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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 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 2013

Economic Impact of Recovery Act Investments in the Smart Grid
As of March 2012 the total invested value of the $2.96 billion to support Smart Grid projects generated at least $6.8 billion in total economic output. In addition, the results indicate that the high tech, industrial and service sectors called upon in typical smart grid projects generate higher than average labor income, and generate jobs across the economy through indirect and induced mechanisms. In terms of value added per dollar invested, US Gross Domestic Product is increased at a higher ration than many other public investment alternatives. The report: http://www.smartgrid.gov/sites/default/files/doc/files/Smart%20Grid%20Economic%20Impact%20Report.pdf.

Engaging as Partners in Energy Efficiency: A Primer for Utilities on the Energy Efficiency Needs of Multifamily Buildings and Their Owners
The multifamily building sector presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for utilities seeking to implement effective energy efficiency programs. To deliver successful programs, utilities must understand what motivates building owners to take part in these programs, as well as barriers that may prevent participation. There are nine strategies that can help utilities design and implement energy efficiency programs that will attract multifamily building owners and achieve deep energy savings. The report: http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/e137.pdf.

2012 Clean Energy Jobs Year-in-Review and Fourth Quarter Report

Over 300 clean energy and clean transportation projects announced in 2012 are expected to create 110,000 jobs, according to this report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). States with the largest clean energy job increases are: California, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, Arizona, New York, Michigan, Texas and Oregon. The report: http://assets.fiercemarkets.com/public/sites/energy/reports/e2cleanenergy.pdf

Annual Energy Outlook 2012 Retrospective Review
The Annual Energy Outlook 2012 Retrospective Review provides a yearly comparison between realized energy outcomes and the Reference case projections included in previous AEOs beginning with 1994. This edition of the report adds the AEO 2012 projections and updates the historical data to incorporate the latest data revisions.  The report: http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/retrospective/

Breaking Down Federal Investments in Clean Energy
The United States has failed to create a comprehensive energy policy that provides robust and consistent support for innovation. Although the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulated public investments in energy innovation, many of these programs and incentives have since expired or concluded, leaving the energy innovation ecosystem underfunded and skewed towards supporting deployment incentives over technology R&D, demonstration, and manufacturing. The report: http://www2.itif.org/2013-breaking-down-investment-energy.pdf

Demand Response for Residential Markets
Worldwide participation level of residential demand response programs will reach only 16.4 percent by 2018 among households with access to such programs, according to this report from Pike Research. Among the forces constraining more rapid growth in the residential DR market are consumer backlash to smart meters, the cost of delivering demand response to residential customers, and an overall lack of consumer engagement. This report examines the developing global market for residential demand response programs, including technology issues, market drivers and barriers, and regulatory factors. The executive summary: https://www.pikeresearch.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/RDR-12-Executive-Summary.pdf

Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks
Mortgage default risks on ENERGY STAR homes are on average 32% lower than other, less efficient homes, according to this report from IMT. The study examines actual loan performance data of a national sample of about 71,000 ENERGY STAR- and non-ENERGY STAR-rated single-family home mortgages, and controls for other loan, household, and neighborhood characteristics. The report: http://www.imt.org/uploads/resources/files/IMT_UNC_HomeEEMortgageRisksfinal.pdf

International Energy Agency Journal: Visualising the ‘Hidden’ Fuel of Energy Efficiency
The opportunities of the “hidden” fuel of energy efficiency are many and rich. More than half of the potential savings in industry and 80% of opportunities in the buildings sector worldwide remain untouched. This edition of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Journal focuses on efficiency as a valuable tool in our energy future. Read it here: http://iea.org/media/ieajournal/Issue4_WEB.pdf

Overcoming Market Barriers and Using Market Forces to Advance Energy Efficiency

This report from ACEEE provides Congress and state policymakers with a road map to address national energy consumption through policies that could save the country approximately $1 trillion in energy bills and 19 quads in energy consumption. The report analyzes 16 targeted policies that leverage market forces and address specific market failures and barriers to energy efficiency without requiring substantial spending or government mandates. The report is available for download here: http://www.aceee.org/research-report/e136

