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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: Utilities

Utilities


Healthy Choices: Selecting From the Distributed Generation Rate Menu

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2015, by Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44168

"Choosing the best distributed generation rate design for your utility depends largely on your community."

Making Advanced Metering Infrastructure Work for a Small Utility

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2015, by Susan Ryba.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44157

"A rural community in North Carolina, Kings Mountain, has owned and operated its own utility system for more than 100 years and now serves about 6,000 electric, natural gas and water/sewer customers. The city’s electric, water and natural gas services are monitored and managed utilizing an advanced metering infrastructure system for assistance. The city’s leadership determined that the rollout of these technologies would be open and transparent to make sure the community not only accepted the new technology, but also welcomed it."

The Lowly Lightbulb Outshines Solar and Wind on U.S. Power Grids

Bloomberg Business, Aug. 14, 2015, by Naureen Malik.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-13/the-lowly-lightbulb-outshines-solar-and-wind-on-u-s-power-grids

"Utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs."

Searching for Equilibrium: How to Achieve It In the Era of Distributed Energy

Public Utilities Fortnightly, Aug. 2015, by David J. O'Brien.
http://www.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/2015/08/searching-equilibrium?authkey=1b8f573ff31babae044128d6c9f9c6755bd259c00f01b6cc6f6320f438d8a7f0

"Over the decades of state regulation of distribution utilities, we have seen prominent structural changes - independent power and restructuring - that have altered the basis of the regulatory bargain. Today we stand at another critical point: where the structural underpinnings of the regulatory compact have shifted and a state of disequilibrium exists."

Energy Efficiency in the Clean Power Plan: Take One

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 12, 2015, by Cassandra Kubes.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/08/energy-efficiency-clean-power-plan

"On August 3rd, EPA released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that sets performance rates and individual state targets for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Now that the emissions targets are set, energy efficiency plays a prominent role as a proven strategy that states can use to reduce energy, cut emissions, and boost the economy."

Addressing the Energy-Intensive Marijuana Industry in Oregon

Energy Efficiency Markets, July 28, 2015, by Lisa Cohn.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/addressing-energy-intensive-marijuana-industry/

"With recreational marijuana now legal in the state of Oregon, there’s growing interest in how to address the energy-intensive marijuana industry. Until the state works out the details of a law — effective July 1 — legalizing recreational marijuana, it is now only legal to grow medical marijuana in Oregon.  But there’s concern that once the industry gears up later this year, the growers will draw large amounts of energy. In fact, an article in a Portland paper, the Portland Business Journal, asked, 'Is it Time for LEED Weed?'"

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
."

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.

Opportunities for Action on Energy Management Information Systems for Industrial Customers: A Report for Program Administrators

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), July 29, 2015, by Chad Gilless.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/opportunities-for-action-on-industrial-energy-management-information-systems.pdf?sfvrsn=6

"This report helps NEEA's funders and other program administrators determine how to move forward with energy management information systems (EMIS) with their industrial customers. It offers ideas for the future as well as immediate next steps for program administrators.

This publication builds on NEEA’s Inventory of Industrial Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) for M&V Applications, and on two new guides - the
Guide to Selecting an EMIS and the Guide to Using an EMIS."
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