Resources Archive - 2013 Q3

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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.  Click on the report title to view/download the full report.


Halving Global CO2 by 2050: Technologies and Costs
A report from Imperial College London concluded that limiting global CO2 emissions from human activity to 15 giga-tonnes per year will cost $2 trillion per year by 2050, about one percent of the world's GDP in that year.  The report suggests that reaching this target will require a broad range of low-carbon technologies to be implemented across several sectors of the economy - power, industry, buildings and transport.  Human activities such as shipping, construction, and industry are increasing the concentration of CO2 entering the atmosphere, and the emissions produced from these industries will likely continue to increase if there is no further action by governments to reduce them over the coming years.

An Energy Efficiency Primer for Governors

States have been essential to the progress the United States has made in using energy more efficiently, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). Governors play a critical role in advancing energy efficiency and are supporting efforts to help consumers lower their energy costs, reduce state energy expenditures, defer the need for new power plant investments, strengthen system reliability and reduce environmental impacts.

An Energy Efficiency Primer for Governors describes successful actions governors have taken to further cost-effective energy efficiency.

ACEEE 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard
This first edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks 34 of the most populous U.S. cities on their policies and other actions to advance energy efficiency, across five policy areas: local government operations; buildings; energy and water utilities; transportation; and the community as a whole. It puts these actions in context by also presenting data on energy consumption in these cities when possible. The data on policies and other local actions and resulting scores help to identify cities that are excelling and those that have room for improvement. We provide examples throughout the Scorecard of best practice actions being taken by leading cities in various policy areas. As a result, the Scorecard offers the beginning of a roadmap for any local government aiming to improve its city’s energy efficiency through the most effective means possible, learning from other cities’ successes and customizing best practice strategies to suit the local context and their community’s priorities.

2014 U.S. Department of State Climate Action Report
This draft Sixth Climate Action Report provides a detailed report on U.S. actions to address climate change. This report contains descriptions of specific measured and verified actions, outlines of broad policy initiatives, and summaries of activities conducted by the United States since the Fifth CAR, principally at the federal level.

ACEEE Economic Impact Analysis of Shaheen-Portman & Key Amendments

On May 16, 2011, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 (S. 1000, often called the Shaheen-Portman bill). This bill contained a variety of provisions designed to promote energy efficiency technologies and foster job creation. In 2012, ACEEE analyzed the cost and energy savings as well as the jobs impacts of S. 1000, but the bill stalled in Congress. A modified version of the bill entitled the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S. 761) was introduced in April of 2013 and was reported out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in May of 2013 in a bipartisan vote of 19 to 3. A modified version for floor consideration was introduced in July (S. 1392). This paper summarizes an updated assessment of the impacts of S. 1392 as well as a number of amendments that are being considered with the bill.

Cadmus White Paper: Residential Efficiency Crossroads: Opportunities for the Future
This white paper explores the current challenges and prospects observed by Cadmus regarding residential energy-efficiency programs and offers possible directions for residential program planning that emphasize low delivery costs with high participation and conversion rates.

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Study on Costs of Delaying Climate Action
According to a Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research study, delaying cooperative international efforts to combat climate change from 2015 until 2030 would triple the costs in terms of economic growth. The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, can be found here.

Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Western Region
The Western Region Report, the first portion of the ACORE's 6th annual Renewable Energy in the 50 States report, is the first of a four-part series, this first portion focuses on the renewable energy sector in the thirteen Western states. The report is a review of state energy policies and programs, investment, and market openness as they relate to the current state of renewable energy and its potential for further growth. 

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 AUGUST 2013

ACEEE Report: Linking Energy Efficiency to Economic Productivity: Recommendations for Improving the Robustness of the U.S. Economy

In addition to exploring the productive use of energy as it impacts the robustness of the U.S. economy, this report also explores the need for a more critical accounting of how work—that is, the transformation of matter into necessary goods and services—is enabled by the efficient conversion of high-quality energy, or exergy. If exergy flows are neither properly measured nor adequately tracked, then business and policy leaders may be misreading the real dynamics of economic activity. That may lead to policy prescriptions that are suboptimal and dampen the economic well-being of the United States.

 JULY 2013

ACEEE White Paper, Energy Efficiency: Is the United States Improving?
ACEEE’s energy efficiency indicators demonstrate that the United States is becoming more energy efficient, but the improvements we measured are generally modest, indicating that our economy overall has made only moderate progress. Five indicators show some meaningful progress: state energy efficiency program savings; reductions in energy use in residential buildings; standards forfuel economy; building codes; and standards for appliances. Improvements in energy productivity and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions may reflect other factors so may not be indicators of a long-term trend. Seven indicators showed only small or no improvements and one showed backsliding. To put the nation on the right path, the United States needs to be far more aggressive, embracing meaningful policies and programs that can lead to significant improvements in U.S. energy efficiency.

Ecova Big Data Warehouse White Paper

The Ecova Big Data Warehouse stores one of the largest, continuously evolving collections of energy and sustainability commercial building data of its kind. More than 1 billion transactions flow across its system each day providing a complete picture of energy consumption and costs for over 8 percent of the total commercial and industrial U.S. electric load, more than nearly any utility in the United States.

IEE Report: State Electric Efficiency Regulatory Frameworks
A new report by IEE, State Electric Efficiency Regulatory Frameworks (July 2013), shows that regulatory frameworks that support utility electric efficiency (EE) programs continue to grow. “Supportive regulatory frameworks are the key to expanding the electric power industry’s already large commitment to electric efficiency even further,” said Lisa Wood, IEE Executive Director. “Through them, the power industry provides integrated programs to help customers manage energy use, more fully utilize flexible demand resources on the power grid making it more efficient, and serve as a consistent and comprehensive point of contact to support all customer energy needs.”

Grid Modernization Index Report
The GridWise® Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center, yesterday announced the release of the first Grid Modernization Index (GMI). The GMI evaluates and ranks states based on their progress in modernizing their electric systems with smart grid technologies. The announcement was made at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Summer Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

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