SEIA, HBCU Coalition Join in National Effort to Increase Diversity of Solar Industry’s Workforce

Published By: Solar Industry Trade Association (SEIA) Wednesday, Sep 19 2018

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With a goal of making the solar workforce and solar communities more diverse, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Development Action Coalition (HBCU-CDAC) have begun a new effort to increase recruitment of African-American students into the industry.

SEIA and the HBCU-CDAC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to begin a comprehensive effort to help the solar industry recruit and employ more students from the nation’s 101 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This will include hosting a national jobs fair, individual jobs fairs at the HBCU schools and bringing solar companies to campuses for recruitment.

“Diversity and inclusion is one of our highest priorities and, while we’ve made progress, we still have a long way to go to make the solar industry more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities we serve,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “Those of us in solar joined this industry because we want to make the world better for all, which is why we’re excited to partner with CDAC, tap into the talent at HBCUs, and bring more of these students into our growing industry.”

As an outcome of the partnership, SEIA and CDAC will work with participating HBCUs to create a database of students pursuing clean energy degrees, or those interested in working in solar, that will be accessible by SEIA companies. Both organizations will work with campus representatives to foster resume exchanges and coordinate interviews among participating companies.

“As a national community economic development intermediary offering programs and activities that target HBCUs and their host communities, we are delighted to partner with SEIA in exposing HBCU students as well as their faculty and staff to opportunities in solar and clean energy,” said Ron Butler, CDAC’s CEO. “With an ultimate goal of community empowerment and economic relevancy, we see diversity and inclusion in this growing industry from all aspects including workforce and enterprise development.”

CDAC’s COO Henry Golatt commented that “clean energy both now and in the foreseeable future is integral to our national economy and security. CDAC’s goal in this regard is to ensure HBCUs are not only at the table but adequately engaged.”

The new recruitment effort is one of SEIA’s many efforts to foster diversity and inclusion. This includes a best practices guide for promoting diversity in the solar workforce, as well as its Women’s Empowerment Initiative, which provides networking, training and other development opportunities. In November, SEIA is hosting its latest summit, in Chicago, to discuss how to increase women’s leadership in the industry.

In addition, Hopper recently joined a group of 450 chief executives committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, signing the pledge for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. The pledge contains three commitments: making the organization’s workplace a trusting place to have complex conversations around diversity and inclusion, implementing unconscious bias education, and sharing best practices and challenges with others.

SEIA’s work on diversity will continue at the industry’s biggest event of the year, Solar Power International (Sept. 24-26). There, the organization is convening 10 separate workshops to encourage diversity, including conversations to bring more capital into underserved communities, how to make solar more accessible to low-income and low-credit Americans, along with sessions focusing on community outreach, multiple women’s networking events and a job fair.

To see the complete schedule and register for the conference, go to


About SEIA®: 

Celebrating its 44th anniversary in 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 260,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000-member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at

About the HBCU Community Development Action Coalition: 

The HBCU Community Development Action Coalition promotes, supports, and advocates for historically black colleges and minority serving institutions (MSIs), community development corporations (CDCs), and the community economic development industry whose work creates wealth, builds healthy and sustainable communities, and achieves lasting economic viability. HBCU CDAC fulfills its mission of service to its members working in disinvested urban and rural communities through education, resource development, advocacy, networking, and training. To learn more about CDAC and the HBCU Clean Energy Initiative,

Media Contact: 

Morgan Lyons, SEIA’s Communications Manager, (202) 556-2872

John Kagia Industry Analytics New Frontier Data – 2018 Cannabis Energy Report.

Published By: New Frontier Data October 30,2018    NFD-The2018CannabisEnergyReport%20(2).pdf



John Kagia applies his keen understanding of market research, business strategy and industry analysis to help high performing organizations achieve their strategic objectives. Leveraging his years of experience managing research studies for industry-leading clients including Accenture, Microsoft, The George Washington University, and the U.S. Department of State, Kagia brings a keen understanding of how market insights enable organizations to plan, grow, compete, and measure performance more effectively.

