In February, 2022, the city began its relationship with NREL. NREL provided technical assistance and analytic support to the city to identify options and pathways to meet the city's clean energy goals.
Phase 1 (complete)
Phase 1 was a planned, broad effort of support by NREL to assist the city in mapping out potential pathways to meet its clean energy goals. NREL provided staff and technical expertise to support three primary activities:
Baselining and Solution Mapping
Development of Pathways to 100% Clean Renewable Electricity
Community Clean Energy Analysis Using SLOPE and LEAD Tools
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL, focusses on "creative answers to today's energy challenges." Through their systems engineering and analysis as well as research in 16 sectors, NREL's vision is to "guide the nation in achieving ambitions goals in reducing greenhouse gas and emissions and a decarbonized clean energy future."
Phase 2 (ongoing)
During Phase 2, NREL will provide additional technical assistance to de-risk the potential for new-build solar in order to meet the city's operational and community goals as cost effectively as possible. This phase will consist of two primary activities:
Analysis to De-risk Potential for New-build Solar
Provide Technical Assistance in Virtual Meetings and As-needed