Author: Electric Auto Association Published: 11/17/2020 EAA
Tesla and its infrastructure come out on top
Author: Electric Auto Association Published: 11/17/2020 EAA
Author: Jonathan Scott Published: 11/17/2020 INDIE LENS
Property Brothers star, Jonathan Scott, wondered why every home in America doesn’t have solar panels. Watch the premiere of Power Trip today on PBS to find out what he uncovered and learn how we can change America’s energy future together.
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Energy freedom for everyone is at our fingertips. But why does it still seem so far away? Because there are some very powerful people preventing us from attaining it. In Power Trip, filmmaker Jonathan Scott (HGTV’s Property Brothers) travels the United States confronting those at the root of the issue and meets the everyday citizens fighting against a deeply entrenched, powerful system that’s waging war against the solar industry—and against the rights of the people who want to choose how they power their lives. Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip will infuriate, enrage, and compel you to take action to make solar energy a global reality.
Authors: PACE Nation Published: 11/12/2020 PACE
Earlier this week, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab published a study, “The Impact of Policies and Business Models on Income Equity in Rooftop Solar Adoption,” that includes new findings on the positive impacts of PACE for low- and middle-income homeowners.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Energy, was co-authored by Galen Barbose, Ryan Wiser, Sydney Forrester, and Naim Darghouth of Berkeley Lab’s Electricity Markets & Policy group.
The researchers studied the impacts of five policies on the adoption of solar PV among low- and middle-income households. Three policies, including PACE, were found to increase adoption among these traditionally underserved homeowners and led to a more equitable distribution of solar PV installations.
Berkeley Lab noted that the analysis “found that the first three types of interventions – targeted incentives, leasing, and PACE – are effective at increasing adoption equity. “The results for those three interventions are pretty strong,” O’Shaughnessy said. “And the research also provides evidence that these interventions are leading to both deepening, or expanding in existing markets, and broadening, or moving into new markets – low-income areas where there traditionally was not solar.” 
The study adds to a growing body of research, including the recent USC study “The Impact of PACE Funding on Solar Adoption,” that found PACE availability drives large increases in the adoption of solar technology.
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Low- and moderate-income (LMI) households are less likely to adopt rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) than higher income households in the United States. As the existing literature has shown, this dynamic can decelerate rooftop PV deployment and has potential energy justice implications, in light of the cost-shifting between PV and non-PV households that can occur under typical rate structures and incentive programs. Here we show that some state policy interventions and business models have expanded PV adoption among LMI households. We find evidence that LMI-specific financial incentives, PV leasing, and property-assessed financing have increased the diffusion of PV adoption among LMI households in existing markets and have driven more installations into previously under-served low-income communities. By shifting deployment patterns, we posit that these interventions could catalyze peer effects to increase PV adoption in low-income communities even among households that do not directly benefit from the interventions.
Author: DOE Solar Technology Office Published: 11/122/2020 DOE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for $130 million in new projects to advance solar technologies. Through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, DOE will fund 67 research projects across 30 states that reduce the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve the reliability of the nation’s electric grid.
“Ensuring low-cost, reliable electricity for all Americans while minimizing risk is a top priority for this department,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “That means creating domestic manufacturing opportunities and increasing the power system’s resilience in case of disruptions. Projects that advance solar technologies are essential to achieving these goals.”
Along with advancing research in photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), and systems integration, the projects in DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program include new areas of research in artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid plants, and solar with agriculture. Read more about the selections in the links below:
Author: Charles Benoit Published: 2/28,2020 Electrek
Washington, DC, has proposed a regulation that will govern electric vehicle (EV) charging on public streets. The contrast with surrounding Maryland neighborhoods shows how forgoing utility-operated and regulated-charging costs residents dearly.
The regulation was proposed by Jeff Marootian, director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), on Friday, February 21, 2020.
The regulation authorizes the director to lease public on-street parking spots for $2,400 per year to private businesses to resell electricity and bill as they like. This is a negligible amount. Private individuals pay an average of $7,200 per year to reserve a parking spot in downtown DC, or $3,000 per year in the residential neighborhoods surrounding downtown.
Private charging companies are invited to apply for the spots. DDOT will not own any chargers going forward, although it currently owns a handful of curbside chargers operated by ChargePoint (14th and U St. NW location shown in header image). Curbside charging is needed in the District, because 70% of residents live in multi-dwelling units without dedicated off-street parking.
