The growth of clean energy continues
December 21, 2015 – Fourth Quarter Newsletter                                            twitter linkedin youtube googleplus
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It has been another huge year for accelerating the transition to renewables. In Paris earlier this month, 195 countries adopted a global climate accord to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This builds upon momentum already underway in the United States, where the investment tax credit was just extended and renewable energy now makes up the majority of new additions to electricity generating capacity. An increasing number of state and local governments are actively supporting this transition. California and Hawaii, for example, both recently passed strong policies to continue growth of customer-sited renewables, with regulators in the Golden State adopting our recommendation to remove the 1 megawatt limit on net metered projects. In New York, the governor recently called for the state to meet a 50% renewables target by 2030. And the City of San Diego just set a legally binding target to be 100% renewable by 2035 — the first major American city to make this pledge.
The Clean Coalition is proud to be advancing policy and deployments in both California and New York that will help turn renewable energy goals into reality.
In New York, our Long Island Community Microgrid Project is the first NY Prize-sponsored project to complete its Stage 1: Feasibility Study. The Long Island Community Microgrid Project shows the way to avoid $300 million in transmission upgrades to the East End of Long Island, while directly avoiding transmission infrastructure investments and avoided peak energy costs that more than pay for the entire Project. The Long Island Community Microgrid Project will provision about 50% of the total energy consumed by the thousands of customers in its footprint from local solar and provide enhanced resilience from solar-driven backup power to multiple critical facilities.
Our Hunters Point Community Microgrid Project — located in San Francisco — was recently awarded a Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation grant. Says Matt Servatius, SVP and head of global cleantech at Wells Fargo: "We are pleased to support the Clean Coalition project in Bayview-Hunters Point. It highlights the importance of leveraging different renewable, storage, and energy efficient technologies to drive an economical solution for our communities."
Complementary to the Clean Coalition's Community Microgrid efforts, a flurry of policy activity is underway. We have launched a campaign to fix Transmission Access Charges (TAC), which are currently misapplied to local renewable energy in California. We also recently published a timely analysis on the tax implications of various distributed generation policies.
Please see below for more details, and as always, thank you for supporting the Clean Coalition and its pursuit of making clean local energy accessible now. We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to adding to the tremendous momentum as we charge into 2016.
Craig Lewis
Founder and Executive Director

Residents rally behind the Hunters Point Community Microgrid Project

Bayview-Hunters Point residents, businesses, and community leaders are helping advance the Hunters Point Community Microgrid Project in San Francisco, which will create jobs and fulfill at least 25% of total electric energy consumption in the area through local renewables.


Campaign to fix Transmission Access Charges (TAC) gains support

The Clean Coalition, with support from a range of organizations, is working to correct a major market distortion that hinders growth of local renewables.

New report: Tax implications of distributed generation policies
The Clean Coalition conducted an analysis to compare the tax impacts on a residential customer-generator under a feed-in tariff (FIT) program as opposed to net energy metering (NEM).

Featured event: Grid Modernization Forum

The Clean Coalition is proud to be a media partner for the Grid Modernization Forum, which will take place January 19-20, 2016 in Chicago, IL.

Featured event: Solar Power Colorado
The Clean Coalition is a proud partner organization for the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association's (COSEIA) Solar Power Colorado 2016 conference, which will take place on March 7-9 in Broomfield, CO.

Featured event: Microgrid Markets Summit East

John Bernhardt, Outreach & Communications Director for the Clean Coalition, will speak at the Microgrid Markets Summit East, which will take place on March 16-18, 2016 in Washington D.C.

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