Kagia is particularly interested in helping to identify and build sustainable competitive positions. His passion about issues such as disruptive innovation and new market opportunities, has brought him to focus on identifying strategic business opportunities in the fast-evolving marijuana industry.

He received his MSc. in Marketing with a Market Research focus from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. He concurrently studied Japanese at the university’s School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He received an MA in Management from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, and his B.A., Joint Honors, in Japanese and Management from the University of Leeds also in the UK.

Kagia is Past President of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Market Research Association (MRA), and has earned Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) status. He is also an active member of the American Marketing Association (AMA).

As energy consumption and carbon-emission levels have become critical issues within the cannabis industry, stakeholders have been forced to rely on data and analysis based on research
published prior to the deployment of medical and adult-use programs across 31 U.S. states and District of Columbia (D.C.). Though the cannabis industry at large is not a major consumer of energy relative to high-user industries such as the automotive, steel, or medical-care industries, its energy use is significant, and important to its consumers. Although this report focused primarily on electricity-based energy consumption, based on the analysis of the data in the data set, energy use in the cannabis industry requires further study, particularly given that energy consumption is expected to increase 162% from 2017 to 2022. Understanding consumption data becomes vital in planning for the industry’s future.

While energy providers, regulators, and legislators are looking for credible data on cannabis cultivation energy consumption, many other key stakeholders need such data. Operators, investors, supply-chain and services providers are all leveraging data in the emerging space: As the industry continues to expand in both scale and reach, that intelligence represents a tremendous opportunity for further such research. By analyzing energy usage and costs, a business can assess its standing relative to others within cannabis and in other sectors. By establishing and tracking key indicators, including annual production, annual electricity consumption, canopy area, cultivation type and lighting used, a company can identify its cost drivers and develop ways to reduce them.

Given the fixed costs in cannabis production, the ability to identify and reduce electrical use can offer considerable competitive advantages. New Frontier Data’s mission is to elevate the discussion around the legal cannabis industry globally by providing unbiased, vetted information and educating stakeholders to make informed decisions. We provide individuals and organizations operating, researching, or investing amid the cannabis industry with unparalleled access to actionable industry intelligence and insight, helping each to leverage the power of big data to succeed in a fast-paced and dynamic market. As the global leader in big data analytics for legal
cannabis markets, New Frontier Data is dedicated to publishing reports of the highest industry caliber. We hope that you enjoy all the benefits of this one as you shape your strategy and action plan within the cannabis industry!

Giadha Aguirre de Carcer
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, New Frontier Data

A Conversation With Rory Christian Director, New York Clean Energy

Published: Environmental Defense Fund : OCTOBEER 30,2018

Rory Christian

Before joining EDF, Rory was the Director of Energy Finance and Sustainability for the New York City Housing Authority. In this role, he managed the authorities $500M utility budget while promoting energy efficiency infrastructure projects and energy conservation initiatives among employees and residents.

Prior to his role at NYCHA, Rory worked to develop the Public Sector Business unit of Constellation Energy, where he developed new business products and tailored internal operations to effectively pursue opportunities with federal, state, and local government agencies.


Rory has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from CUNY Grove School of Engineering and an MBA from the CUNY Zicklin School of Business.

Areas of expertise:

Energy policy, utility business models, energy efficiency, smart grid

As EDF’s Director, New York Clean Energy, Rory Christian focuses on energy and clean air in New York. Rory works with state and city officials, the Public Service Commission, and large utilities such as Con Ed to develop policies supporting an evolving utility landscape. He also works with the Green Bank and private sector clean energy companies to develop opportunities for financing clean energy projects in New York state and New York City.

Department of Energy Webinar

Publisher: U.S._Department_of_Education Date: October 18, 2018

ebinar: Supercharge Your Building Science Education with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Monday, October 22, 2018 2:00-3:30 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® is a collegiate competition, comprising 10 contests, that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. DOE is excited to join two student building design competitions, Solar Decathlon and Race to Zero, into one new Solar Decathlon competition. Winning teams blend architectural and engineering excellence with innovation, market potential, building efficiency, and smart energy production. Simply put, there’s nothing else like it.