The DC EV charging law is very strict on allocating eligible on-street parking spots:
Unless the DC Council takes action soon, the EV charging regulation will become law. The public has until March 21, 2020, to submit comments, which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Takoma Park, Maryland, sits on both sides of the DC-Maryland border. It was developed this way. Both the DC and MD residents of this neighborhood are served by the same utility (Pepco) and the same public transit system (WMATA). But in Maryland, the utility regulator authorized Pepco to offer Level 2 EV charging for $0.18 per kWh on public rights-of-way, with that price controlled like any other electric tariff. Takoma Park has four of these public Level 2 chargers.
No matter what car — BEV or PHEV — you drive, when you plug in to the Pepco chargers on the Maryland side, you know you’re paying $0.18 per kWh.
Residents of Takoma on the DC side of the border are likely to pay a minimum of $2.50 per hour under the proposed regulation. That assumption takes EVgo’s flat $1.50/hr for L2 charging, and adds the District’s $1/hr fee, assuming EVgo is required to remit that fee to the District.
When you consider that the majority of PHEVs can take only 3.3-3.6 kW of charging, that means they’ll be paying roughly $0.80 per kWh. This applies to a lot of BEVs as well, like the Nissan Leaf S trim up to 2018. Paying this much is equivalent to paying $10 per gallon for gasoline.
Pepco applied in August 2018 to the DC Public Service Commission, seeking to deploy neighborhood public chargers in DC. Electrek covered that decision, where the PSC said that under DC law, Pepco had to demonstrate that the needs of EV drivers were not being met by the competitive market before it could operate its own chargers, and that it had not done so.
However, the PSC did authorize Pepco to build out the “make-ready” infrastructure for 35 public neighborhood chargers at DC ratepayers’ expense. This means that DC ratepayers will be subsidizing the private vendors who will now benefit from DDOT’s proposed regulation.
Electrek emailed the DDOT Monday morning with a series of questions. We followed up again Tuesday, and we were told to expect a response by the end of the day. Repeated follow-ups since then have gone unanswered.
There’s so much to dislike here:
While we can’t confirm, it appears that DDOT has proposed this regulation without consulting with any EV driver groups first. It certainly appears as though vendors were consulted, however. We hope the DC Council rejects this regulation entirely, because it’s worse than nothing. People see these public EV charging posts, have heard that driving an EV is supposed to be cheaper than driving an ICE, and then get a rude awakening. This will ultimately hurt EV adoption, and hurt DC’s working poor. The less expensive BEVs and PHEVs are most discriminated against.
The Council should focus on helping DC’s multi-dwelling residents first and foremost. The way you do that is by providing curbside charging at prices that are as close as possible to standard-offer service from the utility. So basically, what Maryland did for L2 charging. As for the tensions about taking away RPP parking spots and dedicating them to EVs, we agree that this is tough politically, and so prefer the plan in London. (Profiled by the Fully Charged, video link) In this situation, instead of trying to reserve a couple spots for EVs, the focus was on widespread deployment elegantly built into lamp posts and bollards, so that residents could likely find a spot every couple days.
If you’re a DC resident, please also consider writing to Michael Porcello, Legislative Director for Councilmember Cheh, who chairs the Transportation Committee: email@example.com
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Author: American Association of Blacks in Energy Published: 11/10/2020 AABE
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Host: Jon Powers Published: 11/10/2020 Advance Energy Economy
EXPERTS ONLY PODCAST: UNDERSTANDING FERC 2222 WITH NAT KREAMER AND JEFF DENNIS
Description: In its landmark Order No. 2222, FERC requires all Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RTOs/ISOs) to remove barriers to wholesale market participation by aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs). This means that DERs – including distributed solar, energy storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, demand response, and more – will be able to bid into wholesale energy, ancillary services, and capacity markets according to their technical capabilities. While holding enormous potential for DER providers and aggregators to enter new markets with new business models, Order No. 2222 sets out numerous compliance requirements, which the RTOs/ISOs will have to decide how to meet, subject to FERC approval. The results of that process will ultimately determine the scale of this market opportunity for advanced energy businesses. This AEE webinar will break down FERC’s Order and examine the questions that DER developers, utilities, and grid operators will have to grapple with as they put Order No. 2222 into practice.We’re thrilled to share a special Experts Only episode with you. Host Jon Powers had the pleasure of speaking with our own CEO, Nat Kreamer, and one of our managing directors and our general counsel, Jeff Dennis, to discuss Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 2222.
