This two day conference will address the issue of designing and implementing a local system of renewable energy production in California.Governor Jerry Brown has called for 12,000 MW of renewable power generated within the local power distribution grid. Implementing this effort will offer important advantages in California’s drive for clean power – development of local resources, avoided costs of new intercity transmission or remote generation, and additional consumer autonomy. But taking this goal to the level envisioned by the Governor calls for new approaches and new coalitions between consumers, community leaders, utilities and power providers. Some of the challenges include:• financing tools that help build new power sources, but also keep costs as low as possible.• improvements to existing wires and transformers, and new policies to speed connections • policies and techniques to measure and manage power demand and variable power sources • new efforts in local land use, building and fire codes to speed up deployment. Unlike the large utility-scale renewables projects, which compete in a statewide market, these projects are tied to the local grid, and are more sensitive to local conditions. Many of these issues stand outside or straddle the policy authorities of individual federal or local agencies. No one constituency can resolve the challenges in every jurisdiction. The two-day conference will explore these challenges in detail by engaging stakeholders in discussions with experts, regulators and other stakeholder groups. The invitation-only conference is intended to be highly participatory and requires extensive facilitation and advance work. Some participants will take roles as participants or facilitators. All participants will review discussion papers set for each panel, as well as other conference materials (such as a paper describing technologies and their attributes.) For more information visit the official website at http://gov.ca.gov/s_energyconference.php
Local Energy Generation Resources: A Working Conference (July 25-26)
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