If you are a student or a faculty member, attend this webinar to learn how to supercharge your classroom experience with the hands-on Solar Decathlon. Learn about various options for entering the competition and hear from Shannen Martin, a member of the 2018 winning team from Prairie View A&M University. Applications are due November 6, so register for the webinar, then get your team together and apply to compete!



Focused on the Future: Innovation and Investment at HBCUs

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – Wednesday, October 24, 2018                                                                                             Chauncey Conference Center
1 Chauncey RoadPrinceton, New Jersey 08541 US                                                                                                                     Focused on the Future: Innovation and Investment at HBCUs                                                                              Agenda

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

12:00 p.m Check in and Lunch
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Meeting Overview

Michael Nettles, ETS & Hal Smith, National Urban League

1:30 p.m. Setting the Scene: Overview and Presentation of Topics

• Introduction to Funding: TITLE V AND TITLE III, PART F: A Retrospective and Projection on funding

Speakers: Antonio Flores, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, David Wilson, Morgan State University• Leveraging Federal Financing for Access and Completion

Speaker: Barmak Nassirian, American Association of State Colleges and Universities• Leveraging Federal Financing to Institutions to Support Student Success

Speakers: Stephen Katsinas, University of Alabama, Lezli Baskerville, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAEFEO)• Preparing Teachers for Elementary and Secondary Education and 21st Century Classrooms

Speaker: Leslie Fenwick, Howard University• Meeting the Demand: Opportunities to Learn through Distance Education and Alternative Delivery

Speaker: Joseph Youngblood, Thomas Edison State University• Demonstrating Success: The Case for Collaboration and Partnerships

Speaker: Ronald Marlow, National Urban League

3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Participants will break into groups to discuss one of the above topics with the goal of identifying opportunities to collaborate on a plan of action that considers:

• Where are the current partnerships / collaborations?

• Where are the current successes?

• What future successes would we like to see? How do we get there?

• What new or developing work would we like to see? How do we get there?

• What policies need to be put in place for future success? Consider federal, state and institutional factors.

• What are some opportunities for joint-funding / joint-research initiatives?

4:15 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Groups Report Out and Discuss Findings
5:30 p.m. Preview of Day 2 Discussion:

• What has been effective in communicating success to stakeholders and the public?

• Where are the communication gaps?

6:00 p.m. Adjourn
6:30 p.m. Getting to Know You Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Reflections from Day 1

Robyn Ince, National Urban League

9:00 a.m. Panel: HBCUs: A History of Impact and Solutions for the Future


Lezli Baskerville, NAEFEO

Ivory Toldson, The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network

Harry Williams, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Moderator: Kevin Rome, Fisk University

10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Breakout Session

Goals include:

• Opportunities for joint-funding / joint-research initiatives

• Collaborating on next steps

• Collaborating on communication points, broadcasting success

12:00 p.m. Lunch: Groups Report Out
1:30 p.m. Closing Statements and Discussion

Roslyn Artis, Benedict College

Hal Smith, National Urban League

Beverly Tatum, Spelman College

2:30 p.m. Adjourn










































































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OCS Sustainable Energy receives MWCOG Climate and Energy Leadership Award

Author :
“Bannerman, Erica S.”   esbbannerman  Date 10/18/18

MWCOG Awards_Leaders

In this issue:

Prince George’s County Sustainable Energy Program receives COG’s 2018 Climate and Energy Leadership Award

We are honored to announce Prince George’s County, Office of Central Services, Sustainable Energy Program received the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Climate and Energy Leadership Awards for outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and advance regional goals established by leaders at COG.

The awards were distributed Wednesday at the October COG Board of Directors Meeting by its Chairman, Loudoun County Supervisor Matt Letourneau, COG Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee Chair and Prince George’s County Council Member Mary Lehman, and COG’s Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC) Chair Dr. Gretchen Goldman.  Other pictured below are Nicolas Majett, Chief Administrative Officer of Prince George’s County, Dannielle Glaros, Prince George’s County Council Chair, Todd Turner, Prince George’s County Council Vice-Chair, Erica Bannerman, Energy Manager for Prince George’s County, and Jamee Alston, Management Analyst for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

“This award exemplify our commitment to providing a clean energy, ecosystem-based approach to energy and climate change management for our residents and businesses” said Erica Bannerman, Energy Manager of the Sustainable Energy Program. “Its importance is further amplified by the award ceremony occurring the same week the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released which called for immediate and large-scale action to limit global warming to 1.5°C”.