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In its landmark Order No. 2222, FERC requires the removal of all barriers to wholesale market participation by aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs).
This bold action opens the door for new technologies to participate on an even playing field, which will increase not only industry innovation, but also consumer savings.
On November 12, Advanced Energy Economy’s webinar will break down FERC’s Order and examine the questions that DER developers, utilities, and grid operators will have to grapple with as they put Order No. 2222 into practice.
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Author: Josh Adams, Ph.D. Published: 11/9/2020 NFD
Q: What are the implications from Election Day for the U.S. legal cannabis markets and industry?
A: While a divided country spent last week wondering about the U.S. presidential election outcome, cannabis came out a clear winner. Throughout all five of the states which considered reform measures on their ballots, legal cannabis programs took the day.
Voters in each Arizona, Montana, and New Jersey voted to approve adult-use initiatives. South Dakota voters approved two measures, simultaneously legalizing cannabis for both medical and adult use. Finally, Mississippi voters passed a medical cannabis initiative. Outside of increasing consumer access to cannabis, the newly legal markets are estimated to generate $1.2 billion in revenue by 2022, and help the overall U.S. market to surpass$3.3 billion by 2025.
While former U.S. vice president Joe Biden has been elected president, Republicans are poised to retain control of the Senate, while the Democrats hold a slimmer majority in the House for the 117th Congress after a projected “Blue Wave” failed to materialize. Expected stonewalling from a Republican-controlled Senate will likely stall any legislative agenda from the Biden administration, including moves to push for further liberalization of federal cannabis laws. Additionally, given the narrow margins of Biden’s win, there may be little political will to take on cannabis reform.
Similarly, Republican control of the Senate (pending January run-off elections for two seats in Georgia) suggests that consideration of the MORE Act is unlikely in the near term. The SAFE Banking Act may see some movement, as there has generally been bipartisan support for bringing regulatory clarity to cannabis banking and expanding financial services to cannabis businesses. That will be increasingly important with new cannabis markets coming online, if only for the efficiencies associated with regulatory oversight and taxation.
However, any movement toward wholesale federal reform remains unlikely in the near term. Regardless of whatever cannabis-related activity happens at the federal level, individual states appear to be on course to lead the way. With the five new states legalizing cannabis in some manner, social, economic, and political momentum seem set to expand the nation’s regulated marketplace. Aside from the needs and desires of cannabis consumers, the appeal of tax revenue and jobs are forcing states to consider legalized cannabis for the benefits it brings, and to drive legalization efforts forward.
Author: Jeremy Jackson and Kip Hodges Published: 11/6/2020 Science Advances
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing devastating mortality, with the highest rates of intensive care unit hospitalization and morbidity among older adults, men, and those with certain preexisting conditions, most notably cardiopulmonary diseases, obesity, and diabetes. In addition, a host of interrelated socioeconomic factors—including race, ethnicity, occupation, and poverty—increase the risks of COVID-19 infection for people of color, health care professionals, and other essential workers. These factors are, in turn, influenced by conditions of the human environment including chronic levels of air pollution, most notably fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that is a well-established risk factor for death from cardiovascular and pulmonary obstructive diseases. This raises the question of whether long-term exposure to higher levels of PM2.5 increases the severity of COVID-19 and, if so, what measures might be taken to ameliorate those risks. This is the challenge addressed by Wu et al. in a new contribution to a developing series of papers for Science Advances that is dedicated to the study of pandemics from an environmental perspective.
The ideal way to address questions about how PM2.5 pollution might influence the course of the pandemic would involve the study of detailed health datasets for very large numbers of people from all walks of life and locations. In this way, the potential effects of PM2.5 pollution might be evaluated in the context of other details about each individual’s life history and conditions. That approach is the gold standard of rigorous environmental epidemiology. A great example is a paper published earlier this year by Wu et al. (Sci. Adv. 2020; 6: eaba5692) that examined U.S. Medicare data for 68.5 million enrollees over 16 years and established that even very small decreases in PM2.5 pollution can result in a significant decrease in elderly mortality. Moreover, recent studies have shown that even short-term exposure to PM2.5 pollution increases risks of acute lower respiratory infections and hospitalizations for influenza (1, 2).
The amount of time required for rigorous, extensive studies, however, conflicts with the swift nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the potential impact of air pollution on COVID-19 mortality requires a more nimble approach to environmental policy decision-making.
