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New Berkeley Lab Report Quantifies Financial Impacts of a Combined Energy Efficiency and Net-Metered PV Portfolio on Utility Shareholders and Ratepayers

4/21/2017

We are pleased to announce the release of a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) examining the financial impacts of a combined portfolio of energy efficiency (EE) and distributed photovoltaic (PV) systems on a prototypical northeast utility's shareholders and ratepayers.  The report also considers business model reforms that could be pursued by utilities and regulators to mitigate the

Webinar: The Future of Centrally Organized Wholesale Electricity Markets

Event Date: 3/24/2017 11:30am

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) presents a free, 90 minute webinar on March 24, 2017, to discuss a new report, The Future of Centrally-Organized Wholesale Electricity Markets.

EM&V Webinar: Introduction to Wholesale and Retail Demand Response with a Focus on Measurement and Verification

Event Date: 4/13/2017 1:00pm

The next EM&V Webinar, Introduction to Wholesale and Retail Demand Response with a Focus on Measurement and Verification, will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017. 

Berkeley Lab Report Says Solar Homes with Leased Systems Sell for the Same as Non-Solar Homes

3/14/2017

There are over 500,000 homes in America with solar power systems that are owned by a third party, the largest portion of which are leased to homeowners.  To-date it has been unclear how the real estate market values these systems. 

A new study finds that when such homes are sold, they don't attract a premium over homes without solar power, but nor do they sell for less. 

Webinar: Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context

Event Date: 2/2/2017 11:00am

The EMP Group will host a webinar on February 2nd at 11:00 am (Pacific Time) to highlight key findings of its new study, Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context.

EM&V Webinar: Consistency and Coordination of Energy Efficiency EM&V Reporting

Event Date: 1/31/2017 1:30pm

The next EM&V Webinar, Consistency and Coordination of Energy Efficiency EM&V and Reporting, will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. 

Webinar: Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings

Event Date: 1/26/2017 3:00pm

Register now for a free webinar on Thursday, January 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (Noon to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time), that will highlight key findings from Berkeley Lab's latest report titled Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings.

Webinar: New Study on Demand Charge Savings from Residential Solar

Event Date: 1/25/2017 9:00am

Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will host a webinar on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 to highlight findings from a new joint study, Exploring Demand Charge Savings from Residential Solar.

New study on the costs, benefits, and impacts of state RPS programs

1/25/2017

The EMP Group is pleased to announce a new study, A Prospective Analysis of the Costs, Benefits, and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards, conducted jointly by Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This is the third in a series of reports exploring the potential costs, benefits, and other impacts of state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). Prior studies in the series have examined the historical effects of RPS programs. This new report, instead, evaluates RPS policies prospectively, under both a continuation of existing policies as well as possible expansions.

Berkeley Lab analysis shows ups and downs in the cost of saving electricity over time

1/25/2017

The EMP Group is pleased to announce a new brief, Trends in the Program Administrator Cost of Saving Electricity for Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs, based on analysis of energy efficiency data from 78 program administrators in 36 states. The brief is the fifth in a series of Berkeley Lab reports that are part of the Cost of Saved Energy Project. This brief summarizes analyses of cost and electricity savings data for more than 1,600 individual efficiency programs offered over multiple years to customers of utilities that serve about half of U.S. electricity load.

New Berkeley Lab Report Lays Out Pathways to Make Information on Solar Homes More Accessible

1/25/2017

There are now over one million homes in America with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Yet real estate listing services (known as multiple listing services or MLSs) lack a standard way to report on the solar features of a home when it is placed on the market.  Without this information, sellers may be losing out on value, and buyers may not know what they are getting, and real estate agents have a harder time bringing solar sellers and interested buyers together.

New Federal Energy Roadmap Features Berkeley Lab Research

1/25/2017

A newly released study from a task force of federal agencies, led by U.S.

Webinar: Trends in the Program Administrator Cost of Saving Electricity for Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

Event Date: 1/17/2017 11:00am

Berkeley Lab will host a webinar on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern to highlight key findings from its new policy brief, Trends in the Program Administrator Cost of Saving Electricity for Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

Webinar: Prospective Costs, Benefits, and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards: Analysis Highlights

Event Date: 1/9/2017 11:00am

To coincide with the release of a new study, A Prospective Analysis of the Costs, Benefits, and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards, Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will host a webinar on Monday, January 9, 2017 summarizing key findings from the report. 

FEUR in Fortnightly

12/1/2016

The November issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly featured the fifth report in Berkeley Lab’s Future Electric Utility Regulation series, Recovery of Utility Fixed Costs: Utility, Consumer, Environmental and Economist Perspectives. The article, “Rethinking Rate Design,” is a round-table discussion by the report authors about recovery of utility fixed costs, from various perspectives.  The authors are: -Utility experts Lisa Wood, Institute for Electric Innovation and The Edison...

New solar data and a request for research topics

12/1/2016
  • We wish to announce the availability of a new public data resource, containing data records for more than 800,000 distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in the United States. In conjunction with the release of this public data file, we are also soliciting suggestions from the solar industry and policy community for research questions that might be explored with this dataset.   The public data file is based on data collected and cleaned by Berkeley Lab for its annual Tracking the Sun...

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