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CPUC Undercounts Energy Savings That Can Offset The Need For New Power Plants

CPUC Undercounts Energy Savings That Can Offset The Need For New Power Plants | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The Commission’s decision relies on 3,000 megawatts of energy efficiency in the base case, which is the equivalent of six giant power plants. Instead, the CPUC should have relied on the California Energy Commission’s best estimate of the actual amount of cost-effective energy efficiency expected, which is equal to 11 giant power plants, or approximately 5,500 megawatts of energy savings. 

As the difference between the red line and the blue line in the graph below shows, the CPUC voted today to undercount efficiency by approximately 2,500 megawatts.  That could lead to the authorization of unneeded power plants, instead of relying on our state’s abundant energy resource that saves customers money and helps clean the air: energy efficiency.

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Interesting story how energy efficiency can/should be used as a planning tool in licencing new power stations.

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Long Term County Energy Plan Revealed

Long Term County Energy Plan Revealed | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The CEP lists six primary areas in which the county intends to implement the plan: buildings, district energy, renewable energy, transportation, county government actions, and education and human behavior.
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First Phase of New Laboratory for Energy-Efficient Buildings Introduced

First Phase of New Laboratory for Energy-Efficient Buildings Introduced | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Today marks the opening of the first two testbeds of FLEXLAB, the Facility for Low Energy eXperiments in Buildings at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)...
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Obama on Climate Policy: Not Just Now, Thanks

Obama on Climate Policy: Not Just Now, Thanks | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Rather than propose a way to bridge the political divide on the issue, the president said he would be listening to experts and then conducting an "education process" about long-term steps to address a warming planet.
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Prius powers home during post-Sandy blackout

Prius powers home during post-Sandy blackout | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Many residents who lost power during Hurricane Sandy turned to home power generators to keep the lights on. One man used his Toyota Prius.
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A New Way to Foot Efficiency Upgrades

A New Way to Foot Efficiency Upgrades | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Based on an “on-bill repayment” feature, the program would allow the property owner to avoid large upfront costs and instead pay for upgrades through regular installments on his utility bill. The idea is that the energy cost savings would cover or exceed the loan or the leasing repayment added to the bill each month. The repayment remains on the property’s utility bill until it’s paid off, even if the property changes ownership, and the utility would have the authority to cut off service for nonpayment.


The concept is not new. About a dozen states offer similar programs. California’s new twist is the source of financing and the obligation to repay the loan regardless of a change in ownership.


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If half of U.S. consumers don’t know what a ‘smart meter’ is, how are they supposed to engage? | The Energy Fix

If half of U.S. consumers don’t know what a ‘smart meter’ is, how are they supposed to engage? | The Energy Fix | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
In its third survey by the Collaborative of at least 1,000 consumers throughout the U.S. since 2011 reflecting the U.S. demographics, 54% of Americans who are heads of households and at least 18 years old have never heard of the “smart grid”. Considering that a handful of utilities began rolling out smart grid programs in 2010 with new, digital, “smart” meters by and several are nearing complete deployment, this may come as surprise or a major disappointment.
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Stanford Moves to Electricity-Based Heating, Cooling

Stanford Moves to Electricity-Based Heating, Cooling | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Stanford University is transitioning from a 100 percent natural-gas heat and power cogeneration system to an electricity-based, combined heating and cooling...
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Department of Energy hopes for efficient energy bill

THE Department of Energy (DOE) is now working hard for the passage of the comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill as they recognize the need to strengthen the policy and legal framework that will institutionalize efficient use of energy and conservation in the country.

DOE Undersecretary for Energy Efficiency Loreta Ayson said a study on this proposal has been completed with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and the stakeholders’ inputs in partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines. The contributions served as basis in crafting the bill.

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DOD Drops Annual Energy Management Report

DOD Drops Annual Energy Management Report | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
This massive tome has detailed information on energy conservation, smart grid, renewable energy, potable water use intensity and petroleum consumption for non-tactical vehicles. The single most telling graphic is figure 3-4: DoD Energy Intensity EISA 2007 Goal Attainment shown below.
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Energy efficiency news - Retroficiency provides energy assessment

Energy efficiency news - Retroficiency provides energy assessment | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The US-based Liberty Property Trust is using Retroficiency’s energy assessment platform to identify efficiency opportunities in its portfolio of 110 buildings.
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Amtrak - Defining Energy Efficiency

Rail travel is more energy efficient, and uses less fuel, than cars or airplanes. According to U.S. Department of Energy data, Amtrak is almost 20 percent more efficient than domestic airline travel and 30 percent more efficient than auto travel on a per-passenger-mile basis.

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NFRC News Now: California's 2013 Building Energy Efficiency

NFRC News Now: California's 2013 Building Energy Efficiency | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved the nation's most stringent energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings, and the new requirements for the thermal performance of windows are expected to contribute to the estimated 25 percent reduction in statewide energy use.


The new standards require more efficient residential windows to allow increased sunlight while decreasing heat gain. Additionally, the standards require the addition of sensors to allow the optimal use of daylighting in nonresidential high-performance windows. While both of these changes are predicted to spur improvements, it is the finer details of how the new standards will accomplish this that will have the most influence, the fenestration industry.

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Local Solar: Minnesota Develops Its First Community Solar Project

Local Solar: Minnesota Develops Its First Community Solar Project | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
by John Farrell, via Renewable Energy World As community solar grows in popularity, an innovative solar project by the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association in Minnesota highlights the opportunity of merging local ownership with locally...

