Applied Solutions webinar on CLEAN Programs featuring Craig Lewis of the Clean Coalition
- Hello Clean Energy Advocates,
Craig Lewis, Executive Director of the Clean Coalition, will present on CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) Programs during an Applied Solutions webinar next Thursday, September 8 at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST. In particular, Craig will discuss the Local CLEAN Program Guide, which is designed to help communities and their local utilities evaluate, design, and enact CLEAN Programs based on global best practices. Mr. Lewis will also discuss the CLEAN Program in the works for Fort Collins, Colorado to give listeners an idea of how the principles in the Guide can be implemented in a community. RSVP directions below or email LocalGuide@... to register. You may download a free copy of the Guide at http://www.clean-coalition.org/local-action/
Mircalla Wozniak, Communications and Marketing Director
Making Clean Local Energy Accessible Now
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Applied Solutions News
- Applied Solutions Webinar on CLEAN Programs (Feed-in-Tariff)
- Applied Solutions ED Testifies at Congressional Field Hearing
Applied Solutions is launching a new webinar series that looks at local government options for renewable energy and sustainability project financing. To kick off the series, Applied Solutions has invited experts in the field of CLEAN Programs (Feed-in-Tariffs) to talk about options and possible programs for local governments. Representatives from local governments with operating and developing rate tariff programs will also discuss successful program strategies.
Date: September 8, 2011
Time: 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
This webinar is free of charge for all participants.
To sign up for the webinar click here.
Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of Applied Solutions
Ms. Wyman will give an introduction to the Applied Solutions Webinar Series
Craig Lewis, Executive Director of the Clean Coalition
Mr. Lewis will talk about the benefits of CLEAN Programs and give an overview of his organization's new Local CLEAN Program Guide, which is a seven module guide designed to help communities and local utilities evaluate, design and enact CLEAN Programs based on global best practices.
Mike Noreen, Conservation and Efficiency Coordinator for River Falls Municipal Utilities, WI
Mr. Noreen will talk about the River Falls Municipal Utilities Solar Buyback Rate, outcomes from the tariff and accompanying program that work cooperatively towards the goal of energy sustainability.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collins is evaluating the benefits and feasibility of implementing a CLEAN program
To sign up for the webinar click here.
Solar Buyback Rate in River Falls, WI
Recognizing that forward-thinking homeowners and business owners were already installing their own small scale solar PV systems to produce energy, the City of River Falls decided to encourage further investment in clean power by instituting a Solar Buyback Rate to accelerate the payback period for investing in decentralized renewable energy production. For approved participants, River Falls Municipal Utilities purchases 100% of the energy produced from installed solar panels at the rate of 30 cents per kWh. By compensating homeowners or businesses for the energy that is generated and returned to the grid, the program contributes to the solar PV project's return on investment. Participants in the program incur all upfront development costs for the installation of the solar panels, and to qualify for the buyback rate they must sign a 10 year contract.
Hybrid Streetlights in Downers Grove, IL
The Village of Downers Grove, Illinois, installed hybrid LED streetlights powered with a combination of solar, wind and battery power in a previously established residential neighborhood. The hybrid streetlights were the first of their kind to be installed the United States. The system saves the community money on energy and maintenance costs, and reduces carbon emissions compared with conventional lighting systems.
The Village researched several types of solar-powered street lights and concluded the best fit for the region's climate was a hybrid system that combined solar and wind energy. The new hybrid lights are designed to last for 100,000 hours, compared to conventional systems which generally need replacing after about 10,000 hours. No trenching was necessary to install the lights, so the disturbance to the community during installation was minimal. The total cost of the project was approximately $282,000 to install 25 hybrid streetlights. The project was partially funded through a 2009 Community Development Block Grant from the DuPage County Neighborhood Investment Program.
For more information about the hybrid streetlights, and to see them in action, check out this video.
Call for Projects
For more information on other Applied Solutions member projects, see our website'sRegional Projects section.