OCS Sustainable Energy would like to thank our residents and businesses for taking actions to reduce energy consumption, cost, and carbon emissions. We would also like to thank our partners — Prince George’s County Public Schools, Exelon/PHI, The NEED Project, Prince George’s Community College, FSC First, and Employ Prince George’s — for helping us provide superior service to our community.


Please see MWCOG’s press release and Ms. Bannerman’s video interview to learn more about the award.

October is #EnergyActionMonth

This year’s theme:

“Think Globally … Lead Locally.”

As a part of #EnergyActionMonth, we will participate in the events listed below. Please feel free to join us and learn more about the availability of energy efficiency incentives, solar incentives, how to winterizing your home, and much more.

  • 10/9 @7p.m.:  Corkran Memorial United Methodist Church community meeting
  • 10/11 @6:30p.m.: Silver Hill TNI community meeting @William Beanes Community Center
  • 10/12 @10a.m.: Prince George’s Student Environmental Alliance Summit @Kentland Community Center
  • 10/15 @6:00p.m.: Hillcrest/Marlow Heights TNI community meeting @Community of Hope AME Church
  • 10/25 @6:30p.m.: Woodlawn/West Lanham Hills TNI community meeting @Saint

We look forward to seeing you out in the community!

Join in on social media @myPGCEnergy online and use the hashtags #EnergyActionMonth and #myPGCEnergy when using social media!


Check out available Sustainable Energy’s Efficiency Grants

Visit Sustainable Energy Program website to learn more about the County’s clean energy efforts including the TNI Clean Energy Grant and Energy Star Certification & Green Leasing Grant


  • Homeowners qualify to receive grant funds up to $5,000 towards correcting home energy improvements and then can become eligible to receive up $10,000 to own their rooftop solar system!
  • Commercial Buildings can get a piece of the pie too! Multifamily and Office Buildings can receive funds (up to $100,000!) to assist with ENERGY STAR certification.


Funds for both grants can be used to offset the costs of electric energy-efficiency, water-efficiency, and retrofitting measures, and for the commercial grant for professional [engineering] services required to achieve ENERGY STAR Certification.

Visit our website today to learn more about our energy efficiency efforts and initiatives!



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We have launched our social media sites, follow us to stay informed of County sustainable energy efforts (you can also click the icons at the bottom of this page).




As Dominion plans 3 GW of new wind and solar, it surveys customer renewables goals

Dive Brief:

  • Dominion Energy on Wednesday issued a ‘Request for Information’, survey seeking comments from its nonresidential customers on their renewable energy goals as the utility develops its plan to add 3 GW of wind and solar by 2022.
  • The survey asks Dominion’s commercial, industrial and government customers eight questions about their level of interest in renewables as well as the type and scope of projects the customers may be interested in investing in.
  • The questions come a few weeks after Virginia released its 10-year energy plan, which aims to add 2 GW of offshore wind by 2028 along with 3 GW of onshore wind and solar by 2022. Dominion is the largest utility in the state and released its proposed 10-year plan in July.

Dive Insight:

Both Dominion and Virginia’s 10-year energy plans are products of the state’s Grid Transformation and Security Act, which was signed in March by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and allows Virginia utilities to spend their excess earnings on grid modernization and renewable energy investments.

The release of the survey indicates Dominion is looking to gauge its business customers’ interest in renewable energy development and “adapt renewable programs to meet customer needs” as it expands its clean energy development.

“We welcome the opportunity to learn more about the renewable energy targets and goals of business and governmental customers across the state,” said Corynne Arnett, vice president of customer service, in a statement. 

