Resources Archive - 2012 Q2

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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.

 JUNE 2012 

2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS)
Total United States energy consumption in homes has remained relatively stable for many years as increased energy efficiency has offset the increase in the number and average size of housing units, according to the from the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). The results and analysis are available here for download.

2012 Annual Energy Outlook
Under the assumption that current laws and regulations remain unchanged throughout the projections, the AEO2012 provides the basis for examination and discussion of energy production, consumption, technology, and market trends and the direction they may take in the future. It also serves as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in energy policies. Also included in the 2012 outlook are 29 alternative cases, which explore important areas of uncertainty for markets, technologies, and policies in the U.S. energy economy.  Click here to download the report.  

6th Annual Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey
Building owners and operators are increasingly depending on energy management for operational efficiency and are measuring and analyzing their energy-use data at record rates, representing a growing revenue opportunity for utilities, according to Johnson Controls' sixth annual survey of 3,500 building owners and operators. The report is available at

A Defining Framework for Intelligent Efficiency
Intelligent efficiency, a systems-based approach to efficiency that incorporates information and communication technology (ICT) and user access to real-time information, could replace up to 22% of current energy consumption in the United States, according to research from ACEEE. The report is available for purchase by clicking this link.

Delivering On Renewable Energy Around The World: How Do Key Countries Stack Up?
U.S. production of renewable energy has increased by more than 300% in the past decade, but the nation still lags far behind Europe and Indonesia and is only slightly ahead of Mexico in the percentage of electricity it gets from renewable sources, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  Click here to download this report.

Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Policies and Actions
This toolkit is designed to help governments improve the air quality and efficiency of commercial buildings, while saving companies money and helping them reduce carbon emissions.  The toolkit -- developed by Johnson Controls with help BCSE, USGBC and others -- outlines a framework that governments can follow to help increase the rate of energy efficiency improvement in buildings. The toolkit is available for download here.

Demand Response & Smart Grid: State Legislative and Regulatory Policy Action Review (July 2011 – May 2012)
There continues to be a substantial amount of state policy-making related to demand response and smart grid, according to the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). Their nationwide overview of state-level policy developments on smart grid, smart metering, demand response, energy storage, and related issues, catalogues policy actions undertaken by state regulatory commissions, state legislatures, and state agencies. The report is available for download here.

The Smart Building To Smart Grid Interface Business
The smart building to smart grid market will be worth some $3.05 billion over the next five years and will peak at approximately $2.2 billion in 2020, according to research from Memoori. Their new report provides a detailed assessment of this growing business over the next 20 years, assessing all important factors and breaking down by product category and vertical building markets. The report is available for purchase here

U.S. CLEAN Programs: Where Are We Now? What Have We Learned?
Renewable energy is becoming quite popular despite costs and intermittency issues, with 14 states adopting CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) programs. According to research from the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR), state and local CLEAN programs have begun to bring order to otherwise fragmented energy policy in the US.  Click here to download this report.

Using Public Lands for the Public Good: Rebalancing Coal and Renewable Electricity With a Clean Resources Standard
If the U.S. sets a "clean resources standard" for public lands and waters - requiring agencies to mandate that a portion of energy produced from federal lands be wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and small hydroelectricity generation - a goal of 35 percent renewable electricity from public lands and waters by 2035 is "entirely achievable."  The report is available for download here.

 MAY 2012  

Analysis of the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012
A new analysis released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has found that, contrary to popular belief, the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012, introduced in March by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., would not raise electricity rates, at least in the first 10 years following its enactment, according to new analysis released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA also forecasts that the legislation would lead to improved industrial efficiency and reduce the power sector's greenhouse-gas emissions by 20% in 2025 and by 45% in 2035. The report is available for download here

Catalyzing American Ingenuity: The Role of Government in Energy Innovation
America's investment in energy innovation from the public and private sectors together is less than one-half of one percent of the nation's energy bill, according to this report from American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC). The report, which was subject to a recent Congressional hearing, addresses the limited but important role the federal government will need to play in catalyzing American ingenuity as it seeks to meet the energy demands of the future. The report is available for download by clicking here.

Hard Facts: An Energy Primer
An in-depth explanation of domestically-produced fossil fuel and renewable energy sources and assessment of U.S. consumption levels, from the Institute for Energy Research. Download this report by clicking here.

Impacts of Energy Efficiency Provisions in Pending Senate Energy Efficiency Bills 
Bipartisan energy-efficiency legislation from U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) could save consumers $60 billion by 2030, help businesses add 159,000 jobs to the economy and cut carbon-dioxide emissions by the equivalent of taking 21 million cars off the road, according to a study from ACEEE. The white paper is available for download here.

Opportunity Knocks: Examining Low-Ranking States in the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
Energy efficiency is gaining momentum in states that have traditionally been behind the curve in pushing such technology, according to research by ACEEE. Despite progress, numerous barriers are holding up progress on energy efficiency. The most notable barrier is the perception that energy efficiency costs more than it is worth. The report is available here.

