The Executive Roundtable Meets for a Renewable Energy Market Update

The Executive Roundtable, made up of renewable energy industry leaders, met in order to discuss the future of the renewable energy industry. Due to the recent recession and talk on Capitol Hill to reduce or cut incentives, the renewable energy industry faces a defining moment that could lead it in different directions. However, the industry remains one of the U.S. economy's most consistent job creators and experiences much support among politicians and the public.

Chief Editor David Wagman convened this year's Executive Roundtable, which included Barry Worthington, executive director of the U.S. Energy Association; Mark Ahlstrom, CEO of WindLogics; Jayesh Goyal, vice president of sales for Areva Solar; Pat Dinkel, vice president, Power Marketing, Resource Planning and Acquisition at Arizona Public Service; and Allen Marks, partner in the Global Project Finance Department of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

Power Engineering: While industry leaders continue to advocate for a national energy policy, the new Congress does not look in a mood to take on such a large legislative item. What's the best that the renewable energy industry can hope from the new Congress?

Jayesh Goyal: I do think there are two rays of hope here. One is that we aren't completely dependent at the federal level for legislation. There's been a lot of progressive legislation at the states themselves, especially in the western states, that I think will continue to promote renewable energy.

The other thing is although there is this environment of let's cut spending there's also a strong urge to get jobs to help the economic recovery. And so there still may be some legislation that helps in the renewable energy space. Practically speaking, the best we can probably hope for is an extension of the Treasury grant program.

PE: Let's discuss some reforms that might be possible or necessary at the state level given the current economic and political conditions.

Barry Worthington: The most important thing on the state level is stressing the local jobs that are created. States are going to come under their own budget pressures. New Jersey is a good case in point where the new governor is slashing every dollar he can find. There's talk about rolling back the renewable portfolio standards and removing New Jersey from RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) just as an example. You also see a growing clamor- particularly, I would say in the mid-Atlantic and New England regulators- rallying against transmission to bring Midwest resources to the east coast.

PE: What renewable energy project made you take notice during 2010 and why?

Mark Ahlstrom: The one project that really made me realize that solar was coming on much more quickly was the DeSoto PV project in Florida that Florida Power & Light built. It's a 25 MW AC project. To see that actually getting in the ground and then seeing how it can be integrated and starting to get a lot of good science and data understanding how solar variability and smoothing with larger project sizes and geographic dispersions really made me realize that there's a lot of synergy between what we've learned about wind integration and what we'll be able to do with solar integration.

The Executive Roundtable emphasized the growth in the solar photovoltaic industry. The American Institute of Renewable Energy (AIRE) is a state-of-the-art solar training school located in Southern California and offers the best instructors for those wanting to receive solar power training. AIRE offers on-site solar training for people who want to obtain their solar installation certification. Trainees will receive solar photovoltaic (PV) training where they will learn how the solar photovoltaic systems work and how to install them. In order to be a part of the renewable energy industry, training in the solar energy field is imperative, so take advantage of AIRE to receive the best training available.

Views: 14

Tags: (PV), certification, installation, on-site, photovoltaic, power, school, solar, training

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Richard L. Sanderson replied to Bud Poll's discussion Inconsistant Local Authority
"Bud: I like the idea of a third party review board. My own experience in local government is that…"
4 hours ago
Matthew Lutz commented on Kaplan Clean Tech's blog post The Difference Between Home Inspection and Energy Auditing [Infographic]
"I would have to agree with Steve on this.  I am a Certified Energy Manager and have performed…"
10 hours ago
Matthew Lutz joined Diane Chojnowski's group
Thumbnail

Hall of Shame

In this group, members share an array of images from the field, showing the kinds of issues…See More
10 hours ago
Matthew Lutz replied to Kari Sauder's discussion Easy Water Heater Venting in the group Hall of Shame
"I have been in the HVAC trade since 1986. I have recently completed a Home or Real Estate…"
10 hours ago
Susan E. Buchan posted an event

EEBA Houses That Work at Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

November 3, 2014 from 8am to 4:30pm
Registration: 8:00 amSession: 8:30 am to 4:30 pmWorkshop Covers:Introduction to EEBA and its…See More
14 hours ago
Susan E. Buchan posted a status
"EEBA has scholarships to our Houses That Work Sessionsfor Vets! Contact info@eeba.org for more info"
14 hours ago
EnergyLogic Academy posted events
15 hours ago
Andrew Peel posted an event

Using PHPP in Building Design and Certification at Queen's Quay

November 24, 2014 at 9am to November 25, 2014 at 5pm
In this two-day course, participants will learn how to use the PHPP for residential building design…See More
16 hours ago

© 2014   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service