Veterans Career Development/ Vets-to-Feds (V2F) Career Development Program: Cybersecurity

Author:U.S._Department_of_Education” <ed.gov@public.govdelivery.com August  28,2018.

Veterans Career Development

Are You:
★ A veteran interested in a career in Cybersecurity?
★ A student veteran, a recent graduate, or looking for
a career development position?
Do You:
★ Want more than just a job?
★ Want to continue to serve your country?

If you answered “Yes” to these
questions, we may have a career
for you!

The Vets-to-Feds (V2F) Career Development Program
for Cybersecurity offers the opportunity to gain valuable
on-the-job training and experiences related to the
cybersecurity career field. Positions can vary and may
include Information Security, Digital Forensics, Customer
Support and more. Applicants can be hired under two
hiring authorities: Veterans Recruitment Appointment or
Pathways Recent Graduate.

Sponsored by the Interagency Council on Veterans
Employment, this program is designed to recruit and
support the development of our nation’s veterans for
careers within the Federal Government.

This exciting program includes:
★ Challenging work assignments
★ Potential for accelerated promotions
★ Benefits package that includes annual leave,
sick leave, health and life insurance, retirement
plan, paid Federal holidays, and more

Apply Now!
Go to USAJOBS.

Scholarship Announcement from Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Author: U.S._Department_of_Education:  Mon, Aug 27, 2018

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is pleased to announce a brand new scholarship opportunity through a new partnership with Boeing. This opportunity is available for HBCU students enrolled full-time at one of the Boeing HBCU priority schools:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Howard University
  • Morehouse College
  • Morgan State University
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • Spellman College
  • Tuskegee University

High performing students currently in their sophomore year, with a minimum GPA of 3.3, graduating during the 2020-2021 academic year, are encouraged to apply.

This unique opportunity provides students with full college to career support—opening the door to a full-time career with the world’s largest aerospace company, and lead manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems!

The Benefits

    • Receive a need-based scholarship of up to $30,000 total over the term of the Boeing | TMCF Scholar Program: up to $10,000 at the end of the internship program in year 1; up to $10,000 at the end of the internship program in year 2; and up to $10,000 in the form of a signing bonus if a job offer is extended and accepted upon graduation
    • Participate in the TMCF Leadership Institute in Washington D.C.
    • Participate in an Immersion experience at The Boeing Company offices
    • Participate in (2) consecutive 10-12 week internships with housing assistance provided across the country
    • Participate in various career development activities to help prepare for post-graduation careers
    • Receive ongoing coaching and mentorship
    • Serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU campuses to build awareness of the Boeing | TMCF HBCU Initiative program

The Opportunity

This highly competitive program targets students for opportunities in the following functional areas:

  • Engineering
  • IT and Data Analytics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resources
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Facilities Management

Additional Qualifications (including, but not limited to the following)

  • Graduating between Winter 2020 / Spring 2021
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0; preferred 3.3
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must be able to participate in, and successfully complete all program-related activities
  • Must remain in good academic standing
  • Must not have any disciplinary infractions on academic record
  • Serve as post-internship Boeing Ambassador during their final year
  • Students selected to participate in the program must provide TMCF with supporting documentation requested during the financial need verification process

Application Deadline: September 16, 2018

How to Apply To apply, click the button below and create a TMCF Account. Once you sign up and create a TMCF Account, you can complete the Boeing | TMCF HBCU Initiative application. The deadline is September 16, 2018 11:59pm EDT.

APPLY NOW

DC PACE FOR BUILDING OWNERS/PACE FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

Author: doee.dc.gov  August 24, 2018

PACE financing can provide a valuable source of up-front capital to finance clean energy projects and fund the repair and replacement of critical capital equipment within your building. Learn how DC PACE can help meet your building needs.

BENEFITS FOR BUILDING OWNERS

REDUCE UTILITY BILLS

  • Cut energy, water, stormwater and sewer fees
  • Realize savings immediately
  • Hedge against rising prices

IMPROVE CASH FLOW

  • Up to 100% financing with no money down
  • Increase net operating income immediately
  • Reduce O&M costs

LOWER CAPITAL COSTS

  • Use PACE to displace owner’s equity and expensive mezzanine debt
  • Fixed and adjustable rates at long terms (up to 20 years or more)
  • Compatible with most tax incentives and rebates

EXTEND CAPITAL BUDGETS

  • Address deferred maintenance needs
  • Preserve capital replacement reserves
  • Solve gaps in project funding

INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE

  • Improve tenant comfort
  • Command higher lease rates
  • Potentially off-balance sheet investment

GO GREEN

  • Increase Energy Star score and LEED rating points
  • Reduce building carbon footprint & create green jobs
  • Install clean energy improvements like solar

BUILDING OWNER RESOURCES

Apply Now: Fill out a short online form to check your eligibility, and we will get back to you about next steps.
Find a Service Provider: These contractors, consultants, and more are familiar with DC PACE.
Find a Capital Provider: The listed lenders have registered to finance DC PACE projects.
FAQsHave a question? Check out these FAQs or contact us today.

IS MY PROJECT ELIGIBLE FOR PACE?

