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Renewable Electricity Generation and Storage Technologies

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: March 25, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Full Title: Renewable Electricity Generation and Storage Technologies Author(s): Publisher(s): Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The United States has diverse and abundant renewable resources, including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar, and wind resources. These renewable resources are geographically constrained but widespread—most are distributed across all or most of the contiguous states. Within these broad resource types, a variety of commercially-available renewable electricity generation technologies have been deployed in the United States and other countries, including stand-alone biopower, co-fired biopower (in coal plants), hydrothermal geothermal, hydropower, distributed PV, utility-scale PV, CSP, onshore wind, and fixed-bottom offshore wind. Today, these… [more]

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Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016

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Date: at 11:18 AM

Full Title: Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016 Author(s): United Nations Environmental Programme Publisher(s): United Nations Environmental Programme Publication Date: 01/201 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Renewable energy set new records in 2015 for dollar investment, the amount of new capacity added and the relative importance of developing countries in that growth. All this happened in a year in which prices of fossil fuel commodities – oil, coal and gas – plummeted, causing distress to many companies involved in the hydrocarbon sector. So far, the drivers of investment in renewables, including climate change policies and improving cost-competitiveness, have been… [more]

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Can Additional Funding Boost ARPA-E’s Tolerance for Risk?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 14, 2016 at 12:30 PM

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) is responsible for funding transformational energy technologies that are too early in their development to attract private-sector investment. Projects funded by ARPA-E are typically considered high-risk investments due to the long and arduous incubation period for energy technologies. However, in 2015, the 2% of total project applications that ARPA-E funded raised questions about the agency’s tolerance for risk. Because ARPA-E has been under pressure to achieve results quickly, some have suggested that it has been more inclined to invest in projects that have a higher chance of success.… [more]

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The Limits of Wind Power

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: March 13, 2016 at 11:51 PM

Full Title: The Limits of Wind Power Author(s): William Korchinski Publisher(s): Adam Smith Institute Publication Date: February 2013 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Environmentalists advocate wind power as one of the main alternatives to fossil fuels, claiming that it is both cost effective and low in carbon emissions. This study seeks to evaluate these claims. Existing estimates of the life-cycle emissions from wind turbines range from 5 to 100 grams of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt hour of electricity produced. This very wide range is explained by differences in what was included in each analysis, and the proportion of electricity… [more]

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Renewable Electricity: Insights for the Coming Decade

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Date: at 11:00 PM

Full Title: Renewable Electricity: Insights for the Coming Decade Author(s): Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis Publisher(s): Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis Publication Date: 02/2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): A sophisticated set of renewable electricity (RE) generation technologies is now commercially available. Globally, RE captured approximately half of all capacity additions since 2011. The cost of RE is already competitive with fossil fuels in some areas around the world, and prices are anticipated to continue to decline over the next decade. RE options, led by wind and solar, are part of a suite of technologies and business… [more]

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Alternatives to Net Metering: A Pathway to Decentralized Electricity Markets

Author(s): Catrina Rorke
Director of Energy Policy & Senior Fellow
The R Street Institute
Date: March 7, 2016 at 3:30 PM

The traditional regulated monopoly model for electric utilities is outdated. It limits innovation, product and service development in the power sector. One example is the regulatory treatment of distributed energy resources (DER). In 46 states and D.C., customers are permitted to sell back excess energy generated from DERs through a process called net metering. As DERs like battery storage and rooftop solar penetrate the market, they increasingly expose cross-subsidies inherent in traditional utility rate design. Standard net metering policies attempt to serve a diverse customer base within this rigid framework and cannot properly capture the costs and benefits to the… [more]

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Tracking America’s Energy Bill

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Date: March 6, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Full Title: Tracking America’s Energy Bill Author(s): Trevor Houser Publisher(s): Rhodium Group Publication Date: 03/2013 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Energy costs are a key variable in US economic performance. Yet available data on how much Americans spend fueling their cars, heating their homes and lighting their offices either lags by a couple years or is incomplete. This month, we are introducing the RHG Energy Meter, a more timely and inclusive estimate of US energy expenditures. This note provides an overview of the indicator and discusses how America’s energy bill has changed over the past couple years.

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Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development

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Date: February 24, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Full Title: Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development Author(s): Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Publisher(s): Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Publication Date: 01/2012 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Renewable energy (hereafter, RE) is being championed as a potentially significant new source of jobs and rural growth in OECD countries, and a means of addressing environmental and energy security concerns. In most countries, governments have invested large amounts of public money to support RE development and are requiring significant quantities of it to be sold by energy providers. But what are the economic impacts of these… [more]

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A Clean Energy Economy for Missouri: Analysis of the Rural Economic Development Potential of Renewable Resources

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Date: at 2:50 PM

Full Title: A Clean Energy Economy for Missouri: Analysis of the Rural Economic Development Potential of Renewable Resources Author(s): Martin R. Cohen Publisher(s): Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In this time of global economic adversity, the state of Missouri is facing an unprecedented set of economic and energy challenges. Missouri, however, is also one of the most fertile states for the production of clean energy. Within its borders, dispersed across the state, are vast resources of wind, land, and water—all the ingredients needed for Missouri to become a national leader in new energy development, creating tens of… [more]

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U.S. Energy Efficiency Potential Through 2035

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Date: at 2:32 PM

Full Title: U.S. Energy Efficiency Potential Through 2035 Author(s): Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Publisher(s): Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Publication Date: 04/2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Electricity plays an integral role in supporting the standard of living to which Americans have grown accustom, enabling comfort, convenience, health and safety, security, and productivity in its traditional end-use applications, including air conditioning, lighting, refrigeration, and motive power. Moreover, the computational and communications infrastructure associated with our digital economy depends on electricity – from powering data centers to charging ever- proliferating mobile electronic devices. Understanding growth in demand is key… [more]

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