li>Michael Williams, ODOE</li> </ul><p><br>Learn more about the 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards <a href="https://cesa.org/projects/state-leadership-in-clean-energy/2018/">here</a>. </p> Thu, 17 May 2018 12:08:51 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/state-programs-for-clean-energy-in-local-jurisdictions-examples-from-new-york-and-oregon/?date=2018-07-11 Using Solar to Reduce Peak Loads: Evaluating Rhode Island's Distributed Solar Pilot https://cesa.org/webinars/using-solar-to-reduce-peak-loads-evaluating-rhode-islands-distributed-solar-pilot/?date=2018-07-12 <p>Between 2014 and 2018, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources conducted a pilot to explore the ability of solar to reduce peak electricity loads on the local electric distribution system, thereby postponing the need for certain utility infrastructure investments. The pilot included the targeted installation of a 250-kW single-axis tracking solar installation, a Solarize program to encourage distributed solar deployment in two municipalities, and incentives for customers to install solar systems optimized for grid support, rather than overall annual generation. <br><br>The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources contracted with Cadmus to prepare an evaluation report assessing the outcomes of the pilot. <br><br>In this webinar, Danny Musher of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources will discuss the goals and design of the pilot, and Shawn Shaw of Cadmus will present findings from Cadmus’ recently published evaluation report on the pilot. <br><br>This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance as part of the Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN). <br></p> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:14:54 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/using-solar-to-reduce-peak-loads-evaluating-rhode-islands-distributed-solar-pilot/?date=2018-07-12 Blockchain Technology for RECs, Tracking Systems, and Other Energy Market Applications https://cesa.org/webinars/blockchain-technology-for-recs-tracking-systems-and-other-energy-market-applications/?date=2018-07-17 <p>There is a lot of hype around blockchain and distributed ledger systems. There is much uncertainty about how this emerging technology can be used to support new and existing energy markets. <br><br>In this webinar, Alex Anich, Manager—Renewable Market Intelligence at NRG Renewables, and Ben Gerber, Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (MRETS), will sift through the hype and uncertainty to help attendees understand what blockchain and distributed ledger technology is; what some of the positive and negative aspects of the technology are; and how regulators, utilities, and renewable market participants can evaluate the growing number of blockchain applications in development. The presenters will also use a debate-style format to discuss a case study of when blockchain technology may not be the best solution for a specific platform. There will be opportunity for audience questions. <br><br>This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative.  </p> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:49:42 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/blockchain-technology-for-recs-tracking-systems-and-other-energy-market-applications/?date=2018-07-17 Replacing Peaker Plants with Battery Storage https://cesa.org/webinars/replacing-peaker-plants-with-battery-storage/?date=2018-07-19 <p>Thanks to impressive price declines over the past few years, battery storage is beginning to be considered and deployed as a grid resource to meet system peak electricity demands – challenging the business case for traditional peaker plants for the first time.<br><br>Unlike baseload power plants that are built to operate throughout the year, peaker plants are designed to be called on only when the  demand for electricity spikes – during a summer heat wave when air conditioners are running full blast or a winter cold snap when electric heaters struggle to keep homes warm. There are more than 800 peaker plants in operation across the country, with another 20 gigawatts planned for development the next decade.<br><br>Due to their design and the way they’re operated, peaker plants, which are often powered by natural gas, tend to emit hazardous pollutants at a higher rate than baseload gas plants. They also tend to be built closer to population centers and are disproportionately located in disadvantaged communities, contributing to poor air quality and threatening public health.<br><br>This webinar will present the case for battery storage, both standalone and paired with renewables, as an increasingly viable alternative to traditional fossil-fuel peaker plants.<br><br>Topics covered will include:</p><ul><li>the economics of batteries versus peakers,</li> <li>a look at solar and storage peaker projects in development,</li> <li>an overview of the emissions and social equity impact of existing peaker plants; and</li> <li>the story of how one proposed peaker plant was successfully challenged by advocates in California.</li> </ul><p><br>Presenters:</p><ul><li>Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group</li> <li>Elena Krieger, Clean Energy Program Director, Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy</li> <li>Lucas Zucker, Policy and Communications Director, Central Coast Alliance for A Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)</li> </ul><p><br>This webinar is presented by 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> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:11:41 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/replacing-peaker-plants-with-battery-storage/?date=2018-07-19 Simplifying Resilient Power Design with REopt Lite: A Look at New Features Added to NREL’s Solar+Storage Tool https://cesa.org/webinars/simplifying-resilient-power-design-with-reopt-lite-a-look-at-new-features-added-to-nrels-solar-storage-tool/?date=2018-07-25 <p>With the latest updates to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) solar+storage optimization tool, <strong><a data-mce-href="https://reopt.nrel.gov/tool" href="https://reopt.nrel.gov/tool" target="_blank">REopt Lite</a></strong>, building owners and energy managers can now easily compare the costs and benefits of solar+storage systems designed to meet resiliency goals. The new features allow users to perform a side-by-side comparison between a system sized to power critical loads in an emergency and one designed to maximize savings over time. The new version of REopt Lite also allows users to assign a value to outage-related losses and incorporate traditional diesel generators into the design process.