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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: Policy

Policy


Multiple Benefits of Business-Sector Energy Efficiency: A Survey of Existing and Potential Measures

ACEEE, Jan. 2015, by Christopher Russell. (Need to register to view full-text.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/ie1501.pdf

"Businesses [large commercial, industrial, and institutional] that implement energy efficiency improvements often enjoy other benefits besides utility bill savings. However previous efforts to measure multiple benefits have been sporadic and far from rigorous. Still, evidence suggests that including non-energy impacts can reduce the payback time of some energy efficiency improvements by 50% or better. This report draws on expert interviews and a synthesis of existing literature to describe energy efficiency’s multiple benefits to business enterprises."

Advancing and Maximizing the Value of Energy Storage Technology - A California Roadmap

California Independent System Operator, Dec. 31, 2014.
http://www.caiso.com/Documents/Advancing-MaximizingValueofEnergyStorageTechnology_CaliforniaRoadmap.pdf

"The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Energy Commission (CEC) developed an energy storage roadmap that identifies policy, technology and process changes to address challenges faced by the storage sector."

Seattle Municipal Buildings: 2012-2013 Energy Performance Report

City of Seattle, Dec. 2014.
http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/OSE/2014-12-11%20EnergyPerformanceReport_2013_FINAL.pdf

"The City of Seattle has set an ambitious target to be a carbon neutral community by 2050. To get there, the entire community needs to reduce its environmental impact and City government must be a leader and an active participant. This report demonstrates that leadership by publicly sharing the results of the City’s work to rate the energy efficiency, or "energy performance" of City-owned facilities."

Energy Efficiency: The Secret Revolution

Solutions Journal, Rocky Mountain Institute, Summer 2014, by Amory Lovins.
https://medium.com/solutions-journal-summer-2014/energy-efficiency-the-secret-revolution-87076f0b6026

"How low can we go in the efficiency limbo? Nobody knows — but we’re far from any practical limit, and the frontiers keep expanding. Every gain in smart thermostats and superwindows, in LEDs and motors, in process equipment and computers, locks in more “negawatts” that further reduce our energy intensity."

CHP in the US and UK

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Dec. 2014, by Craig Howie and Alan Osborn.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-6/features/chp-in-the-us-and-uk.html

"It is often said that the UK and US are separated by a common language, but there are real and clear differences between the two countries' approaches to developing combined heat and power. CHP is firmly entrenched as part of the UK's energy mix, but many in the industry would argue that this is in spite rather than because of the approach taken by ministers. It is quite a contrast with the US, where federal, state and local governments seem keen to promote cogeneration."

IRP vs. EERS: There’s One Clear Winner Among State Energy Efficiency Policies

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Blog, Dec. 16, 2014, by Martin Kushler.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/12/irp-vs-eers-there-s-one-clear-winner-

"With Ohio and Indiana having recently made major changes to their utility energy efficiency policy, and other states like Florida and Arizona considering it, this is an important time to review the evidence about the relative effectiveness of state policies designed to encourage cost-effective energy efficiency."

The Effect of State Policy Suites on the Development of Solar Markets

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Nov. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy15osti/62506.pdf

"Many states and local governments have undertaken a variety of policy initiatives with the goal of encouraging private investment and building robust solar photovoltaic (PV) markets. While some states have seen many-fold increases in solar PV installations over the last decade, many other states, some with similar policies, have been less successful. The perceived lack of a clear relationship between implementation of specific policies and increases in solar installations has been challenging to policymakers seeking to support solar markets within their jurisdictions."

Industrial Audits: A Comprehensive and Evidence-Based Primer....

European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE), Dec. 4, 2014.
http://www.eceee.org/policy-areas/industrial-policy/eceee-audit-policy-guide.pdf

ECEEE Policy Guide No. 1. "The guide is intended as a primer for policy-makers and other decision makers thinking of developing energy efficiency policies and programmes and a signposting document for those wanting to dig deeper into the subject."

The Energy Efficiency and Productivity Benefits of Smart Appliances and ICT-Enabled Networks: An Initial Assessment

ACEEE, Nov. 12, 2014, by John A. “Skip” Laitner, Matthew T. McDonnell, and Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez. [Requires free registration to download full report.]
http://aceee.org/research-report/f1402

"In a new ACEEE report, we’ve looked at this expanded use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and found that it could become a leading catalyst to boost greater economic productivity while saving money and reducing environmental impacts."

Preparing for Distributed Generation in the Northwest

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Bulletin, Oct. 2014, by Charlie Black. (open PDF, then scroll or jump to page 26)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1928

"In recent years, electric utility customers have begun showing greater interest in distributed generation. Declining costs and expanding availability of on-site electric generating systems, such as roof-mounted solar photovoltaic equipment marketed and installed by third-party service providers, are causing residential and business customers to consider self-supply as an attractive alternative to relying exclusively on centrally generated power delivered via the utility grid."
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