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Student capstone papers yield new insights into solar market dynamics

10/10/2018

Summary of UT Austin Student Capstone Projects

We are pleased to release a summary of the key findings from seven different papers completed by teams of University of Texas (UT) at Austin students, each of which explored a different aspect of the solar market.

Berkeley Lab estimates sustained electric power interruptions cost the U.S. approximately $44 billion annually—a 25% increase since 2006.

10/4/2018

Interest in electricity reliability and resilience in the United States has increased dramatically since Berkeley Lab first estimated the national cost of sustained power interruptions in 2006. “Yet, we’re not aware of any peer-reviewed literature on the economic impacts of these power interruptions since our prior work” says author Kristina LaCommare.

No time to lose: Recent research on the time-sensitive value of efficiency

Event Date: 11/1/2018 10:00am

Berkeley Lab, working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, is hosting a free webinar on November 1, 2018, to discuss recent research on the time-sensitive value of energy efficiency.

eProject Builder reaches milestone of 600 projects and over 1,000 users trained; tool named as finalist in the R&D 100 awards

9/24/2018

eProject Builder ( ePB ), an energy project data management tool developed by Berkeley Lab, recently reached a milestone of 600 projects initiated and over 1,000 users trained. ePB is also a finalist in the 2018 R&D 100 awards—the “Oscars” of innovation.

Berkeley Lab’s “Tracking the Sun” describes the latest distributed PV pricing trends

9/19/2018

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest edition of Berkeley Lab’s annual Tracking the Sun report. The report describes installed prices and other trends among distributed photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States, based on an underlying dataset of more than 1.3 million PV systems (with transaction prices for 770,000 systems). This latest edition focuses primarily on trends through year-end 2017, with preliminary data for the first half of 2018.

Berkeley Lab’s “Utility-Scale Solar” documents an expanding U.S. market

Event Date: 9/20/2018 10:00am

We are pleased to release the 2018 edition of Berkeley Lab’s Utility-Scale Solar report, which presents analysis of empirical project-level data from the U.S. fleet of ground-mounted solar projects with capacities exceeding 5 MW-AC.

Data Visualizations Enable Exploration of Key U.S. Wind Power Trends

9/10/2018

In conjunction with the release of the annual Wind Technologies Market Report, prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy, Berkeley Lab has produced a series of interactive data visualizations that allow users to explore some of the data from the report.

Annual DOE Report Finds that Wind Energy Is Being Sold at Record-Low Prices

8/23/2018

New wind energy report finds better performance, lower costs, and wind energy prices at ~ 2¢/kWh.

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: The Future of Transportation Electrification: Utility, Industry and Consumer Perspectives

Event Date: 9/13/2018 10:30am

Report No. 10 in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) presents a free webinar on September 13, 2018 to discuss a new report, The Future of Transportation Electrification: Utility, Industry and Consumer Perspectives.

Announcing Pair of Research Products Related to the Value of Power System Reliability and Resilience

8/1/2018

Guidebook and user-friendly online tool provide basis for valuing the benefits of utility investments in power system reliability and resilience

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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

5/15/2018

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

5/7/2018

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

4/19/2018

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

4/16/2018

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

4/12/2018

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

4/9/2018

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

4/5/2018

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

4/4/2018

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.

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