Applied Solutions Executive Director Michelle Wyman testified at a Congressional Field Hearing in Boulder, Colorado, on August 15, 2011. Hosted by Congressman Jared Polis and the City of Boulder, the hearing focused on strengthening the economy and protecting the environment. Ms. Wyman spoke about the importance of local control over energy systems, explaining that it is key to developing healthy economies within our communities. "Flexibility of choice and the ability to customize local energy choices is essential as the nation and its local governments prepare for and enter the clean economy," she said.
Through a prism of national goals and policies, the hearing brought attention to the ways that a community can economically benefit when it moves toward energy sustainability comprehensively, trough the integration of transportation, land use, and housing practices, and provided ideas on how the federal government can best partner with these communities.
Also in attendance were Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, EPA Region 8 Administrator James Martin, and Kerry Duggan of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the DOE.
For the video or podcast of the hearing, click here.
To Read Michelle's full testimony, click here.
The U.S. Department of Energy is launching two online tools designed to help communities better prepare for widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). DOE has developed a template to help local governments design permits for residential EV charger installations and accelerate the approval process, and released a training video to provide inspectors and electricians with a guide to facilitate inspections and installations of home EV chargers.
These tools will encourage cities to develop standardized permitting and inspection procedures and help local officials streamline their processes, and aim to create more favorable conditions for EV businesses, including infrastructure providers and installers, to thrive as more plug-in electric vehicles come to the market. This effort will not only speed the adoption of EVs that reduce our reliance on foreign oil, it will make it easier for EV drivers to save energy and money by charging at home.
For more information go here.
One major obstacle to a large scale deployment of electric vehicles across the country is range anxiety. With the potential to go only about 100 miles on a fully charged battery, the current generation of electric cars make potential customers nervous about running out of power before they can reach a charging station. AAA has long been known for its roadside assistance to traditional combustion engine car drivers who find themselves out of gas, and is now embarking on a pilot program that will similarly assist electric vehicle owners.
The idea is that in 10-15 minutes, the AAA trucks will be able to deliver 10 miles of charge to an electric vehicle, enough to hopefully get the vehicle to the nearest charging station. With six vehicles in different urban areas around the country, AAA will be testing different technologies including an onboard lithium ion battery, pickup trucks with generators that can add charge to a battery and is run by the truck's engine, and a stand-alone generator powered by natural gas. Th
For more information see this article.
California's ambitious renewable energy goal of 33% by 2020 is still a long ways from being met and some regulations are hindering efforts of farmers and others to help reach that goal. Currently, California's net-metering laws, which allow the connecting of distributed and privately owned renewable energy generating infrastructure to the grid in exchange for credits, only governs solar and wind technologies. One bill moving through Sacramento, SB 489, aims to fix that. In an attempt to make current regulations "technology neutral" the legislation updates the current law to include allow all types of renewable energy to be sold back to the grid. This would allow individuals and businesses around the state who want to reduce their energy costs and be a part of the solution to the problem of reaching California's lofty goals.
For more information about how this legislation might impact farmers in California, see this article.
To read SB 489 click here.
The Village of Wildpoldsried in Germany has built a system of efficiency, water and renewables projects to where they are now completely energy independent and in fact product 321% more energy than they use. Born from a Village Council blueprint developed in 1999, the Wildpoldsried community has managed to achieve the sort of economic and energy independence that so many counties and cities strive for, without incurring any debt. The ability to access feed-in-tariffs, increasingly being known as CLEAN (clean local energy available now) programs in the United States, as well as grant funding has helped to drive the ability to fund installation of solar panels on homes and public buildings across the town. Additionally the village has built a district energy heating system in the village center, installed five community windmills and built four biodigesters as well as implemented broad energy efficiency measures and developed natural wastewater treatment systems. A number of small businesses have sprung up in the community to sell, install and service these technologies. The net result is that not only is this community self-sufficient but it generates over $5M a year in energy sales.
For more information, go here.