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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.


Annual Energy Outlook 2013
This report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) focuses on factors that shape U.S. energy markets through 2040, under the assumption that current laws and regulations remain generally unchanged throughout the projection period. Some of the 2013 findings, as compared to 2012, project that industrial production will grow due to the initial competitive advantage of low natural gas prices; renewable fuel use will expand at a much faster rate than fossil fuel use; and, with improved energy-use efficiency and a shift away from the most carbon-intensive fuels, energy-related CO2 emissions will remain more than 5 percent below their 2005 level through 2040. The report is available at

Building Energy Code Advancement Through Utility Support and Engagement

Building energy codes offer an attractive energy savings opportunity for utility-efficiency programs, especially with new approaches to quantify savings from code compliance efforts, according to this report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The report recommends ways to overcome the common barriers to utility involvement in energy code-related efforts and details pilot program concepts that can help utilities in playing a meaningful role in promoting building energy codes and in receiving credit for their efforts. The report is available here:

Energy & Environment Consumer Survey: Consumer Attitudes and Awareness of 13 Smart Energy Concepts
This survey conducted by Pike Research gauges U.S. consumers’ level of support for a variety of energy topics, including LEED certification, solar and wind power, the overall smart grid, and smart meters, among others. For the study, the company polled more than 1,000 adults during the third quarter of this year. The survey is available at:

FERC Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering
This annual report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission provides an update on the progress towards establishing demand response programs and tracking the volume of advanced metering installations. The report found that almost 72,000 MW, almost 10 percent of domestic peak demand, of demand response capability is available in the country. The program has increased by 13,000 MW between 2009 and 2011, and peak reduction capability has more than doubled since the first annual survey in 2006. Florida, Texas, and the West have the most advanced metering. The report:

Global Warming Concerns Grow
This Associated Press-Gfk poll shows that 80 percent say the country faces a “serious” problem if nothing is done to reduce future warming. That’s up slightly from 2009, when 75 percent thought global warming was occurring and just 73 percent thought it was a serious problem. The poll is available at

Residential Building Stock Assessment

According to a new study by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, newer-construction homes in the Northwest are outperforming older ones by a wide margin, thanks to stricter building codes. The study is part of NEEA’s larger effort to assess the energy efficiency of residential buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Officially called Residential Building Stock Assessment (RBSA), the assessment will inform future Pacific Northwest energy planning efforts. Study results will be used to identify energy efficiency utility programs and rebates offered by the region’s utilities (the Energy Trust of Oregon and the Bonneville Power Administration), and includes a single-family report, a manufactured homes report, and a multifamily report which will be published soon. The study is available at:


ENERGY STAR Data and Reporting: Portfolio Manager DataTrends Series
EPA has prepared the DataTrends series to examine energy and water benchmarking trends for the thousands of buildings in Portfolio Manager. The results of this diverse sample of buildings offer insights into the key drivers of energy use and the savings potential of benchmarking. The DataTrends Series includes a broad overview of energy use benchmarking in Portfolio Manager, highlighting general trends observed in the data, as well as more detailed looks into the benchmarking data for several types of buildings. Results from the DataTrends research are available at:

Developing and Assessing Economic, Energy, and Climate Security and Investment Options for the US
This report from the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) contends that cheap natural gas and the lagging economy are not the main drivers of declines in U.S. carbon emissions. The study concluded that, counted together, eight policies already in place at local, state and federal levels account for more reductions -- 46 percent -- than the recession or natural gas, as projected through 2020. The report:

Global Property Sustainability Perspective: Energy Retrofit
The pace of energy-efficient upgrades by portfolio owners in the U.S. is slowing, according to the latest Global Sustainability Perspective report from Jones Lang LaSalle. In a recent survey, 78% of building owners plan to perform upgrades over the next two years, compared to 91% who said they spent money on sustainability improvements during the past two years. The study:

