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First Thursday Update presents a new option for agencies to purchase renewable energy through their utility: green tariffs. Green tariffs allow large utility customers in traditionally regulated states to procure renewable power from their utility through a special tariff for energy from a specific renewable energy project—typically through a long-term contract. Instructors will explain how green tariffs are structured and what agencies need to consider when examining this purchasing option. This update will also discuss emerging tariffs and how agencies can work with their utility to create new green-tariff options.
- Define and assess utility green tariffs
- Identify where utility green tariffs are currently available, and which programs to watch
- Purchase renewable energy using utility green tariffs
- Keep current with green tariff options.
- Tracy (Logan) Niro, Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program. Read Bio.
Tracy (Logan) Niro is the acting Utility Energy Service Contract program manager and Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Chair at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program. Tracy also manages the Renewable Energy Procurement program and oversees utility acquisitions at DOE. Tracy was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow and was awarded the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy to Australia in 2013. Tracy’s career in energy began as a staff accountant for an investor-owned utility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. Close Bio
- Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Read Bio.
Jenny Heeter is a senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. She focuses her research on the mid-scale solar market, corporate purchases of renewable energy, and renewable portfolio standards. In her prior position at the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the state’s ratepayer advocate, she filed testimony on cases related to utility green pricing programs as well as energy efficiency proposals. She holds an M.P.A. in environmental policy from Indiana University-Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a B.A. in environmental studies and political science from Macalester College. Close Bio
- Letha Tawney, Director of Utility Innovation, World Resources Institute. Read Bio.
Letha Tawney is the director of utility innovation and Polsky chair for renewable energy at WRI. She leads the strategy for Charge, WRI's electricity initiative to develop new business and regulatory models for utilities in the electricity sector. She focuses particularly on how utilities, regulators, entrepreneurs, and customers can adopt more collaborative approaches to buying, regulating, and planning for low-carbon energy that reduces costs and increases access. Letha holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s in Business and Computer Science from George Fox University. She has written and co-authored many publications on accelerating innovation in renewable energy technology and the electricity sector. Close Bio