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Key Research & Publications    

The energy and environment industry and electricity markets are both complex and dynamic.  Reports on emerging trends and policies in these arenas are being released with increasing frequency. As technology improves and energy consumers obtain their information from a wider variety of sources, keeping up with important research and reports increases in importance.   The AnnDyl Policy Group monitors research on issues impacting the clean energy electricity industries. This review helps inform our work and allows us to determine the most important and insightful energy analysis being published. Below is a list of recently-released key research and publications pertaining to the clean energy industry, each with a brief summary of major findings and a link to the full report.

MARCH 2012  

Modifying How Energy Costs Are Treated for Business Tax Purposes in Order to Decrease Subsidies and Increase Energy Efficiency
About half of the primary energy used in the U.S. is consumed by commercial and industrial entities, not including energy used for transportation. This ACEEE working paper takes a look at business taxes, focusing on how business taxes account for energy costs when computing their taxes. The working paper is available for download here.

Technology Selection: Building the Technology Framework for Home Energy Management
While the home energy management sector has created a very crowded and competitive market, utilities planning pilot programs face a confusing array of technologies and options. And, according to a report from IDC Energy Insights, those technologies aren't really ready to meet expectations. The IDC report is available for download here.

Energy Disclosure and the New Frontier for American Jobs
Building energy rating and disclosure policies, already in effect in five major U.S. cities and two states, give owners and consumers better information on energy efficiency, unlocking market demand for more efficient buildings. It also stimulates energy-saving improvements to buildings, thereby creating new jobs. This report from the Institute for Market Transformation profiles business leaders who are rapidly adding jobs and expanding their client rosters, thanks to benchmarking and disclosure policies.  Click here to download the report.

Analysis of Job Creation and Energy Cost Savings From Building Energy Rating and Disclosure Policy
A national building energy rating and disclosure policy would create more than 23,000 net new jobs in 2015 (more than 59,000 jobs in 2020) and would reduce energy costs for building owners, consumers, and businesses by more than $18 billion through 2020, according to a new report from the Institute for Market Transformation the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Click here to download the report.

6 Things You Should Know About the Value of Renewable Energy
Clean energy is competitive with other types of energy, creates three times more jobs than fossil fuels, and improves grid reliability, according to a recent article from the Center for American Progress Climate Progress blog.  The article cites and links to numerous reputable reports demonstrating the real and current value of renewable energy. Click here to read the full article.

Americans Making Changes to be More Energy Efficient at Home
In light of rising energy costs and increased pressure to make ends meet, American families are taking simple steps to be more conscientious about how they are using and paying for energy in their own homes. Majorities of Americans are doing some basic things like turning off lights, televisions or other appliances when not in use (82%) and replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescent ones (58%), but just in one ten U.S. adults (11%) have conducted a home energy evaluation or audit and less than a third have added insulation to an attic, crawl space or accessible exterior windows (27%).  Click here to download the results of the Harris Poll.

Building a Business Case for Smart Meters
Analysis of more than 30 smart meter business cases has shown an average benefit to cost ratio of 1.9. The analysis, conducted by Chris King (Chief Regulatory Office of eMeter), outlines the basic costs and benefits and discusses how to build a business case for smart meters.  Click here to read the full analysis.

Clean Energy Trends 2012
From tracking, forecasting, and market sizing the global solar, wind, and biofuels markets, to detailed analysis of solar PV pricing, the public markets, and venture capital investments, this report provides a comprehensive look at the clean-energy economy. The report also outlines five key trends that will impact clean-energy markets in the coming years, including “Deep Commercial Building Retrofits Reap Major Efficiency Savings”.  Click here to read the full report.

Home Energy Management Consumer Survey 2012
In 2016, smart home energy systems and services will reach $4 billion worldwide, sold through utilities, home service providers, custom installers and retail outlets. ON World's report presents the survey findings with 500+ early technology adopters on current usage trends, drivers and preferences for home energy management systems and services.  For more information and read the full report, click here.

Smart Grid Billing Outlook 2012-2016
In 2012, utility billing and customer information systems (CIS) will undergo changes to enable better use of smart meter data, according to new research from Innovation Observatory. The market for new installations of smart grid billing systems will reach $440 million in 2012 and skyrocket to $1.2 billion in 2016, according to the report. Click here to download the report.

Smart Meters Are a Smart Investment
Smart meters will play a growing role in federal and state regulatory and political policymaking, future retail rate design and system reliability standards, according to a report published by Fitch Ratings. The research shows that the total number of smart meters rose 53% to 70.4 million units in 2010 compared to 45.9 million in 2008. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) accounted for 76% of all AMI smart meters deployed, and are a cost-effective tool for IOUs to manage and shape peak load demand. Click here to read the full report.

