1. How will we heat London?


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    Max Fordham took part in GreenSky Thinking 2014 with an event hosted by The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL that sought to improve the quality of debate around UK energy policy. Here Bill Watts questions whether the right engineering solutions are being pursued to ensure that Londoners, and the whole of the UK, have warm, comfortable homes over the next 20-30 years.

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    • CPI Webinar: How to deploy CSP and reduce its costs


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      How can international financial institutions and national policymakers improve lending practices and policy design to make more effective use of public finance in deploying concentrated solar power (CSP)? In this webinar, CPI Senior Analyst Martin Stadelmann and CPI Fellow Gianleo Frisari discussed findings from a series of CPI reports on CSP projects and markets in India, South Africa, Morocco and Spain. They also considered the future of this technology and take questions from webinar participants.

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      • Reverse Auctions, Renewable Energy, and RPS


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        Reverse auctions have potential to be an efficient mechanism for securing the maximum renewable energy at the lowest cost. This approach requires developers to compete against one another on a cost basis with the lowest price bids into the auction, expressed in kWh generated per dollar, winning the auction. Reverse auctions may start to be used more widely in the coming years, especially now that the California Public Utilities is using them for projects sized between 1 MW and 20 MW with RPS-eligible technologies. This webinar described the advantages and disadvantages of the reverse auction approach and provided advice for state policymakers who may wish to consider using reverse auctions. It gave special attention to California’s Renewable Auction Mechanism. Guest Speakers: - Neil Auerbach (Founder and Managing Partner of Hudson Clean Energy Partners) discussed the rationale for using reverse auctions for renewable energy and will explain their economic and political advantages. - Jaclyn Marks (Senior Policy Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission) described the structure of the California Renewable Mechanism and the initial experience implementing it. - Bruce Phillips (Director at the NorthBridge Group) provided guidance on how reverse actions can best be applied to RPSs and other state-level renewable energy programs. This webinar originally aired on January 27, 2012. Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/CESA-RPS-RAM-Webinar-Presentations-1.27.12.pdf

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        • RPS Cost Containment Options


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          This webinar focused on the various ways in which states have sought to limit the cost of their RPS. Brendan Pierpont of the Climate Policy Initiative presented his report examining several cost containment mechanisms—alternative compliance payments, a contract price cap, a rate impact cap, and a renewable energy fund cap. He described how each one works and explain its advantages and disadvantages. He also made some recommendations for how states can best approach cost containment. Representatives of two state RPSs commented on Mr. Pierpont's presentation and considered its applicability to their states. This was followed by an audience Q&A. Presenters: • Brendan Pierpont, Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative • R. Dwight Lamberson, Economist, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission • Rebecca O’Neil, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy This webinar originally aired on April 24, 2012. Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/April-24-RPS-Cost-Containment-Combined-Slides.pdf

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          • Briefing on NREL Reports on Solar Policies and Incentives


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            CESA hosted a webinar to brief our members on two recent NREL solar reports: (1) the Strategic Sequencing for State Distributed PV Policies and (2) Distributed Solar Incentive Programs: Recent Experience and Best Practices for Design and Implementation. 1. Strategic Sequencing for State Distributed PV Policies This presentation summarizes a statistical analysis of state policy effectiveness and outlines progress to date toward understanding the relationships between non-policy characteristics of states and the effectiveness of policy initiatives within those states. The goal of the analysis is to identify policy strategies and sequencing of policies that are tailored to maximize the effectiveness of policy for specific state contexts. Guest Speaker: Darlene Steward, NREL Link to the report: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/56428.pdf 2. Distributed Solar Incentive Programs: Recent Experience and Best Practices for Design and Implementation This presentation explored best practices for designing and implementing incentives for small and mid-sized residential and commercial distributed solar energy projects. Topics covered include: factors to consider in setting and modifying incentive levels over time, responding to market conditions, differentiating incentives to encourage various market segments, and administrative issues such as providing equitable access to incentives and customer protection measures. Guest Speaker: Lori Bird, NREL Link to the report: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/56308.pdf Please note that due to technical difficulties, the webinar recording commences about 5 minutes into Darlene Steward's presentation. Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/Combined-Presentation-Files-4.18.13-NREL-Solar-Reports-V2.pdf. This webinar originally aired on April 18, 2013

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            • Aspen Ski Company DC Lobby Visit


