Policy Track: National and International
The National and International session discusses the solar energy and renewable energy issues at the federal level and success stories from other countries on their energy transition. Our speakers will discuss a range of impactful topics related to the effects of federal action on renewable energy industry and policy recommendations to successfully achieve goals of 100% renewable energy in the US.
Description: Curbing greenhouse gas emissions will require a bold new initiative; business-as-usual (renewables and battery electric vehicles) will not suffice. We propose such a bold initiative: Making all energy from solar plants and storing some of that energy as hydrogen for use at night and on cloudy days. Some hydrogen would also be used to power fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), so no GHGs would be produced to generate electricity or to power cars and trucks.
Larry SherwoodInterstate Renewable Energy Council
Description: This presentation will examine the contribution and value that distributed clean energy resources bring to aggressive clean energy goals and the policy changes required to implement high penetrations of distributed clean energy resources.
Paul Fenn, wrote the nation’s landmark Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) laws and has led development of CCA as a platform for energy localization/decarbonization for over a quarter century, particularly the movement in California, which already serves over 10 million Califronians and is expected to grow to 85% of the state in the next two years. Today, CCAs serve 30 million Americans electricity in Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, and California, and new CCA laws/rulings have been adopted in New Hampshire and Virginia. In 2001, Fenn also created the world’s first Green Bonds, which have grown to a $200B/year market worldwide, also spawning the transformative private sector solar/efficiency finance industry. For the past fifteen years, Fenn’s “R&D” firm, Local Power (localpower.com), recently relocated from California to Massachusetts, works with “avant garde cities in climate mobilization.” Fenn is also co-author of the 2018 book of political theory, Enlightenment in an Age of Destruction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
Richard PerezUniversity at Albany, State University of New York
Description: The presentation delineates a blueprint for achieving 100% Renewable Energy penetration at least cost and in a timely manner. Firm/dispatchable RE power generation is a prerequisite to ultra-high penetration, however existing PV deployment policies and practices do not foster this underlying requirements and contribute to keep [intermittent] solar and wind at the margin (i.e., far from 100%). This is because the key ingredients to achieve least-cost firm power generation — resource overbuilding and pro-active curtailment — are not monetizable today. Resolving this issue depends less on technological improvements than on rethinking policies geared to remunerate firm power generation.
Robert FosterCollege of Engineering, New Mexico State University
Description: Irrigation allows Bangladesh smallholder farmers to increase yields and grow an additional crop a year, receiving higher off-season commodity prices. Inexpensive diesel water pumps are used, but fuel and transport costs are significant; as a result farmers typically cannot afford diesel irrigation without ~30% Government of Bangladesh (GoB) fuel subsidies. The World Bank estimates that there are 1.27 million diesel-run pumps used for irrigation in Bangladesh, costing over US$900 million annually for 1 million tons of subsidized diesel fuel. These fuel subsidies are non-sensical for a low-lying country threatened with anthropogenic induced sea level rise due to climate change. Solar water pumps (SWPs) provide an increase in profits for smallholder farmers in Bangladesh and savings to GoB. The lack of credit options for solar irrigation and GoB fuel subsidies are major obstacles impeding SWP sales. Financial institutions need assistance to facilitate smallholder access to credit for widespread solar deployment.
Seth KirshenbergKutak Rock LLP
Brief Pitch: The solar industry has grown in large part to large federal purchases and incentives t okick-start the industry., I wrote a book on the origins and success and I would like to highlight the experience but more importantly what we can learn and how to use the experience to continue to move the industry forward. The federal government is the largest purchaser of power in the United States.