United States Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Market Sizing and Financing Models
Savvy investments in energy efficiency retrofits for buildings could yield more than three times their value, mounting to about $1 trillion in energy savings in a decade, says new research from Deutsche Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation. The report outlines four emerging financing methods to boost pursuit of retrofit projects. Click here to download the report.

FEBRUARY 2012    

2011 Global Utility Consumer Survey

The more knowledgeable customers are about the smart grid, the more they accept it, according to research conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value. At the same time, too much information can result in negative consequences for utilities trying to deploy smart meters. According to IBM, it is critical to recognize that almost half of consumers are deficient in even basic knowledge of the smart grid. Click here to download this survey.  

2011/2012 Green Home Builders and Remodelers Survey Results Fact Sheet

With the construction industry still recovering in the U.S., companies offering "green" services may be able to set themselves apart and grow business faster, according to a survey conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction. In 2011, green builds in the residential sector made up 17% of construction, totaling $17 billion in economic activity. And the value of the residential green building market is expected to grow five-fold by 2016, taking up to 38% of the market and representing $87 billion – $114 billion. Click here to download this fact sheet.

Annual Energy Outlook 2012

Renewable energy production will more than double by 2035, even without federal tax credits, according to this year’s Energy Outlook from the Energy Information Agency (EIA). EIA also predicts that demand will grow 0.8% annually through 2035 based on energy efficiency and economic recovery and expects that the share of U.S. electricity generation from renewables, including hydro, will grow from to 16 percent in 2035 (from 10 percent in 2010). Click here to download this report.

National Survey of State Policies and Practices for the Evaluation of Ratepayer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

The inconsistency in state practices for evaluating energy-efficiency programs has prompted more scrutiny of these programs, as well as a call for the creation of a national standard. A comprehensive national survey examining these practices, conducted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), confirmed broad diversity in policies, administrative structure and technical details across states, however the variability in does not seem to significantly change the bottom line -- that energy efficiency programs are still highly cost-effective. Click here to download this report.

Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices, February 2012

In 2011, American renewable energy investment in solar and wind technologies dominated the global market and put the U.S. in the top leadership position, according to Ernst & Young's last quarterly Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (CAI). Click here to download this report.

United States Renewable Attractiveness Indices

Despite uncertain macroeconomic conditions, renewables experienced a banner year, according to a report from Ernst & Young. The State Attractiveness Indices data looks at specific states and regions on a microscopic level to understand what they are doing with renewable energy development and infrastructure. Not surprisingly, California dominated the All Renewables Index, but states like Colorado, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Texas who ranked in the top five, demonstrate a commitment to growing energy infrastructures across the nation. Click here to download this report.

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JANUARY 2012    

A National Review of Natural Gas Energy Efficiency

There has been a rapid growth in the number and budgets of natural gas energy efficiency programs for U.S. homes. According to ACEEE, the budgets for these programs reached $942 million nationwide in 2010, up from $125 million in 2005. The 2010 programs saved 529 million therms – enough natural gas to take care of the needs of 695,000 average American homes, and the trend is for continued growth and expansion of these programs. Click here to download this report.

Clean State Energy Actions: 2011 Update

In 2011, states continued support the development and deployment of clean energy technologies. States remained particularly active this year, with all states taking one or more actions advance clean energy options. 52 states adopted or updated policies relating to clean electricity; 48 states took action to expand their energy efficiency measures; and 28 states developed policies and made investments to advance green economic development, as efforts to advance the clean energy economic sector within each state emerged as a new theme across the country – largely as part of state economic recovery strategies. Click here to download this report.

Lessons Learned/Best Practices during the Department of Energy's Implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

A report from the Department of Energy’s Inspector General details the agency’s lessons learned/best practices is absorbing and distributing the $35 billion economic stimulus. The report concludes that the whole affair represents an 'important 'teachable moment,'' and that the agency has "realized significant accomplishments throughout its implementation" of the stimulus funds. Click here to download this report.

The Greenest building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

Renovating old buildings is better for the environment than building new structures, according to a report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Click here to download this report.

The Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential:  What the Evidence Suggests

America is thinking too small when it comes to energy efficiency, according to a major new report from ACEEE. The report outlines three scenarios under which the U.S. could either continue on its current path or cut energy consumption by the year 2050 almost 60 percent, add nearly two million net jobs in 2050, and save energy consumers as much as $400 billion per year. Click here to download this report.

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