2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook
The 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), provides new industry information and trends for the U.S. energy economy, with an in-depth look at energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors as well as emerging areas such as battery storage and sustainable transportation
Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal
This paper by Harvard researchers, published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2011, is a life cycle study that analyzes the full range of external ecological and public health costs resulting from using coal for electricity generation and monetizes them. The authors "estimate that the life cycle effects of coal and the waste stream generated are costing the U.S. public a third to over one-half of a trillion dollars annually . . . Accounting for the many external costs over the life cycle for coal-derived electricity conservatively doubles to triples the price of coal per kWh of electricity generated" [beyond the prices we pay for electricity]. Amounts and costs of each of the health, social, employment and environmental impacts are provided.
The Hidden Costs of Fossil Fuels
This Union of Concerned Scientists resource examines the hidden health and environmental costs, or externalities, resulting from the extraction, transportation, and consumption of fossil fuels. Externalities including global warming, air pollution, water use, and fossil fuel waste are presented and explained alongside real world examples and the latest research.
Integrating Community Values into the Full Cost of Electricity
The Full Cost of Electricity is a white paper by the Energy Institute of the University of Texas that examines movement toward community or values-based energy systems and asks if these values should be considered as one of the inputs into a model for the cost of electric service. Traditional cost modeling assumes individuals and communities will choose the lowest cost source for electricity; however, the marketplace is increasingly showing otherwise. The study looks at community energy systems including: district energy utilities, community-owned renewable generation, community approved use of eminent domain, and community choice aggregation.
Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017
This report presents the International Renewable Energy Agency’s key findings related to the continued decline in the cost of renewable power generation globally in 2017. Some topics covered include: cost reduction drivers for renewable power, power generation industry trends, and the future outlook for renewable energy costs.
The Wisconsin Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Sensors & Controls for Advanced Energy
This Wisconsin Energy Institute, Midwest Energy Research Consortium, and American Jobs Project report shows that Wisconsin’s sensors and control industry could potentially support an annual average of 44,000 jobs through 2030. Sensors and controls allow systems to respond to changing conditions (weather, changes in input, changes in demand). Wisconsin is poised to tap into the $287 billion global advanced energy systems market due to its strong existing sensor and controls industry, university research expertise, and potential demand for biodigester technology by agricultural businesses. The report outlines a range of policy recommendations that could encourage the development of this growing industry.
Energy-Water Nexus Industry Roadmap Report: The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) and The Water Council (TWC) collaborated to publish this report on the roadmap for the Energy-Water Nexus (EWN) industry. It is projected that the EWN market will grow dramatically from the current $240 billion to nearly $500 billion by 2025. The EWN roadmapping report significantly expands the baseline EWN opportunity set to include many large water and energy embedded consuming applications in agriculture, industry, buildings and residences outside of the traditional water and energy cycles. The report also defines and classifies six market segments and numerous products that make up the industry, focusing on the most potentially impactful EWN applications. Market projections, by market segment, from both top-down and bottom-up projections are contained in the report.
- 2017 US Energy and Employment Report, is the second annual employment analysis by the US Department of Energy. The 2017 report finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 by just under 5 percent, adding over 300,000 net new jobs, roughly 14% of all those created in the country.
- Bringing the Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Low-Income Communities:
EPA offers informational resources to help state and local energy, environmental, housing, and social services agencies, non-profits, and utilities understand successful models that they can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by bringing energy efficiency and renewable energy to low-income communities.
- Empowered: A Tale of Three Cities Taking Charge of Their Energy Future is a short book by Midwest Energy News and author Bentham Paulos, 2015, which examines the current clash between regulated utilities and cities and their citizens over clean energy sources, energy pricing and market choice in Boulder, CO, MN, Minessota and Madison, WI
- Spatial Patterns of Solar PV System Adoption, released by the Journal of Economic Geography, October 2014, is an article that studies the main drivers influencing the spread of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system adoption. The analysis may be useful to marketers and policymakers interested in promoting PV systems.
The National Solar Jobs Census 2013, by the Solar Foundation, is an annual report of the current employment and projected growth in the United States solar industry. Since 2010, solar jobs have increased over 50 percent to 143,000 workers - more than the US auto industry and almost 50,000 jobs more than the coal mining industry. With continued growth in installed solar power capacity, solar employment is expected to continue to grow. The report includes factors likely to impact the solar industry over the upcoming year, as well as information on research and development, production, sale, installation, and use of all solar technologies.
Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Four Clean Energy Technologies, 11/17/2013. This US Department of Energy report focuses on four technology revolutions that are here today: onshore wind power, polysilicon photovoltaic modules, LED lighting, and electric vehicles. Since 2008 they have achieved dramatic reductions in cost accompanied by a surge in consumer, industrial and commercial deployment. This analysis explains both the magnitude of and mechanisms behind these nascent revolutions. Each of the sectors examined has also become a major opportunity for America’s clean energy economy.
