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Stakeholder Meeting, December 7, Widener University, Harrisburg

  • Agenda (PDF)Video (MP4)
  • Introduction:
    • Welcome, Introduction – David Althoff Jr., Department of Environmental Protection
    • Opening Remarks – Dean Christian A. Johnson, Widener Law Commonwealth
    • Project Roadmap (PPTX) – Rob Altenburg, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future
  • Modeling Report (PPTX)
    • Presented by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Panel Discussion: Community Solar
    • Maureen Mulligan, Sustainable Futures Communications LLC, Harrisburg (Moderator) Solar
    • Jessica Ennis, Earth Justice
    • Justin Wilson, Clean Energy Collective, Coalition for Community Solar Access
    • Nicole Steele, Grid Alternatives
  • Lunch and Keynote (lunch provided)
    • PAPUC Vice Chairman Andrew Place
  • Information on breakout sessions
    • Rob Altenburg – Workgroup Facilitators
  • Workgroup breakout sessions (Note these were not recorded)
    • Regulatory and Ratemaking – led by Ron Celentano, PA Solar Industries Association
    • Markets and Business Models – led by Sharon Pillar, Solar Unified Network of Western PA
    • Operations and Interconnection – led by Professor Jeffrey Brownson, PhD, Pennsylvania State University

LOW INCOME AND COMMUNITY SOLAR: WEBINAR, DECEMBER 4

Over 100 stakeholders participated in this discussion of the benefits of solar energy at all socioeconomic levels and what steps might the Commonwealth take to ensure this. Conversations and questions about job training, and barriers to and opportunities for greater access to solar energy in the affordable-housing and low-income communities were discussed.

If you weren't able to participate, we highly recommend viewing the webinar (MP4).

Speakers:

  • Erica McConnell (PPTX), Special Counsel, Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger--Overview of what's going on across the United States in low income solar and their work with Interstate Renewable Energy Council
  • Anya Schoolman (PPTX), Executive Director, Solar United Neighbors—Successful low-income models.
  • Andrew Kleeman (PPTX), Energy Executive, SVP Energy Solutions—His experience in Pennsylvania as a solar company owner and energy efficiency project manager, as well as his work on low income solar at ECA Energy Coordinating Agency and ECO-SAVERS.

MEETING PREP WEBINAR, NOVEMBER 16

Approximately 85 stakeholders participated in this discussion of the project progress so far and our project deliverables. Thank you!

Work group facilitators walked through pivotal factors and strategies gathered so far and how they'll factor into the Pennsylvania Solar Future Plan, while attendees asked questions and provided comments.

If you weren't able to participate, we highly recommend viewing the webinar (MP4) prior to the December 7 stakeholder meeting.

Third Stakeholder Meeting: September 14, 2017, Villanova University, Radnor, PA

Alternative Ratemaking Webinar, August 23, 2017

Thanks to the approximately 75 stakeholders who participated in the webinar discussing alterative ratemaking potential impact on PA's Solar Future.

Three presenters: Karl Rabago Executive (Director of Pace Energy and Climate Center), Eric Miller (of KEEA) and (3)Alan Cohn (Manager of Regulatory Strategy, PECO) explored topics such as: the value of solar, time of use rates, buy all/sell all tariffs, etc. Each presenter provided a 15-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of questions, answers and discussion among the panel. We highly recommend all stakeholders view the webinar (MP4) prior to the September 14th stakeholder meeting.

Second Stakeholders Meeting: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

Modeling Webinar: May 8, 2017

Thanks to the approximately 50 stakeholders who participated in the webinar on long-range energy alternatives planning (LEAP) modeling (MP4) for Finding Pennsylvania's Solar Future. Staff from Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) covered about 20 questions submitted in advance, as well as excellent inquiries along the way. The webinar provided interested stakeholders with a great opportunity for further insight into the modeling process. VEIC also gave us a heads up on some of the baseline modeling information they plan to present at the June 8 stakeholder meeting. We highly recommend that all project participants view the webinar at the above link prior to the June 8 meeting.

Project Kickoff Stakeholders Meeting: March 2, 2017,
Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg:

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