Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Volume #8, Issue #9
Editor: Jane Pulaski
The IREC State & Stakeholder Newsletter tracks a range of market-oriented news, services and outreach tools valuable to the renewable energy community. This free newsletter is distributed semi-monthly to email subscribers and published on IREC’s website. If you have comments or if you would like to submit a news item, email Jane Pulaski.
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In this Issue…
–State/Local Headlines (IREC States, SAI cities, Interconnection/Net Metering)
–Interview of the Week: Energy Trust Oregon: A Key Player in Oregon’s Solar Success
–Current and Best Practices: NABCEP at 7; Its Positive Influence in Renewable Energy Workforce Development is Undeniable
–irecusa.org Extra Extra: May 2009 Updates to IREC’s Net Metering and Interconnection Tables
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New single-family homes and duplexes built in the City of Tucson must either have a solar water heater installed, or have stub-outs leading from the roof to the water heater area so that a system can easily be installed at a later date. Tucson is currently developing rules to ensure that all new homes are also constructed to be PV-ready (see DSIRE record).
Berkeley residents and businesses can now get free solar energy consulting services from the City of Berkeley and Community Energy Services Corporation. The new program, SmartSolar, will help consumers understand and adopt energy efficiency and solar technologies by providing information on available technology, project planning, cost, and financing; an online solar mapping tool to estimate their building’s solar potential; and free project-specific advice on how to best utilize that potential. Berkeley’s work to promote this solar deployment is a result of Berkeley’s designation as a U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar America City.
Since 2005, small wind energy state stakeholders have met to share information on their small wind programs and learn from other experts. The 2009 meeting, being held today, May 6th, ahead of the AWEA Conference, is the largest to date, with 17 states represented.
(4) IOWA: State Amends Energy Production Tax Credits for Wind and Other Renewables
Iowa offers two separate production tax credits, one for large wind energy facilities and one without size restrictions for wind and other renewable energy facilities. The passage of H.B. 456 decreased the aggregate size of the large wind program from 450 megawatts (MW) to 150 MW, and increased the available tax credits for the wind portion of the other tax credit from 180 MW to 330 MW. The bill also made changes regarding eligibility for both tax credits. See DSIRE record for more details: See DSIRE records for: Corporate Tax Credit
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to analyze Smart Grid opportunities in the State of Maryland. As part of this grant, MEA is sponsoring two stakeholder meetings to discuss the elements of a Smart Grid that could potentially be used in Maryland as well as the costs and benefits of such a grid for all Marylanders.
The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Renewable Portfolio Standard proposed final regulations were filed with the legislature in mid-March 2009 (as required by law) and are currently under review. On March 31, 2009 “emergency” rules, which are identical to the proposed final regulations, became effective. DOER is currently working with stakeholders to develop guidance for the requirement that retail suppliers must provide a portion of the renewable energy from in-state, on-site systems (part of the Class I standard). (See DSIRE record).
Jeffrey Stevens, Assistant Professor in the Electricial, Computer, and Robotics Department at Alfred State College tells IREC that they’re offering a 40-hour theory and hands-on installation course for PV systems.
South River EMC, a cooperative utility, is offering a rebate of $1,000 to SRCC-certified solar water heaters. The utility will retain the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the participating systems, which will help them comply with North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (see DSIRE record).
The North Carolina Solar Center’s website features three fact sheets on solar incentives from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The Ohio Public Utilities Commission issued rules for its recently enacted Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. These rules clarify the definitions of biomass and solar thermal. In addition, the rules clarify several outstanding issues surrounding renewable energy credits (RECs), including that RECs cannot be further subdivided into separate attributes (see DSIRE record).
In April 2009, Mayor Adams announced the goal of installing 5 megawatts (MW) of solar in the City of Portland by 2012. This installation will build on Portland’s existing green power purchasing and generation program and is part of Portland’s commitment to solar as a DOE Solar America City (see DSIRE record).
