New Jersey advances first community solar pilot to power 45K homes

Dive Brief:

  • The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) last Thursday approved rules for a three-year community solar program, the state’s first and a key component of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s clean energy agenda.
  • The pilot will set aside 40% of the overall program’s capacity to serve low- and moderate-income customers, to ensure wider access to solar power. The pilot’s initial annual capacity is limited at 75 MW for the first year and at least 75 MW each for the second and third years.
  • BPU staff developed the pilot, which will inform a permanent program, to be flexible. The application for the program is currently being developed, with regulators expected to consider it at a meeting in the near future.

Dive Insight:

New Jersey, one of the many states advancing toward clean energy goals, is looking to solar initiatives to bring affordable renewable energy to more customers.

The state had more than 100,000 total solar panel installations by the end of 2018, according to the BPU, but encouraging broader access to solar power is key to Murphy’s stated goal of 100% clean energy by 2050. Despite initiatives to lower the cost of solar panels in the state, many lower-income residents cannot afford them.

“The point of this pilot program is to take the first step toward ensuring that we change this dynamic,” Joseph Fiordaliso, president of the BPU, said in a statement.

Customers will be allowed to sign up for a monthly subscription or to purchase ownership of a share of the community solar program, receiving a credit on their utility bill. The options allow renters to also participate in the pilot.

The program could roughly cover the electric usage of 45,000 residences, according to the BPU. New Jersey has the capacity to serve more than 400,000 subscribers through community solar, GTM Research estimated in a 2018 report.

The state approved a new community solar program in 2018, adding it to a number of states, largely along the coasts, that are enabling the growth of shared solar through policy initiatives.

Opportunities for U.S. community solar based on statewide policies, passed legislation and the design of programs addressing underserved communities.

 

AABE Energy Policy Summit

 Location:    United States Capitol Washington D.C.,   February 26, 2019 08:00 AM – February 26, 2019 08:00 PM

Join us for the Inaugural American Association of Blacks in Energy (Association) Hill Day Fly-In, February 26, 2019, in Washington, DC.

Since the Association’s founding, we have taken the lead in informing and educating policy makers on energy issues, including impacts on diverse communities. As members, and as industry participants in companies throughout the country, the Inaugural Fly-In will provide you an opportunity to meet with your Representatives, Senators, and Congressional staff.

We will begin the day hearing from experts about the Association’s policy priorities and receiving training to ensure your Hill meetings are successful. We will then move to Capitol Hill to meet legislators representing your states and districts— as their constituents, and an essential part of energy’s future. Please see the Hill Day FAQ link below.

There are a number of issues important to our communities and additional investments in the industry. Join us as we discuss energy’s role in the national economy and our communities at home.

 AABE Hill Day Fly-In & Energy Policy Summit February 26, 2019

SUMMARY

Join us for the Inaugural American Association of Blacks in Energy (Association) Hill Day Fly-In, February 26, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Since the Association’s founding we have taken the lead in informing and educating policy makers on energy issues, including impacts on diverse communities. As members, and as industry participants in companies throughout the country, the Inaugural Fly-In will provide you an opportunity to meet with your Representatives, Senators, and Congressional staff.

We will begin the day hearing from experts about the Association’s policy priorities, and receiving training to ensure your Hill meetings are successful. We will then move to Capitol Hill to meet legislators representing your states and districts— as their constituents, and an essential part of energy’s future.

There are a number of issues important to our communities and additional investments in the industry. Join us as we discuss energy’s role in the national economy and our communities at home.

Hill Day FAQ 

Register Today at http://www.aabe.org/energypolicysummit

CONTACT:
Felicia Kelly
fkelly@aabe.org

STEM4US Cybersecurity Education Capitol Hill Day & Washington, DC Fly-In?

Author: Talib I. Karim Published: February 5, 2019

Set for tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 6th, this day-long event offers you a rare opportunity to meet and build relations with Members of Congress (both House and Senate) and their senior aides.

And what’s our goal?

Simple, we are urging Congress and the President to keep the federal government open and add to the deal, $1.5 Billion in cybersecurity training grants.  This money would be used by schools like HBCUs, community colleges, and high schools to train over 300,000cybersecurity workers in the next five years.

Below is the schedule for the Cybersecurity Education Capitol Hill Day.  For more details on the proposed cybersecurity education grant program, visit: https://docs.google.com/cybercuritytraininggrants/talkingpoints.

Also, put your hands together for the STEM4US! Cybersecurity Training Consortium, the business and education leaders that are funding this HUGE project.  Check out the list of supporters below and visit their websites.