ELIGIBLE PROPERTY TYPES

Eligible Property Types: Non-Profit and Special Use

Industrial
Institutional
Multifamily
Commercial Office/Retail: ELIGIBLE PROJECT TYPES

Eligible Project Types

Soft Costs
Stormwater Retention
Water Conservation
Lighting And Controls
HVAC Systems
Envelope Improvements
Renewables and Generation
DC PACE, a program of the Department of Energy and Environment, is independently administered by Urban Ingenuity.

PACE FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

“DC PACE helped educate our client and structured financing to close the project.”
Paul Orentas and Daron Coates
ThinkBox

GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH PACE

  • Offer 100% up-front financing with no money down
  • Design comprehensive, immediately cash flow positive projects
  • Gain access to more potential customers

The biggest barrier to converting leads to deals for energy upgrades is a building owner’s lack of capital. DC PACE solves this. By allowing a property owner to access 100% up-front financing for up to 20 years, deeper energy efficiency and clean energy improvements are now affordable to your clients.

With no money down financing at 20-year terms, PACE makes it possible to install big ticket items such as solar panels or new chillers and be cash flow positive in year one. DC PACE allows buildings owners to go beyond the ‘low hanging fruit’ and go deeper while increasing their bottom line.

Contractors can register with the DC PACE program to help manage energy retrofit projects according to PACE underwriting standards, and support DC PACE financing applications. Register to become a DC PACE Registered Service Provider today.

DC PACE PROJECTS

 

 

 

Winn Companies Provide Community Solar In DC for Low and Moderate Income Residents

Author: doee,dc.gov August 24, 2018

Clean, affordable energy is now possible for everyone! Washington, D.C. income-eligible residents can save money on their energy bills by signing up to join one of the largest community solar projects in the District, developed by Winn Companies, and funded in part by a grant from the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment’s Solar for All program. The project allows income eligible households throughout the District to sign up for solar energy at no cost and save up to $500 a year!  

Solar for All, a program of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households and reduce their energy bills by 50% by 2032. The program, which was established by the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, is funded by the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF). For more information about Solar for All visit: http://doee.dc.gov/solarforall

Income Guidelines effective 4/1/2018

Persons in household 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 

80% AMI

$54,250 $62,000 $69,750 $77,450 $83,650 $89,850 $96,050 $102,250

Community Solar Programs

Community solar is designed to provide access to the benefits of solar for households who can’t install systems on site, such as renters or homes with shading or other issues. As of August 2018, there is one Community Solar project under the Solar for All program that is accepting applications from income-qualified households:

  Open Market ESCO, LLC is providing income-eligible households solar energy credits, at no cost to the household, to reduce their electricity bills. The electricity generated by the solar PV system will be allocated by Pepco as credits that reduce participating household’s electricity bill at least 50% or up to $500 each year.

How to Apply:

Go to www.solarsavingsdc.com “sign up now.” 

Solar Savings by WinnCompanies

www.solarsavingsdc.com

To sign up for solar and start saving on your energy bills, click the Sign-Up button below. You’ll be asked to provide a valid email address and will be sent instructions and a link to sign up.

 

Baidu’s Robin Li is Helping China Win the 21st Century

Author: CHARLIE CAMPBELL / BEIJING  January 18, 2018

When Robin Li looks back at the question now, he can laugh. But things were different in 1992, when the Baidu CEO was a tongue-tied Chinese student applying for a computer-graphics graduate program in the U.S. The interviewing professor asked him, “Do you have computers in China?” It left the young man stunned. “I was very embarrassed,” says Li, 49, breaking into a grin from the penthouse office of his Beijing headquarters. “I thought, One day I’ll demonstrate that China has a really powerful computer industry.”

Eight years later, he did. In 2000, Li founded Baidu, a search engine that today is second only to Google in popularity, and whose 80% market share in China makes it the world’s fourth most popular website. The company, whose name derives from a 13th century Chinese poem, has grown into a $60 billion behemoth rivaled in China only by social-media-focused conglomerate Tencent and Jack Ma’s online shopping empire Alibaba. Baidu Maps directs every Chinese motorist, Baidu search results enlighten every student. Nobody is asking Robin Li if computers exist in China anymore.

In fact, what was once a land of cheap knockoffs now has Silicon Valley losing sleep. China has nurtured a third of the world’s 262 tech “unicorns,” or private $1 billion startups, according to a recent report by the global consulting firm McKinsey. Alibaba’s 2014 stock floating remains the biggest IPO in history, valued at $25 billion. China is the world’s largest e-commerce market, accounting for almost half of all global transactions by value, up from less than 1% just over a decade ago. Its big cities are verging on a cashless society, where even steamed buns or rickshaw rides can be purchased with a flash of a smartphone QR code. It’s a far cry from when former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden scoffed that the Middle Kingdom didn’t innovate.

China has now set its sights on the next tech frontier: artificial intelligence. On July 20, China’s State Council issued a Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan to become the “premier global AI innovation center” by 2030, when it predicts China’s core AI industry will be worth $148 billion, with AI-related fields at $1.48 trillion. China already rivals the world’s leading developed nations by spending 2.1% of its $11.2 trillion GDP on research and development. At November’s Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Summit in Washington, Eric Schmidt, then executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet, predicted China’s AI prowess will overtake the U.S. within a decade. “By 2030, they will dominate the industries of AI,” he said. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said that whoever masters AI will become “ruler of the world.”

