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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: Laws/Rules/Regulations

Laws/Rules/Regulations


The Top 10 Utility Regulatory Commission Issues of 2016

Utility Dive, Nov. 28, 2016, by Krysti Shallenberger.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-top-10-utility-regulatory-commission-issues-of-2016/431164/

"From rate design to grid modernization and storage, state utility regulators had their hands full in 2016."

A 'Turning Point' for DERs? Utilities, Vendors Praise New NARUC Rate Design Manual

Utility Dive, Nov. 17, 2016, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/a-turning-point-for-ders-utilities-vendors-praise-new-naruc-rate-design/430621/

"Distributed energy resources remain a small part of most utilities' fuel mixes, but that could be transformed by a new manual about how utilities can use them. If electric utility regulators follow the recommendations for how to design rates and compensate distributed energy resources (DER), utilities and DER providers could together transform these new technologies from solely customer-serving resources into providers of services to the larger grid. "

Get Ready for New Federal Pump Efficiency Rules

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2016, by Gary Wamsley.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/october-2016-get-ready-new-federal-pump-efficiency-rules

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) earlier this year published a request to industry for assistance in developing new efficiency standards for pump systems. The federal notice (81 FR 5658) will lead to new federal regulations aimed at improving reliability and further reducing energy consumption nationwide in pumps, including circulator pumps."

BPA 2016-2017 Implementation Manual

Bonneville Power Administration, Aug. 22, 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/IManual/Documents/IM_August2016.pdf

Effective Oct. 1, 2016 - "Based on BPA’s Regional Dialogue policy, BPA commits to achieving the share of the Council’s Power Plan regional energy efficiency target that represents the load of BPA’s public power customers. BPA reports savings to its target from three major categories: programmatic, momentum and market transformation. The [Implementation] Manual covers only programmatic savings that are reportable to BPA’s targets."

U.S. Laws and Regulations for Renewable Energy Grid Interconnections

National Renewable Energy Lab, Sept. 2016, NREL/TP-6A20-66724.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/66724.pdf

"This report presents a brief chronological review of energy laws and regulations concerning grid interconnection procedures in the United States, highlighting the consequences of policies for renewable energy interconnections. Where appropriate, this report places interconnection policies and their impacts on renewable energy within the broader context of power market reform."

Why Home Solar Panels No Longer Pay in Some States

New York Times, July 26, 2016, by Diane Cardwell.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/business/energy-environment/why-home-solar-panels-no-longer-pay-in-some-states.html?_r=1

"Thrust in the middle are utility regulators. Even if they support greening the grid through technology adopters like [cropped], the regulators are also responsible for ensuring that the utilities can afford to supply power to the largest number of customers at the most equitable rates. That includes people without the money or inclination to install solar collectors."

Tacoma Power Ductless Heat Pump Proposal Changes Washington State Energy Code

Northwest Public Power Bulletin, Apr. 2016, by Sonja Bert. -- scroll or jump to page 14.
https://www.nwppa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016-April-Bulletin.pdf

"Tacoma Power's proposal to change the Washington State Energy code will soon make ductless heat pumps (DHPs) mandatory in some new construction homes. The change will save money for homeowners and help reduce the need for future power plants across the state."

Seventh [Northwest] Power Plan Now Available

Northwest Power & Conservation Council, Feb. 25, 2016.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/energy/powerplan/7/home/

"Four-state bipartisan agreement calls for clean, low-cost competitive energy economy attracting high wage jobs and preserving superior quality of life and environment over twenty year horizon."


Industry Prepares for U.S. Pump Efficiency Standards

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Mark Handzel.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/march-2016-industry-prepares-us-pump-efficiency-standards

"Manufacturers will need to adapt to new rules for clean-water pumps by 2020.

Q&A: What to Know About the New DOE Pump Energy Efficiency Rule

Flow Control, Mar. 3, 2016, by Michael Michaud and Peter Gaydon.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/qa-what-to-know-about-the-new-doe-pump-energy-efficiency-rule

"To get an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Pump Energy Efficiency Rule, Flow Control talked with Michael Michaud, executive director of the Hydraulic Institute (HI), and Peter Gaydon, its director of technical affairs. HI uses a pump systems approach to developing industry standards, providing knowledge and resources, educating the marketplace, and advocating for the industry."
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