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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


ACEEE Releases Tool for Including Building Codes in States’ Clean Power Plans

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Press Release, Mar. 16, 2015.
http://aceee.org/press/2015/03/aceee-releases-tool-including

"Today the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a step-by-step guide that helps states document and claim emissions reductions resulting from building energy codes as a means of complying with their obligations under the Clean Power Plan. The paper is the first in a series of guidance documents that demonstrate how a state can take advantage of energy efficiency in its compliance plan."

Opinion: How Solar Advocates are Overvaluing DG Solar

Utility Dive, Mar. 12, 2015, by Ashley Brown.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/opinion-how-solar-advocates-are-overvaluing-dg-solar/374297/

"Ashley Brown, executive director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, argues that rooftop solar is valuable, but should not be paid at full retail value."

Energy Efficiency as a T&D Resource

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), Jan. 2015, by Chris Neme & Jim Grevatt, of the Energy Futures Group.
http://www.neep.org/sites/default/files/products/EMV-Forum-Geo-Targeting_Final_2015-01-20.pdf

"This report focuses on the role efficiency can play in deferring utility transmission and distribution (T&D) system investments. In particular, it addresses the role that intentional targeting of efficiency programs to specific constrained geographies – either by itself or in concert with demand  response, distributed generation and/or other “non-wires alternatives” (NWAs)2 – can play in deferring such investments. The report focuses primarily on electric T&D deferral, since that is where efforts in this area have focused to date. However, the concepts should be equally applicable to natural gas delivery infrastructure."

Lower Load Growth Expectations for 7th Plan Don’t Reduce Importance of Energy Efficiency

NW Energy Coalition, Feb. 6, 2015.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/lower-load-growth-expectations-for-7th-plan-dont-reduce-importance-of-energy-efficiency/

"Northwest Power and Conservation Council [NPPC]staff expect significantly slower growth in energy demand over the next 20 years than was predicted in the sixth regional power plan five years ago. This preliminary projection marks a critical step in the Council’s development of the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan."

Multiple Benefits of Business-Sector Energy Efficiency: A Survey of Existing and Potential Measures

ACEEE, Jan. 2015, by Christopher Russell. (Need to register to view full-text.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/ie1501.pdf

"Businesses [large commercial, industrial, and institutional] that implement energy efficiency improvements often enjoy other benefits besides utility bill savings. However previous efforts to measure multiple benefits have been sporadic and far from rigorous. Still, evidence suggests that including non-energy impacts can reduce the payback time of some energy efficiency improvements by 50% or better. This report draws on expert interviews and a synthesis of existing literature to describe energy efficiency’s multiple benefits to business enterprises."

Advancing and Maximizing the Value of Energy Storage Technology - A California Roadmap

California Independent System Operator, Dec. 31, 2014.
http://www.caiso.com/Documents/Advancing-MaximizingValueofEnergyStorageTechnology_CaliforniaRoadmap.pdf

"The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Energy Commission (CEC) developed an energy storage roadmap that identifies policy, technology and process changes to address challenges faced by the storage sector."

Seattle Municipal Buildings: 2012-2013 Energy Performance Report

City of Seattle, Dec. 2014.
http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/OSE/2014-12-11%20EnergyPerformanceReport_2013_FINAL.pdf

"The City of Seattle has set an ambitious target to be a carbon neutral community by 2050. To get there, the entire community needs to reduce its environmental impact and City government must be a leader and an active participant. This report demonstrates that leadership by publicly sharing the results of the City’s work to rate the energy efficiency, or "energy performance" of City-owned facilities."

Energy Efficiency: The Secret Revolution

Solutions Journal, Rocky Mountain Institute, Summer 2014, by Amory Lovins.
https://medium.com/solutions-journal-summer-2014/energy-efficiency-the-secret-revolution-87076f0b6026

"How low can we go in the efficiency limbo? Nobody knows — but we’re far from any practical limit, and the frontiers keep expanding. Every gain in smart thermostats and superwindows, in LEDs and motors, in process equipment and computers, locks in more “negawatts” that further reduce our energy intensity."

CHP in the US and UK

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Dec. 2014, by Craig Howie and Alan Osborn.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-6/features/chp-in-the-us-and-uk.html

"It is often said that the UK and US are separated by a common language, but there are real and clear differences between the two countries' approaches to developing combined heat and power. CHP is firmly entrenched as part of the UK's energy mix, but many in the industry would argue that this is in spite rather than because of the approach taken by ministers. It is quite a contrast with the US, where federal, state and local governments seem keen to promote cogeneration."

IRP vs. EERS: There’s One Clear Winner Among State Energy Efficiency Policies

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Blog, Dec. 16, 2014, by Martin Kushler.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/12/irp-vs-eers-there-s-one-clear-winner-

"With Ohio and Indiana having recently made major changes to their utility energy efficiency policy, and other states like Florida and Arizona considering it, this is an important time to review the evidence about the relative effectiveness of state policies designed to encourage cost-effective energy efficiency."
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