News & Events

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.

New Report Showcases Pathways to Launching Commercial "PACE" Financing

2/27/2018

Nonresidential buildings are responsible for over a quarter of primary energy consumption in the United States. Efficiency improvements in these buildings could result in significant energy and utility bill savings. To unlock those potential savings, a number of market barriers to energy efficiency must be addressed.

New Berkeley Lab Report Calls for Industry Attention to Ensuring Grid Reliability

2/13/2018

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is pleased to announce the release of a new report: Frequency Control Requirements for Reliable Interconnection Frequency Response

New guide helps frame evaluation of utility efficiency programs

2/5/2018

A new report by Berkeley Lab for the State and Local Energy Efficiency (SEE) Action Network describes how to create and update frameworks for conducting evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) of energy efficiency programs funded by utility customers.

A Large Majority of Wind Power Project Neighbors Have Positive Attitudes Toward Their Local Turbines, Berkeley Lab Study Finds

1/24/2018

A Large Majority of Wind Power Project Neighbors Have Positive Attitudes Toward Their Local Turbines, Berkeley Lab Study Finds

Study is the first nationally representative survey of residents within close proximity to turbines

New Report Showcases States Digging Deeper Into Electric Distribution System Planning

1/4/2018

With infrastructure aging and grid modernization promising greater reliability and resilience - and more consumer options - state involvement in long-term planning for electric distribution systems is growing.

Berkeley Lab report announcement: Regional Transmission Planning-A review of practices following FERC Order Nos. 890 and 1000

12/6/2017

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is pleased to announce the release of a new report: Regional Transmission Planning-A review of practices following FERC Order Nos. 890 and 1000. This report, and its accompanying appendices, build on the work of two prior Berkeley Lab reports on Regional Transmission Plans and Regional Transmission Projects

IEA Wind Collaborative Releases Cross-Country Wind Energy Data Viewer, and Assesses the Market Value of Larger Wind Turbines

12/6/2017

A working group of IEA Wind has developed an online tool to visualize and download data related to wind project statistics for the participating countries, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United States, as well as some aggregated data for the 28 European Union countries. LBNL, as a member of the multi-country IEA Wind working group, contributed the U.S. data to the tool.

Studies Provide a First-Order Assessment of the Impacts of Wind and Solar as well as other Drivers on Wholesale Prices, Bulk Power System Assets, and Power Plant Retirements

Event Date: 12/13/2017 10:00am

We are pleased to announce the release of two new Berkeley Lab reports: (1) Impacts of Variable Renewable Energy on Bulk Power System Assets, Pricing, and Costs; and (2) Power Plant Retirements: Trends and Possible Drivers. Both studies were initially prepared as input into the August 2017 DOE "Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability." A free webinar summarizing key findings from the reports will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern. Register for the webinar here.

New National Lab Study Shows Synergies of Solar + Storage for Managing Demand Charges

Event Date: 11/8/2017 9:00am

We are pleased to announce a new report, Solar + Storage Synergies for Managing Commercial-Customer Demand Charges, by researchers from Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers

Event Date: 11/6/2017 10:30am

Report No. 9 in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) presents a free webinar on November 6, 2017, to discuss a new report, Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers.

Financing Efficiency for City-Owned Buildings: New brief covers debt treatment options

10/2/2017

Energy upgrades for city-owned buildings can reduce energy bills, increase worker productivity and comfort, and contribute toward air pollution reduction goals. But energy projects often need to be financed, and some cities want to avoid adding debt to their balance sheet.

Berkeley Lab Releases Tracking the Sun 10

9/25/2017

We are pleased to announce the 10th edition of Berkeley Lab's annual Tracking the Sun report.

Webinar-Berkeley Lab's "Utility-Scale Solar 2016" finds solar power increasingly competitive

Event Date: 10/11/2017 10:00am

We are pleased to announce the release of Berkeley Lab's Utility-Scale Solar 2016, which presents analysis of empirical project-level data from the U.S.

Webinar Series on Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) for Energy Efficiency: Technical Reference Manuals (TRMs) for Energy Efficiency Evaluation Measurement and Verification

Event Date: 10/3/2017 11:30am

Please join us for the eleventh in a series of webinars designed to support states considering and implementing EM&V activities to document energy savings and other impacts of energy efficiency programs.

Come see Berkeley Lab and DOE at Solar Power International

8/30/2017

Going to the Solar Power International (SPI) conference this year? So are we, supported by the DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Office.

New journal article in Nature Energy estimates $88 billion in historical health and environmental benefits of wind and solar energy

8/14/2017

We are pleased to announce a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Energy, focused on the benefits of wind and solar energy in reducing air pollution emissions.

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