Policy & Sustainability

Wednesday, April 17

8:30-10:00 AM Hard Challenges: Soft Costs

Moderator: Jason Keyes, KFW
Presenters: James Tong, CG Dong, Darlene Steward, Robert Margolis, Rebecca Cantwell, Joseph Goodman

From the Trenches: Innovations in Distributed Generation Permitting

Author and Presenter: James Tong, Senior Director, Clean Power Finance, San Francisco, CA

The impact of city-level permitting processes on residential pv installation prices and development times

Authors: CG Dong, Ryan Wiser
Presenter: CG Dong
Affiliations: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA; The University of Texas at Austin, TX

State policy staging to optimize private investment in solar technologies

Authors: Elizabeth Doris, Darlene Steward
Presenter:Darlene Steward, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

Non-hardware roadmap for residential and commercial PV 2012: solution pathways for cost reduction (first edition)

Authors: Robert Margolis, Sarah Truitt, Carolyn Davidson, Kristen Ardani, Daniel Seif, Jesse Morris, Roy Torbert
Presenter: Robert, Margolis
Affiliations: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO; Rocky Mountain Institute, Snow Mass, CO.

Developing Solar Friendly Communities

Author and Presenter: Rebecca Cantwell, Senior Program Director, Solar Friendly Communities, COSEIA

SIMPLE BoS: A collaborations for advanced Solar PV balance of systems

Author and Presenter: Joseph Goodman

1:30-3:00 PM Solar Policies in Unexpected Places

Moderator: Lucas Dixon, Plug Smart

The Milwaukee Power Pack: a new kind of solar purchase program

Authors: Amy Heart, Nick Korth
Presenter: Amy Heart, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Affiliations: City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI; Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Milwaukee, WI

The Milwaukee Model: building solar financing solutions with partnerships

Author and Presenter: Amy Heart, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Successful solar incentive programs grow solar penetration within low-income communities

Author and Presenters: Stan Greschner, George Nichols
Affiliations: Grid Alternatives, Oakland, CA; DC Sustainable Energy Utility, Washington, DC

To grow the solar market beyond early adopters, new market segments must be identified and targeted with policies, programs, and financing options. Two programs will be discussed that have been successful increasing solar penetration in low-income single family residential communities in California and the District of Columbia.

Farmers co-op, Kalona, Iowa: America’s most progressive utility?

Authors: Lawrence Gamble, Warren Mckenna, John Collins
Presenter: Lawrence Gamble, P.E., BS Electrical Engineering, Sustainable Living Department, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa
Affiliations: Sustainable Living Department, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa; Farmers Coop, Kalona, Iowa

Using a multi-attribute technique to assess Wisconsin utility performance in renewable energy

Authors: Don Wichert, Kelly Osborn
Presenter: Don Wichert, Renew Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Specificity of the Individual Energy Supply Systems Creation in Russia

Author and Presenter: Olga Shepovalova, The All-Russian Research Institute for Electrification of Agriculture (gnu viesh), Moscow, Russia

Thursday, April 18

8:30-10:00 AM Workshop: How to Kickstart an ASES Student Chapter

Moderator/Organizer: Rona Banai, Jason Shaw

Shayna Lee – Engineer Tech for Solar Programs, Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy, and Co-Founder of Austin Community College RESA
Jeffrey Brownson – Faculty Advisor of Penn State Chapter of ASES
Lucas Witmer – Co-founder and Former President of Penn State Chapter of ASES
Alejandro Palomino – Founder and Former President of University of Florida ASES
Ben Aring – Co-Founder and Former President of Ohio State University Solar Outreach and Education
Eric Moyer – Co-Founder and Current President of Ohio State University Solar Outreach and Education

Forum- The Connecticut Approach: Driving Down the Cost of Clean Electricity

Moderator: Dana Hall, Attorney at Law

Alex Kragie, Deputy Chief of Staff; Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Bert Hunter, Chief Investment Officer, Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)
Alan Trotta, Director, Wholesale Power Contracts; United Illuminating Company
Christie Bradway, Manager – Renewable Power Contracts, Northeast Utilities
Marc Miller, Senior Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Soltage, LLC
This forum provides an overview of the full Connecticut approach to cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable electricity deployment. Since Governor Dannel Malloy took office, clean energy deployment in the state has increased by an order of magnitude, while the cost of these installations has dropped dramatically. We will explore the ways this has been accomplished, including: a large-scale, reverse auction-structure program called the low and zero emission (LREC/ZREC) program; “Green Bank” financing; a residential solar investment program seeking to deploy no less than 30MWs of new residential PV systems in less than 10 years (using no more than $9 million per year of ratepayer dollars); Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE); and other policy programs.

