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June 13, 2024
New report and interactive map provide a detailed look at the diversity of renewable energy siting and permitting regulations and processes across the United States, profiling all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.We are excited to share a new report that closely examines the diversity of siting and permitting regulations, authorities, and processes for renewable energy across the United States. The... Read more
June 11, 2024
Policymakers have begun to explore various methods to reduce the energy burden, defined as the percentage of household income spent on energy expenses, of vulnerable households. Alongside more established strategies such as bill assistance and weatherization, solar energy is increasingly being considered. To help assess the potential for rooftop solar to serve in this emerging role, Lawrence... Read more
June 6, 2024
Community solar expands solar access to communities that have struggled to adopt rooftop solar More than four million households had adopted rooftop solar in the United States by the end of 2023. However, certain communities still face substantial barriers to rooftop solar adoption, especially households living in multifamily housing, renters, and low-income households. Community solar—where... Read more
June 4, 2024
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is extending the application submission deadline for its latest opportunity for state public utility commissions (PUCs) and state energy offices (SEOs) to gain access to high impact technical assistance that will require several person-months of support. The Resources and Assistance for State Energy Offices and Regulators program is now accepting applications... Read more
May 30, 2024
The burdens of the energy system do not fall equally on all electricity and gas utility customers. The production, delivery, and consumption of electricity and gas causes disproportionate social, health, and economic costs and benefits for low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous people, and rural customers, among others.State legislators and regulators are establishing new goals... Read more
May 29, 2024
We are pleased to announce a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Reports Sustainability that focuses on the air quality and climate benefits of wind and solar energy. Though past studies have demonstrated that wind and solar generation provide substantial health and climate benefits, this research provides an important update: It accounts for recent changes in the electricity... Read more
May 15, 2024
On December 15, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission passed an overhaul of the net metering program for the state’s investor-owned utilities. The changes replaced the long-standing net energy metering (NEM) tariffs with a net billing tariff (NBT) structure—colloquially known as “NEM 3.0”—which significantly reduces the compensation for behind-the-meter solar photovoltaic (PV)... Read more
May 8, 2024
The Renewables and Wholesale Electricity Prices (ReWEP) visualization tool from Berkeley Lab has been updated with nodal electricity pricing and wind and solar generation data through the end of 2023: https://emp.lbl.gov/renewables-and-wholesale-electricity-prices-rewepReWEP users can explore trends in wholesale electricity prices and their relationship to wind and solar generation. ReWEP includes... Read more
April 29, 2024
Final report following stakeholder feedback details near- to long-term solutions to add clean energy resources to the transmission gridOn April 17th, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) released the final version of a roadmap to address interconnection challenges on the transmission grid. The Transmission Interconnection Roadmap is intended to serve... Read more
April 23, 2024
Building energy technologies and distributed generation, including energy efficiency (EE), distributed solar PV (DPV), and building electrification, are critical to meeting state, utility, and U.S. decarbonization and greenhouse gas (GHG) goals. Under current electricity rate designs and declining capital cost trends, adoption and deployment of EE and DPV have substantially increased, as well as... Read more
April 19, 2024
Organizers:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | https://eta.lbl.govUniversity of California, Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics | https://are.berkeley.edu/ Time: Monday, May 6th at 6-7pm US Pacific timeLanguage: EnglishRegistration: Register in advance for this meeting: https://lbnl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gPl0DbtSTam41KXqHcLqAg. After registering, you will receive... Read more
April 18, 2024
Pay-As-You-Save (PAYS®) programs have attracted considerable interest as a vehicle to overcome access and affordability barriers to energy efficiency improvements in buildings. These programs enable participating households to receive energy efficiency upgrades without taking on debt by collecting repayment through a tariff attached to a utility meter. PAYS® project approval requires that a... Read more
April 16, 2024
