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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Making Solar Energy Accessible to Everyone

The Women's Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will hold a forum Tuesday, July 7th at Noon at Energetics looking at designing a successful transition to clean, renewable energy. Nicole Steele, Executive Director of GRID Alternatives’ Mid-Atlantic office will discuss the success stories of providing community-scale solar access at the local and regional scale, where there are often different rules, permitting and incentives. Join Nicole Steele, Executive Director of GRID Alternatives’ Mid-Atlantic office to learn about the success stories of providing community-scale solar access at the local and regional scale, where there are often different rules, permitting and incentives.  She will discuss how GRID works with community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families, and describe what works in which areas and why, including low income solar rebate programs, single-family versus multi-family and community solar models, homeowners  versus renters, and innovative job training workforce development approaches involving schools or veteran communities.   Ms. Steele will also address challenges and opportunities in elevating the solar access conversation to the national level, including policy development and implementation, working with affordable housing developers, renewable energy credits, net metering programs, and GRID’s National Women in Solar Initiative, as part of the effort to transfer what has been learned from the great successes at the smaller scale to clean energy access for all nationwide!           

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How Green is Your Gasoline? An Examination of Recent Developments in EPA's RFS Program

The D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section will host a panel of distinguished government, private sector and non-profit experts that will explore recent developments in EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program. Topics will include an overview of the RFS program, the impact of EPA's recently proposed 2014 and 2015 RFS production targets, the impact of fraud in the renewables fuel market, the so-called blend wall and legislative developments.

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