Publisher: U.S._Department_of_Education Date: October 18, 2018
ebinar: Supercharge Your Building Science Education with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Monday, October 22, 2018 2:00-3:30 PM EST
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® is a collegiate competition, comprising 10 contests, that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. DOE is excited to join two student building design competitions, Solar Decathlon and Race to Zero, into one new Solar Decathlon competition. Winning teams blend architectural and engineering excellence with innovation, market potential, building efficiency, and smart energy production. Simply put, there’s nothing else like it.
If you are a student or a faculty member, attend this webinar to learn how to supercharge your classroom experience with the hands-on Solar Decathlon. Learn about various options for entering the competition and hear from Shannen Martin, a member of the 2018 winning team from Prairie View A&M University. Applications are due November 6, so register for the webinar, then get your team together and apply to compete!
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Chauncey Conference Center
1 Chauncey RoadPrinceton, New Jersey 08541 USAgenda
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Check in and Lunch
Welcome and Meeting Overview
Michael Nettles, ETS & Hal Smith, National Urban League
Setting the Scene: Overview and Presentation of Topics
• Introduction to Funding: TITLE V AND TITLE III, PART F: A Retrospective and Projection on funding
Speakers: Antonio Flores, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, David Wilson, Morgan State University• Leveraging Federal Financing for Access and Completion
Speaker: Barmak Nassirian, American Association of State Colleges and Universities• Leveraging Federal Financing to Institutions to Support Student Success
Speakers: Stephen Katsinas, University of Alabama, Lezli Baskerville, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAEFEO)• Preparing Teachers for Elementary and Secondary Education and 21st Century Classrooms
Speaker: Leslie Fenwick, Howard University• Meeting the Demand: Opportunities to Learn through Distance Education and Alternative Delivery
Speaker: Joseph Youngblood, Thomas Edison State University• Demonstrating Success: The Case for Collaboration and Partnerships
Speaker: Ronald Marlow, National Urban League
Participants will break into groups to discuss one of the above topics with the goal of identifying opportunities to collaborate on a plan of action that considers:
• Where are the current partnerships / collaborations?
• Where are the current successes?
• What future successes would we like to see? How do we get there?
• What new or developing work would we like to see? How do we get there?
• What policies need to be put in place for future success? Consider federal, state and institutional factors.
• What are some opportunities for joint-funding / joint-research initiatives?
Groups Report Out and Discuss Findings
Preview of Day 2 Discussion:
• What has been effective in communicating success to stakeholders and the public?
• Where are the communication gaps?
Getting to Know You Reception and Dinner
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Welcome and Reflections from Day 1
Robyn Ince, National Urban League
Panel: HBCUs: A History of Impact and Solutions for the Future
• Lezli Baskerville, NAEFEO
• Ivory Toldson, The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network
• Harry Williams, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund
• Moderator: Kevin Rome, Fisk University
• Opportunities for joint-funding / joint-research initiatives
• Collaborating on next steps
• Collaborating on communication points, broadcasting success
By Mark Niesse – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Posted: 4:28 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2018
. Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression.
The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center’s director said they needed to disembark, said LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter.
A county clerk had called the senior center raising concerns about allowing the bus to take residents from the senior center in the city of Louisville, south of Augusta.
Jefferson County Administrator Adam Brett said in a statement that the county government considered the transporting of African-American senior citizens to … Read More
“We knew it was an intimidation tactic,” Brown said Tuesday. “It was really unnecessary. These are grown people.”
The senior citizens agreed to get off the bus and cast their ballots later. Monday was the first day of in-person early voting in Georgia in the election for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
Jefferson County’s administrator said Tuesday that the county government considered the event at the senior center “political activity,” which isn’t allowed during county-sponsored events.
Black Voters Matter is a nonpartisan group encouraging African-Americans to vote in the election, but the county government considered the event political because Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairwoman Diane Evans helped organize it, County Administrator Adam Brett said in a statement.
“Jefferson County administration felt uncomfortable with allowing senior center patrons to leave the facility in a bus with an unknown third party,” Brett said. “No seniors at the Jefferson County senior center were denied their right to vote.”
