Berkeley, CA — The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on homes and small businesses spans a wide range, and researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have published a new study that reveals the key market and system drivers for low-priced PV systems. Berkeley Lab’s Ryan Wiser, a co-author of the study, explains, “Despite impressive recent cost reductions, installed prices for small-scale PV systems in the United States continue to... Read More


National labs find RPS mandates yielding ‘sizable’ benefits By: Christa Marshall Posted: Thursday, January 7, 2015 Renewable portfolio standards have “sizable” impacts on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, water use, job creation and the economy, two national laboratories say in a report released today. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory conclude that renewable portfolio standards in 29 states and the District of Columbia resulted in $2.2 billion in benefits from... Read More


Report: Benefits From State Renewable Portfolio Standards Far Outweigh Costs By: Jeff St. John Posted: January 6, 2016 State renewable portfolio standards, the key policies driving renewable power growth across the United States, are under attack from opponents who say they increase electricity costs for consumers. But a new report finds that any costs are far outweighed by the economic benefits derived from the environmental and health improvements that come with greening the energy mix in the... Read More


A new study estimates that $2.2 billion in benefits came from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion from reductions in other air pollution for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013. The report also shows national water withdrawals and consumption were reduced by 830 billion gallons and 27 billion gallons in 2013, respectively. The report, entitled A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards, was conducted by... Read More


The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to announce the release of a new report: Future Opportunities and Challenges with Using Demand Response as a Resource in Distribution System Operations and Planning. The U.S. electric grid is aging and predicted to require substantial investment in the near future to maintain reliability.  At the same time, distributed energy resources, especially those with variable and the potential for two-way power flows, are gaining traction in areas served by... Read More


The electric industry in the U.S. is undergoing significant changes for a number of reasons, including new and improved technologies, changing customer desires, low load growth in many regions, and changes in federal and state policies and regulations. A new series of reports commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Electricity Markets and Policy Group will advance the discussion by... Read More


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