News & Events

New report develops simple methods to explore the resource adequacy contribution of solar and storage

10/29/2019

Resource adequacy contribution of solar and storage depends on the configuration

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new report titled “Drivers of the Resource Adequacy Contribution of Solar and Storage for Florida Municipal Utilities.” This report describes relatively simple methods for estimating the resource adequacy contribution of solar and storage. Simple methods can be useful for many utilities and regions addressing similar questions prior to evaluation of specific cases that require more detailed and resource-intensive modeling.

New National Lab Study Quantifies the Cost of Transmission for Renewable Energy

10/24/2019

We are pleased to announce a new study conducted by Berkeley Lab entitled Improving estimates of transmission capital costs for utility-scale wind and solar projects to inform renewable energy policy, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Energy Policy.

Online Tool Helps Estimate Power Outage Costs

10/15/2019

Several researchers in the Electricity Markets & Policy (EMP) Group have responded to a variety of media requests during the unprecedented Public Safety Power Shutoff in Northern California starting October 9th, 2019.

Webinar Announcement: Commercial Rooftop Solar Energy Market Installation Trends

10/3/2019

A characterization of an emerging market

Register now for a free webinar, Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/m2q0pggs4cb5&eom.  

 

New study finds that the expected useful life of wind projects has increased to 30 years

9/24/2019

Wind professionals report that the assumed useful life of wind projects has increased over time, to 30 years in most cases

Longer useful lives can boost expected project profitability, and reduce levelized costs

New Berkeley Lab Study on the Customer Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage and Rate Design

Event Date: 9/5/2019 10:00am

We are pleased to announce a new Berkeley Lab study, Implications of Rate Design for the Customer-Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

8/22/2019

The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is seeking an experienced, interdisciplinary researcher to join our team at Berkeley Lab.  

New report finds attractive wind energy prices, at under 2¢/kWh on average

8/12/2019

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

We are pleased to announce the release of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s “2018 Wind Technologies Market Report,” which provides an annual overview of trends in the U.S. wind power market.

New Berkeley Lab Report on Trends in Retail Rate Design

7/24/2019

We are pleased to announce the release of a new report from Berkeley Lab describing current trends in retail rate design, and implications of those trends for distributed energy resources (DERs).

WEBINAR Announcement: Impacts of Variable Renewable Energy on Wholesale Power Prices: Implications for the Merchant Market Value of Wind and Solar

Event Date: 7/25/2019 10:00am

The Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) is hosting a free webinar on July 25 that features research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Specifically, Ryan Wiser will be presenting research on the impacts of variable renewable energy on wholesale power prices, with an emphasis on the implications of these price impacts for the grid-system value of wind and solar.

New Resource for Local Governments on Roles and Risks in Financing Energy Upgrades for Commercial Buildings Using C-PACE Financing

7/8/2019

Nearly three-fourths of U.S. states have authorized local governments to use a voluntary special assessment on commercial property tax bills to help finance energy improvements that may boost economic development, create jobs, increase property values and advance energy goals. “Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy,” or “C-PACE,” financing allows building owners to repay the borrowed capital — from private or public sources — over time using their property as security.

Wind experts report that average operating expenses for land-based wind projects have declined by ~50% over the last two decades

6/17/2019

Study suggests that future improvements may contribute 10% or more to total cost reductions

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article in the journal Renewable Energy Focus. This work draws on a survey of wind industry professionals to clarify trends in the operational expenditures (OpEx) of U.S. land-based wind power plants.

Presidential Executive Order Instructions Encourage All Federal Agencies to Use Berkeley Lab’s eProject Builder System

5/9/2019

Implementing Instructions for Presidential Executive Order 13834 encourage all federal agencies to use Berkeley Lab’s eProject Builder (ePB) system.

Register for upcoming webinar on supersized wind turbine blades

Event Date: 4/10/2019 11:00am

Join DNV GL, Wood Mackenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy for a webinar on supersized wind turbine blades!

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Utility Investments in Resilience of Electricity Systems

Event Date: 4/30/2019 10:30am

Report No. 11 in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) presents a free webinar on April 30, 2019, to discuss a new report, Utility Investments in Resilience of Electricity Systems.

New Interactive Tool Improves Access to Energy Efficiency Data

3/28/2019

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed an interactive tool to provide better access to data from a recent major study, The Future of U.S. Electricity Efficiency Programs Funded by Utility Customers: Program Spending and Savings Projections to 2030.

Webinar: U.S. Wind Turbine Database Opens Up Access via an API

Event Date: 3/19/2019 10:00am

A new application programming interface (or API) for the database can make connecting to the database faster and more efficient than ever. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB), which launched last April, has just added a new capability, the USWTDB API, which should dramatically improve the efficiency of connecting to the database.

Study Evaluates R&D Pathways for Supersized Wind Turbine Blades

3/7/2019

We are pleased to announce the release of a new study led by DNV GL "R&D Pathways for Supersized Wind Turbine Blades.” The report evaluates key design, manufacturing, and transportation options to advance long, “supersized” blades for cost-competitive land-based wind energy.

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