ThinkProgress, a progressive news website, first reported the incident Monday.
Black Voters Matter had received permission in advance for the event at the senior center, Brown said. The event was originally intended to encourage seniors to vote, and when some of the seniors asked whether they could ride the bus to an early-voting location, Black Voters Matter agreed to take them.
But someone apparently saw the bus, painted with the words “The South is Rising Tour,” and called county government offices, Brown said. That led to the phone call from the county clerk to the senior center. When they were asked, the senior citizens agreed to leave the bus.
“It was discouraging that they weren’t able to vote,” said Evans, who was on the bus. “When they’re suppressing votes, they’re going to come up with any kind of excuse about what your problem is.”
Evans said the event wasn’t political, nor did its organizers advocate for any candidates. Evans said she helped coordinate the event in her capacity as a private citizen, pastor and community leader, not as the chairwoman of the county’s Democratic Party.
During the event, the senior citizens got excited about voting and they danced near the bus as “Say It Loud — I’m Black and Proud” by James Brown blasted through the speakers, Evans said.
After the seniors got off the bus, they were initially told they could ride in a county van provided by the senior center to go vote, Brown said. But then the seniors had to get off the van because the senior center’s leaders decided it was close to lunchtime, and the seniors could vote another day.
Jefferson County Commission Chairman Mitchell McGraw didn’t respond to an email seeking comment, and the senior citizens who were on the bus couldn’t immediately be located for comment Tuesday. The senior center’s staff routinely arranges public transit options for senior citizens to vote, Brett said.
Despite the obstacles, the senior citizens will find a way to cast their ballots, Brown said.
“The seniors were so resolved. They said: ‘We’re going to vote. Nobody’s going to stop us,’ ” Brown said. “It wasn’t the first time someone has denied them or tried to prevent them from voting.”
About the Author
MARK NIESSE Mark Niesse covers elections, the Georgia General Assembly and state government.
Prince George’s County Sustainable Energy Program receives COG’s 2018 Climate and Energy Leadership Award
We are honored to announce Prince George’s County, Office of Central Services, Sustainable Energy Program received the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Climate and Energy Leadership Awards for outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and advance regional goals established by leaders at COG.
The awards were distributed Wednesday at the October COG Board of Directors Meeting by its Chairman, Loudoun County Supervisor Matt Letourneau, COG Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee Chair and Prince George’s County Council Member Mary Lehman, and COG’s Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC) Chair Dr. Gretchen Goldman. Other pictured below are Nicolas Majett, Chief Administrative Officer of Prince George’s County, Dannielle Glaros, Prince George’s County Council Chair, Todd Turner, Prince George’s County Council Vice-Chair, Erica Bannerman, Energy Manager for Prince George’s County, and Jamee Alston, Management Analyst for Prince George’s County Public Schools.
“This award exemplify our commitment to providing a clean energy, ecosystem-based approach to energy and climate change management for our residents and businesses” said Erica Bannerman, Energy Manager of the Sustainable Energy Program. “Its importance is further amplified by the award ceremony occurring the same week the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released which called for immediate and large-scale action to limit global warming to 1.5°C”.
OCS Sustainable Energy would like to thank our residents and businesses for taking actions to reduce energy consumption, cost, and carbon emissions. We would also like to thank our partners — Prince George’s County Public Schools, Exelon/PHI, The NEED Project, Prince George’s Community College, FSC First, and Employ Prince George’s — for helping us provide superior service to our community.
As a part of #EnergyActionMonth, we will participate in the events listed below. Please feel free to join us and learn more about the availability of energy efficiency incentives, solar incentives, how to winterizing your home, and much more.
10/9 @7p.m.: Corkran Memorial United Methodist Church community meeting
10/11 @6:30p.m.: Silver Hill TNI community meeting @William Beanes Community Center
10/12 @10a.m.: Prince George’s Student Environmental Alliance Summit @Kentland Community Center
10/15 @6:00p.m.: Hillcrest/Marlow Heights TNI community meeting @Community of Hope AME Church
10/25 @6:30p.m.: Woodlawn/West Lanham Hills TNI community meeting @Saint
We look forward to seeing you out in the community!
