January 19, 2015
Residential solar panels better investment than stocks
A report issued by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) claims that investing in residential solar power is a better bet than the stock market. In fact, in 42 of the 52 largest cities in America, solar electricity costs less right now than buying electricity from the grid.
Surprised? Many people are. But the cost of solar panels has dropped sharply over the past few years. Where once only wealthy people could afford a solar panels, now the cost of is well within reach of most home owners.
DEC. 21, 2014
Energy-Storage Plans Gain Ground in California
In an unusual competition in California, proposals for energy storage systems beat out hundreds of bids to construct new power plants as a way to meet peak power needs.
Southern California Edison has retired its San Onofre nuclear reactors and is planning to retire natural gas units with environmentally troublesome cooling systems. So it invited proposals for storage — including conventional batteries and giant ice packs — and new gas-fired power plants.
To the surprise of the utility and even the storage companies, in many cases storage won. Demand response, or agreements with customers who volunteer to be unplugged at certain times, also did well.
June 24, 2014
CPS Energy launches help team
SAN ANTONIO — CPS Energy launched a new program Tuesday that’s designed to help customers take advantage of its energy efficiency programs and help those struggling to pay utility bills learn how to get assistance.
CPS CEO Doyle Beneby explained that in meetings with City Council, "one thing kept coming up — that we at CPS weren’t reaching all the places that we needed to" to inform customers about its services, especially its low-income assistance programs.
April 30, 2014
New Study Outlines Plan for 26% CO2 Reduction from U.S. Power Sector with No Net Cost to the Economy
Washington, D.C. — A new study by ACEEE outlines how energy efficiency could be used in an upcoming standard by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the economy. The standard, currently under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and likely to be released in early June, would set a CO2 emissions limit for existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
April 1, 2014
Citigroup Says the ‘Age of Renewables’ Has Begun
Investment banking giant Citigroup has hailed the start of the "age of renewables" in the United States, the world’s biggest electricity market, saying that solar and wind energy are becoming competitive with natural gas peaking and baseload plants.
In a major new analysis released last week, Citi says the big decision-makers within the U.S. power industry are focused on securing low-cost power, fuel diversity and stable cash flows, and this is drawing them to the increasingly attractive economics of solar and wind.
December 12, 2013
Recognizing the Full Value
of Energy Efficiency
(What’s Under the Feel-Good Frosting of the
World’s Most Valuable Layer Cake of Benefits)
Jim Lazar and Ken Colburn
December 2, 2013
Economic Opportunities Studies
On-Bill Repayment for Home Energy Efficiency
The Benefits and the Risks
Leah Burcat and Meg Power, PhD
November 6, 2013
ACEEE: MASSACHUSETTS MOST ENERGY-EFFICIENT STATE IN 2013 WITH CALIFORNIA CLOSE BEHIND AT #2, MISSISSIPPI IS MOST IMPROVED
5 States Most Needing Improvement: ND, WY, SD, AK, MS
5 Most Improved States: MS, ME, KS, OH, and WV
WASHINGTON, D.C., (November 6, 2013): Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states—including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia—taking major steps that moved them up the ranks in the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). For the first time in the history of the State Scorecard, the 2013 ranking of the states is being released with the participation of a U.S. Department of Energy secretary, Dr. Ernest Moniz, along with a top elected official of a state, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
ACEEE 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard:
Energy Innovation Conference – 2013
Power Point Presentations – September 3, 2013
- Judge Richard Anderson: Energy Production and the Challenge of the Future
- John Ashe: Utility Programs in Texas & Arkansas: Helping to Meet Future Energy Needs, by Reducing Costs & Building Local Economies
- Ray Beavers: Shaping the Future with Energy Innovation
- Dub Taylor: State Energy Conservation Office – Energy Innovation Conference
- Gary Bristow: Estes McClure and Associates – Harvest the Energy Savings of Low-Hanging Fruit
- Kim Stoker: CPS Energy – Moving Towards a More Sustainable Energy Future
- Bob Manning: Key Elements of a Successful Energy Management Program
- Kirk Johnson – Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, Irving, TX