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KEY 2022 INITIATIVES:
Opportunities in Federal Funding for CCAs
It is clear to all of us that CCA is a critical tool, perhaps the critical tool, in scaling up clean energy deployment/access. The Biden Administration has ambitious clean energy goals coming from the top, and within and across several departments/agencies. We are working to connect the dots and expand understanding of and support for CCA among key federal personnel -- i.e., they want/need CCA to meet their energy/climate goals... they just don't necessarily know it yet.
We are also talking through the balance of the (1) smaller wins, vs, (2) big vision.
We are working to empower CCAs to secure funding to level-up their individual programs/projects. Each project that gets funded is a win.
We're also thinking big. What if the feds REALLY bought into CCA as a critical tool to meet their goals? What if there were a larger funding opportunity coordinated across key CCA stakeholders/organizations in different states? Could the Biden Administration come to see CCA as something it wants to invest in in a big way?
LEAN is engaging on two fronts: tracking and engaging with federal funding sources; and organizing CCA stakeholders across the country who are candidate funding recipients.
State by State Engagement.
LEAN will continue to focus its efforts nationally.
1. Monitor legislative and regulatory activity related to energy aggregation
2. Engage directly with State legislatures to support CCA enabling legislation
3. Continue to support and provide strategy and resources to local stakeholder groups
4. Provide support to local governments and offer subject-matter information/briefings as requested
Bi-monthly National CCA Market Webinars
LEAN continues to host webinars to update on CCA activity around the country -- progress, challenges, and regulatory and legislative activity in CCA-enabled states, update on states actively investigating CCA, and guest speakers. Our next webinar is scheduled for February 25. Click HERE to registe
Emergent State Peer Network
LEAN launched this program in the second half of 2021 to connect groups from various states interested in pursuing CCA. Meetings are held monthly and attendance is growing. As of February, 2022, we have representatives from one or more advocacy groups per state in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maryland, New Mexico, Missouri, Kansas and Virginia, who regularly attend the meetings. Our attendees meet and exchange information both in and outside of the calls, and assist each other with networking, document sharing, and advice. If you are interested in joining this group, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. LEAN members are also welcome to join the calls to listen in, lend expertise and resources, etc.
Maintain up-to-date state level information on LEAN’s website.
Provide subject-matter expertise and business connections.
New projects to launch Fall 2022
CCA Metrics Database
LEAN is planning to add a CCA metrics database to its toolbox of CCA information. This database, potentially created in partnership with a national university, will list and track CCA activity by program, for each state. The database, once built, will track CCA growth/attrition (i.e., number of programs, number of accounts), carbon reduction as a result of CCA, CCA impact on a state’s RPS, rates and affordability.
In development, but not yet completed, is an online library available to all LEAN and Peer Network members that provides an extensive list of documents and links including, but not limited to: stakeholder education materials (“CCA 101” slide decks, videos, fact sheets), feasibility/technical studies, state ordinances and resolutions, best practices, etc.
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