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EM&V Webinar: Evaluating and Quantifying the Non-Energy Impacts of Energy Efficiency

Event Date: 12/14/2016 1:30pm

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?

11/1/2016

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...

EM&V Webinar: Opportunities and EM&V for Improving Electricity Distribution Efficiency

Event Date: 10/27/2016 3:30pm

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

10/1/2016

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?

10/1/2016

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...

EMP staff present research at Solar Power International conference

9/1/2016

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.    

Is the utility of the future a natural monopoly?

7/1/2016

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.  

EM&V Webinar: Setting Baselines for Planning and Evaluation of Efficiency Programs

Event Date: 8/2/2016 2:00pm

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).

EM&V Webinar: Planning and Budgeting for the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Programs

Event Date: 5/23/2016 2:00pm

The next EM&V Webinar, Planning and Budgeting for the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Programs, will be held on Monday, May 26, 2016. 

Vox features EMP research on the environmental and health benefits of solar power

5/1/2016

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. 

We are now on Twitter!

4/8/2016

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

EnergyWire features story on DOE project to reduce energy costs in Alaska's remote communities

4/1/2016

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.

EMP's Future Electric Utility Regulation (FEUR) Series report featured on Greentech Media

3/1/2016

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.

Renewable Energy for State Renewable Portfolio Standards Yielded Sizable Benefits and Other Impacts in 2013

1/6/2016

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.

New EMP Report Pinpoints the Drivers for Low-Priced PV Systems in the United States

1/1/2016

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.

New Berkeley Lab report identifies abilities and limitations of current and future demand response opportunities to help manage the distribution system

1/1/2016

The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to announce the release of a new report: Future Opportunities and Challenges with Using Demand Response as a Resource in Distribution System Operations and Planning.

E&E News features latest Berkeley Lab Renewable Portfolio Standards report

1/1/2016

National labs find RPS mandates yielding ‘sizable’ benefits 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. 

Latest RPS Report highlighted on Greentech Media

1/1/2016

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.

Innovative Report Series to Help Inform Decisions by Utility Regulators, Policymakers and Electric Industry

12/1/2015

The electric industry in the U.S. is undergoing significant changes for a number of reasons, including new and improved technologies, changing customer desires, low load growth in many regions, and changes in federal and state policies and regulations.

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