Supporting Inclusive and Competitive Growth in the Green Economy

Renewable energies have become more competitive and affordable than ever before, but more can be done to reduce costs and ensure that the benefits of these clean, sustainable energy resources are accessible to everyone. In 2015, attendees in the Renewable Energy Working Group will explore collaborative projects that increase the affordability of investments in renewable energies and ensure that growth is inclusive of all communities and customers.

2015 Subtopics

Community-Based Approaches

Communities can leverage local assets and cross-sector partnerships to advance clean energy solutions. Attendees will discuss various community-based strategies, such as implementing Community Solar and aggregation models, utilizing public and non-profit buildings as anchors of renewable energy adoption, and expanding financing models that make renewable energy more accessible and affordable for everyone.

Utility Business Models and Market Reform

Utilities, grid operators, and states face new opportunities and challenges as a result of greater renewable energy and new technologies on the electric grid. Attendees will develop strategies that adapt business models to accommodate increased distributed energy resources.

Private Sector Investment

More businesses view solar, wind, and other renewables as smart economic and social responsibility investments. Attendees will explore the role and opportunity for the private sector to engage in renewable energy investment.

Innovative Commitments

Launching the Market for Electric School Buses

By:National Strategies; PJM Interconnection; Ernst & Young
Partners: County Of Los Angeles; Drive Oregon; NRG Energy, Inc.; EV Grid

In 2013, National Strategies, PJM Interconnection, Ernst & Young, and their partners committed to design and execute two school district pilot projects that will demonstrate the economic viability of transitioning to battery-electric school buses without increasing the cost of student transportation. The partners targeted the procurement of eight vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capable electric school buses. The commitment has secured $2.2 million from entities in California to fund six school buses in three school districts within the state.

Solar Faith and Empowerment Initiative 

By: The Solar Foundation
Partners: The Rainbow PUSH Coalition

In 2014, The Solar Foundation partnered with The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and committed to create an outreach initiative to accelerate adoption of solar energy technology by America’s houses of worship. The initiative will reach three houses of worship in year one and 10 the following year, in hopes of inspiring further action. Anticipated benefits include job creation, lower electricity costs for participating houses of worship, and long-term emissions reductions.

Building a Predictive Grid in the Motor City

By: Tollgrade Communications
Partners: DTE Energy

In 2014, Tollgrade Communications and its partner committed to build a Predictive Grid around the Detroit metropolitan area. Tollgrade will use their smart grid sensors and predictive grid analytics software to preemptively identify and address power problems. Tollgrade will analyze the data to assess the economic and environmental benefits of avoiding power outages, publish its findings to highlight best practices, and educate industry players and policy makers.

Voices from the Meeting

Donnel Baird

Donnel Baird, a participant in the 2014 Modern Grid Working Group, shares how clean energy retrofits in community buildings in inner cities will not only lower energy costs, but decrease carbon emissions and create “green jobs” for unemployed workers. Read his story

Featured Past Participants

Apex Clean Energy
Constellation Energy
City of Chicago

Distributed Sun 
Enphase Energy
Morgan Stanley
National Grid
NRG Energy
PJM Interconnection
Rocky Mountain Institute

San Diego Gas and Electric 
United States Army
U.S. Department of Energy 
Vestas Wind Systems