The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Appraising into the Sun: Six-State Solar Home Paired-Sales Analysis.   The research engaged a team of seven appraisers from across six states to determine the value that host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) systems added to single-family homes using the industry-standard paired-sales valuation technique, which compares recent sales of comparable homes to estimate the premium buyers would pay for PV.   The... Read More


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new white paper highlighting how residential energy efficiency programs can help make homes' energy efficiency visible to appraisers, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, homebuyers and sellers. Download the paper here.   Multiple studies in recent years have indicated that energy efficiency is an important consideration for homebuyers. In fact, energy efficiency-certified homes sell for a premium in some regions of the United States. The... Read More


The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Flexibility Inventory for Western Resource Planners.   Deploying more variable generating resources, such as wind and solar, will increase the need for power-system flexibility, but, historically, flexibility has not been systematically evaluated in utility planning studies.   We develop a high-level, year-to-year flexibility inventory that tracks flexibility supply and demand based on utility integrated... Read More


  The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to annouce new two webinars related to the Future Electric Utility Regulation Series: Report No. 1: Electric Industry Structure and Regulatory Responses in a High Distributed Energy Resources FutureRegister now for a webinar on Thursday, Nov. 12th, at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern) on potential structural changes in the electric industry and related changes in business organization and regulation... Read More


Increasing Catastrophic Weather Causing Power Outages to Last Longer, Study Says By Eric Chaney Posted August 25, 2015 Feel like it’s taking longer and longer for your power to come back on after a storm or an outage? Well according to a recent study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University, you’re right, and an increase in catastrophic weather is to blame. In what they’re calling “the most comprehensive study of this topic to date,” researchers from both institutions studied... Read More


The boom in wind energy couldn’t be coming at a better time By Chris Mooney Posted August 10, 2015 The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, released last week, requires the country to use a lot more renewable energy by the year 2030 — and a lot less coal. And right on time, two new reports published Monday by the Department of Energy find that one key renewable sector — wind — is booming, a development that can only help matters when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. The reports... Read More


Future distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment levels are highly sensitive to retail electricity rate design, according to a newly released report by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The study also explores the feedback effects between retail electricity rates and PV deployment, and suggests that increased solar deployment can lead to changes in PV compensation levels that either accelerate or dampen further deployment. “We find... Read More


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is seeking an experienced Energy Efficiency Program Manager to direct and conduct technical, economic, and policy research and analysis and provide technical assistance to policymakers and regulators. The Opportunity Berkeley Lab is increasing the impact of applied policy and technical research that results in transformational energy and environmental solutions. The Electricity Markets and Policy Group (EMP) is responsible for conducting technical,... Read More


New DOE report outlines how utilities can best manage & market time-of-use rates Researchers studied TOU offerings from 10 utilities to understand which techniques work best By Robert Walton Posted on June 17, 2015 Peter Cappers wants you to know what energy costs, when you use it: “As an economist," he said, "I believe in marginal prices.” Cappers works with the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and authored a recent study examining variable utility... Read More


What's behind solar price variability, and why utilities get the best deals By Herman K. Trabish Posted on March 5, 2015 It is not news that solar prices are dropping fast, but its high price variability means that not everyone can get a good enough deal to make a rooftop system economic. In 2013, the cheapest 20% of solar systems sold at less than $3.90 per watt and another 20% went for more than $5.60 per watt. Understanding the factors behind price variability can help installers and distributed energy... Read More