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ASERTTI Executive Director Moderates Advanced Bioenergy Panel at DOE’s Biomass 2012 in Washington, D.C.; ASERTTI Member, GTI, Makes Presentation

Working with partners at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of the Biomass Program, ASERTTI moderated a state focused bioenergy panel on July 10, 2012 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. The panel, entitled "Bioenergy Coast-to-Coast: State Strategies for Accelerating Advanced Biofuels,” was part of DOE’s fifth annual conference, Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities -- Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy, held July 10-11, that drew in more than 1,200 attendees.  ASERTTI Executive Director David Terry led the panel with ASERTTI and state institution presentations from leading biofuels experts including:

  • W. Steven Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, Biofuels Center of North Carolina;
  • Bill Brandt, Director of Strategic Integration, Arizona State University;
  • Daniel S. LeFevers, Executive Director, Washington Operations, Gas Technology Institute; and,
  • Stephanie Batchelor, Senior Manager, Biotechnology Industry Organization.

The panel addressed such topics as expanding the available feedstocks for biofuels; the need for state policy to keep pace with new bioproducts; the formation of stakeholder clusters for regional collaboration; and the role of stable policy in advancing bioenergy generally.. Additional information about Biomass 2012 can be viewed at:  http://www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/biomass_2012.html.

LIPA Board of Trustees Approve First Feed-In Tariff Program in New York State

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board of Trustees voted to approve LIPA’s new Clean Solar Initiative (CSI) that will provide Long Island with the next 50 megawatts (MW) of solar energy on Long Island. This initiative will further advance the development of solar energy and the growth of clean energy jobs on Long Island.  LIPA’s CSI will be New York State’s first feed-in tariff (also called a standard offer) program and is consistent with the clarion call by Governor Andrew Cuomo to quadruple customer-sited solar energy in New York State by 2013.
 
Through the CSI, LIPA will purchase, through June 30, 2014, up to 50 MW of solar generation located on its customers’ premises through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) whereby the owner of the solar system is paid a fixed rate by LIPA for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of renewable energy generated over a 20-year term. This type of standard offer, performance-based incentive to help grow mid-to-large solar installations across Long Island has been used successfully by other utilities in the United States, Canada and Europe. The CSI builds off the success of LIPA’s Solar Pioneer and Entrepreneur Program and its first 50 MW utility-scale project.  For further information on LIPA’s Clean Solar Initiative visit the LIPA website at www.lipower.org/FIT.

SMUD, Partners Kick-off Energy Storage Project

For the next 18 months, 42 Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) households will help determine what happens when a home is partially powered by a large battery. SMUD officially launched the project at the Anatolia subdivision, a SolarSmart Homes® community in Rancho Cordova, California.  The $5.9 million demonstration project will determine how battery storage can help provide extra capacity during times of peak demand, such as the hottest hours during the summer. In addition, because the homes in the demonstration project are high-efficiency SolarSmart Homes with the latest in rooftop solar, the project will provide a better sense of how photovoltaic systems can be integrated to take advantage of the smart grid.  The project is funded by a $4.3 million grant from the Department of Energy, with the remainder coming from SMUD, the California Energy Commission and SunPower, Corporation.

NASEO-ASERTTI CHP Webinar: Ohio’s Statewide Effort to Move CHP Forward

Please join NASEO and ASERTTI for a webinar on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM EST,
illustrating how Combined Heat and Power (CHP) policy and legislation recently moved forward in Ohio.  With the support of public and private stakeholders and leadership from the governor, Ohio recently passed Senate Bill 315, which promotes CHP projects by specifically making CHP a qualifying resource within the state’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard.  Through the actions of key players such as the Ohio Environmental Council and Recycled Energy Development, legislation was developed that allows CHP in the state to take greater advantage of natural gas resources and support economic development opportunities.  ASERTTI member Energy Resources Center of University of Illinois at Chicago’s role in providing CHP technical expertise and information was also key to Ohio’s success.
 
Webinar presenters will discuss the activities leading up to Ohio’s groundbreaking CHP policy, the development of the legislation, and perspectives on the implementation challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  Presenters will include: David Terry, Executive Director, ASERTTI; Chad Smith, Deputy Chief, Office of Energy, Ohio Department of Development; Trish Demeter, Director of Clean Energy Campaigns & Legislative Affairs Associate, Ohio  Environmental Council; Jennifer Kefer, Senior Research Associate Project Manager, Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, David Gardiner & Associates; Melissa Mullarkey, Policy Associate, Recycled Energy Development; and, Katrina Pielli, Acting Advanced Manufacturing Office Technology Deployment Supervisor, Senior Policy Advisor, and Acting CHP Deployment Lead, U.S. Department of Energy.
 
This webinar is open to all NASEO and ASERTTI members.  Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/341509886/106794472.  If you have any questions, please contact Garth Otto (gotto@naseo.org). After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the Webinar.

Streamlined Permitting for Renewable Energy Generation Webinar

Please join the NASEO-ASERTTI Renewable Energy Committee for a webinar on August 9, 2012 from 3:30-4:30 PM ET; examining the various ways in which states have streamlined the permitting process for renewable energy generation.  Permitting fees and the time required to complete the permitting process add to the total installed cost of renewable energy systems.  While permitting processes, fees, and standards are often under the purview of municipalities and counties, initiatives at the state level can streamline permitting practices to better support renewable energy deployment.   
 
