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Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. This essential introduction to renewable energy covers the basics of how clean energy operates in the U.S. electricity grid. The hour-long webinar reviews renewable energy terms and definitions, types and technology, geographic distribution of resources like wind and solar, the basics of transmission and project financing, renewable energy certificates (RECs) and utility green power programs, and REC tracking systems. We will also cover the state of the renewable energy marketplace, including a brief overview of politics, players, and policies.

This webinar is perfect for people new to the industry, and those who want a broad, high-level overview of the clean energy landscape in the U.S.


Center for Resource Solutions

September 03, 2014


  1. RENEWABLE ENERGY 101 What it is, where it is, how

    it works, why it matters September 3, 2014 Jeff Swenerton Communications Director
  2. Outline 1.  What is Renewable Energy? 2.  Basics of the

    U.S. Electricity Grid 3.  Renewable Energy Certificates 4.  Renewable Energy Markets 5.  Renewable Energy Project Financing (Plus: If Renewable Energy is So Great, Why Aren’t We Building It Faster?) 6.  Homework
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  5. Renewable energy is natural, abundant, and clean.

  6. Wind Solar Geothermal Biomass Low-Impact Hydro not nuclear not “clean”

    coal not natural gas
  7. Wind Solar Geothermal Biomass Low-Impact Hydro not big hydro not

    nuclear not “clean” coal not natural gas
  8. The Problem With Coal Americans use 18 pounds of coal

    every day Coal is responsible for 39% of global CO2 emissions Coal provides 40% of the world’s electricity
  9. Renewable energy is natural, abundant, and clean.

  10. U.S. Mix Data: EIA Electricity Data Browser, September 2014

  11. Data: EIA Electricity Data Browser, September 2014 U.S. Renewable Energy

  12. A Megawatt Hour (MWh) is an amount of electricity, about

    what the average U.S. home uses in a month. A Megawatt Hour is 1,000 Kilowatt Hours (KWh). What the Heck is a KWHMWHMW?
  13. Wind

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  15. Solar

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  18. Renewable Energy Snapshot: September 1, 2014

  19. Hydropower

  20. Geothermal

  21. Biomass

  22. grid basics

  23. The Grid

  24. The Grid: 345-499 kV

  25. The Grid: 500-699 kV

  26. The Grid: 700-799 kV

  27. The Grid: 1,000 kV DC

  28. Snapshot: October 9, 2013

  29. Electricity consumption per capita 13,246 kWh per capita in U.S.

    Data from World Bank, World Development Indicators Last updated: September 2, 2014
  30. I want to buy renewable energy

  31. The Electricity Grid

  32. Two Ways to Buy Renewable Energy Sign up for a

    green pricing program. Buy renewable energy certificates (RECs).
  33. The Renewable Energy Certificate

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  35. Renewable Energy Markets

  36. Renewable Portfolio Standards: 29 States + D.C. have an RPS

  37. nd for new renewable energy due to existing state RPS

    policies is expected to b 140 million megawatt-hour (MWh) (Barbose 2013). ure 1. Comparison of compliance and voluntary markets for new renewable ener - 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011a 2012 Millions of MWh Voluntary Compliance (new renewables) a Voluntary vs. Compliance Markets
  38. Voluntary Market Breakdown Figure 2. Estimated annual voluntary sales by

    market sector, 2006–2012 a Voluntary sales for 2011 are estimated as the mid-point of 2010 and 2012 sales. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011a 2012 Millions of MWh Unbundled Renewable Energy Cerficiate (REC) Markets Competitive Markets Utility Green Pricing a
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  41. Project Financing in Brief Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Renewable Energy

    Certificates Tax breaks, permitting Legislative Support (tax credits) Production Tax Credit (PTC) Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
  42. If renewable energy is so great, why aren’t we building

    it faster?
  43. Renewable Integration Issues Variability Transmission Siting High capital costs PTC

    Stress Fossil Fuel Availability
  44. Historic Natural Gas Volatility Henry Hub Gulf Coast Natural Gas

    Price, in $ per Milllion BTUs. Source: U.S. EIA. Accessed October 9, 2013
  45. Energy efficiency first

  46. Renewable energy is the new new thing

  47. Where Are the Renewable Energy Jobs?

  48. Buy renewable energy

  49. Tell a friend

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  51. Jeff Swenerton Communications Director Center for Resource Solutions 415-561-2100 jeff@resource-solutions.org