One alternative is to search for correlations that suggest—rather than prove—causality, make the results of such studies publicly available, and then consider as a society whether or not actions should be taken out of an abundance of caution. This is the approach taken by Wu et al. in their newly published research in the November 6 issue of Science Advances. Their methods involved using ecological regression to search for correlations between area-specific, COVID-19–related death counts (compiled by Johns Hopkins University for more than 3000 U.S. counties) and well-established PM2.5 pollution levels for each county. The results show that higher values of exposure to PM2.5 are positively correlated with higher county-level mortality after taking into account over 20 potentially confounding factors. Most notably, they conclude that an increase of just 1 μg/m3 in the long-term average of pollution is associated with a significant 11% increase in a county’s rate of mortality.
There are strong policy implications for these results. COVID-19, zoonotic influenza, and other potentially severe emerging zoonotic diseases are and will remain long-term threats to our species. Rapidly emerging datasets suggest that these threats are likely to be exacerbated by air pollution, even at the levels currently attained in the United States despite conscientious efforts to improve air quality. While incomplete and not yet fully vetted by the broader scientific community, pathfinding studies such as that of Wu et al. set the stage for more traditional environmental epidemiology research.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, so long as the resultant use is not for commercial advantage and provided the original work is properly cited.
Author: Ronald Bethea and Will Shirley Published: 11/3/2020 The National Association of Blacks in Solar NABS
The Platform presented herein is in response to 5 years of solar industry research and data analysis
Compiled by the POSITIVE CHANGE PURCHASING COOPERATIVE LLC of Washington D.C. and supporting National Research Institute
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A Message from President (NABS)
Ronald K. Bethea
“Black America: Our Future is Now in Renewable Energy Industry”
We refuse to be relegated to simply a consumer class in this new renewable energy green market economy. NABS we will be at the forefront, advocating and actively engaging and seeking out public and private funding to make this platform become a reality. By educating the black community locally and nationally about the economic impacts of climate change and the need for environmental education in the black community through black talk radio programs such as “Solar Now and The Future with Its Economic Impact on Black America” by purchasing a ninety-minute weekly time slot with one of the nationally syndicated black owned radio stations. Also, we will work the NABS membership and other stockholders on public policy issues to accomplish the following:
BUILDING A STRONGER, FAIRER GREEN ECONOMY FOR BLACK AMERICA
To increase the market share for African American solar design, installation and work force development companies. The NASB will work on public policy issues with the following:
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN SOLAR
The current coronavirus crisis has destroyed millions of American jobs, including hundreds of thousands in clean energy. As Congress, in the first week of July, deliberated over and debated economic stimulus support for the energy industry, a new analysis of unemployment data shows the biggest part of America’s energy economy – clean energy – lost another 27,000 jobs in May, bringing the total number of clean energy workers who have lost their jobs in the past three months to more than 620,500. It has exacerbated historic environmental injustices. The solar industry and more specifically, African Americans in the solar industry, need to establish millions of solar construction jobs, skilled trades, and engineering workers to build a new American solar infrastructure and clean energy economy. These jobs will create pathways for young people and for older workers shifting to new professions, and for people from all backgrounds and all communities to enter into the fastest growing industry in the world.
A recent press release by the Biden Campaign is titled, “THE BIDEN PLAN TO BUILD A MODERN, SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE AND AN EQUITABLE CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE”. If Biden is elected in November, his administration will make a $2 trillion accelerated investment, with a plan to deploy those resources over his first term, setting us on an irreversible course to meet the ambitious climate progress that science demands, along with the following developments:
The question becomes where is the Green Economic Development Plan for Black America? Many of our southern states are regulated markets, with no public policy and legislation. The lack of Renewable Energy Standards in many of our southern states make many of the large-scale megawatt solar projects non bankable for solar companies. This was recently the case for Will R. Shirley, E.M.Sc. President/CEO Sundial Solar Power Developers, Inc. of Jackson, Mississippi, the only African American owned solar company in the state of Mississippi. In a recent letter to his solar farm clients, he communicated the following:
“Dear Sir: Sundial Solar Power Developers, Inc. (Sundial Solar), has, over the last 3 years, experienced serious setbacks, and roadblocks in getting projects like yours off the ground. In your case Sundial Solar has explored every way possible to make your project a bankable endeavor; however, your family and other families like yours are being shut out of a 25-year, generational economic opportunity.
In our estimation, the main cause of these setbacks and roadblocks is the lack of Renewable Energy Standards in the State of Mississippi. As a result of Sundial Solar’s efforts to service Mississippi landowners like you, we can deliver anecdotal evidence that families like yours have been denied several hundreds of thousands of dollars based on unfair and immoral state policy that economically discriminates against Mississippi landowners”.