A survey of nearly 1000 residents living near large-scale solar plants finds considerably more positive attitudes than negative, while identifying key concerns.Driven by favorable economics, policy factors, and decarbonization goals, large-scale solar (LSS, defined here as ground-mounted photovoltaic projects ≥1 MWDC) has expanded rapidly in recent years, with more than 90 gigawatts (GW) now... Read more
April 10, 2024
With grid interconnection reforms underway across the country, a Berkeley Lab-led study shows nearly 2,600 gigawatts of energy and storage capacity in transmission grid interconnection queuesThe backlog of new power generation and energy storage seeking transmission connections across the U.S. grew again in 2023, with nearly 2,600 gigawatts (GW) of generation and storage capacity now actively... Read more
March 26, 2024
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing a new opportunity for state public utility commissions (PUCs) and state energy offices (SEOs) to get easy access to rapid turn-around, high impact technical assistance. The Resources and Assistance for State Energy Offices and Regulators program uses a brief, straightforward application process to connect PUCs and SEOs with subject matter experts... Read more
March 15, 2024
Residents of manufactured homes have some of the lowest incomes and highest energy burdens in the United States, with limited opportunities to make their homes more energy efficient. Community solar offers a new avenue to help them cut utility bills, especially when combined with efficient electrification upgrades.A new report from Berkeley Lab explores program ideas that bring together community... Read more
February 29, 2024
To meet clean energy goals, states will need significant capital. Federal funding from the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will make some of this capital available. States may wish to consider leveraging their state clean water revolving funds to finance even more clean energy improvements. New York and Pennsylvania have used this innovative mechanism to... Read more
February 27, 2024
Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing continues its robust activity, with more than 40% year-over-year growth in investment in 2022 based on investment data collected by PACENation. Administrators of those C-PACE programs may want to demonstrate and verify energy savings performance in order to:Support the public policy objective of their programsEstablish the value of... Read more
February 21, 2024
We are looking for an experienced policy researcher to join our team at Berkeley Lab! Lead research, manage programs and teams, and collaborate with stakeholders on energy service company (ESCO) project performance and market trends and other decarbonization/distributed energy resources topics.Link to the job posting: https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/energy-environmental-policy-researcher-6272.... Read more
February 21, 2024
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized a multi-laboratory team’s work on the Puerto Rican electric grid with a 2023 Secretary’s Honor Award. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) staff Peter Cappers, Margaret Pigman, and Jeffrey Deason (pictured left to right) are among the team recipients.DOE and six National Laboratories have been providing Puerto Rico with tools,... Read more
February 15, 2024
The Energy Markets and Policy Department is seeking experienced Policy Researchers to join our team at Berkeley Lab In this exciting role, you will lead or contribute to advanced research projects involving policy and technical aspects of energy, economic, and market issues to inform the development of energy/environmental policies. You will conduct research, provide technical assistance to... Read more
January 24, 2024
New Berkeley Lab survey of large-scale wind and solar project developers highlights industry concerns with the social factors that contribute to project delays and cancellations. Large-scale wind and solar deployment is impacted by various technical, economic, and social factors. The social factors, such as community opposition and local ordinances and zoning, in particular remain under examined... Read more
January 22, 2024
Price-based demand response (DR), or time-varying rates, is an underutilized resource that could substantially contribute to load flexibility for electricity systems. But most utilities have not yet captured these benefits in electricity system planning. Berkeley Lab's new technical brief, “The use of price-based demand response as a resource in electricity system planning,” finds that... Read more
January 18, 2024
A new journal article draws insights from 54 interviews of residents, developers, and policy makers around seven large-scale solar projects across the U.S. Despite national polls showing broad support for large-scale solar (LSS, defined here as ground-mounted photovoltaic projects ≥1 MWDC) among rural Americans, opposition from local residents and elected officials around proposed LSS projects... Read more
January 16, 2024
Solar on businesses, schools, houses of worship, and other non-residential buildings affect residential adoption trends Previous research has shown that social influence can drive rooftop solar adoption. Research to date has primarily focused on influence between households, but certain forms of social influence may also exist between non-residential and residential installations. For example, an... Read more