Homeowners qualify to receive grant funds up to $5,000 towards correcting home energy improvements and then can become eligible to receive up $10,000 to own their rooftop solar system!
Commercial Buildings can get a piece of the pie too! Multifamily and Office Buildings can receive funds (up to $100,000!) to assist with ENERGY STAR certification.
Funds for both grants can be used to offset the costs of electric energy-efficiency, water-efficiency, and retrofitting measures, and for the commercial grant for professional [engineering] services required to achieve ENERGY STAR Certification.
Author: Catherine Morehouse@cmorehouse10 Published: Utility Dive October 18,2018
Dominion Energy on Wednesday issued a ‘Request for Information’, survey seeking comments from its nonresidential customers on their renewable energy goals as the utility develops its plan to add 3 GW of wind and solar by 2022.
The survey asks Dominion’s commercial, industrial and government customers eight questions about their level of interest in renewables as well as the type and scope of projects the customers may be interested in investing in.
The questions come a few weeks after Virginia released its 10-year energy plan, which aims to add 2 GW of offshore wind by 2028 along with 3 GW of onshore wind and solar by 2022. Dominion is the largest utility in the state and released its proposed 10-year plan in July.
Both Dominion and Virginia’s 10-year energy plans are products of the state’s Grid Transformation and Security Act, which was signed in March by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and allows Virginia utilities to spend their excess earnings on grid modernization and renewable energy investments.
The release of the survey indicates Dominion is looking to gauge its business customers’ interest in renewable energy development and “adapt renewable programs to meet customer needs” as it expands its clean energy development.
“We welcome the opportunity to learn more about the renewable energy targets and goals of business and governmental customers across the state,” said Corynne Arnett, vice president of customer service, in a statement.
Comments from Virginia business stakeholders regarding the state’s 10-year plan raised concerns about the “uncertainty” of planning for long-term renewable energy procurement as federal tax incentives wind down.
The state also has a 1 MW cap for nonresidential solar customers, which solar advocacy groups said could dissuade larger commercial customers from participating in solar purchases.
Dominion’s survey asks companies and government agencies whether they’ve set renewable energy or sustainability goals, what kind of resources they would support, “whether onsite or offsite”, as well as the size of project and length of time the customer would commit to hosting a project.
Author: Emma Gosgrove@emmacos: Published by Utility Dive: Date 10/17/18
A new study predicts that the price of beer could double because of agricultural shifts affecting one of beer’s main components, barley, caused by climate change, reported Nature.
Due to an increased likelihood of extreme heat and droughts, barley yields worldwide could decrease by 3% to 17% by 2099, sending cost increases rippling down the supply chain, according to a study completed by climate-change economist Dabo Guan at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K.
Worldwide beer consumption will likely drop considerably as well, according to the study, due to tightened supply and rising prices.
Using simulated models of four different possible levels of carbon emissions, the researchers determined the likelihood of extreme weather in barley-producing regions ranges from 4% to 34% depending on greenhouse gas emissions. Tropical areas are likely to see the highest hit in terms of yield, with more temperate climates feeling the effects less.
The next step for Guan was to determine the supply chain reaction to estimate price increases. A global average 100% increase in price between now and 2099 is the worst-case scenario, while a 15% increase in price is the best case.
However, some individual countries may see much greater price hikes than these averages, since the study factored in how much demand will be able to withstand the price pressure. The study predicts Ireland, for example, will see the price of beer increase three times over what it is today.
Unlike with fresh produce, the price of which often changes with seasonal availability and weather events, consumers are not used to fluctuations in the price of beer. Though it is an agricultural product, beer makers work to keep the price steady and absorb any pricing changes in their procurement pipelines apart from periodic increases due to inflation.
This study suggests the supply chain may not be able to sustain this price stability for much longer.
The researchers acknowledged that with the global food supply also threatened by climate change, beer may not be society’s greatest concern, but Guan emphasized that bringing to light the effects on everyday staples could make the wider implications of more volatile weather and rising temperatures more relatable.
Author: Lulia Gheorghiu@IMGheorghiu Published: Utility Dive October 18, 2018
The Energy and Policy Institute (EPI) published data Tuesday showing six political organizations received nearly $8.4 million from the utility industry during 2017 and 2018, 70% of which went to Republican organizations.