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              We were approached by ASC to create a video showcasing the company's efforts to promote sustainable business practices and a call to action lobbying for climate change along with other organizations such as Starbucks, VF, BICEP, Ben and Jerry's and Burton Snowboards. We personally believe climate change and sustainable business practices are both super important, so we were thankful to work with Aspen/Snowmass in creating a video that showcased larger companies really pushing for sustainable practice legislation, as well as asking others to sign up and support the cause. Special Thanks goes to Michal Menert for allowing us to use his music; Meredith Mckee and Matt Hamilton over at Aspen Ski Company; Chris Miller, Ben & Jerry's; Letitia Webster, VF Corporation; Anne Kelly, BICEP (Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), CERES; Meg Wilcox, CERES; Ali Kenney, Burton Snowboards; Jim Hanna, Starbucks

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              • The Keystone XL Pipeline: More Symbol Than Substance -Energy Minute


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                The State Department is delaying its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, pushing the controversy past this fall’s midterm elections. That removes it from being an election political football, but not from the front pages, where’s it’s the environmental hot topic that won’t cool down. The proposed project, which would carry carbon-heavy crude from Alberta’s oil sands fields to Gulf Coast refineries, has become the rallying point for liberal environmental activists and conservative Republicans alike. Activists have tagged it as symbolic of President Obama’s rejection of fossil fuels and of commitment to renewable energy. Republicans have termed it a symbol of job creation and energy security, and of “can do” technological know-how. But the pipeline may be more powerful as a rhetorical trope than as a real game-changer in our energy future. The numbers tell the story. The oil that would move through the Keystone pipeline is estimated to add 18.7 million metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere annually—less than one percent of annual American greenhouse gas emissions, 5.5 billion tons, and a tiny part of the annual global total, 32.6 billion tons of carbon pollution. No wonder that those in the know are looking to new EPA regulations that would require deep cuts in emissions from coal plants and cars, the principal sources of GHG in the U.S., to make a real difference in addressing climate change. Here’s hoping that there’s a room in all the overheated political rhetoric for a cooler look at solutions that might have a major effect on climate change. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media. Video Source: The Keystone XL Pipeline: More Symbol Than Substance

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                • EPA Chief Outlines Policies for Renewable Energy


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                  Last week, in a speech before a conference sponsored by the American Council on Renewable Energy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency laid out an expansive overview of intergovernmental cooperation. EPA head Gina McCarthy said the agency’s goal is to support the rapid pace of renewable energy innovation by establishing new regulations that work with new initiatives. To do so, the EPA is working more closely with the Department of Energy. The bottom line for supporting renewable energy, says McCarthy, is the bottom line. “It’s not just the right thing to do, but it’s the economically sustainable thing to do.” The EPA chief emphasized the importance of renewable energy to the U.S. economy, and the role of the federal, state, and local governments in incentivizing the sector’s expansion. She noted the 100,000 jobs created by renewable energy projects on public lands undertaken by the Department of the Interior and the 39 states that now operate utility-scale wind energy projects. McCarthy defined the role of the EPA as a supporting one in the rapidly changing renewable energy sector. States and cities are accepted as the main incubators of innovation, and the EPA’s mission is to listen and work closely with them. Such a description might sound positively visionary except that it describes a renewable energy future that is already in action, right now, across the country. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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                  • Applying Demand Data: A Discussion on Finding Beneficial Public Uses for Smart Meter Data


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                    An EETD Seminar on March 20, 2014 - SPEAKER: Sam Borgeson, EETD & UC Berkeley In California, smart meter infrastructure was installed largely based on the expected payback from eliminating manual meter reading and support of real time pricing. However, the unprecedented spatial and temporal detail of the demand data recorded by the meters can be applied to a wide variety of problems in energy research, including energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, behavioral studies, and grid planning. This talk will focus on the opportunities for public good presented by smart meter data (i.e. electricity, gas, and some day water). Read more about this seminar, this speaker, and all EETD Seminars at: http://eetd.lbl.gov/news/seminars Follow EETD on Twitter, get a free subscription to the EETD Newsletter, and visit EETD’s Facebook page: Twitter: @AllanChen -- EETD News http://eetd.lbl.gov/newsletter/ -- Facebook: www.facebook.com/eet.div.lbnl

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                    • The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040


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                      October 21, 2013: How will the world's energy production and consumption change by 2040? Will there be different distributions of hydro/petroleum/nuclear-sourced and "alternative" power sources including solar, wind, and bio-based? How will developed and developing economies differ? These and other questions are discussed by Rob Gardner of ExxonMobil, Howard Gruenspecht of the Energy Information Administration (part of the US Department of Energy), and Vivien Foster of the World Bank. Moderated by NPR's Richard Harris, this installment in the Global Challenges Discussion Series was hosted at the AAAS headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. #acsscicon #aaas

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