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Solar Energy Program offers grants, loans, and loan guarantees for a variety of different project types. Loans of up to $5 million and grants of up to $1 million are available through this program for solar manufacturing facilities, solar distribution projects, and research and development centers. Both photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal projects are eligible for funding (see DSIRE record).
According to an analysis released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency improvements can save Pennsylvania consumers nearly $5 billion each year on energy bills and help create 27,000 new, local jobs by 2025.
Interview of the Week: Energy Trust Oregon: A Key Player in Oregon’s Solar Success
Kacia Brockman, ETO’s Senior Solar Program Manager, is doing triple time investing public dollars in new solar energy systems, solar training for the building industry, and public outreach. She was overly generous with her precious time to tell IREC about what the ETO is doing these days. MORE
Current and Best Practices: NABCEP at 7; Its Positive Influence in Renewable Energy Workforce Development is Undeniable
In 2001, Mark Fitzgerald’s vision of an internationally-certified solar practitioner program was in the earliest ot nascent stages. The concept was solid and possible; actualization not quite ready for prime time. NABCEP‘s Executive Director, Rebecca Eaton, talks about NABCEP…from its hopeful origins to its current status as a benchmark in renewable energy workforce development. MORE
irecusa.org Extra Extra! May 2009 updates for IREC’s Interconnection and Net Metering Tables
Maureen Quinlan with the Distributed Generation Program at North Carolina’s Solar Center, has just updated IREC’s Net Metering and Interconnection tables for May. Check them out under Available Documents on the Connecting to the Grid page of the IREC website.
We Energies’ Renewable Energy Research and Development (R&D) Grant Program offers financial assistance through grants (up to a maximum award of $200,000) to conduct research on renewable energy technologies that results in the generation of electric energy, or to help demonstrate a renewable energy product associated with the production of renewable electricity. Grants are intended for research and development endeavors that will clearly advance a technology or product, and will clearly contribute positively to the renewable energy industry. Applications received on an on-going basis through 2009.
A number of new renewables RFPs are posted at DOE’s Green Power Network. You can subscribe to receive RFP updates.
This site is a “virtual hub” of project management information and resources for EERE customers, stakeholders, staff and contractors, including locating and tracking funding opportunities.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has several Program Opportunity Notices (PONs) on the street. To see full details on any of these solicitations, visit the NYSERDA website and scroll through the listings to find them:
- PON 1060, New York Energy Smart Loan Fundsm invites financial institutions to participate in and customers to apply for low interest financing for energy efficient improvements, new construction, and renewable technology projects. For information, contact NYSERDA at 866.NYSERDA or by email.
- PON 1098,Wind Incentives for Eligible Installers is a first-come, first-served Financial Incentives for small wind systems that offset customers’ electric usage (end-use). For information, contact NYSERDA at 866.NYSERDA or by email. Expires 12/31/09 or until funds are fully committed, whichever comes first.
- PON 1050: Solar Electric Incentive Program provides cash incentives for the installation of new Solar Electric or Photovoltaic (PV) systems by Eligible Installers. For information, contact NYSERDA at 866.NYSERDA or by email.
- PON 1176: Renewable, Clean Energy, and Energy Efficiency Product Manufacturing Incentive Program offers $10M to expand the level of manufacturing of renewable, clean, and energy-efficient products in New York State. Proposals will be accepted through June 30, 2011 by 5:00pm (ET) or until funds run out, whichever is first. Proposals will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis as they are received. Contact Jennifer Harvey at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Department of Energy announces its intent to request proposals for the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. Through this program, DOE seeks to stimulate the rapid
deployment and integration of advanced digital technology that is needed to modernize the nation’s electric delivery network for enhanced operational intelligence and connectivity. The program will support projects that promote deployment, including development of component technologies. Individual award range anticipated to be $500K to $5 million. The RFP will open on or about 6/17/09. Three due dates anticipated: 7/29/09, 12/2/09, and 3/31/10. For more info, contact Donna Williams.
