Upcoming Webinars and Events for CESA https://www.cesa.org/webinars/ Renewable Thermal Technologies in the Massachusetts APS https://www.cesa.org/webinars/renewable-thermal-technologies-in-the-massachusetts-aps/?date=2018-01-24 <p>In response to 2014 legislation, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) developed and is implementing rules and regulations that will enable renewable thermal technologies to participate in the state’s Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS). Qualifying facilities include those that generate “useful thermal energy using sunlight, biomass, bio-gas, liquid bio-fuel or naturally  occurring temperature differences in ground, air or water.” Samantha Meserve, Renewable Thermal Program Coordinator at DOER, will describe how the program will work, including how generators will qualify and how thermal output will be converted into Alternative Energy Certificates (AECs). She will explain the treatment of different technologies and different size systems. There will be time for audience questions and comments.</p> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:33:06 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/renewable-thermal-technologies-in-the-massachusetts-aps/?date=2018-01-24 Follow-Up Discussion: Using Federal Low-Income Energy Assistance Programs for Solar https://www.cesa.org/webinars/follow-up-discussion-using-federal-low-income-energy-assistance-programs-for-solar/?date=2018-01-25 <p>This interactive webinar discussion is a follow-up to two earlier webinars: </p><ul><li><a data-mce-href="webinars/using-wap-funds-for-low-income-solar/?date=2018-01-11" href="https://www.cesa.org/webinars/using-wap-funds-for-low-income-solar/?date=2018-01-11">Using Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Funds for Low-Income Solar</a> (1/11/2017) <br></li><li><a data-mce-href="webinars/using-liheap-funds-for-low-income-solar/?date=2018-01-16" href="https://www.cesa.org/webinars/using-liheap-funds-for-low-income-solar/?date=2018-01-16">Using Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Funds for Low-Income Solar</a> (1/16/2017) <br></li></ul><p>Guest speakers from both webinars will participate in this follow-up discussion. Participants will be invited to respond to the earlier webinars, share their ideas and experiences, and ask questions.</p><p><strong>This webinar is open to state and municipal officials only.</strong></p><p>Participants are strongly encouraged to either have attended the earlier webinars or watched the webinar recording before attending this follow-up discussion.</p><p>Host: Nate Hausman, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance</p><p>This webinar is presented by CESA as part of the <a href="projects/sustainable-solar/" data-mce-href="https://www.cesa.org/projects/sustainable-solar/">Sustainable Solar Education Project</a>.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:08:21 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/follow-up-discussion-using-federal-low-income-energy-assistance-programs-for-solar/?date=2018-01-25 Working with Reporters: How to Advance Your Goals and Avoid Getting into Trouble https://www.cesa.org/webinars/working-with-reporters-how-to-advance-your-goals-and-avoid-getting-into-trouble/?date=2018-01-31 <p>Media opportunities can be an excellent avenue for getting your organization’s message out to the public, but they can also be tricky, nerve-racking, or even damaging. Michael Gordon and Jeremy Robinson-Leon, principals of Group Gordon, an award-winning, New York-based strategic communications firm, will lead a two-part presentation on navigating interviews and handling tough situations.</p><p>Part I  will focus on preparing for interviews and responding to reporters’ questions and requests for information. Part II will cover strategies for managing a crisis or politically sensitive situation when an organization’s reputation can be threatened.</p><p>This webinar is recommended for all staff who participate in media strategy or may have contact with journalists. There will be opportunity for audience questions.</p><p><em><strong>This webinar is for CESA members only.</strong></em></p> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:13:17 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/working-with-reporters-how-to-advance-your-goals-and-avoid-getting-into-trouble/?date=2018-01-31 How to Drive Media Coverage of Your Organization https://www.cesa.org/webinars/how-to-drive-media-coverage-of-your-organization/?date=2018-02-07 <p>This webinar will explain how to increase favorable media coverage of your organization’s activities and accomplishments.</p><p>Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Senior Director for Marketing and Communications Catherine Williams, a former journalist and seasoned communications professional, will discuss how to get reporters interested in your organization and how to identify the best channels and times to approach reporters with story ideas.</p><p>Samantha Donalds, CESA Research and Communications Specialist, will describe how to use Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to promote your organization.</p><p>There will be opportunity for audience questions.</p><p><strong>This webinar is for CESA members only.</strong></p> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:18:53 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/how-to-drive-media-coverage-of-your-organization/?date=2018-02-07 State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: 2017 Year in Review https://www.cesa.org/webinars/state-of-the-u-s-energy-storage-industry-2017-year-in-review/?date=2018-02-13 <p>This webinar is presented by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories as part of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) project with CESA.</p><p>The U.S. energy storage market experienced substantial growth in 2017. In this webinar, guest speakers from GTM Research will share insights related to recent developments in the U.S. energy storage market, including deployment trends, policy updates, and market outlook.<br><br>Presenters:</p><ul><li>Brett Simon: Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research</li> <li>Dan Finn-Foley, Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research</li> </ul><p>Moderator: Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance<br><br>ESTAP is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, and is managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).</p> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:26:44 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/state-of-the-u-s-energy-storage-industry-2017-year-in-review/?date=2018-02-13 Financing Solar Projects for Public and Affordable Housing https://www.cesa.org/webinars/financing-solar-projects-for-public-and-affordable-housing/?date=2018-02-15 <p>This webinar will discuss ownership and finance pathways for solar projects for public and affordable housing. Bracken Hendricks, President and CEO of Urban Ingenuity, and Wayne Waite, current principal at Waite &amp; Associates and former Regional Energy Manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will present solar financing structures for public and affordable housing, including models using low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), tax equity investment, power purchase agreements and ownership flips, blocker corporations, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). </p><p>Panelists:</p><ul><li>Bracken Hendricks, President and CEO, Urban Ingenuity</li> <li>Wayne Waite, Principal, Waite &amp; Associates </li> </ul><p>Host: Nate Hausman, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance</p><p>This webinar is presented by CESA as part of the <a href="http://projects/sustainable-solar/">Sustainable Solar Education Project</a>. </p> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:51:55 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/financing-solar-projects-for-public-and-affordable-housing/?date=2018-02-15 Solar+Storage for Public and Affordable Housing https://www.cesa.org/webinars/solar-storage-for-public-and-affordable-housing/?date=2018-02-22 <p>This webinar will provide an overview of the technology, value proposition, and financing options for projects that pair solar with battery storage (solar+storage) for public and affordable housing. Clean Energy Group Vice President Seth Mullendore will present on how combining solar+storage can yield value for multifamily properties, including how it can reduce demand and cut energy expenses. Clean Energy Group Senior Finance Director Rob Sanders will discuss how solar+storage projects for public and affordable housing can be financed. Andy Mannle will discuss Promise Energy’s experience developing a solar+storage project for net zero energy affordable housing property in Los Angeles, California.<br><br>Panelists:</p><ul><li>Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group</li> <li>Rob Sanders, Senior Finance Director, Clean Energy Group</li> <li>Andy Mannle, Vice President of Strategic Development, Promise Energy</li> </ul><p>Host: Nate Hausman, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance<br><br>This webinar is presented by CESA as part of the <a href="https://www.cesa.org/projects/sustainable-solar/">Sustainable Solar Education Project</a>.</p> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:55:09 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/solar-storage-for-public-and-affordable-housing/?date=2018-02-22 Solar Consumer Protection Workshop https://www.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>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://www.cesa.org/webinars/solar-consumer-protection-workshop/?date=2018-05-17