Webinar Recording Now Available: Save Money and Build Resilience with Distributed Energy Technologies

Building owners face a range of priorities when it comes to powering their buildings—minimizing cost, ensuring resilience, and in many cases, meeting renewable energy goals. This webinar introduced two tools from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) national labs for assessing potential facility-level energy technology investments: The Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) and REopt Lite.

Presenters discussed strategies for using these tools to incorporate distributed energy technologies to optimize the unique energy needs of their facilities. The content from the presentation was largely based on the recent resource, How Distributed Energy Resources Can Improve Resilience in Public Buildings: Three Case Studies and a Step-by-Step Guide. For more information, access the webinar recording.

State and Local Energy Datasets Now Available

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with DOE, developed this suite of interactive datasets delivering detailed renewable procurement, energy consumption, commercial buildings, and vehicle information estimated for each U.S. city and county. These resources can help inform data-driven energy decision making at the state and local level.

  • Renewable procurement options: An aggregated dataset meant to help cities and counties and utility customers within those jurisdictions understand the options that may be available to them to procure renewable electricity or renewable energy credits and meet energy goals.
  • Energy consumption and expenditures: Modeled electricity and natural gas consumption and expenditures for each U.S. city and county.
  • Transportation data: Data on vehicle registration by fuel type and vintage, showing the changes in adoption of vehicles of different fuel types.
  • Commercial building stock: Modeled data on building type, vintage, and area for each U.S. city and county.
  • Residential building stock: Modeled data on housing type and housing energy expenditures for each U.S. census tract, city, county, and state.

Washington’s Roadmap Grows State’s Clean Energy Sector

Sunset behind wind turbines

With funding from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) State Energy Program, Washington designed a roadmap to help grow the state’s clean energy sector. The state sought to expand its clean technology sector to strengthen the economy and improve environmental performance, but lacked a comprehensive strategy and public-private cooperation needed for establishing and nurturing clean technology sector growth. To solve this barrier, the Washington Department of Commerce developed a roadmap to help policy makers support existing and emerging companies that produce technologies to advance clean energy in the Pacific Northwest.

State data collected after the completion of the roadmap show that gross business income grew by 2.5% from 2015 to 2016 for the industrial sector and employment grew 9.5% from 2012 to 2015, exceeding the state’s 2015 goal by one-third across all clean technology and other industrial subsectors.

For more information on the roadmap, visit the implementation model.

Success Story: Solar in Your Community Challenge

Not everyone in the United States has access to affordable solar energy. To remedy that, EERE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office led the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5-million prize competition to help spur new ways to bring solar to more low- to moderate-income communities, nonprofits, local and tribal governments, and faith-based organizations.

The winning teams proposed 25.7 megawatts of solar energy projects that will save 1,200 households and 18 nonprofit organizations 15% to 25% on their energy bills. If you’re looking to bring solar to your community, these resources can help get you started. Read about how and why the winning teams developed their business and financial models in EERE’s success story article.

Success Story: Southeastern States Plan for Emergency Response and Workforce Development

With financial support from the EERE State Energy Program, the Tennessee State Energy Office, in collaboration with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the National Association of State Energy Officials, conducted Mission Moon Pie: A Fuel Shortage Exercise and Workshop.

Energy representatives from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania convened with federal, state, and local government, and industry colleagues to discuss strengthening energy resiliency and emergency response to situations like fuel shortages and cybersecurity threats. Participants discussed energy resiliency, the federal role in preparedness efforts, regional grid hardening efforts, potential cybersecurity threats, as well as the fuel supply chain and potential vulnerabilities in the system. For more information, read the success story.

New Report Quantifies Offshore Wind’s Impact on a Future Northeast Power System

NREL recently published a report that quantifies the potential impact of offshore wind on a near-future electricity system in the northeastern United States. This study analyzes the Northeast power system in 2024 for scenarios with up to seven gigawatts of offshore wind. The report details offshore wind’s potential impacts on generation dispatch, curtailment, transmission congestion, capacity credits, locational marginal prices, and production cost savings. Download the report.


Webinar: Accelerating Existing Building Tune-Ups in Seattle, Washington

Thursday, March 26, 2020
12–1 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

Building tune-ups aim to optimize energy and water performance by identifying low- or no-cost actions related to building operations and maintenance that generate 10%–15% in energy savings, on average. In March 2016, Seattle adopted the Building Tune-Ups Ordinance. In tandem with the requirement taking effect for large buildings (>200,000 square feet) in 2019, the city partnered with DOE to offer an accelerated tune-up process to the mid-size building market (approx. 50–100,000 square feet), involving a variety of building owners, contractors, and energy auditors.

Speakers include:

  • Nicole Ballinger, Seattle’s Building Tune-up Accelerator Program Manager, who will describe the tune-up program, benefits, and best practices discovered through the pilot process.
  • Nora Wang, Pacific Northwest National Lab, who will describe how the DOE Asset Score tool can support building assessments.

Register for the webinar today!

Infrastructure in the News

Partnerships could lead to solar, renewable energy projects in the Navajo Nation: The Los Angeles, California City Council approved a plan to examine a partnership with the Navajo Nation on future solar and renewable energy projects. 

Largest solar project in South Dakota to begin construction, will generate 128 MW of energy: Geronimo Energy and Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced the execution of a Power Purchase Agreement for the Wild Springs Solar Project, a 128-megawatt solar energy project located in Pennington County, South Dakota.

Michigan Governor proposes $10 million for green bank, clean energy revolving fund: The Governor of Michigan proposed spending $5 million on the state’s green bank to attract private investment and provide favorable rates for consumers investing in renewable energy improvements and another $5 million on a fund for clean energy projects at state facilities.