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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables


The Fight Over Solar Moves from Net Metering to Rate Design

Utility Dive, Nov. 3, 2014, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-fight-over-solar-moves-from-net-metering-to-rate-design/327742/

"Fights over electricity rates are brewing all across the country. Utilities say new rate proposals will protect customers who haven’t moved to solar and energy efficiency. But those who have moved say the proposals only protect utilities." "There are two categories of rate restructuring and rate design changes bubbling up,” explained Environmental Law & Policy Center Sr. Attorney Brad Klein. “The first is to move cost recovery from the variable per-kilowatt-hour charge and increase the monthly fixed charge. The other is to impose a monthly dollars-per-kilowatt charge on owners of distributed generation.”

Future Solar Cost Reductions Hinge on Raising Solar Cell Efficiencies

Solar Industry, Oct. 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1410/FEAT_01_Future-Solar-Cost-Reductions-Hinge-On-Raising-Solar-Cell-Efficiencies.html

"Lowering the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of solar photovoltaic power is probably the No. 1 issue facing the industry. For most of the last decade, the focus of that effort has been reducing the costs of solar panels."

The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Agency Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, Sept. 2014.
http://www.naseo.org/Data/Sites/1/stc-hoover-report-bk_v3-draft-9-5-14.pdf

"On September 11, 2014, at the NASEO Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, former U.S. Senator Jeff  Bingaman announced the release of The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  The development of the bipartisan report was led by former Senator Jeff Bingaman and former Secretary of State and Treasury George Schultz under a joint study by Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy.  The report highlights several great state energy best practices examples."

How Texas Does Net Zero [Schools]

EDC (Environmental Design + Construction, Aug. 2014, by Sangeetha Karthik and Don Penn.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95783-how-texas-does-net-zero

"A Texas middle school models sustainability while building a curriculum designed to educate the next generation about renewable energy."

Understanding Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariffs

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Justin R. Boose & Samantha Leavitt. (Scroll to page 8.)
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/magazine/julaug_2014/index.html

"One promising approach to encouraging the production of renewable energy has been the implementation of feed-in-tariff (FIT) programs. A FIT is a mechanism whereby utilities make purchases from a generator--typically at fixed prices and under long-term contracts. Such programs help create a stable market for renewable energy investment by providing certainty regarding the terms and conditions for interconnection and the sale of power."

Big Corporations To Utilities: Please Make It Easy to Buy Renewable Energy

Sustainable Business.com, July 21, 2014, by Rona Fried.
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25818

"We've written about the increasing amounts of renewable energy big corporations are using, but they would use much more if utilities made it easier for them to buy."

Could Solar Roadways Pave the Way to a Sustainable Energy Economy?

Green Builder, July 2014, by Christina Birchfield.
http://content.yudu.com/A2x2j8/GreenBuilderJuly2014/resources/8.htm

"The Solar Roadways crowd-sourced fundraising campaign has sparked the country's imagination."

The Dynamic Challenge of Integrating Variable Resources

Power, June 2014, by Sonal Patel.
http://www.powermag.com/the-dynamic-challenge-of-integrating-variable-resources/

"All aspects of system operations are tested by unique challenges as more variable energy resources are connected to the grid."

Why Owning Your Own Power Plant Might Not Be Crazy

RMI Outlet, Rocky Mountain Institute, May 2014, by Leia Guccione.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2014_05_22_owning_your_own_power_plant

"...it’s not that far-fetched to imagine a day when large segments of customers choose to go mostly or even entirely off-grid with clean, quiet, distributed solar-plus-battery systems. In fact, could owning your own power plant become as convenient and practical—if not quite as ubiquitous—as the consumer appliances and electronics already so commonplace that we take them for granted in our daily lives—a refrigerator, a clothes dryer, or a computer?"

Policy Brief: Clean Energy Keeps the Lights On

Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), Jun. 2014.
http://www.raponline.org/document/download/id/7175

"A new policy brief from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), Clean Energy Keeps the Lights On, dispels the myth that electricity portfolios with high penetrations of variable renewable resources threaten reliability. The authors review eight recent studies commissioned by utilities, governments, and non-governmental organizations to address this issue, and find that none suggest insurmountable reliability problems."
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