Speakers will discuss the problems that they faced in their state, the solutions they developed, and the results they are experiencing after reforming permitting practices.  Speakers include: Leisa Brug, Arizona Governor's Office of Energy Policy; Andy Perchlik, Vermont Department of Public Service; and, Katie Dykes, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (invited).
 
This webinar is open to all NASEO and ASERTTI members. Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/179859006.  Please contact Garth Otto (gotto@naseo.org) if you have any questions.  After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the Webinar.

Preliminary Agenda Now Available for the 2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting
October 10-12 - Seattle, WA

Please mark your calendars for the 2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting, hosted by the Washington State University Energy Program, October 10-12, 2012 in Seattle, WA.  We hope you can join us for this two and a half day clean energy event. The agenda will include discussions and presentations addressing current research, site visits to industrial facilities, and networking with ASERTTI members and guests.  A preliminary agenda is now available.  Lodging and other event details will be posted on the ASERTTI website as they become available.  If you have any questions, please contact ASERTTI Executive Director, David Terry at dterry@asertti.org or 703-395-1076. 

NATIONAL NEWS

New Database Makes Costs of Energy Technologies More Transparent

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) released a new public database featuring cost and performance estimates for electric generation, advanced vehicle, and renewable fuel technologies as part of its Open Energy Information platform (Open EI). The Transparent Cost Database (TCDB) provides technology cost estimates for companies, utilities, policy makers, consumers, and academics, and can be used to benchmark company costs, model energy scenarios, and inform research and development decisions. The database makes it easier to view the range of estimates for what energy technologies, such as a utility-scale wind farm, rooftop solar installation, biofuel production plant, or an electric vehicle, might cost today or in the future.  The new database will soon allow experts outside of DOE to contribute reliable new data to continually expand and validate the cost information available to the public. All data will be viewable and downloadable from DOE's Open Energy Information platform, OpenEI.org, and arranged so users can see a range of cost and performance numbers, as well as reports on potential improvements.

DOE Releases Technology Assessments for the DOE Quadrennial Technology Review

Carried out as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), DOE released seventeen Technology Assessments (TAs). These are meant to be accessible summaries of the techno-economic aspects (e.g., current deployment, historical pace of progress) and R&D opportunities in the most important energy technologies or systems. Collectively, these assessments support the analysis and judgments of the Report on the QTR, available at www.energy.gov/qtr
 
These TAs will serve a number of audiences. Policymakers in Congress, the Department of Energy, and other federal and local officials can use them when assessing options for energy policy and technology R&D. Scientists and technology leaders can use the assessments to inform decisions on what R&D to pursue: whether they pursue priorities identified in the assessments or breakthroughs that alter the view of a technology’s future. Similarly, the assessments provide industry a structured landscape of technology areas―helping companies place their own R&D priorities in broader context. Finally, constituent groups focused on particular industries or policy goals can use these assessments to inform their interests within a broad context.

DOE Announces New Case Studies, Business Models to Support Energy Efficiency Upgrade Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new suite of resources supporting the design and implementation of energy efficiency upgrade programs. Developed through DOE's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, these new resources include six case studies, a business model guide, and a video, all of which leverage the experiences and knowledge of participating partners in testing new program models while upgrading more than 20,000 homes. These tools will help communities across the country replicate successful energy efficiency programs—creating new jobs and business opportunities and saving consumers money on their utility bills.

Focus on Energy EERD Program

Focus on Energy’s Environmental and Economic Research and Development Program (EERD) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the selection of research projects to create new knowledge in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy program design and delivery in Wisconsin.

EERD is seeking proposals for research projects to inform program design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs..The following research priorities have been identified for 2012:
 
Cost effective application of solar throughout Wisconsin
Further evaluation of advanced HVAC
Lighting Market
 
A total of up to $400,000 is available for research projects in this 2012 funding cycle. These funds are anticipated to be awarded across three to five research projects. Any organization with a research project relevant to Wisconsin that fits within program guidelines, whether or not it addresses the three priorities listed above, can apply for a grant from the EERD Program. Proposals are due Monday, August 20, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. CDT.

EVENTS

CHP: Ohio’s Statewide Effort to Move CHP Policy and Legislation Forward
NASEO-ASERTTI Renewable Energy Committee Webinar
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 – 3:00 – 4:30 PM EST
 
Streamlined Permitting for Renewable Energy Generation
NASEO-ASERTTI Renewable Energy Committee Webinar
Thursday, August 9, 2012 – 3:30 – 4:30 PM EST
 
Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium (CBC) Stakeholder Meeting
August 13, 2012; 2 - 4pm
 
Advancements in Energy Storage: Utility-Scale Technologies and Demonstration Projects
ASERTTI Emerging Technology Webinar Series
Monday, August 20, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Energy Services Coalition’s Market Transformation Conference
August 23-24, 2012 – Nashville, Tennessee

NASEO 2012 Annual Meeting
September 9-12, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
 
Balancing Competing Interests: Achieving Efficiency at the Energy-Water Nexus
ASERTTI Emerging Technology Webinar Series
Monday, September 17, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting
October 10-12, 2012 - Seattle, WA