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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


A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Jan. 2016.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/retrospective-analysis-benefits-and

"This is the second in a series of reports exploring the costs, benefits, and other impacts of state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). This report focuses on the benefits and impacts of all state RPS programs, in aggregate, for the year 2013. Relying on a well-vetted set of methods, this report evaluates a number of important benefits and impacts in both physical and monetary terms, where possible, and characterizes key uncertainties."

How Much Does Energy Efficiency Cost?

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Mar. 2016.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/cost-of-ee.pdf

"Summarizes the results of studies by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ACEEE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the cost of energy efficiency programs. Finds that energy efficiency is consistently a lowest cost option for meeting electric demand. One of the studies finds that the costs of energy efficiency have been level in recent years."

CHP Update: Policies, Partnerships, and Challenges

Power Magazine, Feb. 2016, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/chp-update-policies-partnerships-challenges/

"Though combined heat and power (CHP) is getting increasing attention as a means of efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, the sector’s traditional challenges remain. But some generators and policymakers are working hard to deploy CHP in new and more economic ways."

Empowerment Over Protection: How Solar and DERs Can Help the Disadvantaged

Utility Dive, Feb. 23, 2016, by James Tong and Jon Wellinghoff.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/empowerment-over-protection-how-solar-and-ders-can-help-the-disadvantaged/414273/

"The boom in rooftop solar has sparked concerns about a “green divide” and even undertones of class warfare. And it’s true that solar customers to date have tended to be more affluent than average households. Although recent data suggest that solar is now expanding into neighborhoods of more modest incomes, fear persists that solar policies will continually favor the wealthy at the expense of everyone else, particularly the most vulnerable. Critics thus demand reforms and fees for solar customers. What they overlook, however, is how policies designed to protect the poor can actually make them worse off."

Northwest on Path to Lead Nation in Maximizing Energy Efficiency as Priority Energy Resource

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Feb. 10, 2016.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/press-releases/2016-02-10_7th_plan_adopted/

"Today the Northwest Power and Conservation Council members appointed by the Governors of the four Northwest states unanimously approved the Council’s Seventh Power Plan after conducting a 60-day public comment period."

New Report Reveals How Clean Power Plan Can Reduce Electric Bills

Biomass Magazine, Feb. 3, 2016, by Katie Fletcher.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/12862/new-report-reveals-how-clean-power-plan-can-reduce-electric-bills

"Synapse Energy Economics Inc., a research and consulting firm, recently released a new report that reveals how EPA’s Clean Power Plan can reduce emissions and consumer electric bills. The report published on Jan. 14, “Cutting Electric Bills with the Clean Power Plan,” examines state-by-state impacts of various compliance options and found that using strong energy efficiency policies in state implementation plans can produce significant electricity bill savings for consumers while reducing carbon pollution."

The Next Quantum Leap in Electric Efficiency—Game On

The Regulatory Assistance Project, Jan. 2016, by Chris Neme, Jim Grevatt.
http://www.raponline.org/featured-work/the-next-quantum-leap-in-electric-efficiency-game?utm_source=ZohoCampaigns&utm_campaign=US+RAPPORT+February+2016_2016-02-02_1&utm_medium=email

"Ten years ago, the most aggressive electric efficiency efforts in the country were achieving first-year electric savings of about 1.0 percent of annual sales. Today, at least five different states have—or plan to—double those levels of savings, achieving between 2.0 and 2.5 percent first-year savings annually..... We at RAP think that the efficiency bar could be raised substantially. In our recent paper, The Next Quantum Leap in Efficiency: 30 Percent Electric Savings in 10 Years, we examine whether it would be possible to meet 30 percent of electricity system needs in ten years with efficiency."

Michigan, Nevada, and Virginia Governors Launch Energy System Modernization Roadmapping through NASEO Initiative Supported by DOE

National Association of State Energy Officials, February 3, 2016.
http://www.naseo.org/Data/Sites/1/e-map-award-press-release.pdf

"Today, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) announced the selection of the Michigan Energy Office, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy as the pilot states for NASEO’s Energy Markets and Planning (E-MAP) program. The governors of the three states committed to the 18-month, state-led process which will develop an energy system modernization roadmap aimed at addressing a growing range of interdependent electricity system and market issues."

Emerging Markets Are Finally Getting Serious About Energy Efficiency

Forbes, Jan. 29, 2016, by Bain Insights.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/baininsights/2016/01/29/emerging-markets-are-finally-getting-serious-about-energy-efficiency/#19189e1f6c79

"Companies in energy, manufacturing, financial services and many other industries stand to benefit from efforts to reduce energy consumption in the world’s fast-growing economies, providing they understand how policy makers shape these programs and where the opportunities lie."

State Approaches to Demand Reduction Induced Price Effects: Examining How Energy Efficiency Can Lower Prices for All

SEE Action, U.S. Department of Energy, Dec. 9, 2015.
https://www4.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/publication/state-approaches-demand-reduction-induced-price-effects-examining-how-energy-efficiency

"A number of states, especially in the Northeast, are beginning to recognize Demand Reduction Induced Price Effects (DRIPE) as a real, quantifiable benefit of energy efficiency and demand response programs. DRIPE is a measurement of the value of demand reductions in terms of the decrease in wholesale energy prices, resulting in lower total expenditures on electricity or natural gas across a given grid. This paper reviews the existing knowledge and experience from select U.S. states regarding DRIPE (including New York and Ohio), and the potential for expanded application of the concept of  DRIPE by regulators."

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