Community Energy Resilience Planning for Local Governments

December 2, 2020 11 AM PST

We joined Tanya Barham from Community Energy Labs and Kate Ringness from SmartBlock Communities for a conversation about Community Energy Resilience Planning for Local Governments. With another record-breaking fire season and associated power outages have brought to the forefront the need to enhance community energy resilience. The Climate Center, in collaboration with Community Energy Labs, SmartBlock Communities solicited feedback from local elected officials and community members on the kinds of technical assistance, policy, support, and financing necessary to advance safe and resilient community energy plans for all California communities. Click here to view the recording and see presentations.

Equitable Access to Clean Energy Resilience in California: Community Energy Resilience Policy Summit online

Presenters: Janea Scott, California Energy Commission; Genevieve Shiroma, California Public Utilities Commission; Carmen Ramirez, Mayor Pro Tem of Oxnard; and others.

August 5, 2020

We spoke with policymakers, Environmental Justice advocates, and Community Choice Agencies about policies to support climate justice and community energy resilience in lower-income communities who suffer disproportionately from pollution and power outages. This summit gave an overview of what the state is doing now for clean energy resilience and what new policies are needed to provide access to clean and reliable power for all.

Resilient Schools – Safe Communities

In collaboration with the California Solar and Storage Association

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.

July 8, 2020

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 presenters discussed 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 addressed 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.

Community Energy Resilience Series – Microgrids: Backup Power for Business

Presenters Shea Hughes of Scale Microgrid Solutions, Catherine Von Burg of SimpliPhi Power, Chris Ball of Bloom Energy, Carolyn Glanton of Sonoma Clean Power, and Kurt Johnson of The Climate Center.

June 24, 2020

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 will convene 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 will include representatives from The Climate Center, microgrid vendors, Community Choice Energy agencies and the Clean Coalition.

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Climate Friday Town Hall on Community Energy Resilience and Empowering Local Communities

Presenters Amee Raval, Senior Policy Researcher at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and Kurt Johnson, Advanced Community Energy Program Director of The Climate Center.

May 29, 2020

Our guests will provide insights into community clean energy resilience, including clean energy microgrids, empowering local governments and communities, utility justice, and supporting California’s most vulnerable communities in the face of the dual COVID-19 and climate crises. Amee Raval has a background in research and advocacy addressing the environmental and occupational health impacts of extreme heat due to climate change. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is leading a transition away from an extractive economy based on profit and pollution and toward local, healthy, and life-sustaining economies. Kurt Johnson previously worked for Recurrent Energy in solar, for the California Public Utilities Commission, and at the U.S. EPA where he founded the Green Power Partnership.

Climate Friday with Ellie Cohen and Ann Hancock on Climate-Safe California

Presenters Ellie Cohen, CEO and Ann Hancock, Co-founder and Chief Strategist, The Climate Center

April 13, 2020

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California is a powerful solution to the climate crisis. Climate experts have called this a unique, bold, urgently needed, and comprehensive campaign that will catalyze similar efforts in other states, the nation, and the world. The Climate Center is working with dozens of partners to seize this moment and enact by 2025 the bold policies required by science that will put California on track for a climate-safe future by 2030. We define Climate-Safe California as having reached net-negative emissions (sequestration greater than emissions or becoming a net carbon sink), achieving initial stages of drawdown. The overarching goal is for California to commit to 80% below 1990 levels of GHG emissions and net-negative emissions by 2030, accelerating timelines for existing state policies.

CCAs and Community Resilience: Responding to Electricity Grid Outages, Planned and Unplanned

Presenters: Geof Syphers of Sonoma Clean Power and Jan Pepper of Peninsula Clean Energy

January 16, 2020

As climate-related electricity system disruptions grow more frequent and severe, we urgently need effective local strategies to achieve decarbonization, resilience, social equity, and security. Community Choice Agencies (CCAs) are uniquely well-positioned to play an important role in helping their communities prepare for and respond to disruptions. They can also play a key role in navigating to a 21st century decentralized electricity system that is very low in carbon emissions, safe, resilient, and accessible to all.