Case Study: University of California Renewable Natural Gas/Biomethane Procurement

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Together with direct electrification, energy efficiency, and renewable electricity projects, the University of California1 (the University or UC) is procuring biomethane to replace 40% of its natural gas needs. This biomethane procurement strategy is an integral part of the University of California’s plan to reach net zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025.

Green Hydrogen Primer

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To help energy users and policymakers better understand this rapidly evolving technology, this primer focuses on the application of green hydrogen for industrial process heat and provides a high-level analysis of both the potential and challenges of this technology. It is intended to enhance the knowledge of energy buyers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders and inspire deeper multistakeholder discussion and collaboration to ensure that green hydrogen plays an appropriate role.

Webinar: RTC’s July 29th, 2022 Briefing to the House Manufacturing Caucus

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RTC’s July 29th, 2022 Briefing to the House Manufacturing Caucus”
Summary: “The RTC hosted a briefing with the House Manufacturing Caucus on July 26, 2022. The Caucus is a bipartisan educational group of about 100 members of Congress and their staffs focused on issues that are relevant to the advancement of American manufacturing. RTC’s briefing provided an overview of leading renewable thermal technologies for industrial heating and cooling, common deployment barriers, and how federal policy can advance these solutions. The briefing featured a panel of RTC members and sponsors to discuss their successes and challenges with deployment and the key considerations companies face with decarbonizing their thermal demand. Panelists included Rachel Goldstein of Mars, Inc., Andrew Jarrick of Diageo, and Inbal Nachman of Skyven Technologies.

RTC Responds to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update

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On June 23, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update. The RTC applauds California’s continued commitment to emissions reductions across all sectors and agrees that electrification, biogas and biomethane, green hydrogen, and solar thermal technologies all offer opportunities to decarbonize the industrial and […]

RTC Policy Roundtable: Tax Policy for Renewable Thermal Solutions

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The Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) held a roundtable discussion on a tax policy proposal aimed at accelerating deployment of renewable fuels and technologies to meet the thermal energy needs of the manufacturing and buildings sectors. The proposal, which was finalized in fall of 2021, would make a range of renewable thermal technologies eligible for a 30% investment tax credit (ITC), similar to tax credits that are already available for renewable electricity technologies. The roundtable discussion included RTC members and sponsors as well as a select group of external organizations ranging from tax experts, to trade associations for specific fuels and technologies, to think tanks and policy advocacy organizations that are engaged on issues similar issues to RTC’s focus. As the RTC’s tax policy proposal was developed as a high-level framework, the roundtable aimed to gather input to further sharpen and refine the proposal, gather views on the evidence base and groundwork needed to advocate for the tax policy proposal, and to build a shared foundation among key stakeholders on the prospects and design of tax policy to advance renewable thermal technologies and fuels.

RTC Responds to DOE’s Energy Storage Request for Information

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On June 14, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Request for Information (RFI) on energy storage demonstration program implementation. The bipartisan infrastructure law (BIL) appropriated $505 million to DOE to advance energy storage. This funding supports deploying technologies that demonstrate lower costs and longer durations than […]

Webinar: Electrifying 6,000 Buildings Using Innovative Financing: Ithaca, NY’s Plan

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The City of Ithaca, NY has announced an ambitious plan to electrify 6,000 existing residential and commercial buildings by 2030. Part of the City’s Green New Deal, Ithaca is partnering with two unique firms – RTC sponsor Alturus and BlocPower – to fund the entire effort. Luis Aguirre-Torres, Director of Sustainability for the City of Ithaca, and Charlie Daum, Managing […]

Case Study: Diageo Distillery

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When constructing a new distillery in Kentucky, Diageo decided to use electric boilers powered by a mix of 100% renewable wind and solar energy sources rather than conventional thermal processes. This choice — in addition to several sustainability features — resulted in significant avoided emissions and furthers Diageo’s commitment to reach to net-zero carbon across […]

Webinar: Renewable Thermal Energy – Turning up the Heat for Industrial Jobs, Competitiveness and Energy Security While Cutting Emissions

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On April 27th, the RTC hosted a webinar on how decarbonizing thermal energy from the U.S. industrial and commercial sectors will reduce emissions, create jobs, and increase energy security and competitiveness. In the U.S., industrial emissions are the third largest source of emissions after electricity and transportation. Decarbonizing this sector is critical to meet our […]