Resources Archive - 2013 Q4

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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.


ACEEE 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
The 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks states on their policy and program efforts, documents best practices, and provides recommendations for ways in which states can improve their energy efficiency performance.  The State Scorecard serves as a benchmark for state efforts on energy efficiency policies and programs each year, encouraging them to continue strengthening efficiency commitments as a pragmatic and effective strategy for securing environmental benefits and promoting economic growth.

WMO Provisional Statement on Status of Climate in 2013
The year 2013 is currently on course to be among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization.  The first nine months, January to September, tied with 2003 as the seventh warmest such period on record.

WMO's provisional annual statement provides a snapshot of regional and national temperatures.  It also includes details on precipitation, floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, ice cover and sea level.

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Energy Efficiency Performance Standards: The Cornerstone of Consumer-Friendly Energy Policy

Consumers could save about a thousand dollars on annual household energy costs if energy-efficiency performance standards were more prevalent and better understood.  That's according to a report, Energy Efficiency Performance Standards: The Cornerstone of Consumer-Friendly Energy Policy, released by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA).  The report also finds a broad consensus among a variety of independent policy evaluations that energy-efficiency performance standards, when effectively implemented, are the ideal tool for delivering these savings.  Currently, proceedings affecting almost two-dozen new energy performance standards for a broad spectrum of products are pending at the federal and state levels.

Energy Efficiency Market Report

The inaugural Energy Efficiency Market Report joins the International Energy Agency (IEA) market reports for oil, gas, coal and renewable energy, highlighting the place of energy efficiency as a major fuel.  The report notes that energy efficiency markets around the world drew investment of up to USD 300 billion in 2011, a level on par with global investments in renewable energy or fossil-fuel power generation.

REN21's Renewables Global Status Report

The latest Renewable Global Status Report from REN21 provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy markets, industry, investment and policy development worldwide.  Major findings include: a shift in investment patterns that led to a global decrease in clean energy investment; continuing growth in installed capacity due to significant technology cost reductions and increased investment in developing countries; renewables progressively supplementing established electricity systems, demonstrating that the implementation of suitable policies can enable the successful integration of higher share of variable renewables; and, the emergence of integrated policy approaches that link energy efficiency measures with the implementation of renewable energy technologies.

America's (Amazingly) Good Energy News

This report, released by the NRDC, found that key economic, security and environmental indicators show the state of the U.S. energy economy has never been better.  In one key finding, the U.S. has found so many innovative ways to save energy that the nation has more than doubled its economic productivity from oil, natural gas, and electricity over the past 40 years, which means energy efficiency has contributed more to meeting America's needs than all other resources combined.

Climate and Carbon: Aligning Prices and Policies

This report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) brings together lessons learned from analysis on carbon pricing and climate policies.  It recommends that governments ensure coherent policies surrounding the gradual phase-out of fossil fuel emissions and consistent signals to consumers, producers and investors alike.  A key component of this approach is putting an explicit price on every tonne of CO2 emitted.  Explicit pricing instruments, however, may not cover all sources of emissions and will often need to be complemented by other policies that effectively put an implicit price on emissions.  But the policies must be mutually supportive as cost-effective as possible, both on their own and as a package.  In addition, tax exemptions and fossil-fuel subsidies that undermine the transition toward zero carbon solutions must be reformed.  Finally, the report highlights the issues of competitiveness, distributional impacts and communication as key elements in implementing climate policy reform.

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