Utilities across the country are embracing the benefits of clean local energy. The Clean Coalition collaborates with policymakers, utilities, and advocates to open the wholesale distributed generation market segment throughout the United States. Check out the below resources to bring local renewables online in your community.
To start a utility-specific CLEAN Program, check out our Local CLEAN Program Guide. This tool builds upon the success of existing CLEAN Programs and will point you in the right direction by walking you through the steps you need to take to create a CLEAN Program in your community.
To start, download Module 1 of our Local CLEAN Program Guide for an overview of CLEAN Programs and how they work.
Then use the rest of the Local CLEAN Program Guide as a blueprint for building a CLEAN Program in your community, from figuring out whether a CLEAN Program will work where you are, to evaluating costs and benefits, designing policies, building community support, and getting official approval.
The Local CLEAN Program Guide features seven downloadable modules:
- Module 1: Overview & Key Considerations
- Module 2: Establishing CLEAN Contracts Prices
- Module 3: Evaluating Avoided Costs
- Module 4: Determining Program Size & Cost Impact
- Module 5: Estimating CLEAN Economic Benefits
- Module 6: Designing CLEAN Policies & Procedures
- Module 7: Gaining Support for a CLEAN Program
- or Download the entire Guide (Modules 1-7)
Other Useful Resources
These materials can be used to help build support for a CLEAN Program.
This document offers the Clean Coalition’s analysis about the ratepayer benefits of the CLEAN L.A. Solar Program, including a comparison of California solar procurement mechanisms that highlights the effectiveness of CLEAN Programs, how local generation has higher locational value for ratepayers, and how the CLEAN approach drives down costs for ratepayers.
The DG Catalog of Benefits details numerous economic, environmental, and social benefits of distributed generation over conventional energy sources and provides references to technical reports and peer reviewed literature.
This documents describes the Clean Coalition’s suggested legal provisions for keeping the deployment of new renewables in-state. This information will be generally usable for RPS laws, CLEAN laws, or other renewables procurement mandates.
The Market Responsive Pricing Brief explains the concept of adjusting the pricing for CLEAN Programs based on the volume of projects that participate at a particular price. This pricing mechanism has emerged as a best practice for CLEAN Program design.
These example contracts illustrate how energy procurement can be efficient and fair.
Determining the appropriate fixed price paid for energy can be the most important consideration in designing CLEAN Programs. This Guide explains the major approaches used to set the initial price at the start of a program as well as the ongoing price adjustment mechanisms.
The design of new CLEAN Programs should adopt the best practices emerging from the experiences of active programs around the world. This document provides recommendations for key design areas aside from pricing, such as eligibility, security deposits, queue management, and seller concentration.