Comments from Virginia business stakeholders regarding the state’s 10-year plan raised concerns about the “uncertainty” of planning for long-term renewable energy procurement as federal tax incentives wind down.

The state also has a 1 MW cap for nonresidential solar customers, which solar advocacy groups said could dissuade larger commercial customers from participating in solar purchases.

Dominion’s survey asks companies and government agencies whether they’ve set renewable energy or sustainability goals, what kind of resources they would support, “whether onsite or offsite”, as well as the size of project and length of time the customer would commit to hosting a project.

From crop to pub, climate change will send beer supply chain costs soaring

Dive Brief:

  • A new study predicts that the price of beer could double because of agricultural shifts affecting one of beer’s main components, barley, caused by climate change, reported Nature.
  • Due to an increased likelihood of extreme heat and droughts, barley yields worldwide could decrease by 3% to 17% by 2099, sending cost increases rippling down the supply chain, according to a study completed by climate-change economist Dabo Guan at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K.
  • Worldwide beer consumption will likely drop considerably as well, according to the study, due to tightened supply and rising prices.

Dive Insight:

Using simulated models of four different possible levels of carbon emissions, the researchers determined the likelihood of extreme weather in barley-producing regions ranges from 4% to 34% depending on greenhouse gas emissions. Tropical areas are likely to see the highest hit in terms of yield, with more temperate climates feeling the effects less.

The next step for Guan was to determine the supply chain reaction to estimate price increases. A global average 100% increase in price between now and 2099 is the worst-case scenario, while a 15% increase in price is the best case.

However, some individual countries may see much greater price hikes than these averages, since the study factored in how much demand will be able to withstand the price pressure. The study predicts Ireland, for example, will see the price of beer increase three times over what it is today.

Unlike with fresh produce, the price of which often changes with seasonal availability and weather events, consumers are not used to fluctuations in the price of beer. Though it is an agricultural product, beer makers work to keep the price steady and absorb any pricing changes in their procurement pipelines apart from periodic increases due to inflation.

This study suggests the supply chain may not be able to sustain this price stability for much longer.

The researchers acknowledged that with the global food supply also threatened by climate change, beer may not be society’s greatest concern, but Guan emphasized that bringing to light the effects on everyday staples could make the wider implications of more volatile weather and rising temperatures more relatable.

Utility spending on major Republican groups outpaces Democrats over 2:1, EPI finds

Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar Generation

Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2018  Publisher: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $46 million in research funding to advance holistic solutions that provide grid operators the situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats. With more and more solar generation coming online every day, grid operators need the tools and technologies to ensure that the electric grid is resilient and energy services are delivered to critical infrastructure. These projects will develop and validate control strategies, real-time system monitoring, robust communications and other technologies to make solar power at the bulk power and distribution levels more resilient.

A resilient and reliable electricity grid is essential not only to the security of the infrastructure powering our economy, but also to the everyday lives of all Americans. DOE is committed to improving the affordability of energy technologies and strengthening the nation’s ability to withstand disruptions, including cyber threats and natural disasters. Solar power can play a vital role in this regard. Improving situational awareness in strategic locations associated with critical infrastructure can significantly improve the reliability and continuity of service of solar-generated electricity.

Approximately, 10 projects, varying from $2 to $10 million in size, will be funded over 3 years. Applicants are encouraged to work with critical infrastructure owners and operators, including state, local, tribal, and territories to take proactive steps to manage cyber and physical threats to improve the resiliency of solar generated electricity.

Learn more about opportunity and the upcoming application deadlines HERE.

A Talk with Lilia A. Abron, Ph.D.,P.E.,BCEE

Our Story

Dr. Lilia A. Abron, the CEO/President and Founder of PEER Consultants, P.C. (PEER) is a trailblazer, a History Maker™, an entrepreneur. She is the first African-American woman in the nation to earn a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and the first African-American to start an engineering consulting firm focused on the environment and its environmental issues. She was also one of the first professionals in the field to suggest and demonstrate that sustainability initiatives can rapidly advance the condition of the impoverished sector worldwide. Remarkable achievements all on their own, they have collectively shaped the unique company PEER is today — a steward of the environment that continually promotes collaboration, builds a sense of community through its work and strives to create a better planet for present and future generations.

