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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.


All posts tagged 'Incentives'

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To ITC or Not to ITC: What Happens if Solar's Federal Tax Incentives Aren't Extended

Utility Dive, Oct. 1, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.

"What will happen if the federal investment tax credit (ITC) so many solar developers depend on isn't extended?  “If the investment tax credit is not extended, we see it as a disruption, not a death for the industry,” said Maddy Yozwiak, U.S. Power and RECs analyst  and co-author of the recently-released report, “How extending the investment tax credit would affect US solar build,” from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)."

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A Survey of State and Local PV Program Response to Financial Innovation and Disparate Federal Tax Treatment in the Residential PV Sector

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL-181290, June 2015, by Mark Bolinger and Edward Holt.

"High up-front costs and a lack of financing options have historically been the primary barriers to the adoption of photovoltaics (PV) in the residential sector. State clean energy funds, which emerged in a number of states from the restructuring of the electricity industry in the mid-to-late 1990s, have for many years attempted to overcome these barriers through PV incentive and, in some cases, loan programs. While these programs (incentive programs in particular) have been popular, the residential PV market in the United States only started to achieve significant scale in the last five years – driven in large part by an initial wave of financial innovation that led to the rise of third-party ownership."


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The Impact of Energy Efficient Design and Construction on LIHTC Housing in Virginia

Report to Housing Virginia by the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, Feb. 10, 2015.

"The purpose of this report is to identify and verify possible benefits of the shift in housing policy by the Virginia Housing development Authority (VHDA) to encourage energy efficiency (EE) in the affordable rental stock in Virginia through the LIHTC [Low-Income Housing Tax Credits] program. The research addresses key issues related to energy efficiency and affordable housing through a rigorous measurement of economic impacts for low-income residents, distinguishing the effects of design, construction, technologies and behavior per unit."

A Tale of a Poorly Designed [Incentive] Program and Overly Judgmental Evaluators

ACEEE Blog, Nov. 4, 2014, by Steven Nadel.

"The E2e project released a working paper recently that evaluates the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP), funded in 2009 by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In the paper, authors Sebastien Houde and Joseph Aldy find that the SEEARP program provided little economic stimulation or energy savings."

The Fine Art of Making Energy Visible

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Mark Scott Lavin.

"One of the boldest experiments in energy efficiency collaboration in the US is now well underway in Vermont, where cold winters and other factors drive some of the highest energy costs in the country. It’s spearheaded by a new kind of utility known as Efficiency Vermont and run by the non-profit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). This new utility is the first of its kind, though similar initiatives have emerged in Oregon, Washington DC, and the Ohio region. Efficiency Vermont provides electricity to stakeholders, not by building power plants, but by helping existing consumers use less energy and use it wisely."

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Hawaii Energy Offers State’s First Energy Efficiency Auction

Air Conditioning/Heating/Refrigeration News, Sept. 11, 2014.

"Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu, and Maui counties, is launching the Hawaii Energy Efficiency Auction. The auction is an open call for contractors, developers, energy efficiency solution providers, energy service companies (ESCOs), energy vendors, and property managers to submit qualified energy efficiency projects to compete for up to $2.1 million in incentive funds to offset project costs."

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

Hydro Review, July 2014, by Luke Rose and Rebecca K. Blood.

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

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Successful Practices in Combined Gas and Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Research Report U1406, Aug. 6, 2014. (Free registration required for access to full report.)

"Compared to single-fuel programs, combined natural gas and electric energy efficiency programs often deliver additional energy and dollar savings at lower cost to utilities and consumers. They also enhance customer satisfaction. Many leading dual-fuel programs demonstrate these benefits. This report presents successful examples of combined natural gas and electric programs—residential, commercial, and industrial—in every region of the country in which there are both types of programs."

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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.

(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."

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David Crane and the Coming Electric Utility Apocalypse

Power Magazine, May 2014, by Kennedy Maize.

"The hyperbole in the headline comes not from the author but from those nipping at the heels of the traditional electric utility industry. Hyperbole aside, several recent and likely future developments have set the stage for a new set of industry players" such as net-metering, distributed generation, demand-side management, government incentives, etc.

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