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


Exclusive: Google buys Altamont wind energy to power Googleplex By Matt O'Brien Posted on February 11, 2015 Google has spent $1.5 billion around the world on clean energy projects cutting the pollution from millions of users clicking on search links, watching YouTube videos and sending emails, but now it's found a powerful electricity source close to home. The company will announce Wednesday that it is buying power from the Altamont Pass, one of the nation's oldest, largest and most iconic wind farms that... Read More


Largest-ever study quantifies the value of rooftop photovoltaics on homes that sold across eight states and 12 years Berkeley, CA— A multi-institutional research team of scientists led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkley Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, universities, and appraisers found that home buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems —averaging about $4 per watt of PV... Read More


Berkeley, CA — Differences in local market conditions and policies, and other factors, particularly the size of the system, can lead to wide disparities in what consumers across the United States pay to install solar energy systems on their homes or small businesses, according to a recent study published by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). This translates into thousands of dollars difference in the price of comparable solar energy systems around the U.S.... Read More


Solar Energy prices see double-digit declines in 2013 Posted October 21, 2014 An article in Commodities Now features findings from the Photovoltaic (PV) Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections (2014 Edition) report.  The report was jointly written by authors from Nartional Renewable Energy Laboratoy (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). To see the full article, click here. To see the full report, click here. Read More