Energy Efficiency

How Do Buildings Use Energy? New Public End-Use Load Profiles for the U.S. Building Stock

End-use load profiles that describe how and when buildings use energy are critically important to utility planners, regulators, state energy offices, researchers, and building owners to understand ways to best manage energy use. For example, load profiles can identify energy-consuming activities that can be shifted to different times of the day to reduce peak loads that drive utility costs and to reduce customer bills.

New Resource for State and Local Governments on Practices for Demonstrating Energy Savings from Commercial PACE Projects

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

ESPC Success for State and Local Governments: ESPC Principles and Measurement and Verification Resources

This one-hour webinar presented by Berkeley Lab and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) showcases several resources designed to help state and local governments conduct successful measurement and verification (M&V) of energy saving performance contracting (ESPC) projects. The presentation also highlights the state ESPC Project and Program Principles document, which was jointly produced by NASEO, the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) and the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).

Innovations in Electricity Modeling

Virtual Training Series for National Council on Electricity Policy

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are offering free virtual training on innovations in electricity system modeling, in partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

 

The U.S. DOE and Berkeley Lab release streamlined tool to help state and local governments demonstrate the value of energy savings performance contracts

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) have released eProject eXpress (ePX), which provides a streamlined, tailored pathway for state and local governments to document, track, and demonstrate the ongoing value of their energy project retrofits.

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A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

The way electricity is generated and consumed in the US is quickly changing, including in terms of the rapid growth in variable power generation resources and the need for large-scale investments to replace aging infrastructure and modernize the grid. Buildings that coordinate electricity use with grid conditions are a flexible and cost-effective resource to address the evolving power system challenges.

New DOE Report Shares National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Energy-Efficient Buildings

We are pleased to announce the publication of A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings, a comprehensive plan describing the value that grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) can add to the power system, their technology attributes, and recommendations for addressing the top barriers to GEB adoption and deployment.

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