No one in China takes this challenge more seriously than Robin Li. Some $1.2 billion of his firm’s $9 billion revenue over the first three-quarters of 2017 was put back into R&D, according to published accounts–much of it into AI. He believes Baidu can dominate the global market for AI by harnessing China’s greatest advantage: scale. At a basic level, AI systems replicate human learning based on empirical data: whether driving patterns, financial behavior or the true intention behind a slurred voice command. The more data, the better trained the algorithm–giving a company that serves the world’s most populous nation an obvious leg up. “[China is] a very large and uniform market,” Li says. “Everyone speaks the same language; they all obey the same law.”

Baidu began testing its Apollo self-driving cars on public roads late last year

Therein lies the contradiction at the heart of China’s efforts to forge the future: the country has the world’s most severe restrictions on Internet freedom, according to advocacy group Freedom House. China employs a highly sophisticated censorship apparatus, dubbed the Great Firewall, to snuff out any content deemed critical or inappropriate. Google, Facebook and Twitter, as well as news portals like the New York Times, Bloomberg and TIME, are banned. Manned by an army of 2 million online censors, the Great Firewall gives outsiders the impression of deathly silence within.

“Our vision is that humans can interact with all devices using human language,” says Li. “The difference between humans and animals is that humans can use tools. Over the past 100,000 years, whatever tools you invent you have to learn how to use. In the future, you won’t need to do that–tools will learn how to understand human language, human intentions. That’s the future.”

It’s a future that Li could hardly have imagined growing up in Yangquan, a city of about 1 million people in China’s hardscrabble central province of Shanxi, known for farming and mining. Li’s high school had only five Apple II computers for 1,800 pupils, so the teachers prioritized their usage for the dozen kids with the best math scores. Li enjoyed math but “immediately fell in love with computers,” he says. “I thought they were magical.”

California legislators smooth closure path for state’s last nuclear plant

Dive Brief:

  • California’s Assembly on Monday night approved legislation related to the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
  • SB 1090, which is now headed to the governor’s desk for final approval, includes language supporting a commitment to not increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a result of the planned closure of the 2,250 MW plant in 2025.
  • The bill also includes funding for a $350 million employee retention fund, as well as an $85 million payment to San Luis Obispo County, other cities in the area and a local school district, as a way to make up for the loss of the plant’s property taxes.

Dive Insight:

The bill, which was supported by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), represents a collaboration between the utility and environmental groups, particularly the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

It could also serve as “a model for transitions going forward, not just for nuclear plants but for retiring coal plants,” Peter Miller, director of the western region climate and clean energy program at the NRDC, told Utility Dive. He said the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, which is facing closure, might be an interesting opportunity for similar measures.

“The [California] bill includes the original three key legs we went to the Public Utilities Commission with,” Miller said, referring to workers, communities and the environment.

The NRDC, along with labor groups and PG&E, had originally approached the PUC, but the commission balked at funding the labor and community provisions and asked for legislative direction.

One of the main issues was the PUC’s reluctance to commit to not increasing GHG emissions after Diablo Canyon’s closure. “We urged them to make a down payment on zero carbon resources,” Miller said. “If we are going to replace Diablo Canyon” with zero GHG resources, “we need to start now,” he said.

The legislation addresses that concern by requiring entities responsible for system planning to submit plans that will avoid a spike in emission. If that does not happen Diablo’s capacity could be replaced by ramping up the excess gas-fired capacity in the state, said Miller, who added that is what happened when the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California closed.

The legislation also restored a worker retention plan that the PUC cut in half and provides support for affected communities that was not included in the PUC’s decision, Miller said.

A worker retention program is important, Miller said, because it could be unsafe to operate a nuclear plant with less than a full complement of employees. Facing the closure of the Diablo plant, many employees are likely to look for new jobs and leave the plant, Miller said.

The PUC made a poor decision, but “this legislation sent a signal,” Miller said.

This article has been updated to reflect that SB 1090 is not a decommissioning bill and Diablo Canyon’s closure was announced prior to the bill passing.

Court tosses construction permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dive Brief:

  • A federal appeals court on Monday threw out construction certificates for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, likely halting work on the $6 billion project planned by major Southeastern utilities.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the project last year, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that certification was based on a faulty right-of-way permit awarded by the National Park Service for where the pipeline would cross the Blue Ridge Parkway, a road in Virginia that is part of the National Park system.
  • Continued construction of the line would “violate FERC’s certificate of public convenience and necessity,” the court warned, and environmental groups pushed FERC to issue a stop-work order for the entire line, as it did last week for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Developers said they would push NPS to

Dive Insight:

Monday’s court ruling is a significant setback for developers of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, planned by Dominion Energy, Duke Energy and Southern Co.

Environmental advocates and local landowners argued that the NPS permit to build the pipeline ignored how tree clearing would impact the scenic and conservation goals of the Parkway, a nearly 500-mile road that runs through Virginia and North Carolina.

The court sided with complaints, ruling that NPS decision on Blue Ridge “is not accompanied by any explanation, let alone a satisfactory one.”

The ruling means there is “a hole in the 600-mile pipeline now that it has no right to cross,” said DJ Gerkin, attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, which argued the case. The project is planned to run from West Virginia to deliver gas to customers in Virginia and North Carolina.

In the same decision, the court also detailed its justification for a May ruling that invalidated permits issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for Atlantic Coast because they did not properly assess the impact of the project on five animal species covered by the Endangered Species Act.