EPI’s data, first published earlier this summer, was updated to include 2018 Q3 filings from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as part of a decade-long record of the political spending of more than 70 utility holding companies and subsidiaries. Since 2008, the industry has given three Republican and three Democratic organizations a total of $41.2 million, with the Republican Governors Association (RGA) receiving over $21 million.
According to the political spending database OpenSecrets, the largest electric utility donor in 2017-2018 is Pinnacle West Capital, the owner of Arizona Public Service, with contributions over $2.3 million to candidates and political organizations. The company has spent nearly 10 times that amount to oppose a ballot measure in Arizona that would mandate a 50% renewable generation goal by 2030.
EPI’s data shows utility contributions to Democratic organizations flatlined below $3 million in recent years while their Republican counterparts received more and more.
This was not surprising to Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics and its online counterpart OpenSecrets.
“With regard to electric utilities, this is an industry that is allied with the Republican party, they generally give more to Republicans,” Krumholz told Utility Dive.
“Even in years when the Democrats were in the majority, they gave slightly more to Democrats, but when that flipped and Republicans took office” electric utilities contributed a much greater amount to political candidates, she said.
EPI tracks the contributions made by the utility sector to the RGA, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) and Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC).
All six qualify as Section 527 political organizations according to the IRS, allowing them to accept unlimited donations.
The EPI tracker showed that NextEra Energy, including NextEra Capital Holdings, spent the most money among the 2017-2018 contributors to the Republican organizations it’s tracking, accounting for $1,939,546 of $5,998,731. The company gave $290,450 to the three Democratic organizations by comparison.
The top contributor to the Democratic organizations being tracked by EPI was PSEG Services, with $297,500. PSEG, whose service region includes several Democratic states, was one of six utilities to give more to the three Democratic organizations than to their Republican counterparts in the past two years.
Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 Publisher: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $46 million in research funding to advance holistic solutions that provide grid operators the situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats. With more and more solar generation coming online every day, grid operators need the tools and technologies to ensure that the electric grid is resilient and energy services are delivered to critical infrastructure. These projects will develop and validate control strategies, real-time system monitoring, robust communications and other technologies to make solar power at the bulk power and distribution levels more resilient.
A resilient and reliable electricity grid is essential not only to the security of the infrastructure powering our economy, but also to the everyday lives of all Americans. DOE is committed to improving the affordability of energy technologies and strengthening the nation’s ability to withstand disruptions, including cyber threats and natural disasters. Solar power can play a vital role in this regard. Improving situational awareness in strategic locations associated with critical infrastructure can significantly improve the reliability and continuity of service of solar-generated electricity.
Approximately, 10 projects, varying from $2 to $10 million in size, will be funded over 3 years. Applicants are encouraged to work with critical infrastructure owners and operators, including state, local, tribal, and territories to take proactive steps to manage cyber and physical threats to improve the resiliency of solar generated electricity.
Learn more about opportunity and the upcoming application deadlines HERE.
Dr. Lilia A. Abron, the CEO/President and Founder of PEER Consultants, P.C. (PEER) is a trailblazer, a History Maker™, an entrepreneur. She is the first African-American woman in the nation to earn a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and the first African-American to start an engineering consulting firm focused on the environment and its environmental issues. She was also one of the first professionals in the field to suggest and demonstrate that sustainability initiatives can rapidly advance the condition of the impoverished sector worldwide. Remarkable achievements all on their own, they have collectively shaped the unique company PEER is today — a steward of the environment that continually promotes collaboration, builds a sense of community through its work and strives to create a better planet for present and future generations.
Since 1978, we’ve focused on delivering transformative, sustainable, and appropriate solutions to today’s challenging environmental problems — using a personalized approach each and every time. Every day we are realizing our vision as a prosperous and productive environmental company that exceeds the expectations of our clients and employees, while delivering high-quality services that enhance the natural and built environments.
PEER, a full-service environmental engineering consulting firm, provides personalized service to our valuable clients, fosters and maintains long-term partnerships, and hires passionate and diverse team members. We remain true to who we are—environmental stewards—always looking out for the best interest of both the natural and built environments.