Scaling up Multifamily Energy Efficiency Programs: A Metropolitan Area Assessment
Energy efficiency programs funded by utility customers represent a significant opportunity to save energy in multifamily buildings, according to this report from ACEEE. The report looks at expansion opportunities for energy efficiency programs in multifamily buildings in the 50 US metropolitan areas with the largest multifamily housing markets. The report is available at: http://aceee.org/research-report/e135

Summary of Customer-Funded Electric Efficiency Savings, Expenditures, and Budgets (2011 – 2012)
Electric utility efficiency programs saved 107 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in 2011, enough to power over 9.3 million U.S. homes for one year, and avoid the generation of 75 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to this report from the Institute of the Edison Foundation. The report also finds that U.S. customer-funded electric efficiency expenditures totaled over $5.7 billion in 2011, an 18 percent increase from 2010 levels.  The report: http://www.edisonfoundation.net/iee/Documents/FINAL_IEE%20Whitepaper_2012_US%20Energy%20Efficiency.pdf

Taking Action on Energy: A CEO Vision for America’s Energy Future

A comprehensive plan from the Business Roundtable designed to provide greater detail about the policies needed to make affordable, reliable energy a reality for U.S. consumers and businesses. The report: http://businessroundtable.org/uploads/studies-reports/downloads/20130225_Taking_Action_on_EnergyBusiness_Roundtable_3.pdf

The Challenge of Institutional Investment in Renewable Energy
Although there is a strong desire on the part of private investment firms to finance renewable and clean energy projects, misguided public policy and inconsistent government support are hampering private financial investment in renewable energy projects, according to this report by the Climate Policy Initiative. The report identifies three main policy barriers and offers suggestions on how to overcome each. The report: http://assets.fiercemarkets.com/public/sites/energy/reports/climatepolicyinitiative.pdf

Utilities’ Guide to Data Access for Building Benchmarking
Building energy benchmarking serves as a tool to analyze and drive demand for energy-efficiency programs and to validate energy savings. Utilities can facilitate this benchmarking and subsequent disclosure by helping building owners understand their energy use and improving access to data. This report, from the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub), explains how utilities can improve this access to facilitate benchmarking. The report: http://assets.fiercemarkets.com/public/sites/energy/reports/eebhub.pdf


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 FEBRUARY 2013

ACEEE Energy Efficiency and Pollution Control Calculator & User’s Guide
ACEEE Energy Efficiency and Pollution Control Calculator (EEPC) is intended to help policymakers, state governments, utility operators, and other stakeholders estimate the multi-pollutant air quality benefits of energy efficiency policies and compare both the benefits and the costs with more traditional approaches to reducing pollution. The results provided by this tool are high-level estimates intended to provide the user with an idea of the magnitude of the costs and the impacts of these options on energy use and pollution. The tool and user’s guide is available at: http://aceee.org/research-report/e134

America’s Energy Resurgence: Sustaining Success, Confronting Challenges
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Strategic Energy Policy Initiative has developed more than This Bipartisan Policy Center report comprises 50 detailed energy policy recommendations designed to provide the impetus for a serious legislative effort. The Initiative is co-chaired by former Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.), former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), General James L. Jones USMC (Ret.) and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator William K. Reilly. Among other things, the report recommends instituting proper incentives that will drive utilities to utilize energy efficiency as a resource, such as Energy Efficiency Resource Standards. The report: http://assets.fiercemarkets.com/public/sites/energy/energyresurgence.pdf

Attributing Building Energy Code Savings to Energy Efficiency Programs
States are increasingly looking to utilities to promote energy efficiency and support building energy codes.  This report  is intended to provide guidance for how state regulatory commissions and energy offices can best develop and evaluate such efforts, including program options, evaluation protocol, and regulatory considerations for efficiency program administrators and policymakers.  The report: http://assets.fiercemarkets.com/public/sites/energy/reports/buildingcodestandards.pdf

