Upcoming Webinars and Events for CESA https://www.cesa.org/webinars/ Replacing Peaker Plants with Battery Storage https://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.cesa.org/projects/state-leadership-in-clean-energy/2018/">here</a></strong>. </p> Thu, 17 May 2018 12:04:40 -0400 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/expanding-solar-pv-finance-and-markets-in-connecticut-and-minnesota/?date=2018-08-02 Midwest Clean Energy Trends https://www.cesa.org/webinars/midwest-clean-energy-trends/?date=2018-08-03 <p>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 will share their provocative, wide-ranging views. This frank conversation is open only to CESA Members and other state officials in CESA Member states. There will be opportunity for audience questions.  <br><br><strong>Panelists</strong> <br></p><ul><li>Howard Learner, President, Environmental Law and Policy Center </li><li>Dan Scripps, Program Director, Midwest Policy, Energy Foundation </li></ul> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:21:08 -0400 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/midwest-clean-energy-trends/?date=2018-08-03 Building Markets: Energy Storage in Massachusetts and Offshore Wind in Rhode Island https://www.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://www.cesa.org/projects/state-leadership-in-clean-energy/2018/">here</a></strong>. <br><br></p> Thu, 17 May 2018 12:00:26 -0400 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/building-markets-energy-storage-in-massachusetts-and-offshore-wind-in-rhode-island/?date=2018-08-09