As PEER celebrates its 39th year in business, we are proud of how much we have grown and matured, starting with just 3 employees in 1978, growing to more than 100 engineers, scientists, planners, technicians and administrative professionals in 6 offices nationwide and 2 international offices in South Africa today.
Date: 10/17/17 ‘ SOLAR NOW AND THE FUTURE WITH ITS ECONOMIC IMPACT ON BLACK AMERICA” Eposide 91#
Host By: Ronald Bethea
Guest: 11:00 am – 11:30 am est.: Lilia A. Abron, Ph.D.,P.E. BCEE : Topic of Discussion
1. What or the negative economic impacts do you see on raising Alternative Compliance Fees on Pepco rate payers in DC B22-904, The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018?
2. What issues would you like to provide some night on concerning DC Solar For All Program?
3. As the only African American grantee solicited by DOEE for fiscal year 17-18,what are your concerns and issues with DCSEU about the proposal point system. That provides and unfair advantage over DC non based solar development firms over DC based solar development firms?
4. What economic impact do you think attaching the PACE programs for DC residential home owners in DC as a amendment to bill B 22-904?
5. Would you support a amendment requiring a 35% set aside of all the revenues collected for Green Bank of DC have to be with a African American on Bank in Washington DC to finance minority contractors.
Change — that’s the operative word in the electric utility sector today. The industry is undergoing a fundamental transition as it moves away from a centralized, baseload-focused past to a more distributed, renewable future.
But how did we get here and where is this all going? Utility Dive takes an in-depth look at six key issues driving the utility sector today — from the growth of electric vehicles in the U.S. to the modernization of today’s power grid; the rise of state control over electricity markets to new and innovative ways for determining how customers pay for their electricity.
We cover all that along with a look at the future of natural gas in the U.S. and how states are dealing with successors to net metering to continue promoting solar.
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Author: John Farrell DATE: 25 SEP 2018 Published: Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Municipal elections often fall off the radar during national ones, but cities retain a surprising amount of power over their energy future. What can you ask a local candidate or elected official to pursue? The following list of 11 resolutions, actions, and rules can make your local city council or mayor a clean energy champion.
Go for 100%: Over 70 U.S. cities have set goals to get all of their electricity from renewable sources within 15-20 years, offering lower costs and more local energy production. Listen to podcasts with the pioneers––http://bit.ly/VoicesOf100
Commit to developing local renewable energy: In Taos, N.M., and Minneapolis, Minn., city officials have set goals to capture the economic benefits of local renewable energy resources. Read the resolution from Taos––http://bit.ly/TaosLocalEnergy
Transform city lighting: 35 Pennsylvania towns went in together to bulk purchase LED street lighting and will save $1.4 million per year. Read the news about big savings––http://bit.ly/PennTownsLEDs
Blanket city buildings with solar power: Dozens of cities––including Kansas City, Mo.; Raleigh, N.C.; and New Bedford, Mass.––have cut energy costs by investing big in solar on public buildings. Preview the report and podcasts––http://bit.ly/PublicRooftopRevolution
Switch city vehicle fleets to electricity: Houston, Tex., saved over $100,000 per year by switching 27 fleet vehicles to all-electric Nissan LEAFs. Read the case study––http://bit.ly/HoustonEVsavings
Fund local energy investment with utility franchise fees: Minneapolis, Minn., raised fees on electricity and gas bills by 0.5% to create a fund supporting clean energy deployment and access for city residents and businesses. Read the news release––http://bit.ly/MplsFranchiseFee
See stories of implementation and an interactive way to browse local energy policies with ILSR’sCommunity Power Toolkit
Rules to Simplify Zoning and Permitting
Minimize zoning and permitting costs for renewable energy systems: Hundreds of U.S. cities have lowered rooftop solar costs by 20% with streamlined permitting. Lancaster, Calif., offers a model ordinance. Get the ordinance language––http://bit.ly/LancasterSolarPermit
Rules to Lower Housing Costs
Require solar on all new buildings: Several cities (and the state of California) lower solar costs by one-third by requiring new residential properties to incorporate it during construction. Get the ordinance language––http://bit.ly/SouthMiamiSolar
Require energy use disclosureon sale or rental of property: allowing prospective buyers or renters to see energy use data motivates property owners to lower energy costs. See who’s adopted it and ordinance language––http://bit.ly/EnergyDisclosure
Require licensed rental properties to meet minimum energy standards: Boulder, Colo., set minimum standards for all rental properties to ensure renters will have affordable energy bills. See the SmartRegs FAQ––http://bit.ly/SmartRegs
Rules to Improve Buildings
Adopt the most aggressive building energy code allowed: In several states, cities may set their own energy codes or adopt a “stretch” code, saving property owners millions of dollars on energy bills. See what cities can do, and what they’ve done––http://bit.ly/BetterEnergyCodes
See which states have building energy code authority and other policies states can adopt to support local energy action on ILSR’s Community Power Map
The award is described by the two associations as the “highest individual award given by the local public health community.”