Because FERC was not a party to the case, which pitted environmentalists versus NPS and FWS, the court could not order FERC directly to issue a stop-work order for Atlantic Coast (ACP). It did, however, issue a stern warning to the pipeline developers that they should stop building.

“FERC’s authorization for ACP to begin construction is conditioned on the existence of valid authorizations from both FWS and NPS,” Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote for the three-judge panel that decided the case. “Absent such authorizations, ACP, should it continue to proceed with construction, would violate FERC’s certificate of public convenience and necessity.”

With the certificate vacated, “the pipeline cannot exist in its proposed form with its current authorizations,” and instead “would have to be re-authorized with a new permit or possibly a new route to proceed,” Gregory added in a footnote.

FERC declined to comment on whether it would issue a stop-work order for ACP to accompany the ruling, but pipeline lawyers say one is likely. Late last month, the Fourth Circuit vacated two federal permits for a separate project, the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, and that decision was followed by a stop-work order late last week.

“FERC issued a stop work order for the whole [Mountain Valley] line after its right-of-way was denied so I expect it could take the same approach here,” said Carolyn Elefant, an attorney who often represents landowners in pipeline cases. “The question now is if FERC is going to thumb its nose at the law or if it is going to stop construction of the pipeline.”

Dominion, lead developer on the project, said in a statement that it has avoided construction in areas affected by the FWS ruling, but a July FERC decision had allowed it to continue building on other sections.

The company said it would continue to avoid those section of the pipeline route, which it says amount to 20 miles, but did not respond to a request for comment on whether it will continue building on other parts now that its certificates have been thrown out.

“With respect to the National Park Service’s approval to cross the Blue Ridge Parkway, the court’s opinion confirms the agency’s authority to issue the permit but remands the permit to allow the agency to correct certain errors and omissions in the permit record,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “We believe the extensive public record and mitigation requirements already in place provide ample support for the agency to promptly reissue the permit.”

If the pipeline developers must face a new decision at FERC, they could face a less sympathetic commission than the one that approved their project last October. Republican Commissioner Robert Powelson is set to step down this month, giving Democrats, who are more critical of pipeline applications, the ability to deadlock commission decisions.

DC Circuit tosses challenge to ISO-NE renewable energy market rules

Author: Gavin Bade Published: Aug. 1, 2018

 

Dive Brief:

  • The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld ISO-New England market rules that enhance renewable energy, rebuking a challenge from natural gas generators.
  • The three judge panel ruled that exemptions to ISO-NE’s capacity market price floor that allow renewable resources to bid in below the minimum level are legal and do not improperly suppress market prices, as gas generators argued.
  • The ruling comes as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and states struggle over wholesale market rules like the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) debated in this case. Last month, FERC threw out capacity market rules in PJM, the nation’s largest electricity market, saying state energy policies to support renewables and nuclear suppressed market prices.

Dive Insight:

Tuesday’s D.C. Circuit decision is a win for state policies that seek to influence the generation mix in wholesale power markets. While states hold jurisdiction over the power mix in their borders, interstate electricity markets like the one run by ISO-NE are subject to federal regulation by FERC.

The ISO-NE rules, approved by FERC in 2014, allow 200 MW of state-sponsored resources to bid in below the ISO’s MOPR, which sets the price floor for other resources. A number of states in the ISO have renewable power mandates and other clean energy policies, and the exemption allowed those resources to participate in the market.

Gas generators challenged the exemption in court, arguing that it lowered the clearing price for other resources, cutting into generator revenues, and amounted to a market subsidy for renewables.

The court, however, deferred to FERC’s ruling that the MOPR would not suppress market prices because it is limited in size and tied to expectations of lower load growth in the New England market. The commission must “balance” risks of price suppression with state jurisdiction, the court said.

“We see no reason to disturb the Commission’s balancing just because it came out in favor of the renewable exemption despite the potential for price suppression,” the opinion says.

The decision may have more impact as legal precedent than it will on actual market operations in ISO-NE. As the court noted, the ISO has since decided to phase out the renewable energy exemption, and this spring FERC approved a new two-part capacity market construct for the ISO that seeks to limit the price impact of state subsidies.

The court’s deference to FERC’s decisionmaking process could come into play in other market debates. This week, multiple states in the PJM Interconnection challenged a June FERC ruling that threw out the grid operator’s capacity market rules because renewable energy and nuclear policies will suppress market prices. States said FERC overstepped its jurisdiction in the ruling, and the decision is likely to be challenged in court.

Through the eyes of Coretta Bennett | Chief Operation Officer Bith Energy

Published by: Bith Energy LLC. : cbennett@bithenergy.com

 

 

 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Click to connect

Ms. Bennett oversees the day-to-day operations, strengthens B2B relationships, implements corporate initiatives in energy production and management, and provides oversight of investors and financial institutions. Her strong background and 19-year tenure in strategic planning, business development and finance, coupled with her extensive knowledge of project management, and engineering provide a strong foundation for her to lead Bithenergy’s strategic growth. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Ms. Bennett earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University, an MBA in Strategic Business Policy and Finance from Rutgers University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C.

