The Department of Energy (DOE) held it's last of six Quadrennial Energy Reviews (QER) in Atlanta. The reviews are a program in enacted by Secretary Muniz. It allows all players in the energy markets to provide feedback on energy policy. The event also allowed for public comment at the end of the day. Although we didn't stay for the entire day, Southeast Green got to hear three panels from power company executives and three presentations from Federal government programs. Read in order start at bottom.

 

  • It's important we don't go to crazy on subsidies - Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas Systems
  • Cyber attacks are an increasing concern for utilities but a real and valid concern
  • #Solar does help us in summer but not our peaks in the winter  - Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas Systems
  • In Florida we actually see ourselves as a winter peak demand. @tepco
  • Yes, energy efficiency and renewables can help with peak demand. - Comm. Stan Wise
  • Are renewables and energy efficiency a way to manage peak demand?
  • Consumers have really embraced replacing light bulbs with #LEDs
  • Efficiency in energy is helping manage the grid
  • The utility's job is to make sure the costs are right but the customer has a job too. The utility needs to educate consumer
  • The best way to reduce your electric costs is to reduce your usage which is what LED does without sacrifice - @Cree
  • We have reduced the rates twice this year on the @GeorgiaPSC and the AJC had not given us a whiff of coverage - Comm. Stan Wise
  • If we have the slightest increase of cost in Georgia then it is above the fold in the AJC – Comm. Stan Wise
  • How important is cost in the Southeast?
  • We want to make sure #solar does not drive up the costs for other customers
  • Georgia has the largest unregulated #solar dg market in the country
  • It is only a small select group who want to generate their own electricity
  • We have #solar it is still not as cost effective as solar in the Southwest - Comm. Stan Wise
  • We are continually increasing our electricity diversity with #natgas #renewable and nuclear alongside coal
  • Georgia prides itself on reliable, affordable, dependable electricity
  • Comm. Stan Wise is up next
  • They spend $5 million a year on electricity. Trane is going to save 40% of the HVAC energy use. The overall program will cost $27.2 million
  • The @GWCC_ATL is the fifth largest center in the US and uses the same energy a small city does
  • Trane is currently doing the @GWCC_ATL
  • Trane is deploying energy performance contracting to upgrade HVACs
  • Cree and Trane are both on the demand side of the energy conversation
  • To modernize the grid we need overlay, augment and do it incrementally
  • Our current structure is stable and slow
  • Gaps in Utility Models are starting to show
  • Second panel @CreeLED @Trane @GT_Sciences and @GeorgiaPSC Stan Wise on the panel
  • That will equal a 60% increase of overall installed #solar by 2020 
  • Because Congress extended the #solar tax credits for 5 years will allow 50 gigawatts of solar installation 
  • 3rd party financing financed 72% of residential #solar installations in 2014 
  • We are working on traditional #energyefficiency in conjunction with smart buildings that can talk to each other 
  • They have also put $200 million into a collaborative consortium with NREL labs to explore modernization 
  • We are holding hearings across the country on how the grid should be modernized 
  • They are going reduce the societal costs on outages
  • EE and renewable dept is launching a grid modernization program 
  • We need a more flexible grid 
  • R&D won't get us where we need to go 
  • Costs have dropped dramatically 
  • We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution 
  • Mr. Friedman is in the Energy Efficiency and Renewables DOE department
  • Southeast has had some growing success with #renewable 
  • The Southeast has low electric prices and have done some significant grid upgrade without price increases
  • Hearing from David Friedman
  • Departments across the fed were charged by @potus what should our grid look like in 2045
  • Back for after lunch session
  • One size does not fit all when it comes electric regulations
  • Our goal is to modernize the grid, clean energy, transform client perceptions
  • Hearing from @DukeEnergy
  • If we were serious about saving energy we would fix all our leaking water pipes. That alone could save much water and energy. - AFL-CIO
  • Because of the success of Atlanta's Better Building Challenge - ATL is listed as no 4 on @epa @energystar list
  • However there are a lot of regional solutions in the budget which is the first time that has happened
  • There is very strong bipartisan support for the 2017 budget for energy plans but the numbers still aren't there
  • We believe the regional perspective is very important to decarbonization
  • We need to be thinking beyond first steps
  • Paris was an important first step but only a first step. That is why there are 5 year reviews
  • We need all possible sources for decarbonization of electricity
  • #ClimateChange - I never seen a credible energy system for mid century without a strong demand response
  • #Climate is clearly one of the big issues we need to grapple with.
  • From grid storage to distributed energy to net meter in are all part of this important discussion
  • The electricity as a whole is experiencing dramatic changes which are challenging traditional business models
  • For example during Sandy there wad plenty of fuel but you couldn't pump it without electricity
  • The infrastructure of electricity is the infrastructure of everything
  • The opportunities for input will be many days and built upon rigorous vetting
  • That included $2 billion spent on upgrading oil reserves infrastructure which was woefully out of date
  • 14 of QER recommendations were enacted in congress
  • Inland waterways are a critical part of commodity infrastructure although often overlooked
  • Last year $10.8 billion dollars spent on small business by @energy
  • Our low carbon future represents trillions of dollars growth in the energy sector
  • There are grants for biorefinery, biofuel, wind, solar 
  • All of the loans are built to RUS standards and they are upgrading to include #climatechange
  • Over the last 80 years RUS has invested $120 billion in energy infrastructure
  • Most of the distribution in rural America is owned by electric co-ops
  • There are still challenges for rural America to do electric infrastructure
  • RUS of @USDA does a high number of renewables
  • The @USDA provides grants to rural communities for electrification projects
  • Welcome from City of Atlanta by Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta
  • Welcome from Georgia Tech