In a statement, Dr. Annette Mercatante, president of MALPH, explained the selection, saying:
Dr. Wells consistently provides local public health departments and practioners[sic] timely (usually immediate), intelligent, expert, reliable, and compassionate support for the entire array of expected and unexpected community health issues that arise daily in our State. Her contribution to the health and well-being of the people of Michigan is huge and greatly appreciated by all those privileged to work with her, and should be acknowledged on behalf of every person who lives or works in Michigan.
Researchers also linked the water crisis to a flood of Legionnaires’ disease cases. The potentially life-threatening disease is caused by Legionella bacteria, which may have festered in the city’s pipes after the improper treatment interfered with disinfectants and released bacterial nutrients into the tap water. Officials tallied around 100 Legionnaires’ cases, leading to 12 deaths in the wake of the water switch.
Wells was unexpectedly slapped with the involuntary manslaughter charge in October of last year. The charge was added to others, including willful neglect of duty, misconduct in office, and lying to a peace officer. Wells allegedly threatened to withhold funding from the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership if it continued to investigate the outbreak, prosecutors say.
In light of the allegations, officials in Flint were stunned by her award. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver released a news statement Thursday, October 11, saying:
How is one honored for public health when they did not protect the health of the public? While I understand that we are innocent until proven guilty in this country, this is just disrespectful.
Wells’ legal team and supporters say Wells has been wrongly charged in the case and has championed the health of Flint residents in the wake of the water problems.
The Committee on Transportation & the Environment will hold a Public Hearing on the following Legislation:
B22-904, the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018
The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify should contact Ms. Aukima Benjamin, Staff Assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, at (202) 724-8062 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony. Individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony. Witnesses should bring eight copies of their written testimony and should submit a copy of their testimony electronically to email@example.com.
Author: Jay Wilson, RA, LEED AP BD+C Published: Date: Tue, Oct 9, 2018
The District of Columbia Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2017 (GFA bill) was unanimously approved by the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) in June 2018 and completed Congressional review on August 22, 2018. The Act will establish the District of Columbia Green Finance Authority (GFA or DC Green Bank) as an innovative quasi-public instrumentality of the District government that will facilitate private investment in clean energy technology and green infrastructure by leveraging private capital, removing upfront costs, and increasing the efficiency of public investment in sustainability.
The District Department of Energy and Environment, Office of the Director is pleased to announce the publication of a Request for Proposals seeking one or more grantees to identify, formulate, and develop the critical deliverables necessary to lay the groundwork for the DC Green Bank, building on work completed over the last year. Successful applicants will provide innovative and thoughtful solutions to the following challenges:
What steps, tools, and information are needed to prepare for the successful launch of the Green Bank and how can the grantee assist DOEE and the DC Green Bank in conducting those activities?
Published by:Department of Energy & Environment: Friday, October 5, 2018
DOEE seeks eligible entities to provide support for the launch of the DC Green Bank per the District of Columbia Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2017. The effort to establish the DC Green Bank, an independent instrumentality within District Government, is being led by the DOEE. DOEE is seeking applications from eligible entities for the best solutions to lay a foundation for the DC Green Bank. The amount available for the project is approximately $250,000.00.
