The California Shared Renewable Energy Program: Problematic or Problem-Solved?

April 30th, 2014; 11:30am - 2:00pm PDT / Streamed Panel Discussion: 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT / 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT / 21:00 - 22:30 (Paris - Brussels)

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Community clean energy in California has been an elusive dream for several years, but finally appears on the way to fulfillment.  While Governor Brown signed SB 43, the “Shared Renewables” Bill,  State Senator Lois Wolk was the author and chief protagonist.  The resulting Green Tariff Shared Renewable Program will enable the majority of Californians (actually about 75% of households) who heretofore could not afford renewable energy to now be able to do so. Specifically, participating customers will be able to purchase 100% of their electricity needs from renewable energy, receiving a bill credit from a renewable project as if it were located on their own property.

 

But before the California Dream is realized, there will be a deliberate evaluation of the challenges and opportunities this Bill creates.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will be directing the investor-owned utilities (“IOUs”: PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) in establishing guidelines for the program by July, 2014.  Some of the primary features of the program will include:

 

·      The utilities will allow customers to subscribe to an additional 600 MW of renewable energy.

 

·      Of the 600 MW total, 100 MW must be implemented within communities disproportionately impacted by environmental (and other) pollutants.

 

·      Another 100 MW is designated for residential customers, including renters and those who can’t afford to install their own renewable generation.

 

·      The utilities will be obligated to specifically market this community renewable energy to low income customers.

 

·      The utilities will also be obligated to install the renewable generation near to the areas where the electric load is greatest.

 

·      Maximum individual project size is 20 MW.

 

·      The program is expected to generate about 6,000 new jobs and $2.2 billion in economic growth in California within several years.

 

These and other aspects of the Bill will generate much debate from stakeholders participating within the CPUC proceeding.  In our experts’ panel discussion, we’ll address some of the issues which could arise, such as:

 

1)   How will the CPUC determine the cost effectiveness of the renewable programs proposed by the IOUs?

 

2)    Will intangible benefits (e.g. greenhouse gas reductions) and intangible costs (e.g. grid stability) of distributed generation be quantified and included in cost-effectiveness calculations?

 

3)   The program is supposed to prohibit costs from being shifted  from participants to non-participating ratepayers. Will the costs of the program be allocated equitably?

 

4)   If the benefits from the program extend beyond IOU ratepayers, should non-ratepayer beneficiaries share in cost recovery?

 

5)   Will small renewable developers be able to compete with large renewable developers?

 

6)   How can the IOUs and other utilities be adequately engaged and incented in accelerating the growth of distributed energy?

 

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MA DOER
Renewable Energy Project Coordinator
City of Palo Alto Utilities
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Alion Energy
Director of Sales
Silverado Power
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SIRES Advisors
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AECOM
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Tetra Tech, Inc.
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PHYchip Corporation
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Diamond Generating Corporati
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Cooper White & Cooper LLP
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ENACT SYSTEMS INC.
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City of San Francisco
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Beowulf Energy
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One Block Off the Grid
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3Degrees Inc.
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California Center for Sustai
Program Manager, Solar Rooftop Challenge
SolMundo
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Unlimited Solutions LLC
owner
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
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Langan Treadwell Rollo
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GSSG Solar
Director
Itron
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First Solar
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Green Viking Consulting, LLC
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San Francisco Environment, C
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ICF International
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GreenBiz Group
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UC Berkeley Extension
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Sun Light and Power
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Marin Clean Energy
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City of Palo Alto Utilities
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Western Pacific Solar
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MA DOER
Rooftop Solar Challenge Program Coordinator
National Grid
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Black & Veatch
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DRH Solar and Electrical
Solar Operations Manager
Blue Earth, Inc.
Business Development Manager
Sustainable Power Group
Project Developer
DPM Associates
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M2MGurus
CEO
Environmental Defense Fund
Energy Policy Fellow
Sungevity
Deputy Director of Government Affairs
CECC
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Alameda County
Management Associate
Sunible
Communications Director
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Business Development Manager
BrightCurrent
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Pacific Gas and Electric
Senior Renewable Energy Analyst
Everybody Solar
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California Energy Markets
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Silver Hill Partners
Prinicipal
San Francisco Dept of the En
Director, Residential Energy Efficiency
CPUC
Analyst
First Solar
Development Analyst
California Public Utilities
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Petra Systems
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Clean Coalition
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Lawrence Berkeley National L
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City/County of San Francisco
Renewables Associate
CA Center for Sustainable En
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Panasonic Eco Solutions
C&I Solar Solutions
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Speakers
Gabe Petlin
California Public Utilities Commission
Senior Regulatory Analyst, Energy Division
Susannah Churchill
The Vote Solar Initiative
Regional Director, West Coast
Jeff Kayes
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Of Counsel
Michael Wheeler
Recurrent Energy
Senior Director of Policy
Jeremy Waen
Marin Clean Energy
Regulatory Analyst
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Moderators
Sachu Constantine
California Center for Sustainable Energy
Policy Director