The National Solar Tour OCTOBER 6 & 7, 2018

Author: Solar United Neighbors of D.C. August 14, 2018

 

ABOUT THE TOUR

SOLAR OPEN HOUSES AND LOCAL SOLAR TOURS DEMONSTRATE PURPOSE, POSSIBILITY AND PROGRESS

The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the U.S., providing an opportunity for solar homes and businesses around the country to open their doors to neighbors and solar supporters in their communities. Whether you are brand new to solar or have had panels on your roof for twenty years, the Tour is an opportunity to build community, learn about the latest technologies, and celebrate solar energy!

Communities participating in the National Solar Tour help educate people about how renewables are improving quality of life around the globe and in their own backyards. From pollution mitigation to energy independence, cost savings and incentives to new trends and technologies, the Tour has been the place for people to see it all in action. We’ve featured solar-powered homes, vineyards, farms, public agencies, condo complexes, as well as solar-powered businesses that run the gamut from dental offices to corporate offices and donut shops to ceramic shops.

 

NEW THIS YEAR

This year the American Solar Energy Society is excited to partner with Solar United Neighbors in organizing the 2018 National Solar Tour. A national organization representing the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters, Solar United Neighbors helps people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. Together, ASES and Solar United Neighbors are working to organize the largest national solar tour in history.

To help us get there, any solar home or business owner around the country can now host a solar open house, regardless of whether there is a local ASES chapter tour in your area.

Yes, that means anyone who has solar across the country can now participate in the National Solar Tour! All you need to do is sign up to host a solar open house. Every solar open house host that signs up will receive a resource package in the mail as well as an individual online RSVP webpage and flyers to help promote your solar open house with your network and in your community. Your solar open house will be added to our National Solar Tour Mapand we’ll stay in touch with you to provide more information and helpful solar open house tips, leading up to the Tour. If you’re participating in a local ASES chapter tour, let us know when you register and we’ll note your local ASES chapter affiliation.

HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL SOLAR TOUR

For years, ASES has organized and delivered the largest grassroots solar event in the U.S., the National Solar Tour. What began in 1995 as a proof of concept grew into an annual showcase of real-world, right-now renewable energy and sustainability technologies. As these technologies progressed from simple passive solar design and solar thermal to advances in solar photovoltaics (PV) and other renewables, the National Solar Tour helped drive the progression from fringe technology to mainstream prevalence.

Today’s tours are held across the country in more than 60 cities and towns, most in early October. They feature residential and commercial properties, exciting displays of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and examples of green building and other design elements.

EDUCATING YOUR COMMUNITY

Each year, attendees have opportunities to tour new sites and learn from others in their community about:

  • Technologies including green building design, passive solar, solar photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal, geothermal, wind, storage, and energy efficiency
  • Cost savings and incentives
  • Pollution reduction
  • Energy independence
  • Grid reliability

Communities hosting tours also benefit in many ways, including:

  • Educated communities conserve more energy and other resources;
  • Economic lift for architects, engineers, designers, installers, contractors, financial institutions and other professionals impacted by the renewable energy industry; and
  • Streamlined policies and permits stemming from increased awareness and demand.

National Drive Electric Week Event – Washington

Day: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Location: 14th St NW on the Mall next to Washington Monument
100 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20560
 to attend this event as an EV owner or to learn about EVs. Complete a short survey for a chance to win $250.

 to help the organizers plan this event.

 the organizers for this event.

 

Come out to learn about electric vehicles and see the latest models on the National Mall!

Many people could be driving electric today but don’t realize it.  Find out if an EV would work for you from real folks who drive them.

Owners will be available to talk and answer questions.

Get comfortable with having a plug-in car in your life. It’s a fabulous feeling of independence to decouple yourself from gasoline!

Get a ride in an electric car.  Feel the torque!

Learn how EV’s are far cheaper to run, even now with current “low” gas prices.

Learn about workplace charging.

See how to find public charging near where you work and shop.

Find out how you can have a plug-in car in an apartment, row house or townhouse.

You’ve heard the news stories; now come hear the truth from people who actually drive EV’s and love them.

Find out what incentives are available in DC, MD and VA.

REGISTERED ATTENDEESThere are currently 5 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Volt 2
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Tesla Model S 1
Toyota Prius Prime 1
4 Models 5

Registered attendees report 117,200 electric miles driven.

PRESENTED BY

PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR

Nissan LEAF® is the exclusive automotive sponsor of National Drive Electric Week™

SILVER LEVEL SPONSOR

tional Drive Electric Week™ is September 8-16, 2018. Join us for a celebration near you.

Don’t bail out coal and nuclear at solar’s expense!

 

The Trump administration wants to require electric grid operators to buy power from older coal and nuclear power plants. This could cost us an average of $500 more per year in energy bills and make it harder to go solar.

This move would drive up monthly costs for ratepayers by as much as $35 billion per year. Another estimate pegs the per customer costs of the plan at about $500 per year.

This intervention into the energy market has generated heated opposition from all circles; from libertarians, conservatives, and consumer and environmental protection advocates, to natural gas and oil interests like the American Petroleum Institute.

The costs for solar and other renewable energy sources have declined to point where coal and nuclear are having a hard time competing. Instead of letting the market decide, the administration is trying to interfere with the on-going market transformation towards cleaner, more affordable energy.

Propping up failing energy companies is unwarranted and reckless public policy, and that electricity customers should be able to determine how the power we pay for is generated.