Beginning October 5, 2018, the full text of the Request for Applications (RFA) will be available on the Department’s website. A person may obtain a copy of this RFA by any of the following means:
Pick up a copy in person from the Department’s reception desk, located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.
To make an appointment, call Jay Wilson at (202) 535-2266 and mention this RFA by name
Write DOEE at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, “Attn: Jay Wilson RE:2018-1822-DIR” on the outside of the envelope.
The deadline for application submissions is November 5, 2018, at 4:30 pm.
Five hard copies must be submitted to the above address and a complete
Authored by:The National Bankers Association Published: October 3, 2018
The National Bankers Association, formed in 1927, has successfully met many challenges to enable it to enter into the new millennium as a vital trade organization for minority and women-owned financial institutions and has profited by collaboration on various mutually beneficial business ventures. These types of agreements will continue to aid the growth of the NBA as well as each participating institution. This year has been another successful one for the NBA.
Smaller community-minded financial institutions must be cognizant that convenience and good financial products are important to all customers and, therefore, our aim to be more competitive drives every effort.
The following services are provided by all NBA member banks to major corporations:
Cash Management Services
Corporate Trust Services
Certificates of Deposits
Lines of Credit
Business Credit Cards
Commercial Money Market
Author: K athie Fehrenbacher Published: Greenbic.com
California, the state with the most EVs on its roads in the U.S., might finally get the infrastructure it will need to charge the coming wave of zero emissions vehicles.
On Wednesday afternoon, Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America released the details of its plans to spend $200 million more deploying electric vehicle charging stations and educating the public around EV options. The company, created as part of a settlement after VW was caught cheating on its diesel vehicle emissions tests, intends to spend $2 billion over 10 years to promote EV adoption around the U.S.
The latest program, “Cycle 2,” will seek to deploy mostly fast charging stations (DC) in metro areas up and down California, including around Riverside, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, San Diego and Santa Rosa. Electrify America’s “Cycle 1,” of investments, is already going towards installing about 2,000 chargers in many of these regions, at close to 500 sites.
The new funding includes two particularly important aspects that represent broader trends in the growing market around EV charging infrastructure. First, Electrify America will allocate a portion of its funding for charging infrastructure for fleets, including at transit bus depots, as well as for ride-hailing and other mobility programs encouraging EV adoption.
Secondly, Electrify America says that 35 percent of these next investments will be focused on low income and disadvantaged communities. The California Air Resources Board suggested this allocation, and CARB and the Environmental Protection Agency review Electrify America’s investment plans (CARB still needs to review the Cycle 2 plan before it’s deployed).
On a phone briefing, Electrify America COO Brendan Jones noted that by 2020, 80 percent of the electric vehicles in California will be driving on the streets of the chosen key metropolitan areas. Many fast DC chargers that will be deployed along highways, at retail outlets or nearby apartment complexes, will be able to charge EVs with “20 miles per minute,” noted Jones.
Electrify America, of course, isn’t the only company focused on EV charging. Utilities and charging providers have been investing heavily in building out charging infrastructure across certain regions around the United States, but particularly in California. California now has around 450,000 EVs.
This summer, California energy regulators — the California Public Utility Commission, or CPUC —approved a portfolio of EV charging projects worth $738 million for California’s investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE). Those programs will build chargers for both passenger and commercial vehicles, and are some of the largest uses of public funding for utility EV charging infrastructure to date.
Meanwhile, companies such as Tesla, ChargePoint, EVgo and Greenlots are focused on offering charging options for residential customers, commercial fleets and retail shoppers. And retailers themselves are getting in on the action — Walmart is rolling out fast electric vehicle chargers at 100 locations across 34 states by the summer of 2019.
If you’re interested in EV infrastructure, we’re delving into this topic a variety of ways at our VERGE conference in two weeks in Oakland, California. We’ll feature speakers such as:
We’ll also have Bolt EVs to ride and drive in and charging infrastructure to charge up your EV by a couple companies. The conference will be powered by a microgrid that uses solar panels on the roof of the Golden State Warriors’ stadium. Don’t miss it.
SunPower completed its acquisition of SolarWorld Americas’ assets Monday, increasing the company’s solar panel manufacturing capacity in the U.S.
