Resources and Opportunities

Snapshot of Energy Efficiency Performance Incentives for Electric Utilities

Performance incentive mechanisms (PIMs) are one of the various policies that incentive enery efficiency. ACEEE’s research finds that PIMs are among the most important factors contributing to higher savings and increasing utility energy savings year to year. They can be structured to provide business opportunities that are competitive with what utilities can earn through investments…
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Clean Energy Sweeps Across Rural America

Clean energy creates jobs, supports local infrastructure development, and provides new opportunities to build thriving economies. While many rural American communities have faced economic challenges, they have also recently experienced incredible growth in wind energy, solar power, and energy efficiency. We examined case studies and clean energy employment and generation data to explore the exciting…
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Decarbonization of Heating Energy Use in California Buildings

California has some of the most comprehensive and ambitious clean energy policies in the world, with a recently passed law requiring 100-percent carbon-free electricity by 2045,1 and an executive order aiming for economy-wide carbon neutrality by the same date. Using strong policies to encourage energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation, the state is making…
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How big is the energy efficiency resource?

Most economic theorists assume that energy efficiency—the biggest global provider of energy services—is a limited and dwindling resource whose price- and policy-driven adoption will inevitably deplete its potential and raise its cost. Influenced by that theoretical construct, most traditional analysts and deployers of energy efficiency see and exploit only a modest fraction of the worthwhile…
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2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot

The 2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot is the result of a collective partnership among the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Navigant, and Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) staff. Data collected from SEPA’s 2018 Utility Survey (in partnership with PLMA) seeks to provide deeper insight into utility demand response programs throughout the U.S., and represents…
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Energy Efficiency 2018: Analysis and outlooks to 2040

Energy efficiency can bring significant economic, social and environmental benefits. But while energy efficiency is improving around the world, its positive impact on global energy use is overwhelmed by rising economic activity across all sectors. Energy Efficiency 2018 looks at why efficiency’s massive potential remains untapped, and through the new Efficient World Scenario explores what…
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Customer Focused and Clean: Power Markets for the Future

This report focuses on the wholesale power markets and system operations aspects of the electric industry, with particular focus on the Mid-Atlantic (“PJM”) and Midwest (“MISO”) regions. Two-thirds of the electricity in America passes through centralized wholesale electric markets, serving much of the nation’s economy and population. Those market rules and practices are developed by…
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California Power Map

The California Power Map is a mapping tool that provides, compares and visualizes data on California’s fossil fuel and bioenergy power plants. These data include the location of the plants, the demographics of nearby populations, and historical data about operations and greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions (2010-present) for all California fossil fuel and bioenergy…
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A Low-Cost Energy Future For Western Cooperatives

In this report, as an indicative case study of this broader trend, we examine the cost-savings opportunities renewables price declines have made possible for Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association and its member co-ops. Specifically, we consider their opportunity to engage in large-scale procurement of costeffective renewable energy projects, while maintaining system reliability requirements. We analyze…
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Strengthening Military Capabilities Through Energy Resilience Partnerships

The Department of Defense (DoD) is increasingly reliant on electric power for critical national defense missions. Domestic military installations are connected to the civilian electric grid, which is under threat from more frequent and extreme weather events, aging and outdated infrastructure, and cyber and physical attacks from determined adversaries. In response, DoD and the military…
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Climate Change in Los Angeles County: Grid Vulnerability to Extreme Heat

Grid vulnerabilities to potential future heat waves described by climate change projections were assessed throughout Los Angeles County (LAC). Heat waves have posed serious challenges to power infrastructure in Southern California, including a major blackout in 2011 and emergency curtailment in 2014, and understanding how future temperature change might impact the power system is critically…
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