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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


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."

Lighting, Electricity, Steel: Energy Efficiency Backfire in Emerging Economies

The Breakthrough, Oct. 6, 2014, by Ted Nordhaus and others.
http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/issues/energy-efficiency/lighting-electricity-steel

"Countries that expect to consume much more energy will likely experience higher levels of energy efficiency rebound, concludes a new Breakthrough report, released today. Rebound is the phenomenon in which energy efficiency measures increase demand for energy, which diminishes expected energy savings. [This report] presents three historical case studies of when energy efficiency rebound occurred: lighting from 1700 to present, electricity generation in 20th century America, and iron and steel production from 1900 onward."

The Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency Policy

E2e Working Paper 013, Oct. 2014, by Kenneth Gillingham, David Rapson, and Gernot Wagner.
http://e2e.haas.berkeley.edu/pdf/workingpapers/WP013.pdf

"What do we know about the size of the rebound effect? Should we believe claims that energy efficiency improvements lead to an increase in energy use? This paper clarifies what the rebound effect is, and provides a guide for economists and policymakers interested in its magnitude."

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': How Utilities are Powering the Marijuana Industry

Utility Dive, Oct. 23, 2014, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/dont-ask-dont-tell-how-utilities-are-powering-the-marijuana-industry/322565/

"Marijuana—legal or otherwise—requires a lot of power to produce. And in the Pacific Northwest, utilities are now facing the complicated task of efficiently meeting that demand while navigating a set of opposing laws."

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
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