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Solar in Low-Income Communities

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: November 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM

In 2014, the U.S. residential solar industry installed 1,231 MW of capacity and installation costs fell 10 percent. While lower prices made onsite solar energy more affordable and accessible for many Americans, the upfront costs still make solar installation out of reach to low-income communities that could benefit from alternative sources of energy. Over the past few years, governments at every level have been instituting programs that support low-income access to solar energy. In 2013, California extended two provisions of the California Solar Initiative, the Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) the and Multi-Family Affordable Solar Homes (MASH) programs, by providing… [more]

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Protecting the U.S. Electric Power Grid from Attack

Author(s): Dawn Santoianni
Lead Communications Consultant
Duke Energy
Date: October 13, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Industry experts recently testified before Congress that more needs to be done to protect the nation’s electric grid from natural disasters, cyberattacks, physical threats and planned sabotage. Recent news stories have highlighted cybersecurity issues, including analysis by USA Today that claims the U.S. Department of Energy’s computer systems were compromised more than 150 times between 2010-2014. And while cybersecurity is a persistent threat, physical damage to “critical infrastructure” facilities from severe storms, flooding, wildfires and even shootings has the potential for extensive and long-duration outages: Critical high-voltage substations, while representing only 3% of all substations, carry the bulk of the nation’s… [more]

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Energy Policies of IEA Countries – United States of America 2007 Review

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: October 8, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Full Title: Energy Policies of IEA Countries – United States of America 2007 Review Author(s): International Energy Agency (IEA) Publisher(s): International Energy Agency (IEA) Publication Date: 2007 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The United States is the largest economy and energy user in the world. Significant developments have taken place in its energy policy since the last IEA review in 2002. Most important is the Energy Policy Act 2005 – a comprehensive energy legislation which has set new directions, including opening the way for a nuclear renaissance. Two closely connected challenges shape all debates on the nation’s energy policy path:… [more]

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Energy Efficiency and the Clean Power Plan

Author(s): Kelly Speakes-Backman
Executive Director
Energy Storage Association
Date: October 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM

It’s been two months since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Final Rule for the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Even if you haven’t read all 1560 pages yet, you probably know the gist of it by now. At its core, the CPP identifies three building blocks in setting the goal for each state: (1) lowered heat rates at coal-fired steam plants, (2) increased utilization of existing natural gas combined cycle plants, and (3) increased deployment of utility-scale non-emitting renewables. Most notably, energy efficiency (EE) is missing from that list, which is a change from the 2014 proposal. However, while… [more]

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2013 Renewable Energy Data Book

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: August 31, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Full Title: 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book Author(s): U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Publisher(s): U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Publication Date: 2013 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Key Findings: •United States overall energy consumption grew to 97.3 quadrillion Btu in 2013, a 2.4% increase from 2012. Energy consumption from coal and renewables grew slightly, while consumption from petroleum and natural gas fell slightly. • United States electric power sector energy consumption grew to 38.4 quadrillion Btu in 2013, a 0.6% increase from 2012.* • Renewable electricity** grew to nearly 15% of total installed capacity and 13% of total electricity generation… [more]

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Renewable Electricity Futures Study (Executive Summary)

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: at 3:13 PM

Full Title: Renewable Electricity Futures Study (Executive Summary) Author(s): Trieu Mai, Debra Sandor, Ryan Wiser, and Thomas Schneider1 Publisher(s): National Renewable Energy Study (NREL) Publication Date: 2012 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures) is an initial investigation of the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the continental United States over the next several decades. This study explores the implications and challenges of very high renewable electricity generation levels—from 30% up to 90%, focusing on 80%, of all U.S. electricity generation—in 2050. At such… [more]

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Wood Energy in Developed Economies: An Overlooked Renewable

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 30, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Full Title: Wood Energy in Developed Economies: An Overlooked Renewable Author(s): Francisco Aguilar Publisher(s): Resources for the Future Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Considered to be the first form of energy harnessed by humans, wood was long the primary source of heat and illumination for people in every corner of the globe. Today, it is estimated that more than 2 billion people in developing countries rely primarily on wood and other forest products for their daily cooking and heating needs, causing the public to associate the use of such resources with tropical deforestation and poverty. Meanwhile, energy headlines… [more]

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Examining an Energy Storage Standard

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: June 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The Energy Storage Promotion and Deployment Act of 2015, recently introduced by Sen. Marin Heinrich (D-NM) and Sen. Angus King (I-ME), seeks to create a National Energy Storage Standard. Similar to a Renewable Portfolio Standard, the storage standard would require electric utilities to meet a percentage of their generation via storage, in this case 1% of peak demand using any energy storage technology by 2021 and 2 percent by 2025. In real terms, utilities would have to add 8 GW of storage by 2021 and 18 GW by 2025. Available technologies range from electric and thermal salt batteries to pumped… [more]

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Energy Transformation: Finding Policy and Finance Solutions

Author(s): Matt Futch
Vice President, US Retail Regulatory Strategy
National Grid, US
Date: June 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

We hear about the promise of transforming America’s infrastructure every day. But if we’re going to capitalize on that promise, we need to reverse the 20-year trend of underinvestment in energy networks. Greater overall resiliency, reliability and innovation come with a sizeable price tag; it is estimated that U.S. energy infrastructure needs $2.5 trillion in investment by 2035. If we don’t meet this challenge, the growing limitations of our current system threaten to derail progress toward our long-term energy sustainability and security goals. We either invest now, or pay that much more later. The current regulatory landscape also complicates this transformation.… [more]

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Getting Past Rate Fixation to the Benefits of the Clean Power Plan

Author(s): Marilyn Brown
Professor of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: May 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Making use of energy efficiency can help contain the cost of complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and reduce electricity bills. Yet as climate policy discussions try to balance the urgent demand for quick action with upfront capital investments, the benefits of energy efficiency must be viewed in the long term. As efficiency programs are being ramped up by utilities with an over-capacity of power plants, rates may rise for a few years before they fall. Policymakers and stakeholders need to get past “rate fixation” to see the long-term value of energy efficiency. With the strong “nudge” of the… [more]

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