The U.S. Department of Energy announces its intent to request proposals for Smart Grid Demonstrations. Through this RFP, DOE seeks regionally unique demonstrations to verify smart grid technology viability, quantify smart grid costs and benefits, and validate new smart grid business models, at a scale that can be readily adapted and replicated around the country. Areas of interest include: Smart Grid Demonstrations, Synchrophasors, and Energy Storage. $615 million expected to be available, up to 36 awards anticipated. Closing date to be announced with release of RFP. For more info, contact Keith Carrington.
DOE requests proposals for the State Energy Program (SEP). This program provides formula grants to State and Territorial energy offices to design and carry out renewable energy and energy efficiency priorities. $25 million expected to be available, up to 56 awards anticipated. Due dates based on state/territorial program years. For more info, contact Lisa Kuzniar.
(21) Software to Analyze Integration of Renewables, Diesel Generation and Energy Storage
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering Service Center seeks a software based model that can be used to analyze the integration of photovoltaic systems, wind energy systems, conventional diesel generation, and energy storage. Award NTE $400K. Abstracts due 5/15/09. For more info, visit https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/NAVFAC/N47408/N6258309R0089/listing.html, or contact Gene Crank.
The Appalachian Regional Commission requests proposals for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Training and Certification Programs. Funded projects must focus on training and certification programs, supporting the development of trained employees for jobs in the renewable and energy efficiency fields, as well as providing certified installers to the marketplace. Implementation of energy efficiency education curricula, such as USGBC LEED programs, ASHRAE programming, IECC, or other energy efficiency coursework will also be
supported. Projects must take place in the ARC Region which includes all of WV and parts of AL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, and VA. $250K expected to be available, up to 10 awards anticipated. Reponses due 5/29/09.
The Appalachian Regional Commission requests proposals for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for K-12 Schools. This program will underwrite costs of installing renewable energy and energy efficiency equipment in K-12 schools in Appalachia, and provide support for the implementation of associated science, environment, and business curricula in the classroom. Eligible renewable energy equipment includes: Wind, solar, fuel cells, biofuels, and geothermal systems. Projects must take place in the ARC Region which includes all of WV and parts of AL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, and VA. $250K expected to be available, up to 10 awards anticipated. Responses due 5/29/09.
(24) Renewables Purchase – Southwest
The U.S. Department of the Navy announces its intent to request proposals for the purchase of competitively priced renewable electrical power through power purchase agreements at Naval and Marine Corps installations in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest AOR. The Navy seeks systems that are constructed, owned, operated, maintained and repaired by the successful offeror(s) on Government property located within the installation boundaries. Up to 5 awards anticipated. The RFP will be issued “within the next month.” For more info, visit https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/NAVFAC/N47408/N6258309R0085/listing.html, or contact Russell Dominy.
The U.S. Department of the Interior, Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, seeks replacement of an HVAC system and installation of a PV array to supply a portion of the operating power. Responses due 5/21/09. For more info, visit https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOI/NPS/APC-IS/I730709U123/listing.html, or contact Linda Fritz.
The U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency (a new DOE Agency created specifically to foster R&D of transformational energy related technologies) requests proposals for Advanced Research Projects. Transformational technologies are defined as those that disrupt the status quo; not merely better than current technologies, but significantly better. This RFP supports the Nation’s need to overcome the threats posed by climate change and energy security. Concept papers are required, and are due 6/2/09. Final proposals accepted by invitation only. For more info, contact Bradley Poston.
The California Energy Commission requests proposals for the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program – Electricity Program. EISG funds the early development of innovative energy RD&D projects. Projects must target one of the following: Industrial/Agriculture/Water End-Use Efficiency; Building End-Use Efficiency; Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation; Renewable Generation; Energy-Related Environmental Research; and Energy Systems Integration. Proposed projects must be clearly relevant to California’s electric market. Individual hardware awards NTE $95K, individual modeling awards NTE $50K. Responses due 6/11/09.
First Choice Power requests applications for Classroom Energy Innovation Grant applications for Texas teachers. This program supports pre-K to 12 teachers working to incorporate projects on energy and energy efficiency in their classrooms. Individual grants NTE $2K. Responses due 9/15/09.