Calculating the Nation’s Annual Energy Efficiency Investments
Between $480 and $670 billion was spent on energy-efficient goods and services in 2010, according to this report from ACEEE. The report also found that the investment in efficiency technologies, and the resulting energy bill savings, supported a net gain of about 300,000 more jobs for the American economy. Major contributors to the energy efficiency spending included utility energy efficiency program expenditures, sales of ENERGY STAR and other efficient products, and annual investments in building efficiency improvements, among others. The report is available at: http://aceee.org/research-report/e133

Doubling U.S. Energy Productivity by 2030
The United States can double energy productivity over the next 20 years by boosting investments in energy efficiency, reforming tax credits for energy savings and engaging state and local governments, according to this report from the Alliance to Save Energy. President Obama backed the findings and framework laid out in this report during his 2013 State of the Union address, calling for a partnership between federal and state governments to cut energy consumption in half in the next two decades. The report: http://assets.fiercemarkets.com/public/sites/energy/reports/energytwentythirty.pdf

Energy & Markets Data Book Q1 2013
A collection of charts presenting environmental, sustainability and energy-related data on a quarterly basis. Data topics include energy use, renewable energy growth, supply & prices, smart grid, projections & costs and the role of the consumer. The report is available at: http://www.environmentalleader.com/energy-markets-data-book-q1-2013/

Federal Action on Climate Change and Clean Energy
This new policy guide from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions outlines a range of executive actions by the Administration and steps by Congress can achieve significant progress in reducing emissions, expanding clean energy sources, and making communities and critical infrastructure more climate-resilient.  The report: http://www.c2es.org/docUploads/policy-guide-2013.pdf

FERC Energy Infrastructure Update (February 2013)

All newly installed U.S. electrical generating capacity in February 2013 came from solar (179 MW) and biomass (18 MW). For the first two months of 2013, 89.3% of new electrical generating capacity came from wind, solar, and biomass with natural gas accounting for the remaining 10.7%. Renewable energy sources now account for 15.73% of total installed U.S. operating generating capacity (hydro: 8.53%; wind: 5.18%, biomass: 1.30%, solar: 0.40%, and geothermal: 0.32%). The report: http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/feb-energy-infrastructure.pdf

Low Cost / No-Cost Operational Changes Could Double Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Half of potential energy efficiency savings in commercial buildings can be achieved through better operations at little or no cost, according to research from the analytics company FirstFuel. Total savings from such operational improvements could total $17 billion. The infographic: http://firstfuel.com/FirstFuel_operational_savings_infographic.html

Setting the PACE: Financing Commercial Retrofits
This report, released by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, PACENow and the Urban Land Institute - profiles four of the 16 PACE programs that are currently accepting applications, including the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority program based in Toledo, Ohio. The report is available at: http://www.institutebe.com/InstituteBE/media/Library/Resources/Financing Clean Energy/Setting-the-PACE-Financing-Commercial-Retrofits.pdf

Tax Reforms to Advance Energy Efficiency
With tax reform, Congress will have many opportunities to promote energy efficiency and remove barriers to its implementation, according to this report from ACEEE. The report argues for tax provisions that promote capital investment in manufacturing, encourage advanced energy-saving technologies, and promote capital investment in manufacturing, among others. The report: http://assets.fiercemarkets.com/public/sites/energy/reports/energytaxreforms.pdf



 JANUARY 2013

2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) Survey Data
This public use microdata file represents the 13th iteration of the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). First conducted in 1978, RECS is a national sample survey that collects energy-related data for housing units occupied as a primary residence and the households that live in them. provide data on home energy characteristics, end uses of energy, and expenses Data were collected from a sample of 12,083 households selected at random, representing 113.6 million U.S. households. The data provide a picture of home energy characteristics, end uses of energy, and expenses in the U.S. The data file is available in multiple formats at http://www.eia.gov/consumption/residential/data/2009/index.cfm?view=microdata

Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy
This report from the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) draws upon over 60 previously published Pike Research studies, as well as information maintained by Navigant’s Energy Practice, to build an assessment of advanced energy markets measured by revenue generated by the individual product categories, globally and within the United States. The report is available at: http://www.aee.net/advancedenergynow

