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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


State & Future of the Power Industry

Public Utilities Fortnightly & Navigant, June 2016.
http://www.navigant.com/~/media/WWW/Site/Insights/Energy/2016/State-and-future-of-the-power-industry.pdf

Special Report: "What is the state and future of the electric utility industry? That’s a broad topic, much discussed and debated. This special report takes a unique approach to getting a handle on our present and where we’re heading."

Using Deemed Savings and Technical Reference Manuals for Efficiency Programs and Projects

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, June 27, 2016, by Steven R. Schiller, Jennifer Easler, Chuck Rea, and Tina Jayaweera. (A webinar presentation.)
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/using-deemed-savings-and-technical

"Applying well documented stipulated (deemed) values is a common practice for determining the savings from energy efficiency projects and programs and the databases where such deemed values are cataloged are called Technical Reference Manuals (TRMs).  During this webinar, experts will introduce the use of deemed savings, information on setting up and updating TRMs, lessons learned, and resources for state officials. As examples, speakers will discuss the content and development processes used for the Northwest regional TRM and the Iowa state TRM."

Energy Efficiency Program Financing: Where It Comes From, Where It Goes, and How It Gets There

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, June 2016, by Jeff Deason, Greg Leventis, Charles A. Goldman, and Juan Pablo Carvallo.
https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-1005754.pdf

"In this technical brief we characterize the programmatic energy efficiency financing market from a quantitative perspective. Financing in this report refers to provision of capital—which is paid back over time—to cover up-front costs of energy efficiency. It does not refer to rebates and other types of incentives." 

 


Planning and Budgeting for the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Programs

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, May 23, 2016, by Steven R. Schiller, Jennifer Meissner, Katie Rich, and Fred Gordon. (A webinar presentation.)
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/planning-and-budgeting-evaluation

"In this webinar our panel of experts discussed how states are establishing infrastructures, plans and budgets for their evaluations of efficiency programs funded by utility customers (ratepayers). State representatives, who have developed EM&V strategies, share their experiences and lessons learned."

The CPUC Issues a Pivotal Ruling on Net Energy Metering

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Jerry R. Bloom and Christine Kolosov.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/the-cpuc-issues-a-pivotal-ruling-on-net-energy-metering/

"On February 5, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its “Decision Adopting Successor to Net Energy Metering Tariff,” which preserves retail net metering in the service territories of California’s investor owned utilities (IOUs) and implements significant changes regarding eligible generation facility size, customer fees and rate structures."

How Targeted Demand Management Can Reduce the Need for New Investments in Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure

Comverge, Inc., 2016. 
http://www.comverge.com/comverge/media/pdf/Position%20Papers/Targeted-Demand-Management-Position-Paper.pdf

"Traditionally deployed across an electric utility’s entire service territory, demand response has most often been leveraged as a cost-effective substitute for peaking generation to ensure reliability when system demand is highest. Today, it is playing an expanded role in keeping rates low and lights on. Many utilities are beginning to look at geographically targeted demand response deployments as cost-effective alternatives to transmission and distribution infrastructure upgrades for local reliability. ...The model is called 'targeted demand management,' and it’s forging ahead in states such as New York and California."


How Are Distributed Energy Resources Affecting Transmission System Operators?

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Aaron Larson.
http://www.powermag.com/distributed-energy-resources-affecting-transmission-system-operators/

"Distributed energy resources (DERs) may be a competitive concern for traditional electric generators, but for independent system operators, DERs offer both benefits and challenges. Here’s what POWER learned about how system operators are responding to DERs."

Decoupling Spurs Energy Efficiency Investment

Intelligent Utility, Apr. 11, 2016.
http://www.intelligentutility.com/article/16/04/decoupling-spurs-energy-efficiency-investment

"This month in Electricity Journal, NRDC and Fresh Energy co-authored a paper that expands upon a credible and extensive body of research finding that, along with energy efficiency resource standards and performance incentives, decoupling elevates efficiency up the ladder of utility priorities. In reviewing data across five utilities in California, Idaho and Oregon, we identified a link between decoupling policies and elevated energy efficiency savings levels and program investment."

PG&E’s Newly Proposed Efficiency Program Is Simple. But It’s Based on a Revolutionary Concept

Greentech Media, Apr. 7, 2016, by Matt Golden.
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/PGEs-Newly-Proposed-Efficiency-Program-Is-Simple.-But-Its-Based-on-a-Rev

"In its proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), PG&E describes a residential pay-for-performance pilot that uses newly available and standardized energy and project data, combined with open-source standard methods to calculate savings, to enable a marketplace that pays for results measured at the meter, rather than upfront estimates."

Maximizing MWh: A Statistical Analysis of the Performance of Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Projects in the United States

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Mar. 2015.
https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-1004374.pdf

"This paper presents the first known use of multi-variate regression techniques to statistically explore empirical variation in utility-scale PV project performance across the United States."

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