Since 1978, we’ve focused on delivering transformative, sustainable, and appropriate solutions to today’s challenging environmental problems — using a personalized approach each and every time. Every day we are realizing our vision as a prosperous and productive environmental company that exceeds the expectations of our clients and employees, while delivering high-quality services that enhance the natural and built environments.

PEER, a full-service environmental engineering consulting firm, provides personalized service to our valuable clients, fosters and maintains long-term partnerships, and hires passionate and diverse team members. We remain true to who we are—environmental stewards—always looking out for the best interest of both the natural and built environments.

As PEER celebrates its 39th year in business, we are proud of how much we have grown and matured, starting with just 3 employees in 1978, growing to more than 100 engineers, scientists, planners, technicians and administrative professionals in 6 offices nationwide and 2 international offices in South Africa today.


Host By: Ronald Bethea

Guest: 11:00  am – 11:30 am est.: Lilia A. Abron, Ph.D.,P.E. BCEE : Topic of Discussion

1. What or the negative  economic impacts  do you see on raising Alternative Compliance Fees on Pepco rate payers in DC B22-904, The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018?

2. What issues would you like to provide some night on concerning DC Solar For All Program?

3. As the only African American grantee solicited by DOEE for fiscal year 17-18,what are your concerns and issues with DCSEU about the proposal point system. That provides and unfair advantage over DC non  based solar development firms over DC based solar development firms?

4. What economic impact do you think attaching the PACE programs for DC residential home owners in DC as a amendment to bill B 22-904?

5. Would you support a amendment requiring a 35% set aside of all the revenues collected for Green Bank of DC have to be with a African American on Bank in Washington DC to finance minority contractors.


Author: Larry Pearl Editor, Utility Dive 10/16/18

Change — that’s the operative word in the electric utility sector today. The industry is undergoing a fundamental transition as it moves away from a centralized, baseload-focused past to a more distributed, renewable future.

But how did we get here and where is this all going? Utility Dive takes an in-depth look at six key issues driving the utility sector today — from the growth of electric vehicles in the U.S. to the modernization of today’s power grid; the rise of state control over electricity markets to new and innovative ways for determining how customers pay for their electricity.

We cover all that along with a look at the future of natural gas in the U.S. and how states are dealing with successors to net metering to continue promoting solar.



We welcome your feedback via the email and Twitter links below.

As always, thank you for reading Utility Dive.

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How Your Local Electeds Can Support Clean Energy

Author: John Farrell DATE: 25 SEP 2018 Published: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

How Your Local Electeds Can Support Clean Energy

Municipal elections often fall off the radar during national ones, but cities retain a surprising amount of power over their energy future. What can you ask a local candidate or elected official to pursue? The following list of 11 resolutions, actions, and rules can make your local city council or mayor a clean energy champion.


Go for 100%: Over 70 U.S. cities have set goals to get all of their electricity from renewable sources within 15-20 years, offering lower costs and more local energy production. Listen to podcasts with the pioneers––

Commit to developing local renewable energy: In Taos, N.M., and Minneapolis, Minn., city officials have set goals to capture the economic benefits of local renewable energy resources. Read the resolution from Taos––

Municipal Actions

Transform city lighting: 35 Pennsylvania towns went in together to bulk purchase LED street lighting and will save $1.4 million per year. Read the news about big savings––

Blanket city buildings with solar power: Dozens of cities––including Kansas City, Mo.; Raleigh, N.C.; and New Bedford, Mass.––have cut energy costs by investing big in solar on public buildings. Preview the report and podcasts––

Switch city vehicle fleets to electricity: Houston, Tex., saved over $100,000 per year by switching 27 fleet vehicles to all-electric Nissan LEAFs. Read the case study––

Fund local energy investment with utility franchise fees: Minneapolis, Minn., raised fees on electricity and gas bills by 0.5% to create a fund supporting clean energy deployment and access for city residents and businesses. Read the news release––

