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The Cost of Saving Electricity Through Energy Efficiency Programs Funded by Utility Customers: 2009–2015

Event Date: 6/27/2018 12:00pm

Cost of Saving Electricity Remains Low

The average cost to utilities to save a kilowatt-hour (kWh) in the United States is 2.5 cents, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date of the cost performance of energy efficiency programs funded by electricity customers.

New National Lab Study Quantifies the Value of Improving Distributed Solar Adoption Forecasts


We are pleased to announce a new study conducted jointly by Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), entitled Estimating the Value of Improved Distributed Photovoltaic Adoption Forecasts for Utility Resource Planning. A free webinar will also be held on May 24 at 10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern.

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Distribution System Planning - State Examples by Topic


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) are presenting a free webinar on May 14, 2018, to discuss a new report, Distribution System Planning - State Examples by Topic.

Largest Ever Database of U.S. Wind Turbines Released


New tool from Berkeley Lab and partners will enable crucial assessments by Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and greater access for wind energy researchers

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with public and private partners, is pleased to announce the release of the most comprehensive publicly available database yet of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) will allow unparalleled ability for government agencies and others to conduct research and make planning decisions.

New study finds that the market value of offshore wind varies significantly along the U.S. east coast


A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that the ‘market value’ of offshore wind—considering energy, capacity, and renewable energy certificates (RECs)—varies significantly along the U.S. east coast, and generally exceeds that of land-based wind in the region.

New Berkeley Lab Study Offers Insights into Income Trends of Residential Solar Adopters


We are pleased to announce a new Berkeley Lab report, Income Trends of Residential PV Adopters: An analysis of household-level income estimates. The study relies on a unique combination of datasets to describe income characteristics and trends among roughly 800,000 residential rooftop solar adopters located across 13 U.S. states. It is the most-comprehensive analysis of this type to-date, and one of few to utilize household-level income estimates.

New study explores prospects and approaches for increased electrification of buildings and industry


A  new study by Berkeley Lab reviews the possible benefits and barriers to greater electrification in U.S.

It's About Time: Energy Efficiency's Value Depends on Timing of Savings


Using electricity more efficiently benefits both consumers that install energy efficiency measures, from utility bill savings, and utility customers as a whole, from avoided utility system costs. Historically, quantification of efficiency's benefits has largely focused on the economic value of the energy savings. Far less attention has been paid to the peak demand impacts of efficiency, which make it more valuable and increase electric system reliability.

New study estimates impacts of a novel private financing approach on solar adoption for California homes


A new study by Berkeley Lab found that residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (R-PACE) programs increased deployment of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in California, raising it by about 7-12% in cities that adopt these programs.

New Report Showcases Pathways to Launching Commercial "PACE" Financing


Nonresidential buildings are responsible for over a quarter of primary energy consumption in the United States. Efficiency improvements in these buildings could result in significant energy and utility bill savings. To unlock those potential savings, a number of market barriers to energy efficiency must be addressed.

New Berkeley Lab Report Calls for Industry Attention to Ensuring Grid Reliability


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is pleased to announce the release of a new report: Frequency Control Requirements for Reliable Interconnection Frequency Response

New guide helps frame evaluation of utility efficiency programs


A new report by Berkeley Lab for the State and Local Energy Efficiency (SEE) Action Network describes how to create and update frameworks for conducting evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) of energy efficiency programs funded by utility customers.

A Large Majority of Wind Power Project Neighbors Have Positive Attitudes Toward Their Local Turbines, Berkeley Lab Study Finds


A Large Majority of Wind Power Project Neighbors Have Positive Attitudes Toward Their Local Turbines, Berkeley Lab Study Finds

Study is the first nationally representative survey of residents within close proximity to turbines

New Report Showcases States Digging Deeper Into Electric Distribution System Planning


With infrastructure aging and grid modernization promising greater reliability and resilience - and more consumer options - state involvement in long-term planning for electric distribution systems is growing.

Berkeley Lab report announcement: Regional Transmission Planning-A review of practices following FERC Order Nos. 890 and 1000


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is pleased to announce the release of a new report: Regional Transmission Planning-A review of practices following FERC Order Nos. 890 and 1000. This report, and its accompanying appendices, build on the work of two prior Berkeley Lab reports on Regional Transmission Plans and Regional Transmission Projects

IEA Wind Collaborative Releases Cross-Country Wind Energy Data Viewer, and Assesses the Market Value of Larger Wind Turbines


A working group of IEA Wind has developed an online tool to visualize and download data related to wind project statistics for the participating countries, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United States, as well as some aggregated data for the 28 European Union countries. LBNL, as a member of the multi-country IEA Wind working group, contributed the U.S. data to the tool.

Studies Provide a First-Order Assessment of the Impacts of Wind and Solar as well as other Drivers on Wholesale Prices, Bulk Power System Assets, and Power Plant Retirements

Event Date: 12/13/2017 10:00am

We are pleased to announce the release of two new Berkeley Lab reports: (1) Impacts of Variable Renewable Energy on Bulk Power System Assets, Pricing, and Costs; and (2) Power Plant Retirements: Trends and Possible Drivers. Both studies were initially prepared as input into the August 2017 DOE "Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability." A free webinar summarizing key findings from the reports will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern. Register for the webinar here.

New National Lab Study Shows Synergies of Solar + Storage for Managing Demand Charges

Event Date: 11/8/2017 9:00am

We are pleased to announce a new report, Solar + Storage Synergies for Managing Commercial-Customer Demand Charges, by researchers from Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).