Press release: Clean Coalition Announces Local CLEAN Program Guide

The guide is designed to enable communities and utilities in fulfilling economic and sustainability goals.

Craig Lewis

June 23, 2011

For Immediate Release:

Clean Coalition Announces Local CLEAN Program Guide

Designed to enable communities and utilities in fulfilling economic and sustainability goals

Palo Alto – Today, the Clean Coalition is releasing the first module of its Local CLEAN Program Guide, which provides an overview of Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Programs and the key considerations in assessing what a CLEAN Program can do for communities and local utilities across the United States.  In particular, the Overview & Key Considerations module helps determine how CLEAN Programs can achieve economic development and environmental sustainability goals.

A CLEAN Program promotes the growth of a strong clean energy economy by reducing the time, risks, paperwork, and other costs involved in selling renewable energy from under-used spaces in our communities, such as warehouse rooftops and capped landfills.  CLEAN Programs have been implemented at the local, state, and national level around the world with unparalleled success in driving renewable energy deployments and the new energy economy.

“The Clean Coalition is producing this guide to help local policymakers reach their clean energy goals while reaping the tremendous economic benefits that are delivered with significant deployments of local renewable energy.  A successful local CLEAN Program allows a community to create jobs and business opportunities, improve the health of community members, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, all while lowering electricity costs for ratepayers,” explained Craig Lewis, Executive Director of the Clean Coalition.

Gainesville, Florida was the first U.S. municipality to implement a CLEAN Program; under the leadership of Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, who was term-limited in 2010.  Upon review of the Local CLEAN Program Guide, Mayor Hanrahan commented, “In Gainesville, we experienced tremendous success with our CLEAN Program.  The level of solar deployments in Gainesville has grown by 2,000% since the Program’s implementation in early-2009.  The Program required no additional government staff and created well over 200 local jobs.  The Clean Coalition’s Local CLEAN Program Guide will be an invaluable resource to any community or utility wanting to duplicate Gainesville’s success.”

The complete Local CLEAN Program Guide will be a free, downloadable policy tool designed to help communities and utilities evaluate, design, and enact the most effective policies for the timely and cost-effective deployment of clean local energy.  Designed for community and utility policymakers, and other local stakeholders, the full Local CLEAN Program Guide will be comprised of the following seven modules:

Module 1:  Overview & Key Considerations
Module 2:  Establishing the Pricing for Renewable Energy
Module 3:  Understanding the Avoided Cost of Conventional Energy
Module 4:  Determining the Rate Impact and Program Size
Module 5:  Quantifying the Economic Benefits of the Program
Module 6:  Designing the Program Procedures
Module 7:  Gaining Support for the Program

The first module of the Local CLEAN Program Guide is available for download on the Clean Coalition website at:  https://www.clean-coalition.org/local-action/#local

The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate the transition to cost-effective clean energy while delivering unparalleled economic benefits.

For further information on the Clean Coalition, please visit www.Clean-Coalition.org.

Contact:Mircalla Wozniak
Mircalla@Clean-Coalition.org
202.905.9696

Craig Lewis

Founder and Executive Director

Craig has over 20 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, he was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard solicitation process. Craig was also the energy policy lead on Steve Westly’s 2006 California gubernatorial campaign, and his resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank.