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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


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."

Gov. Inslee Announces Executive Action to Reduce Carbon Pollution and Promote Clean Energy

Washington State Governor's Office, Press Release, Apr. 29, 2014.
http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/releases/article.aspx?id=247

"Gov. Jay Inslee today signed an executive order outlining a series of steps to cut carbon pollution in Washington and advance development and use of clean energy technologies."

Net Zero and Living Building Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for the Buildings in the District of Columbia

New Buildings Institute, Apr. 30, 2014.
http://newbuildings.org/news/district-zero-energy-buildings

"The District of Columbia Department of the Environment today released the findings of a recent study detailing how the District, already home to more green buildings per capita than other large cities, can best craft policy and create incentives to build zero energy, zero water and Living Buildings™." The press release includes a link to the full report.

NASEO Finalizes State Energy Planning Guidelines

National Association of State Energy Officials, Apr. 2014.
http://www.naseo.org/news-article?NewsID=422

"The final version of NASEO’s State Energy Planning Guidelines is now available.  The Guidelines outline a process and broadly applicable policies and programs for states that are developing or updating their state energy plans.  States’ comprehensive and strategic energy plans provide a framework for meeting energy, economic, and environmental goals."

Why Is Electricity Use No Longer Growing?

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Feb. 25, 2014, by Steven Nadel and Rachel Young.
http://www.aceee.org/white-paper/low-electricity-growth (free registration required to access full report)

"In this paper, we undertake several analyses to consider which factors best explain changes in electricity use in recent years. Our hypothesis is that the recession alone cannot explain the recent stagnation in electricity consumption. We instead hypothesize that electricity savings from energy efficiency programs and from other efficiency efforts such as appliance standards and building codes are having a broad national impact on electricity consumption in the United States, possibly contributing significantly to the recent decline in electricity consumption."

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."

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