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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


The Effectiveness of State-Level Policies on Solar Market Development in Different State Contexts

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Report, NREL/TP-7A40-61029, Feb. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/61029.pdf

"In response to public interest in customer-sited distributed solar photovoltaics (PV), state and local policymakers have implemented policy initiatives with the goal of encouraging private investment and building a robust PV market. Policymakers face challenges, including limited budgets and incomplete information about the effectiveness of the various policy options in their specific situation and in crafting and executing policy that supports market development goals.

This paper builds on [earlier] research to determine the most effective policy strategies for different types of states, as determined by their physical, demographic and macroeconomic context." 


A New Approach to Evaluating Societal Energy Solutions (Part 2)

EDC (Environmental Design & Construction): The Official Magazine for the LEED Professional, Feb. 2014, by Daniel H. Nall.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95444-a-new-approach-to-evaluating-societal-energy-solutions-part-2

"This is the second of a two-part article discussing the global 'energy problem,' which is not a single issue but, rather, an interconnected web of problems that have significant impact on the global environment and economy."

Part 1 is in the Jan. 2014 issue of EDC - http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95409

Engaging Small to Mid-Size Lenders in the Market for Energy Efficiency Investment:

ACEEE, Report Number F1401, Feb. 2014.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/f1401.pdf  (free registration required to access)

"On October 18, 2013, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Energi Insurance Services, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Argonne National Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) convened a group of key stakeholders to discuss opportunities for augmenting small bank and lender activity in the energy efficiency space.

This white paper captures key findings from the convening and places them within the context of current research and experience. It goes on to make recommendations to entities within the energy efficiency community to help increase small to mid-size lender activity in the market for energy efficiency financing."


Seattle Building Energy Benchmark Analysis Report, 2011/2012

Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, Jan. 2014.
http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/OSE/EBR-2011-2012-report.pdf

"Seattle is currently one of nine cities and two states in the nation that have enacted energy benchmarking disclosure policies aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the existing building stock through data access and transparency. In 2013, Seattle completed the Energy Benchmarking and Reporting program ramp-up phase by collecting whole-building annual energy use for commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet or larger. This first report summarizes program outcomes, building characteristics, trends, and recommendations."

Mainzer Named BPA Administrator

BPA Journal, Feb. 2014.
http://www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/Journal/Journal-201402-February-2014.pdf

"The Energy Department appointed Elliot Mainzer as the BPA administrator, effective Jan. 27. Mainzer, who previously served as BPA’s acting administrator, has worked in the energy industry for more than 16 years."

Current Trends in Utility Rates & Economic Regulation

WE (Western Energy): The Official Publication of Western Energy Institute, Fall 2013, by Russell A. Feingold.
http://digital.apogee-mg.com/publication/?i=184542 (Scroll to page 8.)

Reports on trends in Black & Veatch Corporation's annual U.S. Electric Utility Industry Report. "While the results of the 2013 report show the continuity of many recent industry trends, certain significant changes were noted that have affected, or are starting to affect, participating organizations."

A New Approach to Evaluating Societal Energy Solutions (Part I)

EDC (Environmental Design & Construction): The Official Magazine for the LEED Professional, Jan. 2014, by Daniel H. Nall.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95409-a-new-approach-to-evaluating-societal-energy-solutions-part-I

"Currently proposed solutions to perceived energy problems of today’s global community too often focus on specific technologies and address only a small portion of the overall problem. The tendency to “silo-ize” these issues tends to produce revolutionary solutions to minor problems and to foster neglect of larger issues. The approach below attempts to deconstruct the “energy problem” into component parts to facilitate evaluation of proposed solutions and technologies in the larger context."

Part 2 is in the Feb. 2014 issue of EDC - http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95444


Examining the Net Savings Issue: A National Survey of State Policies and Practices in the Evaluation of Ratepayer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

ACEEE, Jan. 15, 2014, by Martin Kushler, Seth Nowak & Patti Witte.
http://www.aceee.org/research-report/u1401

"Determining the net savings impacts of a program is one of the most prominent and longstanding challenges in the utility energy efficiency field. ACEEE conducted a national review of state approaches to the net savings issue in order to help policymakers, regulators, utilities, and other interested parties better understand this issue and how their peers are addressing it." Free registration required to view full report.
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