This is not just a Mississippi problem; this is a national problem in regulated markets. This is not an issue for African American Solar design, installation, and workforce development companies but all solar companies doing business in the United States.
Looking at the data recently put out by the 2019 Solar Foundation Diversity Study, we have a little over 9,000 solar companies doing business in the United States. But we have been able to confirm less than 20 African American Solar companies doing business in the United States – this is not sustainable for obvious reasons.
The South, Southwest, East Coast and major cities and urban markets across the United States where a large percentage of the African American population reside, makes it almost impossible to increase market share for African American solar design, installation, and work force development companies to increase market share.
The list of disparities, when it comes to national, state, and local solar policy development for the black community, is unacceptable going forward into the 21st century. Aside from the challenges listed above, below is a list of specific on-going problems that cannot and will not be addressed by the status quo.
When we take a look at the Solar Foundation’s 2019 U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study, the diversity shortfall is not unique to the solar industry. The Government Accountability Office found that as of 2015, women represent only 22% of the technology workforce and African American workers represent only 7%, figures that remained virtually unchanged over a decade (See Below).
As we look at third-party recruiters which are independent recruiters contracted by solar companies to uncover, vet, and hire, the question is how many of the third-party recruiters are African American companies contracted to look for talent from our HBCUs.
When we also take a closer look at upstream solar firms that engage in manufacturing, sales and distribution activities, other solar firms provide finance, legal services, research, advocacy, and not-for-profit education activities. The African American presence in these areas is nonexistent, after 12 years of the solar industry being the fasted growing industry for job growth in United States.
The Case for a National Organization that Supports Solar in our Neighborhoods
National statistics concerning black people in the solar industry are disappointing as we can see on the following charts (please click to enlarge.)
In the above chart we can see that black solar worker demographics do not even compete with Latino demographics (please click to enlarge).
Our concern is that we need to prepare our people for full participation in the New Renewable Energy Economy Revolution. If we do not ORGANIZE NOW, our future in the renewable solar energy economy will continue to be relegated to the Consumer Class with low ownership positions and exceptionally low economic benefit for our schools, HBCUs, municipalities, counties, and businesses.
There are many more specific problems that the black owned solar companies face nationwide. These more specific problems can only be addressed and only be solved by a nationally structured, systematic 25-year plan to alleviate solar discrimination and injustices that are prevalent in the solar industry today. The problems are evident in the following statements.
SOLUTION TO BEGIN TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES
HBCU Five- Year Green Economic Development Sustainability Plan
Ronald Bethea is President and Founder of Positive Change Purchasing Cooperative LLC. Our cooperative, as advocate for marketing, fundraising, and research, working with Lilia Abron, Ph.D, P.E., BCEE President PEER Consultants, has developed an HBCU Five-Year Green Economic Development Sustainability Plan.
The power point presentation is an action plan template drawn up by PEER to serve as a starting plan for colleges and universities interested in making their campuses more sustainable. The goals, actions, and measures within this sustainability plan are tentative and can be tailored specifically to meet the needs of college and universities after their input. Goals are as follows:
WHY WE HAVE ESTABLISED (NABS)
NABS will address the serious issue of Solar-Based Economic Development by establishing a process for evaluating social, political, economic environments and priorities in the development of an individualized long-term solar strategy for HBCUs, Black municipalities, Black county governments, the Black business community, and Black non-profits. NABS will establish a process for evaluating social, political, economic environments and priorities in the development of an individualized long-term solar strategy for HBCUs, Black municipalities, Black county governments, the Black business community, and Black non-profits. NABS will thereby help prevent Black America from being left out of the new green economy by building a stronger, fairer green economy
PREVENTING BLACK AMERICA FROM BEING LEFT OUT OF THE NEW GREEN ECONOMY
Achieve Memberships from Minority Solar Companies and Supporting Organizations
The National Association of Blacks in Solar was organized based on the premise that the black community, in every state of the union, is being left out of major solar policy decisions that concern the specific needs of the black community. NABS was organized to fill these policy gaps in national, state, and local solar policy development. The organization will start the process of rectifying the problems listed above. Again, there exist NO Solar Policy Initiatives that support any of our black institutions in a sustainable, long-term basis – the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN SOLAR will begin the process of delivering effective solar planning, policy development and policy implementation for our people.
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