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New England's Cleantech Innovation Landscape
Most recently I led a New England cluster analysis that documented the landscape of regional cleantech innovation activity. I established a comprehensive database including early-stage cleantech companies and the critical infrastructure supporting them and worked with regional partners to organize a series of roundtables across the region to directly engage the community by leveraging stakeholders’ wisdom to document and understand the networks and entrepreneurial culture in place to support early-stage cleantech companies.
Kimberly Herb Policy Recommendations Example
La Plata Electric Association Co-Operative (LPEA) recently proposed a change to policy 359 in which the
provision of a rebate for a renewable energy installation would be accompanied by a forfeiture of renewable energy certificates (RECs) associated with the total solar installation from the generator to Tri-State through LPEA. The Smart Energy Committee (SEC) of the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado is grateful for the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed policy change and thanks the LPEA board for postponing their decision on the policy change to allow for such feedback to be provided. Upon review of the proposed change, the SEC offers the following suggestions in the form of goals and policy recommendations to meet those goals. The SEC requests that LPEA consider (1) support of competitive REC markets, and (2) member equity as guiding goals when evaluating changes to the Green Power program and policy 359 in particular. With these goals used to evaluate policy alternatives, the SEC recommends the following changes to the Green Power program:
1. Renewable Energy Certificates: RECs forfeiture should not be a required part of the rebate
program. If the funding mechanism is changed to a rate-based system (as proposed below) then
LPEA should not have to rely on REC income for funding. Rather, LPEA should provide the option
of purchasing RECs from customers who receive a rebate. REC valuation should be based on
kilowatt-hours rather than kilowatts, could be paid out monthly, and would be renegotiated after
about two years.
2. Program Funding Changes: LPEA should rely not on voluntary programs, nor on REC purchases
to supplement rebate program funds, but they should move to a rate-based funding mechanism at a
level that adequately funds the amount of rebates they hope to provide (based on an anticipated
increase in renewable energy installations). They might also offer both a rate-based component and
an additional voluntary program that could supplement the fund and increase rebates for local
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