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"Community Sourced Financing for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects"

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Initiatives for Promoting City/Utility Cooperation

Join us live online Thursday December 10th at 9 AM PT - 10 AM MT - 11 AM CT - 12 Noon ET
To hear Gerry Braun, Integrated Resources Network

Currently, both cities and energy utilities engage with local residents and businesses, but they do not routinely engage with one another as providers of mutually dependent services. In an increasingly decentralized energy future, engagement in pursuit of effective infrastructure and service integration will be required.

Gerry Braun, founder of the Integrated Resources Network (IRESN) and chair of Communities for Advanced Distributed Energy Resources (CADER), will describe initiatives to bring cities and the energy utilities that serve them into closer two way communication. He will present an update on policies, regulatory proceedings and new energy service models that are creating an urgent need for more robust dialog. For example, the community choice movement is rapidly gathering momentum against a backdrop of state policies and proceedings targeting deployment of distributed energy resources. Gerry will also review the experience gained through state and USDOE sponsored community scale renewable integration projects managed by local jurisdictions. These geographically diverse projects adapt technology to local resources, inform planning and demonstrate cost-effective solutions. Project experience points to currently unmet needs for expanded, timely and coordinated data mining and access. Meeting these needs will inform project and energy user economics and avoid sub-optimal energy infrastructure investments by utilities.

Topics Covered include:

  • Lessons from Community Scale Renewable Energy Integration Projects
  • City/Utility Information and coordination Gaps
  • Community Choice and Local Energy Integration
  • Regulatory and market changes enabling local clean energy integration - coordinated city and utility data mining and access
  • Initiatives to promote city/utility cooperation and dialog

About the Presenter

Gerry Braun, Integrated Resources Network
In addition to being chair of Communities for Advanced Distributed Energy Resources (CADER), Gerry Braun is a founder and member of the Integrated Resources Network, a growing community of pragmatic innovators working for a smart and clean energy future. He is also a founding and active member of the Solar Circle and recently completed a two year term as Chairman of the Gas Technology Institute's Public Interest Advisory Committee. Gerry's knowledge of energy markets, electricity systems and clean energy supply industries is rooted in his work over the years with leading firms and agencies such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Bechtel, Southern California Edison Company, BP Solar, Standard Solar, the US Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission and the UC Davis Energy Institute. He organized and directed major US and California renewable energy R&D programs and held senior executive, marketing and business development roles in global and local solar companies.


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