In September, the U.S. Trade Representative announced tariff exclusions for a slew of solar module components, which analysts said directly favored SunPower’s solar module manufacturing operations in Mexico.
Hillsboro, Oregon facility will convert to manufacture SunPower’s 19% efficiency panels, P-Series, with shipments expected to begin by the first quarter of 2019. Hillsboro employees will continue producing SolarWorld Americas’ product during the coming months, as part of the transition.The acquisition of SolarWorld Americas, the subsidiary of a German company and one of the two petitioners that sought tariffs on imported solar panels, makes SunPower the largest panel manufacturer in the U.S.
SunPower promised investments in domestic manufacturing earlier this year when it announced its intention to purchase SolarWorld.
“Even though SunPower’s Mexican-made modules have received an exemption from the Section 201 tariff, it is still useful for the company to have domestic manufacturing capacity, especially as it acquired SolarWorld for pennies on the dollar,” Pavel Molchanov, senior vice president and equity research analyst at Raymond James & Associates, told Utility Dive.
The price to purchase SolarWorld assets was not disclosed.
SunPower had anticipated manufacturing retrofits would be necessary for the upcoming P-Series production, alongside factory improvements. It has already began to move relevant equipment to Hillsboro, according to its press statement.
The investment in domestic solar manufacturing comes less than a year after the Trump administration imposed a 30% tariff on imported solar panels. First Solar announced construction in June on a northwestern Ohio manufacturing facility expected to be operational in late 2019. First Solar is currently the largest solar panel manufacturer in the country. The company had cited higher solar demand and changes in the corporate tax rate as reasons for its expansion.
The proposal has been met with backlash as environmentalists and residents argue there is a more sustainable approach to updating the grid.
A substation proposed by Pepco has become a focal point of the grid modernization debate in Washington, D.C. and could be the turning point in how the nation’s capital handles its electric power.
The proposal comes as the grid modernization debate is heating up across the country and for the district could also lead to a first-of-its-kind independent regulatory body that would take over some utility planning functions.
“One of the big questions is what role the utility will play,” Karl Rabago, an energy consultant hired to support some of the environmental groups active in the case, told Utility Dive. Utilities have immense market power, but “will they be able to get out of the way to allow an independent process to move forward?”
Modernizing D.C.’s grid
Pepco’s application to the District of Columbia Public Service Commission (DC PSC) for its Capital Grid project includes the refurbishment of three existing substations and the building of a new substation in the district’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood at a total cost of $851 million, including work in Maryland.
On a separate track, the DC PSC is in the midst of a process aimed at modernizing the District’s grid. The goal of the process, Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability (MEDSIS), is to increase sustainability for consumers and make the energy delivery system more reliable, efficient, cost effective and interactive.
“One of the big questions is what role the utility will play. … Will they be able to get out of the way to allow an independent process to move forward?”
The MEDSIS process arose as a response to protests over another Pepco substation. In 2014, the Sierra Club asked the PSC to consider non-wires alternatives to large utility investments, but the commission declined to do that during an ongoing ratemaking proceeding with Pepco. In 2015, DC Climate Action and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission pushed the PSC to consider non-wires alternatives to Pepco’s proposed Waterfront substation in the Buzzard Point section of the District.
The PSC declined to take up that request as part of the substation approval process but said it would open a docket to establish a working group that could address “in a more global way the future outlook for energy growth,” including the feasibility of more energy storage and increased generation distribution.
Meanwhile, the PSC approved — and Pepco built — the Waterfront substation, while the MEDSIS process led to the creation of working groups to study the issues, resolutions to define the terms of the debate and the hiring of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) as a consultant on the process.
With the MEDSIS process still under way, Pepco in May 2017 filed with the PSC for approval of more substation investments as part of its Capital Grid project.
Noting that the district is experiencing its highest population growth in four decades, Pepco said the Capital Grid project will “address current and future energy needs,” help build grid resilience to withstand and recover from events such as severe storms, and help the District reach its goal of generating half its electricity from renewable sources by 2032.
The Capital Grid project, however, is receiving pushback from environmental advocates, local residents and even the district’s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE).