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07/22/2014

More than 200 energy efficiency loan programs in 49 states are administered by utilities, state/local government agencies, or private lenders. This distributed model for efficiency financing has led to significant variation in program design and implementation practices including how data is collected and used. Inconsistencies in data definitions and collection pose challenges for consolidating and aggregating data across programs. These inconsistencies curb opportunities for increasing efficiency... Read More

07/15/2014

The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to announce the release of a new report, authored jointly by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and entitled, “Integrating Solar PV in Utility System Operations.”   Solar power is increasingly becoming an important contributor to global electricity systems. Because solar PV power output is both variable and uncertain, there are concerns about how its inclusion in... Read More

06/13/2014

Energy Policy and Regulatory Expert Lisa Schwartz Has Joined Berkeley Lab as Energy Efficiency Team Leader in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group The Electricity Markets and Policy (EMP) Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is pleased to announce that Lisa Schwartz has joined us as our Energy Efficiency Team Leader. She is responsible for leading our energy efficiency research and technical assistance projects in the areas of policy, program design, implementation, and... Read More

06/13/2014

What do renewable portfolio standards cost states? Not a lot, national labs say Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 For over a decade, state renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) have been a major driver of clean energy in the United States. They've fed the growth of solar and wind power even in the absence of federal climate policy and laid some of the foundations on which U.S. EPA's proposed carbon rule for existing power plants builds. At the same time, they've been... Read More

06/11/2014

Can financing deliver significant private capital and rapid growth in home energy efficiency improvements? A key element may be attracting secondary-market investors to buy the efficiency loans and thereby replenish funds for a new round of lending. A new policy brief from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, led by efficiency financing expert Peter Thompson, details how two creative financing entities crafted a ground-breaking deal with several novel features that may offer valuable lessons for future... Read More

06/03/2014

Published by Windpower Monthly online, May 30, 2014. Can solar PV beat wind on price? The wind industry used to benchmark its costs against fossil-fuel generation and hydropower, but falling prices for solar panels and a growth in large-scale deployment of the technology is closing the gap between solar and wind electricity costs, especially in the US. Funded by the Department of Energy, through its SunShot initiative, California-based Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently began analysing... Read More

05/30/2014

The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to announce the release of a new report, authored jointly by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and entitled, “A Survey of State-Level Cost and Benefit Estimates of Renewable Portfolio Standards.”   Renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies are in place in more than half of all U.S. states and have played a critical role in driving renewable energy deployment over the past decade.  In many states,... Read More

05/06/2014

Published by Greentech Media online, May 6, 2014. Experts: The Cost Gap Between Renewables and Natural Gas 'Is Closing' Wind's levelized cost of energy is catching up to gas, and solar is only a step behind. The cost of renewables is steadily catching up to the cost of natrual gas and will soon beat it. According to a panel of researchers at the Windpower 2014 conference, continued improvements in wind and solar technologies are making them a threat to natural gas. Ryan Wiser, a staff scientist at the... Read More

04/29/2014

This webinar was hosted by the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Working Group on Evaluation, Measurement and Verification on April 23rd, 2014. Since 2010, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has acted as the project manager for the United States Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program’s consumer behavior study effort, where it seeks to achieve consistency of experimental design and adherence to data collection and reporting protocols across... Read More

04/24/2014

The Scientific American story on nuclear power to fight climate change quoted Electricity Market & Policy Group's Ryan Wiser. "A mix of low-carbon energy from renewables, nuclear, or fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage [CCS] are going to need to grow to 80 percent of the electricity supply by 2050," said Ryan Wiser, a research scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a lead author of the energy supply chapter of the IPCC's recent Working Group III report." Full Article Read More