See stories of implementation and an interactive way to browse local energy policies with ILSR’sCommunity Power Toolkit

Rules to Simplify Zoning and Permitting

Minimize zoning and permitting costs for renewable energy systems: Hundreds of U.S. cities have lowered rooftop solar costs by 20% with streamlined permitting. Lancaster, Calif., offers a model ordinance. Get the ordinance language––

Rules to Lower Housing Costs

Require solar on all new buildings: Several cities (and the state of California) lower solar costs by one-third by requiring new residential properties to incorporate it during construction. Get the ordinance language––

Require energy use disclosure on sale or rental of property: allowing prospective buyers or renters to see energy use data motivates property owners to lower energy costs. See who’s adopted it and ordinance language––

Require licensed rental properties to meet minimum energy standards: Boulder, Colo., set minimum standards for all rental properties to ensure renters will have affordable energy bills. See the SmartRegs FAQ––

Rules to Improve Buildings

Adopt the most aggressive building energy code allowed: In several states, cities may set their own energy codes or adopt a “stretch” code, saving property owners millions of dollars on energy bills. See what cities can do, and what they’ve done––

See which states have building energy code authority and other policies states can adopt to support local energy action on ILSR’s Community Power Map

This article originally posted at For timely updates, follow John Farrell or Marie Donahue on Twitter, our energy work on Facebook, or sign up to get the Energy Democracy weekly update.












Doc charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint crisis wins top health award


Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, pictured, called the award "just disrespectful."
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, pictured, called the award “just disrespectful.”
Health officials in Michigan this week honored Dr. Eden Wells with the state’s top award for an eminent career in public health—despite that Wells is currently facing several charges in connection with the Flint water crisis, including involuntary manslaughter.

On Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that Wells was awarded the Roy R. Manty Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Association for Local Public Health (MALPH) and the Michigan Public Health Association (MPHA).

The award is described by the two associations as the “highest individual award given by the local public health community.”

In a statement, Dr. Annette Mercatante, president of MALPH, explained the selection, saying:

Dr. Wells consistently provides local public health departments and practioners[sic] timely (usually immediate), intelligent, expert, reliable, and compassionate support for the entire array of expected and unexpected community health issues that arise daily in our State. Her contribution to the health and well-being of the people of Michigan is huge and greatly appreciated by all those privileged to work with her, and should be acknowledged on behalf of every person who lives or works in Michigan.

Researchers also linked the water crisis to a flood of Legionnaires’ disease cases. The potentially life-threatening disease is caused by Legionella bacteria, which may have festered in the city’s pipes after the improper treatment interfered with disinfectants and released bacterial nutrients into the tap water. Officials tallied around 100 Legionnaires’ cases, leading to 12 deaths in the wake of the water switch.

Flood of charges

Wells’ charge of involuntary manslaughter is linked to one of those 12 deaths—that of John Snyder in 2015. Prosecutors allege that Wells knew about the Legionnaires’ outbreak as early as March of 2015 but failed to warn the public. They also allege that she later lied about when she learned of the outbreak, saying it wasn’t until late September or early October. The MDHHS did not issue a public advisory about the outbreak until January of 2016.

Wells was unexpectedly slapped with the involuntary manslaughter charge in October of last year. The charge was added to others, including willful neglect of duty, misconduct in office, and lying to a peace officer. Wells allegedly threatened to withhold funding from the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership if it continued to investigate the outbreak, prosecutors say.

In light of the allegations, officials in Flint were stunned by her award. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver released a news statement Thursday, October 11, saying:

How is one honored for public health when they did not protect the health of the public? While I understand that we are innocent until proven guilty in this country, this is just disrespectful.

Wells’ legal team and supporters say Wells has been wrongly charged in the case and has championed the health of Flint residents in the wake of the water problems.

An additional 14 current and former state and local officials were criminally charged in connection with the water crisis. Five of those officials also face involuntary manslaughter charges, includingdirector of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services, Nick Lyon.


