The Initiative was launched on February 22, 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ. During its initial forum, leaders from the utility and renewables industries met to exchange information, perspectives and begin the task of laying out key questions embedded in an overarching question: What is the structure that will both entice and ensure that power generators will profit from their investment in renewable energy? Building on this dialogue, subsequent forums will focus on the most relevant issues related to the scale up and integration of renewable energy into the grid. This approach acknowledges the importance of regional variation in the power markets. Following is the 2014-2015 plan to address these issues:
Forum I: NY, NJ, and CT Tri-state Renewable Energy Generation and Grid Resiliency Forum
June 23, 2014, New York City, New York
This Power Generation and Infrastructure Executive Meeting will focus on expanding the role of renewable energy and distributed energy resources in improving grid resiliency in the NY, NJ, and CT Tri-state area. Technological innovation and increasing competitiveness of renewable energy resources, combined with aging infrastructure, extreme weather events, and system security and resiliency needs, are all leading to significant changes in how electric energy is produced, managed and consumed. NY, NJ and CT are advancing a number of policies and initiatives to drive effective renewable energy integration, micro-grid, storage, and other solutions in the region's power markets to ensure resilient, reliable and affordable power for the region's energy consumers. Leaders from the power, business, investment, regulatory, and non-profit sectors will examine the policy, technical and financial opportunities and challenges relevant to greater use of renewable energy and distributed energy solutions in support of regional grid resiliency and reliability.
Forum II: Renewable Energy at Scale in the U.S. and Europe: Lessons Learned and Best Practices
November 13, 2014, Washington, DC
In recent years, governments around the world, especially several member states of the E.U., have sought to diversify their energy supply in order to increase renewable energy deployment. Likewise, many U.S. States have implemented similar goals with differing policy mechanisms. However, unlike the national renewable energy objectives of some European Nations or the over-arching E.U. policies that guide the bloc's renewables deployment, the U.S. lacks a cohesive national strategy to facilitate the scale-up of clean energy. While this approach creates a complex patchwork of policy and market ecosystems in the U.S., regional and interstate actions can nonetheless be informed by cooperative integration experiences within and among European Nations and U.S. States. In order to advance renewable energy deployment on both sides of the Atlantic, this meeting will focus on the following: transatlantic experiences of renewable integration at scale; the drivers of the expected electricity market reform in the U.S. as compared to the Germany/E.U. experience; effective integration strategies; and shared lessons learned and best practices among transatlantic governments, academia, civil society and the private sector.
Forum III: Executive Meeting: Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement – Co-located at the Retail Industry Leadership Association’s: Retail Sustainability Conference
September 15, 16 or 17, Austin, TX
Major corporations and retailers are increasingly interested in procuring renewable power as a reliable and resilient hedge against rising electricity rates and an important part of their sustainability and stakeholder strategies. This is a very significant emerging business opportunity for the sector. ACORE will advance the unique policy perspectives and finance needs of this sector in support of this growing business opportunity.
Forum IV: Executive Meeting: Role of RE in SIP’s for 111(d) – Co-located at NARUC Annual Meeting
November 8, 9 or 10, Austin, TX
Effective state implementation of EPA’s 111(d) requirements can help drive significant increases in renewable energy generation and help transform the nation’s power markets. Building on ACORE’s 111(d) Comments, ACORE will develop and engage state regulators on options to advance increasing levels of renewable energy generation.