(29) Chuck Whitaker: We Lose a Great Friend
It is with deep sadness that we report the death of our dear friend Chuck Whitaker on May 3. Chuck was the co-founder and principal of BEW Engineering. IREC greatly benefited from Chuck’s expertise and pursuit of excellence for photovoltaics. He spoke at our meetings on product certification and was the co-author of IREC’s 5th Edition of the Connecting to the Grid Guide. More recently, we worked closely with Chuck on the Solar ABCs. We send our sympathy to Carrie Whitaker and all of Chuck’s family and friends. Chuck will always be a guiding force for IREC. We will never forget him and will remember Chuck always with affection and a smile.
(30) DOE’s Margie Bates Retires
She spent nearly 23 years at DOE, the last 11 of which as Energy Star Program Lead and Million Solar Roofs Project Manager. “I’ve had 11 wonderful years in solar,” she said recently. Happily, many of us have had the great good fortune to work with Margie. She was always gracious, thorough, efficient, and enormously friendly. “It’s been quite a journey,” she said. ” I’m truly grateful for each experience, and will always treasure the memories.” So will we, Margie. From all of us at IREC, take good care, and keep in touch.
The Solar Policy and Analysis Regional Centers RFI seeks input on a proposed strategy of creating Solar Policy and Analysis Regional Centers around the country that would fill the need for timely local and regional policy research and analysis supporting solar commercialization.
In an Earth Day article about Wal-Mart doubling its use of solar in USA Today, IREC’s Larry Sherwood is quoted. DSIRE’s Rusty Haynes was quoted in an article about a potential solar incentive program in Texas in the 4/23 issue of the Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced three new winners of Solar America Showcases awards in Richmond, California.
The California Public Utilities Commission issued the latest California Solar Initiative Staff Progress Report in April 2009, which shows California leading the nation with more than 500 MW of cumulative installed solar capacity. Driven by the State’s solar rebate program, the California Solar Initiative, Californians installed 211 MW at over 15,000 different sites throughout investor -owned utility territories in California since 2007.
(35) News from DOE Re ARRA
James Ferguson, States Coordinator, Eastern States, National Energy Technology Laboratory, tell us that the the two most recent editions of the Solicitations newsletter, issues #189 and #188, include recent funding opportunities for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects. He also gave us the following resources for The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as the Recovery Act:
- Federal Government Recovery Act website
- DOE Recovery Act website
- DOE Recovery Act Clearinghouse (Toll-Free): (888) 363-RCVY or (888) 363-7289
- EERE Recovery Act website
- Federal government funding opportunities are located at http://www.grants.gov/, and at https://www.fbo.gov/
You can find a comprehensive listing of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding opportunities on the ASES website.
There are two upcoming workshops for tribal leaders, staff and other interested parties to understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The Business Development and Project Financing workshop, June 23-25, 2009, is designed to identify the business structures, financing methods, and legal and institutional frameworks needed to bring projects to reality. The one-day renewable energy and energy efficiency training, June 23, 2009, will help attendees develop an outline for a tribal strategic plan and will explore how energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies can be used to meet tribal objectives. Both workshops will be held in Denver.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Tribal Energy Program’s web site provides information for Tribes to achieve their energy goals, including a process for strategic planning for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
To expedite production of renewable energy on public lands while protecting land, water, and wildlife, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar pledged to create four Renewable Energy Coordination Offices, one each in California, Nevada, Wyoming, and Arizona, along with smaller renewable energy teams in New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Oregon.
State governments that made the National Top 50 list include the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of Connecticut, and the State of Wisconsin. Local governments that made the National Top 50 list include the City of Houston, the City of Dallas, the City of Chicago, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and the City of San Diego.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) just published Local Clean Power, a WRI issues brief for April 09. Drawing on recent government and regional studies, the report suggests there are sufficient renewable energy resources to meet as much as 30 % of the Southeast’s electric power needs.
For a full listing of events, click the calendar icon on the IREC home page.
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