Research and resources

Since our launch in 2009, the Clean Coalition has amassed a wealth of free resources on interconnection, distributed energy valuation, Feed-In Tariffs, and more.

The following are some top resources and research projects available on our site. For more, see the Clean Coalition Archive, which includes past projects, studies, and guides.

Research projects

Tri-State Generation & Transmission (TSGT) Generation Portfolio Summary

There is significant untapped potential for renewable energy in New Mexico and throughout the rest of the Southwestern United States, including from ready-to-deploy wind and solar projects that offer tremendous value in the form of economic, environmental, and resilience benefits. The Clean Coalition assessed the TSGT Generation, Sales, and Production Summaries in order to better understand the current situation at a major utility that is well positioned to facilitate substantial deployments of additional renewables across the Southwest.

Local renewables success stories

In 2018, the Clean Coalition conducted research on municipalities around the world that have achieved high penetrations of renewables. Our research showed that our vision of 25% local renewables is possible — and is already happening in a number of regions in the U.S. and around the world.

Studies on clean local energy

The Clean Coalition has collected a number of internal and third-party studies on various aspects of distributed generation. Topics include enhancing the investor appeal of renewable energy, community power, Feed-In Tariffs, economic benefits of clean local energy, and more.

Resources

Electrification & Community Microgrid Ready (ECMR) guidelines

The ECMR design standard and economic analysis provides recommendations for the simple, inexpensive wiring and components needed to achieve full electrification and a facility microgrid — as well as the wiring and communications required for participating in a future Community Microgrid. The Clean Coalition developed the ECMR guidelines in collaboration with a team of industry experts, including the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), General Microgrids, and others.

Draft Resolution for Community Resilience

The Clean Coalition’s Draft Resolution for Community Resilience is a statement of intention by cities and municipalities to electrify structures and move toward resilience while designing programs, codes, and standards. This template can be used by local governments to develop customized resolutions that highlight the importance of, and their dedication to, community resilience. A resolution is a document used in government and business to state an intention, gain consensus, and have a record so that it may be considered in future decision-making processes.

CLEAN Program Guide

The Clean Coalition designed this comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to implement CLEAN Programs: market-based, cost-effective Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) with streamlined interconnection. A FIT is a standardized, long-term, guaranteed contract that allows smaller local renewable energy projects to sell power to the local utility or other load-serving entity.

Recent news

The latest in clean local energy

Learn about our innovative projects and initiatives on our blog, and see what others are reporting about our important work.

Santa Barbara Prepares for New Normal of Natural Disasters and Power Shutoffs

T&D World reports on how Santa Barbara is working toward making its region more energy self-sufficient in times of disaster.

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A New Model for Valuing Distributed Energy Could Drive Big Changes in California

GTM Squared reports on the important implications of California’s new avoided cost calculator for the state’s energy market — including the solar duck curve.

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Identifying untapped potential for renewable energy in the Southwestern United States

The Clean Coalition found significant potential from ready-to-deploy wind and solar projects.

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