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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


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."

DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America’s Electric Grid

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, January 14, 2016.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2016/21618

"Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation's electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE's comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), a blueprint for the Department's research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid."

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

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, 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. In particular, the study evaluates potential societal benefits associated with reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution emissions, and water use."


Renewables Poised to Deliver Climate Solution

North American Clean Energy, Nov. 2015.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/21891/renewables-poised-to-deliver-climate-solution

"Emission reductions from renewables, coupled with energy efficiency improvements, must be at the heart of any effort to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy 2015 – Renewable Energy and Climate, finds that achieving a 36% share of renewable energy by 2030 would result in half of all emission reductions needed to maintain a two degree pathway. Energy efficiency measures could supply the rest."

Energy Efficiency Could Cut Decarbonizing Costs by $2.8 Trillion

Energy Efficiency Markets.com, Nov. 25, 2015, by Elisa Wood.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/energy-efficiency-could-cut-decarbonizing-costs-by-2-8-trillion/

"Energy efficiency can reduce the cost of decarbonizing the economies of the U.S. Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Mexico by up to $250 billion per year, according to a new report.“How Energy Efficiency Cuts Costs for a 2° C Future.”"

The Top 5 Trends in Distributed Energy Policy and Rate Design

Utility Dive, Nov. 23, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-top-5-trends-in-distributed-energy-policy-and-rate-design/409639/

"From Maine to Hawaii, regulators continue to be caught between the power of utilities and the passion of renewables advocates on a slew of distributed energy issues, and a new report points out that they aren't likely to subside anytime soon."

2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Oct. 21, 2015. (Need to complete free registration to view full report.)
http://aceee.org/research-report/u1509

"For the past nine years, the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard has measured the progress of state policies and programs that save energy while also benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth. We use data vetted by state energy officials to rank states in six categories—utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state initiatives, and appliance standards."

To ITC or Not to ITC: What Happens if Solar's Federal Tax Incentives Aren't Extended

Utility Dive, Oct. 1, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/to-itc-or-not-to-itc-what-happens-if-solars-federal-tax-incentives-arent/406304/

"What will happen if the federal investment tax credit (ITC) so many solar developers depend on isn't extended?  “If the investment tax credit is not extended, we see it as a disruption, not a death for the industry,” said Maddy Yozwiak, U.S. Power and RECs analyst  and co-author of the recently-released report, “How extending the investment tax credit would affect US solar build,” from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)."

Proof of Concept: Community Solar is Ready to Soar Despite Complications

Solar Industry, Sep. 2015, by Sara E. Bergan and Andrew P. Moratzka.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1509/FEAT_05_Proof-Of-Concept-Community-Solar-Is-Ready-To-Soar-Despite-Complications.html

"Minnesota's turmoil over solar gardens provides a laboratory for handling similar efforts across the U.S."
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