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Use of LEED in Federal Buildings Doubles

The number of LEED-certified federal building projects is projected to more than double this year: 821 projects received certification in the first 8 months of 2012 alone, up from 544 projects total in 2011, as reported in the Federal Times...

 

"This increase in LEED certified federal buildings comes in the midst of a full-fledged attack against the use of LEED from the timber and chemical industries, who have been lobbying against the use of the LEED rating system in federal buildings (see this letter to GSA as an example)."

 

 


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Energy-efficiency incentives can save billions for Arizona

Energy-efficiency incentives can save billions for Arizona | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
A report presented to Arizona energy officials by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) said the state’s utilities already have programs that can be expanded to achieve the forecast savings.

“We’re suggesting by expanding those programs, investing more in energy efficiency and bringing in more participants, the net economic benefits from expanding programs out to 2020, would be over $7 billion,” said Howard Geller, author of the report and SWEEP’s executive director and founder.

The report found that every dollar invested in energy efficiency returns more than $2 in savings on business and household utility bills.
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How Chicago's municipal aggregation could be a boon for renewables

How Chicago's municipal aggregation could be a boon for renewables | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
A community choice aggregation activist says Chicago can have its cake and eat it too – generating cost savings while sparking a boom of local and regional renewable energy construction; creating solar, co-generation, wind and other installations.
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IEA Predicts Global Demand for Gas to Rise 50% by 2035

IEA Predicts Global Demand for Gas to Rise 50% by 2035 | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched the 2012 edition of its comprehensive publication, the World Energy Outlook (WEO). One of its stand-out predictions is that the United States could be close to self-sufficient in energy by 2035.
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Revolving Loan Fund at Lane Community College

Revolving Loan Fund at Lane Community College | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Lane Community College established a revolving loan fund in 2006, the only one of its kind at a community college, to pay for energy conservation and renewable energy projects through utility carryover. The fund, called the Energy Carryover Fund, realizes savings when current year electricity and natural gas expenditures are less than current year budget. Additionally, rebates and other incentives for energy-focused projects can be deposited into the Fund, helping to finance more projects in the future. The Fund is managed and implemented by Lane’s full time Energy Analyst, Anna Scott, and currently stands at $122,000.

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Solar Knowledge: California Weighs Innovative Community Solar Bill

Rooftop solar power is growing like crazy in California. But there's a big problem: About 44 percent of California residents are renters, not homeowners. That means that nearly half the residents of the state can't purchase solar-generated electricity even if they want to.
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U.S. Energy Efficient Hydropower Upgrades Get More Power from Dams

U.S. Energy Efficient Hydropower Upgrades Get More Power from Dams | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The U.S. has 2,400 hydropower dams, many of which sport out-of-date generating equipment that is, well, generations old. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it all adds up to the potential for a massive energy efficiency upgrade program that could significantly boost U.S. hydropower generation without the monumental expense and environmental disruption involved in new dam construction. In fact, the first round of hydropower upgrades is already underway at an average cost of less than 4 cents per kilowatt-hour.
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Cleaning the urban environment with "sustainable backyards"

Cleaning the urban environment with "sustainable backyards" | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Chicago has a great new program to help residents join the city in reducing stormwater pollution cleaning the air, cooling “heat islands,” and improving public health. It’s called Sustainable Backyards, and the genius of it is that it’s educational, participatory, and effective at the same time. Basically, the city provides financial assistance in the form of rebates that reimburse citizens for up to 50 percent of the cost of installing trees, native plants, compost bins, and/or rain barrels. There are reasonable limits based on the value of the ecosystem services provided by each product: you can get a rebate for up to $100 for planting a tree, for example, or up to $40 for installing a rain barrel.

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Idaho Utility and Wind Power Generators Still Battling Over Wind Energy Curtailment

Idaho Utility and Wind Power Generators Still Battling Over Wind Energy Curtailment | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Idaho Power says it will appeal the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) rejection last week of its proposal to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission that would allow it to curtail certain of its existing wind power PPAs in conditions of low network load.

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The New York Times > 56% of all energy in the US economy is Wasted Energy

The New York Times > 56% of all energy in the US economy is Wasted Energy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Following this NY Times Infographics, "56% of all energy in US economy is wasted.  Some Energy is always lost when fuel are burned and n'est escape.  Inefficient technology and design are also culprits."


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Top ten most EV-ready cities in the U.S.

Top ten most EV-ready cities in the U.S. | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
PlugShare’s user data points to encouraging signs for EV charging infrastructure around the country.

The makers of an app that helps users locate electric vehicle charging stations nearby have tapped the user base for some interesting EV trends. Based on the incidence of charging stations per 100,000 residents, (taken from PlugShare’s data as well as the 2012 U.S. Census) PlugShare developer Xatori Inc. has ranked the top ten most EV-ready cities in the country.

Leading the pack is Portland, Ore., with 11.0 charging locations per 100,000 residents, followed by Dallas (10.6), Nashville (8.2), San Francisco Bay Area (6.6), Seattle (6.5), Orlando (6.3), Austin (5.3), Tucson (5.3), Honolulu (5.1), and the Washington, D.C. area (4.7).

While several of these cities may seem like unlikely hotspots for electric vehicle adoption, most of these areas do have a connection to EVs. Dallas is one of the focus areas for a Texas-based electric vehicle infrastructure company; Nashville is home to a factory that builds Nissan Leafs; Orlando is a focus area for charging station distributor CarCharging; Tucson is a focus area for Arizona-based EV infrastructure company Blink, and Honolulu, an early testing location for Israeli EV infrastructure company Better Place.


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