2018

January 11, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Using Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Funds for Low-Income Solar

Traditionally, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) focused on increasing energy efficiency for low-income households. As solar costs have declined, interest in using WAP funds for low-income solar deployment has increased.

January 16, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Using Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Funds for Low-Income Solar

LIHEAP serves as an emergency bill assistance service, but state LIHEAP administrators have flexibility to use some program funds to reduce long-term dependence on energy assistance. Some argue that these LIHEAP funds should be used for low-income solar.

January 24, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Renewable Thermal Technologies in the Massachusetts APS

Since 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has been working on designing rules and regulations for including renewable thermal technologies in the Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS). This webinar featured a presentation on the draft regulations by Samantha Meserve, Renewable Thermal Program Coordinator at DOER.

January 25, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Follow-Up Discussion: Using Federal Low-Income Energy Assistance Programs for Solar

This interactive webinar discussion is a follow-up to two earlier webinars: "Using Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Funds for Low-Income Solar” (1/11), and “Using Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Funds for Low-Income Solar” (1/16).

February 13, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: 2017 Year in Review

The U.S. energy storage market experienced substantial growth in 2017. In this ESTAP webinar, presented by US DOE-OE and Sandia National Laboratories, and hosted by CESA, guest speakers from GTM Research shared insights related to recent developments in the U.S. energy storage market, including deployment trends, policy updates, and market outlook.

February 15, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Financing Solar Projects for Public and Affordable Housing

This webinar discussed ownership and finance pathways for solar projects for public and affordable housing.

February 22, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Solar+Storage for Public and Affordable Housing

This webinar provides an overview of the technology, value proposition, and financing options for projects that pair solar with battery storage for public and affordable housing.

March 1, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Promising Solar PV Financing Strategies for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers

In this webinar, Jeff Cook and Lori Bird of NREL discussed the most promising strategies state policymakers might consider using to finance solar PV for low- and moderate-income customers across three housing types: single family, multifamily, and manufactured housing.

March 7, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

One Year In – Energy Storage Proves its Worth in Sterling, MA

Summarizing one year of operations, this webinar shows how the Sterling Municipal Light Department’s energy storage project saved nearly $400,000 for the town’s ratepayers. The webinar also provides information on a second energy storage project being undertaken by Sterling in conjunction with a community solar installation.

March 9, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

The Status of State Grid Modernization Efforts

States are playing an important role in modernizing the nation’s electricity grid. In this webinar, two presentations discussed the range of activity taking place at the state level.

March 14, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Valuing Resilience: Exploring the Role of Solar+Storage in Grid Outages

The webinar included a review of the findings detailed in a recent paper released by NREL and Clean Energy Group, "Valuing the Resilience Provided by Solar and Storage Systems," which illustrates the impact of valuing resilience on solar+storage system sizing.

March 29, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

New Financing Options for Solar+Storage in Low-Income Communities

In this webinar, Clean Energy Group's Rob Sanders was joined by guest speakers from National Housing Trust and Urban Ingenuity to discuss ownership and finance models ranging from immediate direct ownership to third party ownership flips to C-PACE financing strategies.

April 4, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

FERC Order 841: Leveling the Playing Field for Energy Storage Resource Market Participation

In this webinar, guest speakers from Customized Energy Solutions will summarize FERC Order 841 and describe its impact on storage markets, just as RTO/ISO compliance efforts are getting underway across the country.

April 26, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

FERC and Clean Energy

In this webinar, John Moore (NRDC's Sustainable FERC Project) discussed 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.

May 2, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Income Trends of Residential Solar Adopters

Guest speakers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discussed their new report on income trends of residential solar adopters. It is the most comprehensive analysis of this type to date, and one of few to utilize household-level income estimates.

May 4, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

The Market Value of Offshore Wind on the U.S. East Coast

A new study by Berkeley Lab finds that the market value of offshore wind varies significantly along the U.S. East Coast, depending on the time-varying wind resource profile at a given site, as well as local pricing and market rules within the regional power market.

May 9, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Update on the California SGIP Energy Storage Incentive

California’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is the country’s premiere energy storage rebate program. This webinar featured a presentation by Andrea Woodall, an SGIP project manager, on the program’s design, progress, results and lessons learned to date.

May 17, 2018 8:00am — 4:30pm CST

Solar Consumer Protection Workshop

This workshop helped state officials identify and implement solar consumer protection strategies.

May 23, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

ISO-NE’s CASPR and State RPSs

Competitive Auctions with Sponsored Resources (CASPR) is a modification to ISO New England's Forward Capacity Auction. This webinar explained CASPR and its implications for renewables.

June 5, 2018 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

Cutting Demand Charges with Battery Storage

Stephen Kelley of ENGIE Storage explained how battery storage can reduce demand charges for commercial customers, and addressed common questions that building owners and energy managers may have.

June 14, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Electricity Affordability Metrics for the U.S.

Through the U.S. DOE's Grid Modernization Lab Consortium, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed electricity affordability metrics at the state and county levels for the United States. This webinar introduced a simple spreadsheet interface to map these electricity affordability metrics.

June 26, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

The Future of Electrification and What It Means for Clean Energy

Francisco de la Chesnaye presented the findings of the Electric Power Research Institute's newly published "U.S. National Electrification Assessment," which examines four possible pathways of how electrification could proceed in the coming years and decades.

June 27, 2018 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

Resilient Power in Practice: Lessons Learned from the Field

Guest speakers from American Microgrid Solutions and muGrid Analytics explained how a project can be modeled and developed and shared some of their experiences and a few practical lessons learned from working with resilient power technologies the field.