<br><br>In this webinar, you’ll learn about these new features and more as Clean Energy Group vice president and project director Seth Mullendore walks through examples using data from actual projects considering resilient solar+storage solutions. Seth will be joined by Nick Laws, an engineer in energy systems modeling at NREL, who will be on-hand to answer questions about REopt Lite and help explain the new features.<br><br>REopt Lite is a free tool is designed to help users quickly evaluate the economics of solar PV and battery storage for their sites. The tool is an online version of NREL’s more comprehensive REopt model, which has been used by analysts to evaluate renewable energy opportunities at more than 10,000 sites, supporting decisions leading to more than 260 megawatts of renewable energy development.<br><br>This webinar is presented by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. Learn more at <strong><a data-mce-href="http://www.resilient-power.org" href="http://www.resilient-power.org" target="_blank">www.resilient-power.org</a></strong>.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:32:43 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/simplifying-resilient-power-design-with-reopt-lite-a-look-at-new-features-added-to-nrels-solar-storage-tool/?date=2018-07-25 Expanding Solar PV Finance and Markets in Connecticut and Minnesota https://cesa.org/webinars/expanding-solar-pv-finance-and-markets-in-connecticut-and-minnesota/?date=2018-08-02 <p>This webinar highlights two programs from CESA’s 2018 <em>State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards</em>: <strong>Connecticut’s “Solar for All” Partnership</strong>, and the <strong>Xcel Energy Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF) Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) Solar Demonstration Project</strong>.  <br><br>The Connecticut “Solar for All” Partnership is a ground-breaking public-private effort between the Connecticut Green Bank and PosiGen Solar Solutions. With Green Bank support, PosiGen offers a low-to-moderate income (LMI) targeted solar lease paired with energy efficiency measures for homeowners, regardless of income or traditional measures of creditworthiness.  Since the partnership launched, solar penetration in Connecticut’s low-income communities has increased 188% and over 800 low-income verified households have signed up to go solar with PosiGen. “Solar for All” is an exemplary model of how to bring LMI energy solutions to scale and achieve inclusive prosperity in the clean energy economy. <br><br>In Minnesota, the MPRB Solar Demonstration Project, supported by Xcel’s REDF, installed 200 kW of solar PV in the Minneapolis parks system to model the incorporation of renewable energy into public amenities. The project demonstrates an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution for public works or parks projects to mitigate energy costs, while limiting the carbon footprint and promoting local solar businesses.  The project’s installations demonstrate a variety of solar designs and are located in diverse, high-traffic public areas to showcase solar to a large number of visitors and stakeholders. The project includes specific education and interpretive program components.<br><br>Each program is successfully expanding solar PV deployment in their state. <br><br><strong>Webinar Presenters:</strong> </p><ul><li>Kerry O’Neill, CT Green Bank</li> <li>Beth Galante, PosiGen</li> <li>Mark Ritter, Xcel Energy REDF</li> <li>Craig Wilson, Sustology</li> </ul><p><br>Learn more about the 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards <strong><a href="https://cesa.org/projects/state-leadership-in-clean-energy/2018/">here</a></strong>. </p> Thu, 17 May 2018 12:04:40 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/expanding-solar-pv-finance-and-markets-in-connecticut-and-minnesota/?date=2018-08-02 Building Markets: Energy Storage in Massachusetts and Offshore Wind in Rhode Island https://cesa.org/webinars/building-markets-energy-storage-in-massachusetts-and-offshore-wind-in-rhode-island/?date=2018-08-09 <p>This webinar highlights two winning programs from CESA’s 2018 <em>State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards</em>: <strong>Massachusetts’ Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) Program</strong>, and <strong>Rhode Island’s Block Island Offshore Wind Farm</strong>.    <br><br>In Massachusetts, the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) Program was created to jump-start the state’s energy storage industry by piloting innovative, broadly replicable energy storage demonstration projects with multiple value streams, thereby priming Massachusetts for increased commercialization and deployment. ACES will demonstrate nine storage use cases to accelerate the adoption of storage technologies, provide benefits to customers and utilities, and highlight market and regulatory barriers. The 26 demonstration projects supported by the ACES program will collectively add 32MW/83MWh to the grid where only 4MW/7MWh currently exists.<br><br>In December 2016, Rhode Island became home to North America’s first offshore wind farm with the successful installation and operation of the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm. This five-turbine project was developed by Deepwater Wind of Providence, RI. The project connected Block Island to the mainland electrical grid for the first time, allowing residents to end reliance on imported diesel to meet their electric generation needs. The project represents a significant clean energy accomplishment for Rhode Island and the nation, and it is helping to spur an entirely new industry and job creator for the coastal economy.<br><br>In two very different ways, each program is successfully advancing emerging clean energy technologies in their state. Guest speakers from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RIOER) will present.  <br><br><strong>Presenters:</strong> </p><ul><li>Kavita Ravi, MassCEC</li> <li>Galen Nelson, MassCEC</li> <li>Chris Kearns, RIOER  </li> </ul><p><br>Learn more about the 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards <strong><a href="https://cesa.org/projects/state-leadership-in-clean-energy/2018/">here</a></strong>. <br><br></p> Thu, 17 May 2018 12:00:26 -0400 https://cesa.org/webinars/building-markets-energy-storage-in-massachusetts-and-offshore-wind-in-rhode-island/?date=2018-08-09