FERC Energy Infrastructure Update (January 2013)
Renewable energy accounted for all new electric capacity added in the United States during the month of January, according to this report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Of the 1,231 megawatts of new generating capacity installed in January, wind provided 958 megawatts, solar provided 267 megawatts and biomass provided 6 megawatts. The report: http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/jan-energy-infrastructure.pdf

Frontiers of Energy Efficiency: Next Generation Programs Reach for High Energy Savings
This report from ACEEE finds that energy efficiency technologies and programs can offer the potential to achieve and sustain high savings-27% of forecasted electricity use and 19% of forecasted natural gas use by 2030. The report examines a total of 22 different program types and concepts, from residential lighting to commercial buildings to industrial processes, and examines a wide range of energy efficiency technologies, drawing upon extensive interviews with numerous experts on customer energy efficiency programs and technologies where these leading principles and practices are being used or tested. The report is available at: http://aceee.org/research-report/u131.

Home Area Networks
Annual worldwide revenue from home area networks (HANs) will grow from $127 million in 2012 to $1.1 billion in 2020, according to this report from Pike Research. , The report examines the global market opportunity for HANs and provides market forecasts through 2020 for HAN device shipments and associated revenue.  An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download at: http://www.pikeresearch.com/research/home-area-networks

Impacts and Implications of a Clean Energy Standard: Analysis of Two Proposed Clean Energy Standard Proposals and the Implications for the Southeast

Renewable energy generation in Alabama and Georgia wouldn’t see significant growth under a national clean energy standard (CES), according to this report by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). The report examined two CES proposals, one by Senator Jeff Bingaman and one by Representative Ralph Hall, which were introduced to Congress in 2011.The report: http://assets.fiercemarkets.com/public/sites/energy/reports/cleanenergystandard.pdf

Residential Building Stock Assessment: Manufactured Homes Characteristics and Energy Use
This report is the second in a series of reports summarizing the results of the Residential Building Stock Assessment (RBSA). The goal of the RBSA, sponsored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), is to develop an inventory and profile of existing residential building stock in the Northwest based on field data from existing homes. The results will guide future planning efforts and provide a solid base for assessing energy savings on residential programs throughout the Northwest. The report: http://assets.fiercemarkets.com/public/sites/energy/reports/neea.pdf

Smart Grid Consumer Survey: Attitudes and Opinions about Smart Meters and Home Energy Issues
This Pike Research report details findings from a web-based survey of 1,001 consumers in the United States. The report analyzes the dynamics of consumer demand, preferences, and attitudes toward several key smart grid product and service categories: smart grids and smart meters, home energy management, time-of-use pricing, renewable energy, prepaid electricity services, smart appliances, and demand response. Pike The report is available at: http://www.pikeresearch.com/research/smart-grid-consumer-survey

Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook

The U.S. is consuming energy considerably more efficiently and with lower emissions than just five years ago thanks to a slew of modern technologies that are changing decades-old patterns, according to this report commissioned by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and written by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report provides an overview of the state of U.S. energy and looks at new energy innovations, technologies, and applications across the energy industry. The report: http://www.bcse.org/factbook/pdfs/BCSE_BNEF_Sustainable_Energy_in_America_2013_Factbook.pdf

The Future of Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs in the United States: Projected Spending and Savings to 2025

By 2025, spending on electric and gas efficiency programs (excluding load management programs) is projected to double from 2010 levels to $9.5 billion, according to this research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report finds that the projected growth in program spending will be driven by policies in a number of states that require utilities to obtain all cost-effective energy efficiency savings. Another driver will be energy efficiency resource standards, which require electric utilities to meet minimum energy savings goals each year. The report: http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-5803e.pdf

Unleashing Private Sector Energy R&D
The federal government invests too little into R&D, limits access to foreign scientific talent, and often hobbles tax credit programs like the PTC with repeated stops and restarts, according to this report from the American Energy Innovation Council. The report features insights from interviews with R&D executives at a number of large American companies. The report: http://bit.ly/13i8Jzc



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