July 11, 2018 1:00pm — 2:30pm ET

State Programs for Clean Energy in Local Jurisdictions: Examples from New York and Oregon

This webinar highlighted two winning programs from CESA’s 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards: New York’s Clean Energy Communities Program and Oregon’s Renewable Energy Development Grant Program.

July 12, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Using Solar to Reduce Peak Loads: Evaluating Rhode Island's Distributed Solar Pilot

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. Panelists discussed the project's goals and design, and presented findings from Cadmus’ recently published program evaluation.

July 17, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Blockchain Technology for RECs, Tracking Systems, and Other Energy Market Applications

In this webinar, Alex Anich (NRG Renewables) and Ben Gerber (MRETS) sifted through the hype and uncertainty around blockchain and distributed ledger systems.

July 19, 2018 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

Replacing Peaker Plants with Battery Storage

This webinar presented the case for battery storage, both standalone and paired with renewables, as an increasingly viable alternative to traditional fossil-fuel peaker plants. Guest speakers from Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy and the Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy presented.

July 25, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Simplifying Resilient Power Design with REopt Lite: A Look at New Features Added to NREL’s Solar+Storage Tool

With the latest updates to NREL's solar+storage optimization tool, REopt Lite, building owners and energy managers can now easily compare the costs and benefits of solar+storage systems designed to meet resiliency goals. Nick Laws, an engineer in energy systems modeling at NREL, was on-hand to answer questions about REopt Lite and help explain the new features.

August 2, 2018 1:00pm — 2:30pm ET

Expanding Solar PV Finance and Markets in Connecticut and Minnesota

This webinar highlighted two programs from CESA’s 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards: Connecticut’s “Solar for All” Partnership, and Minnesota's MPRB Solar Demonstration Project.

August 3, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Midwest Clean Energy Trends

What have been the most significant recent energy developments in the Midwest? What will be the most important issues and trends in the coming several years? Two of the region’s leading energy experts shared their provocative, wide-ranging views.

August 9, 2018 1:00pm — 2:30pm ET

Building Markets: Energy Storage in Massachusetts and Offshore Wind in Rhode Island

This webinar highlighted two winning programs from CESA’s 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards: Massachusetts’ Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) Program, and Rhode Island’s Block Island Offshore Wind Farm.

August 23, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm

Solar PV Recycling: Issues and Considerations for State Decision-Makers

What happens to solar photovoltaic (PV) panels when they come to the end of their useful lifetime? Garvin Heath, a senior analyst at NREL, shared lessons learned and key insights from his research to inform state-level efforts to develop effective, efficient, and affordable PV module recycling and recovery strategies.

August 30, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Community Solar Program Design and Implementation for Low-and Moderate-Income Customers

Guest speakers from NREL discussed their forthcoming report, which reviews existing and emerging LMI community solar programs, discusses key questions related to program design, outlines how states can leverage incentives and finance structures to lower the cost of LMI community solar, and examines marketing and outreach considerations.

September 6, 2018 11:00am — 12:00pm ET

Offshore Wind Transmission: Lessons from Germany and Regulatory Considerations for OSW Transmission in the U.S.

Wilfried Breuer, Managing Director at TenneT, discussed Germany's offshore transmission experience. Mark Kalpin, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP, discussed potential ownership structures & mechanisms for developing OSW transmission in the US, mechanisms for cost recovery, risk management, and the RTO interconnection process.

September 11, 2018 1:00pm — 2:15pm ET

California’s Pioneering Policies for New Homes: Greater Efficiency with Required Solar Energy

In May, California became the first state to require new homes to include solar power. Guest speakers from the California Energy Commission explained the requirement, how it will be implemented, and how other states might adopt similar policies.

September 13, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Solar+Storage in Net Metering Programs

The addition of storage behind customer meters can require new rules and guidelines to accompany net metering regimes that were not designed with solar+storage in mind. This webinar examined lessons learned in California and Massachusetts.

October 11, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Supporting Housing and Mobility with Resilient Power in Boulder

Over the past two years, the City of Boulder, Colorado has been collaborating with stakeholders to strengthen the resilience of community facilities through deployment of solar and battery storage technologies.

October 18, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Evaluation of the Stringency and Design of RPSs

A new study measures the stringency of different state RPSs and shows “how changes in RPS policy design features relate to different market outcomes.” Author Sanya Carley and Nikos Zirogiannis presented.

November 8, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Energy Storage in the Clean Peak Standard

Clean Peak Standards (CPS) are being implemented or considered by several states as a way to focus renewable generation at peak demand hours. Energy storage is expected to play a major role in these efforts. This webinar featured a presentation by Strategen's Ed Burgess.

November 13, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Iowa’s Biomass Conversion Plan and Economic Assessment Tool

Speakers from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa State University discussed the Biomass Conversion Action Plan and Biogas Assessment Model. Farmer Bryan Sievers of Sievers Family Farms discussed their conversion to biogas and how their experience helped in the development of the economic assessment tool.

November 29, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm

Renewable Thermal in RPSs: Examples from New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont

Guest speakers from New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont discussed the inclusion of renewable thermal in their state’s RPS program.

December 4, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Americans’ Changing Views of Renewable Energy Policies

Sarah Mills discussed the findings of a new report on how Americans’ views on solar and wind energy have changed over the past decade.

December 11, 2018 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

The Real Estate Industry and Selling Homes with Solar

This webinar will look at the issues homeowners with solar can face when they go to sell their house, the ways in which the real estate industry can prepare to help solar homeowners sell their home, and how state agencies and the solar industry can educate solar homeowners so that they are well prepared to sell their house without difficulty.

December 18, 2018 2:00pm — 3:30pm ET

Oregon’s New Energy Storage Project for Resiliency and Cost Savings

A new energy storage project in Eugene, Oregon will provide backup power for emergency services, as well as cost savings and electricity services to the municipal utility.