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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: 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."

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."

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