Recognition of Energy Costs and Energy Performance in Real Property Valuation 
Today's appraisers need to be well-informed concerning the effects energy efficiency has on property value. This report, which constitutes the second edition of the IMT and Appraisal Institute’s appraiser's guide to factoring energy performance into real estate valuation, will help appraisers analyze and account for information about buildings' energy performance. Download the guide here.

Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices 
Following a record year in 2011, investment flows in clean energy during Q1 2012 were the weakest since 2009 according to Ernst & Young’s latest quarterly global renewable energy Country Attractiveness Indices report (CAI). The report is available for download here.

reSources 2012 Study
Companies are investing more in energy efficiency measures in order to remain competitive with others, but many say their energy efficiency goals are difficult to reach, in large part because of lack of capital and available financing to implement efficiency measures. This study, conducted by Deloitte, seeks to uncover energy management attitudes, practices and trends of both consumers and businesses. The study (and two corresponding reports) is available for download here.

Smart Buildings: Ten Trends to Watch in 2012 and Beyond 
The smart building industry has been busy over the last few years. 
Pike Research has identified the top issues that will shape the smart building market in 2012 and beyond. Key trends center on increasing energy efficiency, reducing exposure to volatile energy costs and expanding real-time energy data for building operations. The report for download here.

Smart Grid Renewables Integration 
Smart grid technologies are often portrayed as being vital to efforts to increase renewable energy production, yet this aspect of the smart grid is the least developed. However, according to Pike Research, this situation will change over the next several years, creating a significant expansion of the market opportunity for smart grid technologies that enable the integration of renewables. The report is available here.

Utility Scale Smart Meter Deployments Plans, & Proposals 
Nearly one in every three households in the U.S. has a smart meter and the current figure of 36 million smart meters will nearly double by 2015, according to a new report from the Institute for Electric Efficiency. The report for download here.   

Willingness to Pay and Political Support for a U.S. National Clean Energy Standard
The average American would be willing to pay 13% higher electricity bills to support a federal standard requiring 80% of the nation’s electricity to come from low-carbon sources such as solar, wind and nuclear (the same standard supported by President Obama), according to a national survey published in the Nature Climate Change journal.  Download the survey results here

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 APRIL 2012  

2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS)
Homes built since 1990 are on average 27% larger than homes built in earlier decades. The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) recently released RECS 2009 finds that energy consumption in today’s larger homes is being tempered by a few key trends, as well as changes in equipment, appliance, and construction standards in the last 15 years. The results and analysis are available for download here

Americans and Energy Policy: The Myth of the Partisan Divided
There is no political "fault line" that divides Americans along party lines when it comes to clean energy issues and solutions, according to a survey conducted by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI).  The survey shows that a majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents agree that the U.S. should move away from dirty energy sources and make greater use of clean energy sources. The report is available for download here.

An Assessment of Energy Potential at Non-Powered Dams in the United States

Powering existing unpowered dams could create up to 12 gigawatts of new electricity, according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The study found that greatest hydropower resource potential was found at lock and dam facilities on the Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas rivers—facilities owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. The full report is available for download here.

Beyond Boom and Bust: Putting Clean Tech on a Path to Subsidy Independence

The recent boom in U.S. renewable energy development could go bust in the coming years without big changes to the nation’s energy policy, according to this report from the Brookings Institution, Breakthrough Institute and World Resources Institute. Without legislative action, federal spending and policy support for renewable energy will be largely dismantled by the end 2014, a casualty of the scheduled expiration of 70 percent of all clean tech policies. The report is available for download here.

GAO Report: Factors to Consider in the Design of the Non-business Energy Property Credit

In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated factors to consider in deciding whether the credit should be cost-based or performance-based and estimated the impact of the minimum spending requirement versus a base amount for the 2009 credit on the amount of credit claimed, the revenue cost to the federal government, and incentives for taxpayers to increase their spending on energy efficiency improvements. The report is available for download here.

Money Well Spent: Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Spending in
States and utilities are leading the way in industrial efficiency projects. In 2010, states and utilities invested over $811 million in direct industrial energy efficiency programs, far exceeding spending by the federal government and other national-level programs, according to research from ACEEE. The report is available here.  

Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know
Electric utilities are likely to spend $2 trillion ($100 billion per year) over the next 20 years on replacing aging power plants, implementing new technologies and meeting new regulatory requirements, according to a new Ceres report. The report finds that in order to avoid negative impact to utility revenues, customers and investors, utilities should diversify their portfolios by expanding investment in energy efficiency and clean energy. The option with the lowest level of risk and lowest costs is energy efficiency.  The highest is nuclear power. The report is available for download here

Preliminary Analysis of the Jobs and Economic Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects Supported by the §1603 Treasury Grant Program
A $9 billion Obama administration grant program for renewable energy projects has created tens of thousands of jobs, according to a report released by the Department of Energy. The report concludes that the program supported 52,000 to 75,000 construction and installation jobs on average over the three years it was in effect. The report is available for download here.

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