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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


The Economics of Battery Energy Storage

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 2015, Garrett Fitzgerald, and others.
http://www.rmi.org/Content/Files/RMI-TheEconomicsOfBatteryEnergyStorage-FullReport-FINAL.pdf

"Much attention has been paid to batteries' impressive cost declines. But this new RMI report shifts the focus to the other important half of the battery equation: value. It shows how customer-sited, multi-use batteries can deliver more services and generate more value for customers and the grid, making batteries cost effective today."

Enhancing Community Resilience through Energy

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Oct. 2015, by  David Ribeiro, and others.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1508.pdf

" This report discusses ways in which energy efficiency can increase the resilience of energy systems and the communities they serve. It reviews the resilience-related benefits of efficiency measures, discusses the incorporation of efficiency into resilience planning, and presents four case studies showing how local governments and utilities can leverage energy efficiency to increase the resilience of their communities."

New Horizons for Energy Efficiency: Major Opportunities to Reach Higher Electricity Savings by 2030

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 2015, by Dan York, and others.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1507.pdf

"Higher equipment standards and more stringent building codes are squeezing the amount of savings that energy efficiency programs can harvest. No single measure will yield a dominant share of energy savings for utility program portfolios, as have lighting programs in the past. This report examines the next large opportunities for energy efficiency savings. It analyzes 18 measures—including reduction of plug loads, conservation voltage reduction, and smart manufacturing—that could collectively save 22% of total projected electricity use in the year 2030."

Can Energy-Intensive Manufacturers be Winners Under the Clean Power Plan?

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 14, 2015, by Meegan Kelly.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/09/can-energy-intensive-manufacturers-be

"There is a concern that any new environmental regulation can hurt the bottom lines of energy-intensive manufacturers. In the case of the EPA Clean Power Plan, states that comply with the rule by investing in energy efficiency will find the opposite is likely to be true: their businesses will be more productive and their economies will grow."

Verifying Energy Efficiency Job Creation: Current Practices and Recommendations

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Sep. 2015, by Casey J. Bell, and others.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/f1501.pdf

"Among the many benefits ascribed to energy efficiency is the fact that it can help create jobs. Although this is often used to motivate investments in efficiency programs, verifying job creation benefits is more complicated than it might seem at first. In this paper we identify some of the issues that we believe contribute to a lack of consistency in attempts to verify efficiency-related job creation. We then propose an analytically rigorous and tractable framework for program evaluators to use in future assessments."

Here are Some New Tools to Support Local Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 27, 2015, by Tyler Bailey.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/08/here-are-some-new-tools-support-local

"The Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C) is a decision making tool for local policymaking. It estimates the impact select public and residential buildings policies have on energy savings, cost savings, pollution, and other outcomes. We have upgraded the original tool (v. 1.0, released in 2011) to include measures­ in the commercial building and transportation sector."

Why RECs Matter: The Case for Renewable Energy Credits

North American Windpower, July 2015, by Roger W. Rosendahl.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1507/FEAT_06_Why-RECs-Matter-The-Case-For-Renewable-Energy-Credits.html

"RECs can be a meaningful incentive and a flexible facilitator of renewable portfolio standards."

NASEO Releases Working Paper on Least Cost, Energy Efficiency Approaches to Address EPA's Clean Power Plan

National Association of  State Energy Officials (NASEO), July 31, 2015.
http://www.naseo.org/news-article?NewsID=755

"On July 31, 2015, NASEO released its working paper “Energy Efficiency Strategies for Clean Power Plan Compliance: Approaches and Selected Case Studies” to support state consideration of “no regrets” and often least-cost energy efficiency strategies for prospective Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance.  While NASEO has not taken a position on the CPP, we are working to ensure states are given wide flexibility in addressing key reliability, affordability, and other state imperatives. Energy efficiency approaches offer among the most cost-effective means to meet both air quality and energy goals, while also supporting energy system reliability.

The NASEO paper discusses the case for energy efficiency and explores some high-level issues of state compliance strategy
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Clean Power Plan Toolbox for States

Environmental Protection Agency, Aug. 4, 2015.
http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplantoolbox

"Resources to help develop state plans: As co-regulators, states will develop plans to meet the guidelines in the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The federal resources below provide information on state plan development and can help states determine the most cost-effective approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. Please note that inclusion of a measure in the toolbox does not mean that a state plan must include that measure. In addition, inclusion of these measures does not necessarily imply the approvability of an approach or method for use in a state plan. States will need to demonstrate that any measure included in a state plan meets all relevant criteria and adequately addresses elements of the plan components."

EPA Releases Clean Power Plan

The National Law Review, Aug. 4, 2015., by Stephen L. Miller, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC.
http://www.natlawreview.com/article/epa-releases-clean-power-plan

"On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy released the agency’s Clean Power Plan, regulations designed to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from power plants, as well as promoting low-emitting power sources and energy efficiency. These sweeping new rules may revolutionize the nation’s power generation system, and will be challenged vigorously in federal court."

Includes links to the Plan, as well as other related fact sheets and key documents.

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