If you agree, please send a message to President Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry to tell them that you oppose making taxpayers and electricity customers bailout coal and nuclear power plants.

The District will receive $8 million VW 2.7 Billion Dollar Settlement with no plans to Spend Money for Citizens that Need Roof Top Repair to qualify for The Solar for All Program for Wards 8,7,6 and 5

olarAuthor: Matthew Bearzotti Thu, Aug 09, 2018 8:11 am solardc@googlegroups.com

A quick word on a transportation and energy systems topic that’s been in the news a lot.

After getting busted for cheating U.S. emissions regulations, VW had to give $2.7 billion to a fund for the 50 states and D.C. The money is meant to be used to mitigate nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions, the main component in smog. In August, the District will receive $8 million. Here’s a snapshot of how they plan to spend it:

$2.3 million will go to replacing the engines of locomotive switcher cars at Union Station. These locomotives are work engines that help assemble lines of train cars at stations. They currently use old and dirty diesel technology. The Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) wants to repower these with either cleaner diesel engines or electric engines.

$5 million on both replacing diesel buses with electric buses, and on replacing diesel refuse trucks with either compressed natural gas (CNG) or electric trucks.

$200 thousand on tailpipe retrofits to reduce NOx.

As you can see, there are a couple of important “or”s in there; the plan creates some gray area around whether or not to use these funds fully on electrification or other fossil fuel engine technology. There may be pros and cons to either approach, but one thing is for certain, you can’t connect a diesel or CNG engine to solar power!

What do you think about the city’s plan? Should someone be pushing to make sure all (or as close to 100% as possible) of this public money gets spent to electrify transportation? Or are we ok with it possibly going to newer diesel and CNG?

Regards,

Matt

Marketing for Green Bennie Hayden, Founder Atlanta, GA & Detroit, MI

Bringing Solar To Those Who Need It Most

Marketing for Green
Bennie Hayden, Founder 
Atlanta, GA & Detroit, MI
www.marketingforgreen.org

Bennie Hayden’s mother often said, “In times of crisis, there are also opportunities for those who choose to look for them.” Bennie experienced this firsthand in 2010, during the recession. He had built a successful 30-year career in marketing, starting with Xerox as a Senior Marketing Representative, and most recently with Texas Student Loan Guarantee Corporation (TG), as an Regional Account Executive. And then, like many Americans, he was laid off from his job, in his case due to legislation eliminating the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).

At a late stage in his career, Bennie suddenly had to start over again. He had a family to support, with two teenagers in school. But Bennie isn’t the kind of person to be deterred easily. He radiates positivity and optimism—finding joy in Motown and jazz, jogging and the outdoors. Like his mother taught him, Bennie decided to view the layoff as an opportunity to reinvent himself and find a new application for his skillset.

After exploring potential markets, Bennie decided that focusing on sustainability could be a viable new career path while allowing him to contribute to his community. He founded Marketing for Green with the goal of effecting “positive change environmentally and socially, helping to create a sustainable society.” And he’s doing this the best way he knows how: marketing.

“Long ago, I learned that everything about business starts in marketing,” he says.

Bennie earned a Professional Certification in Business Sustainability from the University of Vermont and pounded the pavement at networking events. He works with businesses of all sizes to take a holistic approach to sustainability. Examining everything from the design of a product to its distribution, Marketing for Green finds ways that the business can improve efficiency and reduce their footprint on the planet.

Marketing for Green is now an advisor to teams competing in the Department of Energy’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, a competition with a $5 million grand prize for solutions to improve access to solar for low- and moderate-income households; state, local, and tribal governments; and nonprofit organizations. Bennie is coaching teams in Memphis and Baltimore to help them reach their goals. Bennie says, “Where possible, I also collaborate with fellow coaches where we work together to identify potential funding sources for workforce development in underserved communities, ideally to create jobs and closed loop economic activities.”

The Challenge has been helpful personally and professionally to Bennie. While helping more communities access solar, Bennie has also worked to grow a niche market for his business. He says, ““One of my favorite quotes is ‘Chase passion, not money’ (although making money is nice).”

Source: Department of Energy’s SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge

Bennie says, “At the end of the 18-month Challenge, my goal is to use this experience and expertise to develop solar energy projects, particularly for underserved communities.”

Bennie’s Favorite Fact
(2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook)
“Solar…added almost 74,000 jobs from 2015 to
2016, marking a 25% growth year-on-year and
again taking top place out of all electricity
generation sectors.”

Bennie is encouraged by the growth of energy storage. He says, “The advances made in energy storage technology will play an increasingly important role in solar deployment in 2018. For our first responders, this technology can provide more resiliency in the event of power outages by enabling their ability to respond to emergencies/disasters.”

Sustainability is an increasingly fundamental component of doing business in the 21st century. Bennie is assuring that the economy of the future will be accessible to all.

—Alex Gerard, Spring Intern, Business Council for Sustainable Energy & Jordon DeGroote, Communications Intern, Clean Energy Business Network (July 10, 201

2018 BLACK SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT
WELCOME
TO OUR 3rd ANNUAL
SUMMIT
In 2018, we will host our first in-person summit in Atlanta, GA!
We are keeping our online summit but adding an option to learn (in-person) the skills needed to contribute/support our sovereign spaces.
Mark your calendars because in 2019, we will head to Costa Rica to host our summit  and in 2020, we will host in Ghana, West Africa and give strength to two sovereign communities.

www.blacksustainabilitysummit.com

Join us in Atlanta for 3-days of workshops OR tune in online for 5-days of best practices and how-to information as we explore practical ways to incorporate sustainability into our daily lives, homes and communities.

