Berkeley, CA — The price of solar energy in the United States continues to fall substantially, according to the latest editions of two annual reports produced by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). A third Berkeley Lab report, written in collaboration with researchers at Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), shows that local permitting and other regulatory procedures can significantly impact residential... Read More


Posted by Kit Kennedy on September 2, 2014 For U.S. wind power, last year was both the best of times and the worst of times. That's the conclusion from the new Wind Technologies Market Report released last week by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and prepared by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).  Wind power does a number of things very well: It produces electricity without the carbon pollution that causes global warming (or the local air pollution that sends kids to hospital... Read More


The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to announce the release of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “2013 Wind Technologies Market Report,” which provides a comprehensive overview of trends in the U.S. wind power market, with a particular focus on 2013.  Drawing from a variety of data sources, this report covers a broad range of topics, including: •  Wind project installation trends •  Wind industry developments •  Domestic and imported content of wind turbines •  Wind... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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