Low-income weatherization: Stimulus-Funded Program Shines but Storm Clouds are on the Horizon
According to this report from the National Consumer Law Review, 775,000 low-income homes were weatherized across the U.S. as the result of the federal stimulus, exceeding the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal of 593,000 homes. These improvements contribute to much more affordable energy bills for those low-income families as well as more comfortable and healthier living quarters. The report:

The Smart Home: World 2012
According to this report from IMS Research, in 2011, an estimated 3.3 million ‘smart’ energy management devices – not including smart meters themselves - were shipped for the residential market. This year, the market is set to grow to more than six million units. By 2016, annual shipments are projected to be more than 30 million units, as the smart metering infrastructure develops, relevant legislation comes into force, a range of retail channels develop and managed services become more widely offered. The report is available at:

OCTOBER 2012  

Americans use more efficient and renewable energy technologies

According to these energy flow charts released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Americans used less energy in 2011 than in the previous year due mainly to a shift to higher-efficiency energy technologies in the transportation and residential sectors. Meanwhile, less coal was used but more natural gas was consumed according to the most recent. The analysis is available at:

Energy Efficiency and Energy Savings: a View from the Building Sector
The buildings sector is becoming increasingly interested in energy efficiency as evidenced by an international Economist Intelligence Unit survey commissioned by the Global Buildings Performance Network. More than seven of 10 real estate and construction executives surveyed globally believe energy-efficiency legislation benefits the building sector, including 75 percent of respondents in the United States. However, a lack of enforcement of existing regulations is blocking energy-efficiency investments. The report:

North American Building Automation Systems Market
According to this analysis from Frost & Sullivan, the North American Building Automation Systems Market earned revenues of $535.3 million in 2011 and is projected to reach $615.4 million in 2016. The report argues that the need to increase energy efficiency and savings while implementing green and sustainable measures is driving the uptake of building automation systems in North America. With legislation that imposes certain energy efficiency standards on buildings, such as the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, building owners and facility managers are opting to install building automation systems to meet the more stringent requirements. The analysis is available at:

Regional Energy, National Solutions: A Real Energy Vision for America

U.S. needs a long-term strategy to achieve climate stability, economic prosperity and energy security that uses the unique assets of each region of the country to choose investments in energy and fuel, according to this joint report from the Center for the Next Generation and Center for American Progress. The report:

The $20 Billion Bonanza: Best Practice Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Programsand Their Benefits for the Southwest
This report shows that every dollar invested in utility energy efficiency programs returns more than two dollars in savings on business and household utility bills, with potential to create an economic windfall of $20 billion for six southwestern states. The report finds that it is feasible to achieve a 21% reduction in electricity by the year 2020 from energy efficiency programs implemented 2010-2020, which would save the equivalent of electricity used by 4.6 million typical households in the Southwest and require an investment of $17 billion. The report is available at:

The Connected City
This study reveals a correlation between municipal investment and application of smart grid technologies and three key economic indicators of the health of the commercial real estate (“CRE”) industry:  strong employment, GDP growth, and positive office market occupancy. When compared with North American averages, “Connected City” smart grid cities have an annual GDP growth rate that is 0.7 percent higher, an unemployment rate that is a full percentage point lower, and office occupancy rates 2.5 percent higher than less advanced cities. The report is available at:

The Rising Tide of State-Supported Renewable Energy Projects: Results from the CESA Database
A comprehensive analysis of trends in state clean energy development. Among its main findings, the report confirms that state clean energy funds have remained major drivers of renewable energy development in the U.S., funding nearly 130,000 projects and adding nearly 4.8 new gigawatts of clean power to the grid since 1998. The study:

The Sustainability Impacts of Fuel

This report assesses the total sustainability impacts of commercial transportation fuels: gas/diesel, natural gas, biofuel, hydrogen, electric power (battery-powered vehicles), and efficiency, because the report says the savings available in reducing energy use can provide an important source of additional energy. The report finds that advanced technologies for renewable and clean energy will require major investments and policy support to become commercially significant. The report is the first in sustainability consulting firm BSR’s Future of Fuels Initiative. The report:

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