- U.S. DOE's Wisconsin State Summary Report on the Office of Energy Efficiencies and Renewable Energy (EERE)'s investments in Wisconsin highlights an extensive range of public and private energy projects.
- DSIRE - Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency by the US Department of Energy provides state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- Farm Energy - sponsored by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), provides information on the Federal Farm Bill, including summaries of new energy programs, REAP application assistance, and energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
- Finding and Obtaining Energy & Energy Efficiency Grants for Cities - The webinar was captured by the Sustainable Cities Exchange. Topics include the types of energy efficiency or renewable energy projects that are eligible for a grant, how cities can learn about where to obtain a grant, what the requirements are for a city to receive a grant, tips for writing your own grant, and a description of the most effective renewable energy and energy efficiency grant programs in several states.
- Focus on Energy - Wisconsin’s statewide Public Benefits Program, works with residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. FOE provides information, resources, and financial incentives to implement energy projects.
- Got Moola - a resource compiled for small agricultural businesses, provides links to banks, technical assistance, funding opportunities and many programs and organizations to help grow their businesses. Assembled and updated by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Division of Agri-Business.
- Industry Cluster Profile-Energy; Fond du Lac County Wisconsin - describes the Energy industry cluster, which encompasses 183 establishments and employs 3,070 people in direct cluster jobs in Fond du Lac County. Wages in this industry cluster are well above average at $59,124 for total earnings of $184.5 million.
- Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) - a local government initiative in which private capital funding allows property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for residential and commercial buildings. With PACE financing, interested owners repay the cost of energy improvements through an assessment on their property taxes for up to 20 years.
- Municipal Financing of Efficiency Improvements to Private Premises- a Wisconsin law, 2011 Act 138, passed in April 2012, made changes to the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to leverage private sector investment. Under previous law, a city, village, or town could make a loan to, or enter into a loan repayment agreement with, an owner or lessee of premises for making or installing renewable energy improvements. The change in the law allows private lenders to be the bank for PACE projects, instead of requiring municipalities to provide the financing, and would allow those private lenders to collect the payments.
- San Francisco’s Innovative Commercial PACE Program: The webinar was captured by the Sustainable Cities Exchange. It highlights the City and County of San Francisco’s development and launch of an “open market” commercial Properly Assessed Clean Energy financing (PACE) Program that enables private investment from multiple capital sources.
- Case Study: Three Successful PACE Models Collaborate to Provide Best Practices for an Emerging PACE Program-Applied Solutions hosted this collaborative webinar to leverage the expertise of local government staff to support the design, development and implementation of energy, water and transportation public projects. Properly Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs from California, Maine and Florida were highlighted.
- The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) - offers cost-share grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency improvement or renewable energy development projects.
- Wisconsin Grant Programs - compiled by the State Energy Office, provides a listing of renewable energy related funding opportunities offered by government entities, utilities, companies, and organizations in Wisconsin with links to each program.
- “Keeping it in the Community: Sustainable Funding for Local Energy Initiatives” a report by ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy), outlines local funding options for community energy efficiency projects including utility partnerships, energy or carbon taxes, systems benefit funds, bonds, and revolving loan funds. Case studies of city programs using each funding strategy are presented.
- The Institute for Local Self Reliance released a study of 8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy, which shows local government officials how to boost their local economies with clean energy policies that address key economic and environmental problems. A case study is provided for each policy.
- The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) has created a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) factsheet, which describes what a PPA is, how they benefit consumers, and key points interested consumers should consider before entering into a PPA.
- RENEW Wisconsin has created a Clean Energy Choice factsheet describing how a power purchase agreement (PPA) mechanism in Wisconsin could unlock the benefits of renewable energy generation for consumers, businesses, schools, local governments, and non-profit organizations.
- The National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL) released a study, titled Solar PV Project Financing: Regulatory and Legislative Challenges for Third-Party PPA System Owners, which details five challenges that Third-Party PPA system owners are facing: (1) definition of electric utility as seller of electricity; (2) power generation equipment included in definition of electric utility; (3) defintion of provider of electric services; (4) municpal utilities and rural cooperatives concerns over opting into deregulation of electricity generation, and; (5) determining whether third-party owned systems may net meter.
- The Solarize Guidebook: A community guide to collective purchasing of residential PV systems
by NREL and the City of Portland, is intended to be a roadmap for project planners and solar advocates who want to create their own successful Solarize campaigns. It describes the key elements of the Solarize Portland campaigns and variations from projects across the country, along with lessons learned and planning templates. The guidebook is funded by the DOE SunShot Initiative, a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.