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Webinar Series: Summer 2020

In preparation for the 2020 wildfire season and associated power shutoffs, organizations across California are exploring opportunities to advance energy resilience solutions amidst the COVID-19 crisis. In order to provide practical information regarding both the immediate need to keep critical facilities powered, as well as long-term opportunities to simultaneously advance local resilience and climate goals, The Climate Center is hosting a free webinar series. The series will start with sector-specific presentations in June and culminate in a policy summit in August.

Upcoming Webinars

Community Energy Resilience Policy Summit

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

In collaboration with the California Energy Commission

The basic architecture of California’s electricity system hasn’t changed over the past hundred years, notwithstanding substantial technological advancements.  Power no longer flows one way, from distant large power plants to cities and homes. It is now possible for power to flow back and forth locally within a distribution system.    With the implementation of the state’s renewable energy goals, the growth of smart appliances and electric vehicles, and dramatically declining prices for clean energy, a cleaner, decentralized grid is now possible – which would entail substantial changes in how our electricity system is managed.   This will require utility regulatory reform and new funding to empower local governments to be in charge of siting decisions about new energy infrastructure.

The elements of the needed policy reforms to achieve to this transformation are starting to become clear.  This year in the California legislature, numerous bills have been introduced which can help achieve these policy priorities, including SB 1314  (introduced by Senator Bill Dodd) which requires the Strategic Growth Council to develop a grant program for local governments interested in developing clean energy-based community energy resilience plans, and also SB 1240 (introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner), which requires the California Energy Commission to identify and evaluate options for transforming the electricity distribution system to becoming an open local electricity market.    The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis has slowed California’s clean energy policy progress, although there is still an opportunity to enact needed reform through both legislative and regulatory action.  The Policy Summit will highlight the latest legislative and regulatory developments related to transitioning to a new California energy infrastructure that is clean, affordable, resilient, equitable, and safe.

To register click here.


Contacts for additional information

Sponsorship: Barry Vesser; barry@theclimatecenter.org, 707-525-1665, ext. 11

Agenda: Kurt Johnson; kurt@theclimatecenter.org, 970-729-5051

Event Management: Amanda Begley, amanda@theclimatecenter.org, 213-840-8803

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Past Webinars

Community Energy Resilience for Local Governments

June 10, 2020

In collaboration with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC)/ Local Government Commission

This webinar provided practical information about technical and financial resources available to local governments to implement clean energy resilience initiatives. Presentations highlighted case studies and model strategies to build community energy resilience covering both the immediate need to keep critical facilities online, as well as long-term opportunities to simultaneously advance local climate goals and deliver tangible benefits to communities. Speakers included representatives from The Climate Center, Community Energy Labs, California Energy Commission, Terra Verde Energy, and Reimagine Power.

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Microgrids: Backup Power for Business

June 24, 2020

In collaboration with Business for Clean Energy and the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy

Power shutoffs in 2019 cost California businesses millions of dollars. Battery storage installed for backup purposes can provide value to a business even when the grid is fully functioning.  This webinar convened industry experts to address the following questions: What are some real-world examples of microgrids? What is possible now from a technical perspective? What is the cost benefit analysis? What kind of financing is available? What is possible now from a legal/regulatory perspective? What are the barriers that are preventing rapid expansion of microgrids? How can those barriers be overcome? Speakers included representatives from The Climate Center, microgrid vendors, Community Choice Energy agencies and the Clean Coalition. To see speaker bios, click here.

Resilient Schools – Safe Communities

July 8, 2020

In collaboration with the California Solar and Storage Association

Power shutoffs in 2019 disrupted the schedules of local schools across California. Increasing wildfires have threatened life and property and frequently left evacuees with nowhere to go. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn will only compound this crisis, hampering people’s ability to find shelter in an emergency.  In this webinar we will discuss solar plus battery storage applications and microgrids for school and community needs. These technologies have the ability provide schools with significant financial benefits (savings & revenue) while simultaneously providing a resource for backup power during grid outages.  During the webinar, industry experts will address subjects including the following: the financial & resiliency benefits that solar plus battery facility microgrids can provide; available incentives; key considerations for increasing speed and scale; steps to evaluating and deploying projects. Presenters: Craig Lewis of the Clean Coalition, David Burdick of TerraVerde Energy, Scott Murtishaw of the California Solar and Storage Association and Ann Hancock of The Climate Center.

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