1:30-3:00 PM Solar Schools & Other Cool New Things When the Worlds of Renewables & Education Collide

Moderator: Anya Schoolman, MIA, Community Power Network, Washington, DC

Stephen Pearlman, Esq. will present his experience pioneering the NJ Morris Model an innovative public/private financing mechanism for solar schools and other muicipal buildings.
Andrea Leucke, Executive Director of the Solar Foundation . They are launching a really exciting new initiative called the Brian D. Roberston Memorial Solar Schools Fund that will provide assistance for any school in America that wants to go solar.
Tyler Espinoza, Project Manager from the private firm Optony who will talk about a really innovative bulk purchase they are doing with Schools and other public buildings in DC, MD, and VA. This is built on other succesful projects they have executed in California and elsewhere.
Emily Stiever, Program Director Community Power Network who will give an overview of a new report that highlights the diversity of models across the US taking schools solar.

Schools are stepping up in the world of renewable energy. This panel will profile exciting projects and new business models that will lead the way in schools across the country, from a foundation seeking to place solar on every school in the country, to innovators of the New Jersey “Morris model” who will discuss public/private partnerships that allow municipal projects to benefit from tax-related financing and pay steeply discounted energy costs. A national overview of diverse models to bring renewable energy to schools will round out the panel.

3:30-5:00 PM The Truth About Community Solar

Moderator: Anya Schoolman, Mid-Atlantic Community Solar

Erica Schroeder — Interstate Renewable Energy Council –*Community Solar Policy and Reality*
Linda Irvine–North West Sustainable Energy for Economic Development — “Incentives without implementation in the Pacific Northwest”
Tom Sweeney– COO, Clean Energy Collective
Community solar is beginning to take off in the US, with new laws in a number of states, and legislation for “virtual net metering proposals” introduced in Virginia, MD, DC and passed in Delaware. This effort builds on recent developments in California, Washington State and Colorado and Mass. Community solar extends renewable energy options to a broader group of energy consumers, including those with unsuitable sites or residents of multi-unit housing, and frequently targets systems in the 10K-2MW size, which are difficult to finance. This panel will provide an update on the growth of community solar programs nationally and examine barriers to growth, along with exemplary state incentives.

Friday, April 19

8:30-10:00 AM DOE SunShot Update

1:30-3:00 PM Forum – What We Can Learn From the Germans

Moderator/Organizer: Anya Schoolman, Community Power Network/Solar Citizen

David Wedepohl- Markets & Communications Director of the German Solar Industry Association
Joachim Seel- Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Electricity Markets & Policy Group
In a few short years, Germany has become a world leader in renewable energy, outpacing other countries in implementation of RE electricity generation, PV manufacturing, job creation and a number of other factors. There are now over 350,000 Germans employed in renewable energy – more than in the auto industry. The German government has made it a point to decentralize power generation, so over half the country’s clean power is owned by individuals or farmers, providing political support across multiple constituencies. How far has Germany come exactly? What policies made all of this possible? And what could be replicated in the US? Many people attribute Germany’s incredible success to subsidies, but what are the important policies such as guaranteed interconnection and priority access to the grid that make the German case so important for American’s to understand. How does the policy emphasis on distributed generation affect the political support that solar enjoys in Germany?

Forum- ALEC and the Attack on Renewables

Moderator: Jeffrey Wolfe – Moderator, founder & Former CEO GroSolar

Panelists:Emily Duncan – Director, Governmental Affairs – SEIA
Brendan Fischer – Center for Media and Democracy
Gabe Elsner – Checks & Balances Project
Dave Anderson- Outreach Director, Climate & Energy Program- Union of Concerned Scientists
Special interest groups spearheaded by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and funded by fossil fuel interests, are stepping up efforts to repeal or weaken bipartisan Renewable Electricity Standards (RES) – also known as Renewable Portfolio Standards – in states across the US. Although some states are strengthening incentives for renewable energy, 2013 has seen more efforts to weaken these laws than any other year. This panel will discuss political attacks on renewable energy, a nationwide misinformation campaign aimed at dismantling state-level policies critical to the growth of wind and solar.

3:30-5:00 PM Forum- Net Metering: Solar Rights on the Chopping Block

Moderator: Anya Schoolman, DC-Sun, CPN


Rob Celentano, Vice President, MSEIA, President PASEIA
Peter Olmsted, The Vote Solar Initiative
Richard Perez, Ph.D., Arsc, University at Albany, NY
Like rollover minutes on a cell phone bill, net metering gives renewable energy customers fair credit on their utility bills for valuable clean power they put back on the grid. This simple billing arrangement is one of the most important state policies for encouraging investment in solar — but it’s under attack from utilities across the country. This (panel/presentation) will address the net metering debate head on with a current, fact based look at the state of play with net metering, with a focus on looking at the costs and benefits of the policy. The (panel/presentation) will present an overview of the importance of net metering and will draw upon case studies where net metering assessments are underway, with major overhauls to the policy possible.