Energy Efficiency Finance Demand Isn’t the Problem; Design Is

Faced with increasing pressure to meet efficiency targets and with goals that require many additional billions of investments, policymakers are doubling down programs that use the same basic prescriptive approach rather than approaching with a flexible model that moves the existing $40 billion market towards more efficient outcomes.

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Spotlight on California

California’s long-standing commitment to the environment has been consistent and creative: we pave the way for the rest of the nation.

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News & Notes

New research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that about 6.5 million workers were employed in the global renewable energy industry in 2013, a 14% increase over 2012.

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Energy Efficiency in the Midwest: What Do Actions in Indiana and Ohio Mean for the Rest of the Region?

Energy efficiency investment in the Midwest is projected to total more than $1.78 billion in 2014. Recent legislative actions in Indiana and Ohio mean that this investment will drop to an estimated $1.67 billion in 2015. But this isn’t the whole story.

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The Energy Water Nexus

Notes from the 2014 NASEO Energy Policy Outlook Conference.

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The End of Wind Tax Credits?

Congress allowed some 55 tax breaks to expire on December 31. Among them was a spate of tax breaks for green energy initiatives, including for electricity-generating wind farms.

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News & Notes

In a decision that could have far-reaching impacts on the solar industry, the Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC) voted in November to allow the state’s largest utility to charge a monthly fee to customers who install photovoltaic panels on their roofs.

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People on the Move

Arkansas Public Service Commission chair Colette Honorable was elected president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) at the organization’s 125th annual meeting in November. She succeeds outgoing president Philip Jones of Washington State. NARUC members also elected commissioners Lisa Edgar of Florida as first vice president, and Susan Ackerman of Oregon as second vice president. All officers will serve one-year terms.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that renewable energy will grow from 13% of the U.S. energy supply in 2011 to 16% in 2040. This wildly understates the likely growth trajectory, in my view.

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Although German developments in electricity markets are, by no means, unique in Europe, they do provide a cautionary tale of the negative consequences that short-sighted energy policies and over-subsidized resources have on electric systems. The country’s very generous policies have led to a massive build out of “green energy,” wind and rooftop solar in particular. However, these resources are increasingly proving to be economically unsustainable as costs keep climbing and rapid penetration threatens the reliability of the electric grid.

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