Renewables account for 18% of U.S. electrical generation in first eight months of 2018

“Renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for over 18.0% of net domestic electrical generation during the first two-thirds of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of just-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In addition, the latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through August 31,…

Levelized Cost of Energy 2018

Lazard has conducted this analysis comparing the LCOE for various conventional and Alternative Energy generation technologies in order to understand which Alternative Energy generation technologies may be cost-competitive with conventional generation technologies, either now or in the future, and under various operating assumptions, as well as to understand which technologies are best suited for various…

Electric Power Monthly with Data for August 2018

The Electric Power Monthly (EPM) presents monthly electricity statistics for a wide audience including Congress, Federal and State agencies, the electric power industry, and the general public. The purpose of this publication is to provide energy decision makers with accurate and timely information that may be used in forming various perspectives on electric issues that…

Energy use disaggregation is coming. Here are 3 ways utilities can make the most of it

“By harnessing the data from nearly ubiquitous smart meters in California and partnering with data science companies, these utilities will actually be able to disaggregate their customers’ electricity consumption down to the level of individual appliances. Doing so could enable utilities to help their customers understand previously inscrutable electric bills and to suggest concrete ways…

How to improve data center energy usage

“Data centers are notoriously energy intensive, but business can take many different measures to reduce such energy usage, including using a containment system, virtualizing servers and storage and simply turning off idle equipment. According to research from the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), data centers already consume more than 3% of the world’s total electricity and…

Access to data: Bringing the electricity grid into the Information Age

“Timely and convenient access to granular energy usage data can help customers track and manage their energy use; equip utilities and competitive suppliers with the information necessary to develop new and innovative customer offerings; empower third-party (non-utility) companies to animate the market for distributed energy resources (DERs); and enable utilities to transition to a more…

Estimating rooftop solar technical potential across the US using a combination of GIS-based methods, lidar data, and statistical modeling

“Researchers provide a detailed estimate of the technical potential of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation throughout the contiguous United States. This national estimate is based on an analysis of select US cities that combines light detection and ranging (lidar) data with a validated analytical method for determining rooftop PV suitability employing geographic information systems.”…
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