Sustainable Community Solutions Network and the Afrikan Community Sustainability Collective welcome you on your journey to self-sufficiency. This October, we will present the third annual (virtual AND in-person) Sustainability Summit focused on serving members of the Afrikan diaspora and connecting thought leaders.

In-person sessions will consist of 3-days hands on training in Atlanta, GA and build the skill sets attendees need for development in tropical climates, particularly on the land in Costa Rica and Ghana, where upcoming summits will be hosted. In-person workshops will cover sustainable home building, agricultural/food system development, family governance, cooperatives, and holistic health/nutrition.

Five days of online sessions are built around the most pressing issues in the Black community and will feature virtual workshops by those who are doing the work across the globe.

Online video presentations will include:

Sustainable Food Production                                      Traditional Afrikan Languages

Alternative Energy                                                        Water Purification and Irrigation

Eco Friendly Building Practices                                  Food Preservation

Community Development                                            Survival/Preparedness/Protection

Current Sustainable Communities

Join us in Atlanta or online and become an integral component of this his

SC electric rates to drop Tuesday after judge denies SCE&G bid to block 15-percent cut

Nissan $5000 Rebate Program Not Being Offered To Pepco DC Rate Payers as Pepco Proposes to spend $15,419,650 Over Next Few Years EV Infrastructure In DC

All-New Nissan LEAF® World’s Best-Selling Electric Car – 100% Electric

$5000 Special Rebate  for eligible customers in selected states Connecticut,Delaware,Maine,Maryland,Massachusetts,New Hampshire,New Jersey,New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Proof of Eligibility Required.

Must be present to the participating  Nissan dealer with the following proofs of eligibility:

  1. Proof of current employment at Potomac Electric Power or a copy of your current utility bill from PEPCO
  2. A copy of both sides of this flyer
  3. This limited time offer expires 9/ 30/ 2018.

Want to join us in making a difference?
As part of our effort to accelerate clean transportation alternatives throughout the United
States, Nissan North America, Inc. is offering eligible employees and customers of Pepco a
special opportunity to purchase the all new, 100% electric, 2018 Nissan LEAF®. With each
purchase, customers will receive a $5,000 rebate off MSRP, plus a potential federal tax
incentive of up to $7,500.2 State incentives may also be available.

How do you receive this great incentive?

Simply show a copy of your utility bill and this flyer at your participating Nissan dealership
to receive a $5,000 rebate (off MSRP) on a new 2018 Nissan LEAF®3. This limited time
offer expires 9/ 30/ 2018.

Fleet Certification Code:
*See your local participating Nissan Deale

Oregon Supreme Court approves tax to fund state EV rebates

Dive Brief:

  • The Oregon Supreme Court approved the use of a privilege tax to fund the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program on Sunday, after AAA Oregon/Idaho and Trucking Associations Inc. challenged the tax in November 2017, saying it violated Oregon’s Constitution.
  • The program is integral to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s 2017 initiativeto address greenhouse gases and climate change. One of the goals of the initiative is to have 50,000 or more registered and operating electric vehicles (EVs) in the state by 2020, according to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) air quality planner Rachel Sakata.
  • The clean vehicle program offers both a standard rebate option and a “charge ahead” option for qualifying low-to-middle income (LMI) customers. The standard rebate is $2500 towards a purchase or lease of a new EV with a battery capacity of 10 KWh or more, and $1500 with a battery capacity of less than 10 KWh. Charge-ahead rebates are worth $2500-$5000.

Oregon’s new rebate structure joins a host of other legislative moves from states across the country hoping to accelerate EV adoption to help meet their carbon emission goals.

While many states, like Oregon, use policy in an attempt to grow the EV market and incentivize consumers, other states have passed legislation in recent years to penalize EV drivers.

Rebate programs were the second most common action regarding EVs in 2017, following the consideration of additional fees for EVs because of a decline in gasoline tax earnings, according to the 2017 50 States of Electric Vehicles Report.

Environmental activists have argued state disincentivization comes in part from big oil pressure, including a reported $10 million annual campaign by the Koch brothers against EVs.

DEQ hopes to encourage broader accessibility to EVs through the program, which is the intent behind the “charge ahead” component for low income drivers, Sakata told Utility Dive. Because of the legal setbacks, the program isn’t expected to be fully implemented for a few more months, but Sakata says they hope to find more options for affordability once the program is implemented.

The variation in rebates under the Oregon program depends on whether the vehicle is old or new, and whether the customer is leasing or purchasing. Qualifying LMI purchasers can get up to $5,000 if they purchase a new vehicle.

Other investments under Brown’s initiative include road, bridge, freight and public transportation infrastructure, as well as efforts to reduce traffic congestion, make biking more accessible and incentivize EV use.

