A newly released study from a task force of federal agencies, led by U.S.
New Berkeley Lab report describes how public utility commission (PUC) staff evaluate the economics of proposed investments in power system resilience
The EMP Group is pleased to announce the release of a new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) report, titled "Evaluating Proposed Investments in Power System Reliability and Resilience: Preliminary Results from Interviews wi
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.
Webinar: Trends in the Program Administrator Cost of Saving Electricity for Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs
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
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.
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...
- 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...
The next EM&V Webinar, Evaluating and Quantifying the Non-Energy Impacts of Energy Efficiency, will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM (Eastern).
The Future of Wind Energy, Part 3: Reducing Wind Energy Costs through Increased Turbine Size: Is the Sky the Limit?
Berkeley Lab study shows significant potential for further turbine scaling
The growing size of wind turbines has helped lower the cost of wind energy to the point that it is economically competitive with fossil-fuel alternatives in some locations. But can turbines continue to scale in the future, or are they running into physical or logistical constraints? Recent research published in the journal Nature Energy suggests that land-based wind...
The next EM&V Webinar, Opportunities and EM&V for Improving Electricity Distribution Efficiency, will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
The Future of Wind Energy, Part 2: Cost Reductions for Offshore Wind: Signs of Progress, Expectations for More
The barriers to offshore wind are formidable. Yet, after many years of delays and cost increases, there are signs of progress. Offshore wind bids coming out of Europe suggest that steep cost reductions are at hand; the most recent of those bids, for a 350 MW near-shore project off the coast of Denmark, came in at a record-low of just $67 per MWh. These and other developments hold promise for further cost reductions in the years and decades ahead. Research by Berkeley Lab offers insight into possible future...
The Future of Wind Energy, Part 1: Are We Understating the Potential for (and Uncertainty in) Wind Energy Cost Reductions?
Prices for wind energy have hit rock bottom, thanks to technological advances and learning. Are the opportunities for significant additional cost reductions tapped out, or are much-lower costs still possible? Recent research by Berkeley Lab suggests that some energy planners, analysts, and policymakers may be underestimating both the potential for and uncertainty in wind energy cost reductions. The consequence may be under-prediction of wind deployment, under-appreciation of the uncertainty in that...
Staff from the Electricity Markets & Policy group are presenting their research at the annual Solar Power International (SPI) conference in Las Vegas on September 13-14, 2016. Meeting participants are invited to attend their talks and poster presentations.
New Report Reveals Market and System Characteristics that Drive Low-Priced PV Systems to Even Lower Price Levels
We are pleased to announce the release of a new report: What Factors Affect the Prices of Low-Priced U.S. Solar PV Systems?
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.
Berkeley Lab, 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 discuss how states are establishing infrastructures, plans and budgets for their evaluations of efficiency programs funded by utility customers (ratepayers).
The next EM&V Webinar, Planning and Budgeting for the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Programs, will be held on Monday, May 26, 2016.
A recent report by EMP Group researchers is featured in a May 19, 2016 story in Vox on the environmental and health benefits of solar. The report, The Environmental and Health Benefits of Achieving High Penetrations of Solar Energy in the United States, examines the cumulative benefits of existing installed solar, and projects potential future benefits if targets for future solar penetration are met.
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.