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07/20/2016

As part of our Future Electric Utility Regulation series, Steve Corneli and Steve Kihm revisited the concept of natural monopoly and asked whether electric distribution utilities will remain natural monopolies if the capabilities and affordability of distributed energy technologies improve sufficiently.    Their basic conclusion: Don’t count on it.   Their work was recently featured in ElectricityPolicy.com, an online think tank for the electric... Read More

07/06/2016

Upcoming Webinar Setting Baselines for Planning and Evaluation of Efficiency Programs Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Eastern Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/rguf33mjqw7&eom LBNL, with funding from the Department of Energy, is offering this new webinar series designed to support states considering and implementing EM&V activities to document energy savings and other impacts of energy efficiency programs. In this webinar our panel of experts will... Read More

05/27/2016

Solar power is already saving lives in the US. Here's how. By: David Roberts on May 19, 2016, 3:10 p.m. ET @drvox david@vox.com Solar power is still a fairly tiny portion of US electricity, but it is growing incredibly fast. This is exciting to people for all sorts of reasons — economic development, jobs, local/democratic/decentralized power, and just general tech-of-the-future gee-whizzery. But it's worth stepping back occasionally and reminding ourselves of the original and still... Read More

04/28/2016

An April 27, 2016 story in EnergyWire highlights a Department of Energy project focused on helping Alaska's remote rural communities reduce their steep energy costs. At the Alaska Rural Energy Conference here, DOE's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs released a report outlining the challenges and opportunities facing the state's 200 isolated communities that pay some of the highest electricity and heating costs in the nation. Authored by researchers from DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory... Read More

04/08/2016

The Electricity Markets & Policy Group has a new Twitter account at @BerkeleyLabEMP.  Follow us today to keep track of the latest developments. Read More

03/28/2016

The growth of distributed energy resources is causing a transition as fundamental as the shift to competitive power markets in the 1990s. Distributed energy resources (DERs) are diverse—from energy-efficiency and peak-shaving initiatives to distributed generation, storage, and microgrids—but they all enable customers to reduce their use of traditional grid services, and even to provide valuable services to the grid. These resources fit like a square peg in the round hole of the traditional regulatory... Read More

01/19/2016

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

01/07/2016

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

01/07/2016

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

01/06/2016

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