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Key elements of feed-in rates and CLEAN contracts include cost-based, standardized contracts that are long term, which allows developers to secure project financing. Incentives for local ownership, hiring of local workers, and use of locally made products can help ensure that these approaches help grow the local economy.
Understanding the effect of flooding on Great Lakes cities and identify strategies to manage the problem of urban flooding. The effects of urban flooding—sewer backups, basement seepage, property damage, and street ponding—collectively cause millions of dollars of damage each year, the survey encourages collaboration among utilities and municipalities, partners and investors in Great Lakes cities.
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has issued a decision and order adopting a comprehensive framework of utility regulations to align Hawaii electric companies’ financial interests with Hawaii’s clean energy goals and customer needs. The performance-based framework adopted by the Commission will focus utilities on performance and alignment with public policy goals, as opposed to growth in capital investments or other traditional determinants of utility earnings. Utility revenues will be based on a combination of annual revenue adjustments, designed to implement cost control and savings for customers, with the opportunity to earn additional performance revenues for delivering performance towards achieving key regulatory objectives. Performance incentive mechanisms include rewarding the utility for supporting low-income customers, promoting grid investment efficiency, and accelerating renewable portfolio standards.
The Solar Incentive Program (SIP) is the most established rooftop solar program in the City of Los Angeles. It originated at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in 2000 with a $150 million investment to incentivize the poliferation of rooftop solar in Los Angeles. With the passage of Senate Bill 1 (2007), the SIP was revised to comply with state law. The updated, 10 year, $313 million program, subsidizes photovoltaic solar panel installation for residential, commercial, non-profit, and governmental customers. This research identifies the geographic reach the program over the past 15 years through analysis of data that is available on DWP’s website and US Census data.
Solar hasn’t been available to everyone. The majority of Angelenos, who are renters, have been excluded from the solar market and resulting savings. LADWP historically has lacked renter oriented solar programs. These barriers have resulted in disparities in who has access to solar energy, with Repower LA research showing less affluent areas like Boyle Heights receiving less than 1% of solar panel rebates. Yet a new program, Shared Solar is expected to be approved by the DWP Board on September 25th, will serve renters, create a more resilient grid, less blackouts, and good jobs.
Facilitating access to available energy efficiency technology as a strategy for reducing energy costs.
Illinois Smart Grid Initiative summary report focuses on growing and maintaining a "reliable, affordable and clean" electrical grid while keeping the following challenges in mind: environmental concerns, significant need for infrastructure investment, new uses of electricity, continued globalization, and increased energy prices. The report breaks down the Smart Grid initiative into four major components: smart technologies, smart rates, smart consumers, and smart governance.
The water industry as a whole is a rising cost sector, meaning that the future cost of water services will be greater than historical costs. In the U.S., the EPA estimates water and wastewater infrastructure will require over $500 billion dollars of capital spending on infrastructure over the next few decades. These projections include $54.8 billion needed for combined sewer overflow (CSO) control, and another $9 billion for stormwater management programs. As communities continue to grapple with perennial budget shortfalls, mounting water infrastructure needs, and overwhelming stormwater pollution problems, we need to ensure we are making the best water infrastructure investment decisions (economically, socially and environmentally) and utilizing funds the most efficiently. This working paper explores how “integrated resource planning” (IRP), a least-cost, conservation-oriented approach, can help improve the efficiency of water utilities, conserve water resources, reduce costs and bolster community wellbeing within the Great Lakes region. Now more than ever, water planning must work to incorporate sustainable practices which recognize the interconnected nature of water supply, wastewater and stormwater management. IRP is a planning methodology which works to recognize these relationships from a least-cost, publicly transparent, and scenario-based planning perspective.