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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


Energy Efficiency Improvements in 2013 Add to Impressive Regional [PNW] Savings

Northwest Power & Conservation Council News, Oct. 7, 2014.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/energy-efficiency-saved-ratepayers-35-billion-in-2013/

"The Pacific Northwest improved its electric energy efficiency in 2013 by 268 average megawatts, an amount equal to the annual electricity demand of about 180,500 Northwest homes."

The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Oct. 22, 2014.
http://aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard

"Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states' energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)."

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."

State Compliance Options [for Carbon Reduction] under EPA's Clean Power Plan

Sustainability: The Journal of Record, Aug. 2014, by Kate Swayne Wilson and others.
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/SUS.2014.9779

"While the ruling is not without opposition, many stakeholders were relieved to find that it [the Clean Power Plan] offers flexibility for each state to achieve its assigned carbon reduction target, and that states and utilities will be able to build on initiatives already in place."

What’s Needed to Address U.S. Geothermal’s Deep-Seated Challenges?

Power Magazine, Sep. 2014, by Kennedy Maize.
http://www.powermag.com/whats-needed-to-address-u-s-geothermals-deep-seated-challenges/

"Geothermal generation is clean, renewable, and cost-effective over the long term, and the U.S. has vast untapped geothermal resources. So why is it still operating on the sidelines?"

Includes a sidebar that summarizes "The International Scene".

Making the Grade: Assessing U.S. [Wind] Policy

North American Windpower, Aug. 2014, by Mark Del Franco.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1408/FEAT_02_Making-The-Grade-Assessing-U.S.-Policy.html

"Industry stakeholders help review several state and federal policy decisions and the potential impacts on wind power."

Includes:
  1. EPA's Clean Power Plan
  2. Ohio's Double Whammy
  3. Master Limited Partnerships
  4. Wind PTC

Government Works: Federal Agency Actions on Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 2014, by Lowell W. Ungar, and others.
http://aceee.org/white-paper/government-works

An ACEEE White Paper: 
"Federal agency actions on energy efficiency under existing legislative authority are saving consumers money, creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and reducing oil use and imports. In this paper we examined four sets of recent and prospective agency actions on energy efficiency: appliance standards, vehicle standards, power plant emissions standards, and select housing policies."

Bright Future for Energy Storage

Power Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Patrick Ferguson.
http://www.powermag.com/bright-future-for-energy-storage/

"Many Americans will likely someday rely in part on battery systems to power their appliances and cars, store electricity generated by their solar PV panels, and help regulate the frequency and efficiency of the overall power grid. By setting aggressive targets, reducing the barriers to entry, and providing long-term funding, California has incentivized the development of battery storage systems. If these programs prove successful in California, other states could begin offering similar incentives in the coming years."

Combined Heat and Power and Clean Distributed Energy Policies

American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), July 2, 2014, by Anna Chittum and Neal Elliott. (Free registration required to view full-text of report.)
http://www.aceee.org/policy-brief/combined-heat-and-power-and-clean-distributed-energy-poli

"Combined heat and power (CHP) systems generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. CHP is not a technology, but a particular way to deploy existing technologies. Heat that is normally wasted in conventional power generation is recovered as useful energy, so CHP systems are more efficient and provide environmental, economic, and energy system infrastructure benefits. However, several barriers impede cost-effective CHP applications, including lack of common interconnection protocols, discriminatory standby rates, and emissions regulations that do not recognize the improved efficiency levels of CHP systems."

Legislation May Usher in a New Golden Age for U.S. Hydropower

Hydro Review, July 2014, by Luke Rose and Rebecca K. Blood.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-6/articles/legislation-may-usher-in-a-new-golden-age-for-u-s-hydropower.html

"With its revival for fiscal year 2014, the Hydroelectric Production Incentives Program shows promise as a new federal revenue stream for hydro facilities."
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