Don’t forget to RSVP by midnight! by clicking the box below or email me at talib@stem4us.org.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the historic Cybersecurity Education Capitol Hill Day!

Talib I. Karim, STEM4US

Preliminary Fly-In Schedule

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Meet and Greet, Breakfast – STEM4US! Offices (1629 K Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC)

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Introductions, Brief Overview & Training to Prep for Meetings

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Travel to Capitol Hill

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Hearing on Technology innovation in the United States. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G50

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Meetings with House and Senate Members and Staffers

  • 11:00-11:30 AM: – Award Presentation to Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities – 104 Hart Senate Office Building

  • 11:30-12:00 PM: – Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Ranking Member Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee – 311 Hart Senate Office Building

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Meetings with House and Senate Members and Staffers

  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), House Appropriations Committee – 2463 Rayburn House Office Building

  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), House Appropriations Committee – 2470 Rayburn House Office Building

  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: – Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), House Education & Labor Chairman (Senior Staffer – Christian Haynes) – 2176 Rayburn House Office Building

  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: – Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), House Appropriations Committee – 2442 Rayburn House Office Building

  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: – Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Democratic Candidate for President – 359 Dirksen Senate Office Building

  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: – Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senate Armed Services Committee – 311 Hart Senate Office Building

  • 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: – Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL), House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member – 2184 Rayburn House Office Building

  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), House Homeland Security Chairman (Senior Staffer – Alicia Smith) – H2-176 Ford House Office Building

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Dinner Recognizing Cybersecurity Education Champions – Farmers & Distillers – 600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

HONOREE – Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee, Chairwoman, House Crime, Homeland Security Subcommittee

DC’s Historic Homeowner Grant Program

Author: DC Office of Planning  Published:February 5, 2019

Part I applications for 2019 now being accepted.

Click to download a Part I application.

The Historic Preservation Office is now accepting Part I applications for the Historic Homeowner Grant Program. The submission deadline is February 11, 2019.

The grants are available to low- and moderate-income households living in specific historic districts. Grants may be up to a maximum of $25,000, except in the Anacostia Historic District where the maximum is $35,000.

Part I applications will be reviewed for eligibility and receive a Part II application to complete. Completed Part II applications will be reviewed by the grant committee in early spring. Grants awarded will be on track for restoration projects to begin construction in June 2019.

Three historic districts are now eligible for the first time, including Emerald Street, Kingman Park, and Wardman Flats. The following historic districts are still eligible: Anacostia, Blagden Alley/Naylor Court, Capitol Hill, Fourteenth Street, LeDroit Park, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon Square, Mount Vernon Triangle, Shaw, Strivers’ Section, U Street, and Takoma Park. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis with preference given to major structural repairs and work that restores important and prominently visible architectural features. Click the “Gallery of Homes” link (below) to see examples of past grant projects. Such features include windows, doors, roofs, porches, and ornaments, and historic materials like brick, wood and slate.

The grant application is a two-part process. In Part I, homeowners provide photographs of their house and a general description of the repairs and restorations they propose to make. In Part II, homeowners will receive a detailed scope of work from HPO with instructions to solicit price proposals from general contractors. Homeowners must also submit complete household financial information in Part II. A grant committee appointed by the Director of the Office of Planning and the Chair of the Historic Preservation Review Board will select grant recipients.

The grants were created by the Targeted Historic Preservation Assistance Amendment Act of 2006.

Questions regarding the program should be directed to Brendan Meyer at (202) 741-5248 or brendan.meyer@dc.gov.

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What Regulators Need to Know About Electric Vehicles webinar

Author: Madelynn Conrad: Published January 31,2019 AEE

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Webinar Overview:

With the electric vehicle market experiencing explosive growth, utility regulators are beginning to grapple with vehicle charging and charging infrastructure. What they decide on matters such as rate design and role of utilities will have an effect on how quickly the EV market takes off, how well charging infrastructure meets EV manufacturers’, drivers’, and fleet owners’ needs, and how much of a resource EVs become for the grid and all electricity consumers. This webinar draws on AEE’s paper, EVs 101: A Regulatory Plan for America’s Electric Transportation Future, to lay out AEE’s approach while industry experts provide perspectives on the questions confronting regulators as they prepare to integrate transportation into the electric power system.

 

Panelists include:

·      Matt Stanberry, VP, Market Development, AEE

·      Chris King, Chief Policy Officer, Siemens Digital Grid

·      Eric McCarthy, SVP, Government Relations, Public Policy & Legal Affairs, Proterra