Transportation & the Environment Public Hearing B22-904, the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018



Tuesday, October 09, 2018
11:00 am
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Wilson Building Room 500
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, DC, 20004

The Committee on Transportation & the Environment will hold a Public Hearing on the following Legislation:

  • B22-904, the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018

The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify should contact Ms. Aukima Benjamin, Staff Assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, at (202) 724-8062 or via e-mail at Persons representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony. Individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony. Witnesses should bring eight copies of their written testimony and should submit a copy of their testimony electronically to

DC Green Bank Development Grant Request for Applications

Author: Jay Wilson, RA, LEED AP BD+C  Published: Date: Tue, Oct 9, 2018

The District of Columbia Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2017 (GFA bill) was unanimously approved by the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) in June 2018 and completed Congressional review on August 22, 2018. The Act will establish the District of Columbia Green Finance Authority (GFA or DC Green Bank) as an innovative quasi-public instrumentality of the District government that will facilitate private investment in clean energy technology and green infrastructure by leveraging private capital, removing upfront costs, and increasing the efficiency of public investment in sustainability.

The District Department of Energy and Environment, Office of the Director is pleased to announce the publication of a Request for Proposals seeking one or more grantees to identify, formulate, and develop the critical deliverables necessary to lay the groundwork for the DC Green Bank, building on work completed over the last year. Successful applicants will provide innovative and thoughtful solutions to the following challenges:

What steps, tools, and information are needed to prepare for the successful launch of the Green Bank and how can the grantee assist DOEE and the DC Green Bank in conducting those activities?

The deadline for applications is November 5th, at 4:30pm. The Request for Application and support documents can be found on the DOEE website, Additional information and questions may be emailed to

An informational Conference Call and opportunity for Question and Answers will be held on 10/11/2018, at 11:00 a.m. The call-in number is: 1-877-784-3995; and Conference Code is: 3127831.

Notice of Funding Availability – Green Bank Development Phase

Published by:Department of Energy & Environment: Friday, October 5, 2018

DOEE seeks eligible entities to provide support for the launch of the DC Green Bank per the District of Columbia Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2017. The effort to establish the DC Green Bank, an independent instrumentality within District Government, is being led by the DOEE. DOEE is seeking applications from eligible entities for the best solutions to lay a foundation for the DC Green Bank. The amount available for the project is approximately $250,000.00.

Beginning October 5, 2018, the full text of the Request for Applications (RFA) will be available on the Department’s website. A person may obtain a copy of this RFA by any of the following means:

Download from the Attachments below.

Email a request to with “Request copy of RFA 2018-1822-DIR” in the subject line.

Pick up a copy in person from the Department’s reception desk, located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.
To make an appointment, call Jay Wilson at (202) 535-2266 and mention this RFA by name

Write DOEE at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, “Attn: Jay Wilson RE:2018-1822-DIR” on the outside of the envelope.

The deadline for application submissions is November 5, 2018, at 4:30 pm.
Five hard copies must be submitted to the above address and a complete

electronic copy must be e-mailed to

Eligibility: The following institutions may apply for these grants:

Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations;
Faith-based organizations;
Government agencies
Universities/educational institutions; and
Private Enterprises.

For additional information regarding this RFA, write to:

91st Annual Convention October 3-5, 2018

Authored by:The National Bankers Association    Published: October 3, 2018

The National Bankers Association, formed in 1927, has successfully met many challenges to enable it to enter into the new millennium as a vital trade organization for minority and women-owned financial institutions and has profited by collaboration on various mutually beneficial business ventures. These types of agreements will continue to aid the growth of the NBA as well as each participating institution. This year has been another successful one for the NBA.

Smaller community-minded financial institutions must be cognizant that convenience and good financial products are important to all customers and, therefore, our aim to be more competitive drives every effort.

The following services are provided by all NBA member banks to major corporations:

Vendor Financing
Cash Management Services
Corporate Trust Services
Sweep Accounts
Certificates of Deposits
Lines of Credit
Business Credit Cards
Lock Box
Commercial Checking
Commercial Money Market
Commercial Loans

Federal Reserve Bank

Partnership for Progress


Minority Depository Institutions and Community Development Banking

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)