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June 30, 2016 – Second Quarter Newsletter                                                  twitter linkedin youtube
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2016 is shaping up to be another year with major progress towards the transition to clean energy. Just this month, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced a date-certain closure of the last nuclear power plant in California that is still functional, Apple announced it would start selling excess renewable energy that it generates, and renewable energy deployments and job growth are accelerating across the globe.
The Clean Coalition continues to reap the fruits of its labor, including a recent grant award from the California Energy Commission for the
Peninsula Advanced Energy Community (PAEC), which is staged to proliferate policies and cross-fertilize projects that facilitate advanced energy solutions like local renewables, energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and Solar Emergency Microgrids. The PAEC covers a core region in southern San Mateo County and a broader region that extends across the entire County and appends the City of Palo Alto. PAEC collaborators include numerous municipalities, PG&E, and a multitude of leading property owners like Facebook, Stanford University, and Kaiser Permanente. In another exciting development, last week the Clean Coalition’s multiyear effort to improve cost certainty associated with interconnection processes culminated in a big victory.
The future looks increasingly bright as the Clean Coalition’s Transmission Access Charges (TAC) Campaign is staged to eliminate the most significant market distortion that currently harms local renewables in California. A successful TAC Campaign will ensure that local renewable energy is properly valued. We are determined to fix a market distortion that is currently robbing clean local energy in California of approximately $0.03/kWh, and we are confident the TAC Campaign will influence similar efforts across the country so that the value of avoiding transmission dependencies is properly accrued to local renewables and other distributed energy resources. The TAC Campaign is summarized in a recent Utility Dive article and is supported by nearly 50 organizations — including SolarCity, Environmental Defense Fund, National Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club California, 350 Bay Area, California Solar Energy Industries Association, and many more.
You can endorse the TAC Campaign as an organization or individual by authorizing the use of your logo on the TAC Campaign
supporters page, or do more and submit comments to the California Independent System Operator. Contact Josh Valentine at josh@clean-coalition.org if you are interested in making an impact.
As always, thank you for supporting the Clean Coalition and its pursuit of making clean local energy accessible now.
Craig Lewis
Founder and Executive Director

California local renewables are getting robbed, but CAISO can help

Nearly 50 stakeholder organizations have been urging the California Indepenedent System Operator (CAISO) to eliminate transmission access charges (TAC) on local generation, which does not use transmission lines.

Reducing risk for solar developers under Rule 21

Many years of hard work from the Clean Coalition policy team pay off to achieve greater cost certainty and transparency under Rule 21, which regulates interconnection, operation, and metering requirements in California.


Expanding access to solar with California's Green Tariff Shared Renewables decision

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a decision last month on the Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) program, which included an important modification proposed by the Clean Coalition’s policy team.

NEM credits paired with energy storage: a solution
The Clean Coalition policy team achieved a win in April for our support of a net energy metering (NEM) bill credit valuation methodology for solar systems paired with energy storage  a solution that allows for more flexibility and provides the greatest overall system benefits.

Peninsula Advanced Energy Community to kick off with strong support

The Clean Coalition’s Peninsula Advanced Energy Community (PAEC) project — which received a grant from the California Energy Commission in March — has gained support from a variety of local governments and companies and is on track to officially launch in July.

Featured event: 2nd NY Energy REVolution Summit
Craig Lewis, Executive Director for the Clean Coalition, will take part in several panels on microgrids and New York's energy future at the 2nd NY Energy REVolution Summit, which will take place on July 26-28, 2016 in New York, NY. Use the code 1606MEDIA15 to receive 15% off the registration cost.

Featured event: REV Future 2016

The Clean Coalition is a proud partner organization for the REV Future 2016 conference, which will take place on September 27-28, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY. Use the code CLEANCOALITION15 to receive 15% off the registration cost.

Featured event: Energy Storage North America 2016
The Clean Coalition is a proud partner organization for the Energy Storage North America 2016 conference, which will take place on October 4-6, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Use the code GOESNA to receive 10% off the registration cost.

Featured event: Renewable Energy Markets 2016

The Clean Coalition is a proud partner organization for the Renewable Energy Markets 2016 conference, which will take place on October 16-18, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.

Featured event: Microgrids Convergence Conference
Craig Lewis, Executive Director for the Clean Coalition, will take part in a panel discussion on microgrid ownership models at the Microgrids Convergence Conference, which will take place on October 25-26, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.

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