2014 Working Groups

The Modern Grid

Transitioning to an Intelligent, Competitive, and Clean Power Grid

The United States’ energy system is facing considerable structural changes and disruptors. This Working Group will assess renewable energy and grid improvement, and will identify strategies and partnerships that drive industry growth through collaboration.


Scaling Solar Energy Solar energy is on the pathway to becoming a mainstream energy source. Participants will analyze the role that solar energy plays in the electricity sector, with a focus on new financial innovation.

Energy Development for Rural Communities Rural communities present a unique opportunity to deploy renewable energy. Participants will determine strategies to improve access to affordable, clean energy in rural communities, with a focus on Native American reservations.

Corporate Investment in Renewable Energy Many options are available for corporations interested in investing in solar or wind energy. Participants including first-mover corporations and financiers will discuss and share best practices for investing in renewable energy.

Smart Grid and Efficiency Investment It is estimated that the U.S. energy grid will need $2.5 trillion in new investment by 2035. Participants will explore public-private demonstration programs, network security, and strategies to share data.

Resilient Microgrids Microgrids can provide vulnerable communities with a consistent, clean power supply. Participants will determine how to best utilize microgrids with on-site renewable energy to bolster resilience in vulnerable areas.

Innovative Commitments

Joint Wind Power Development Project on Tribal Lands
Commitment by: Cheyenne River Sioux; Crow Creek Sioux; Yankton Sioux; Rosebud Sioux; Oglala Sioux; Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribes
In 2013, the tribes committed to the formation of the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority, a multi-tribal power authority to finance, develop, and operate a 1,000 MW+ utility-scale wind power and transmission system across the South Dakota Sioux Reservations.

Launching the Market for Electric School Buses
Commitment by: National Strategies; PJM Interconnection; Ernst & Young
In 2013, National Strategies, PJM Interconnection, and Ernst & Young committed to design and execute two pilot projects in select school districts that will demonstrate the economic viability of transitioning to battery electric school buses, without increasing student transportation costs.

HVDC Transmission and Renewable Energy for New England
Commitment by: Anbaric Power
In 2013, Anbaric committed to develop and build a high-voltage direct current transmission system, called the Green Line Project. The system will facilitate the importation of hydroelectric energy from Canada and the usage of wind energy resources in northern Maine.

Empowering Five Post-Sandy Communities via Solar Energy
Commitment by: Global Green USA
In 2013, Global Green USA committed to the installation of back-up solar energy systems at five community centers in New York and New Jersey neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The purpose of Global Green’s ‘Solar for Sandy’ initiative is to serve as a model for the resilient rebuilding of devastated communities by providing ongoing savings in energy bills, as well as back-up electricity through batteries that deliver power even when the electricity grid goes down.