Court tosses construction permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dive Brief:

  • A federal appeals court on Monday threw out construction certificates for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, likely halting work on the $6 billion project planned by major Southeastern utilities.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the project last year, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that certification was based on a faulty right-of-way permit awarded by the National Park Service for where the pipeline would cross the Blue Ridge Parkway, a road in Virginia that is part of the National Park system.
  • Continued construction of the line would “violate FERC’s certificate of public convenience and necessity,” the court warned, and environmental groups pushed FERC to issue a stop-work order for the entire line, as it did last week for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Developers said they would push NPS to “promptly reissue the permit” to cross the Parkwa

    Monday’s court ruling is a significant setback for developers of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, planned by Dominion Energy, Duke Energy and Southern Co.

    Environmental advocates and local landowners argued that the NPS permit to build the pipeline ignored how tree clearing would impact the scenic and conservation goals of the Parkway, a nearly 500-mile road that runs through Virginia and North Carolina.

    The court sided with complaints, ruling that NPS decision on Blue Ridge “is not accompanied by any explanation, let alone a satisfactory one.”

    The ruling means there is “a hole in the 600-mile pipeline now that it has no right to cross,” said DJ Gerkin, attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, which argued the case. The project is planned to run from West Virginia to deliver gas to customers in Virginia and North Carolina.

    In the same decision, the court also detailed its justification for a May ruling that invalidated permits issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for Atlantic Coast because they did not properly assess the impact of the project on five animal species covered by the Endangered Species Act.

    Because FERC was not a party to the case, which pitted environmentalists versus NPS and FWS, the court could not order FERC directly to issue a stop-work order for Atlantic Coast (ACP). It did, however, issue a stern warning to the pipeline developers that they should stop building.

    “FERC’s authorization for ACP to begin construction is conditioned on the existence of valid authorizations from both FWS and NPS,” Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote for the three-judge panel that decided the case. “Absent such authorizations, ACP, should it continue to proceed with construction, would violate FERC’s certificate of public convenience and necessity.”

    With the certificate vacated, “the pipeline cannot exist in its proposed form with its current authorizations,” and instead “would have to be re-authorized with a new permit or possibly a new route to proceed,” Gregory added in a footnote.

    FERC declined to comment on whether it would issue a stop-work order for ACP to accompany the ruling, but pipeline lawyers say one is likely. Late last month, the Fourth Circuit vacated two federal permits for a separate project, the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, and that decision was followed by a stop-work order late last week.

    “FERC issued a stop work order for the whole [Mountain Valley] line after its right-of-way was denied so I expect it could take the same approach here,” said Carolyn Elefant, an attorney who often represents landowners in pipeline cases. “The question now is if FERC is going to thumb its nose at the law or if it is going to stop construction of the pipeline.”

    Dominion, lead developer on the project, said in a statement that it has avoided construction in areas affected by the FWS ruling, but a July FERC decision had allowed it to continue building on other sections.

    The company said it would continue to avoid those section of the pipeline route, which it says amount to 20 miles, but did not respond to a request for comment on whether it will continue building on other parts now that its certificates have been thrown out.

    “With respect to the National Park Service’s approval to cross the Blue Ridge Parkway, the court’s opinion confirms the agency’s authority to issue the permit but remands the permit to allow the agency to correct certain errors and omissions in the permit record,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “We believe the extensive public record and mitigation requirements already in place provide ample support for the agency to promptly reissue the permit.”

    If the pipeline developers must face a new decision at FERC, they could face a less sympathetic commission than the one that approved their project last October. Republican Commissioner Robert Powelson is set to step down this month, giving Democrats, who are more critical of pipeline applications, the ability to deadlock commission decisions.

Honda offers demand response charging program to EV drivers

Dive Brief:

  • Honda has partnered with eMotorWerks to offer southern California drivers of its Fit electric vehicle (EV) a service which can help them determine the most environmentally-friendly charging times — while possibly earning monetary incentives to move that demand off-peak.
  • Honda says its new SmartCharge beta program will offer EV customers an app that computes the ideal time to charge a vehicle, taking into account the driver’s schedule and the availability of renewable energy.
  • While utilities are eager to serve the new load from a growing EV sector, demand response programs that maintain a seamless customer experience will be necessary to manage the grid.

California leads the nation in electric vehicle adoption, but last year the Edison Electric Institute and the Institute for Electric Innovation forecast up to 7 million EVs on the road by the end of 2025, nationally.

Utilities are focused on how to manage the anticipated rise in EV demand, particularly at peak times when the new loads could require extensive distribution system upgrades. Many power companies are looking to demand response and smart charging programs, and Honda’s new offering brings a flexible charging capacity into the California market.

eMotorWerks acts as the demand response provider for the Honda program and interfaces with the California ISO, allowing electric vehicle chargers to participate in demand response events to support the grid.

American Honda Motor Vice President Steve Center said the first-of-its-kind program will “shift electric vehicle charging in real-time without impacting the customer.”

To participate in the program, Fit EV owners need to download a HondaLink EV app on an Apple device and select preferred charging times. According to the company, the app’s algorithms “use pricing signals from the electric grid to determine optimal grid periods within customers’ preferred charging times.”

Drivers can receive push notifications to remind them to plug in, and they can earn up to $50 per two-month period in addition to a $50 sign-up reward. While the program is now offered only in Southern California, Honda says it wants to ultimately broader the offering. Honda plans to make two-thirds of its global automotive sales from EVs by 2030.

eMotorWerks will utilize parent company Enel X’s intelligent, cloud-connected JuiceNet platform to manage the program.