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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


Combined Heat and Power and Clean Distributed Energy Policies

American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), July 2, 2014, by Anna Chittum and Neal Elliott. (Free registration required to view full-text of report.)
http://www.aceee.org/policy-brief/combined-heat-and-power-and-clean-distributed-energy-poli

"Combined heat and power (CHP) systems generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. CHP is not a technology, but a particular way to deploy existing technologies. Heat that is normally wasted in conventional power generation is recovered as useful energy, so CHP systems are more efficient and provide environmental, economic, and energy system infrastructure benefits. However, several barriers impede cost-effective CHP applications, including lack of common interconnection protocols, discriminatory standby rates, and emissions regulations that do not recognize the improved efficiency levels of CHP systems."

Legislation May Usher in a New Golden Age for U.S. Hydropower

Hydro Review, July 2014, by Luke Rose and Rebecca K. Blood.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-6/articles/legislation-may-usher-in-a-new-golden-age-for-u-s-hydropower.html

"With its revival for fiscal year 2014, the Hydroelectric Production Incentives Program shows promise as a new federal revenue stream for hydro facilities."

PURPA: It’s Not Just for IOUs Anymore

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Bulletin, Jul. 2014, by Richard Lorenz. (Scroll to page 18.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1805

"There may be a misconception in our region that PURPA (Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act) only applies to investor-owned electric utilities that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). However, this is not the case."

California's Wild Solar Ride Nears a Crossroads

Solar Industry, July 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_02_California-s-Wild-Solar-Ride-Nears-A-Crossroads.html

"Policy direction and bipartisan support are needed as the solar sector approaches a critical juncture in 2016."

A Survey of State-Level Cost and Benefit Estimates of Renewable Portfolio Standards

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) & LBNL Technical Report, NREL/TP-6A20-61042 & LBNL-6589E, May 2014.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-6589e.pdf

"This report surveys and summarizes existing state-level RPS cost and benefit estimates and examines the various methods used to calculate such estimates. The report relies largely upon data or results reported directly by electric utilities and state regulators."
 

Policy Brief: Clean Energy Keeps the Lights On

Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), Jun. 2014.
http://www.raponline.org/document/download/id/7175

"A new policy brief from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), Clean Energy Keeps the Lights On, dispels the myth that electricity portfolios with high penetrations of variable renewable resources threaten reliability. The authors review eight recent studies commissioned by utilities, governments, and non-governmental organizations to address this issue, and find that none suggest insurmountable reliability problems."

Power and Water: Will Feds Allow It for Pot?

Tacoma News Tribune, May 20, 2014, by C.R. Roberts.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3202349/power-and-water-will-feds-allow.html

"Nobody seems quite sure of the answer: Will the federal government withhold services to the state, given the conflict between legally grown marijuana in Washington and a national drug policy that finds marijuana illegal?"

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3202349/power-and-water-will-feds-allow.html#storylink=cpy

An Analysis of the Costs, Benefits, and Implications of Different Approaches to Capturing the Value of Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL-6610E, May 2014, by Mark Bolinger. http://emp.lbl.gov/publications/analysis-costs-benefits-and-implications-different-approaches-capturing-value-renewable

(Page includes links to the report, as well as a summary page, and a 30 minute webinar presentation.)

"This report analyzes and compares the relative costs, benefits, and implications of capturing the value of renewable energy tax benefits in these three different ways – i.e., applying them against outside income, carrying them forward in time until they can be fully absorbed internally, or monetizing them through third-party tax equity investors – to see which method is most competitive under various scenarios.... and more."

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

White House Press Release, May 9, 2014.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/09/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-commitments-and-executive-actions-a

"Today, President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency."

Daniel Yergin on the Next Energy Revolution

McKinsey Quarterly Commentary, April 2014.
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/
daniel_yergin_on_the_next_energy_revolution


"The global energy expert and Pulitzer Prize–winning author expects an energy landscape rife with innovations—and surprises."
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