LBNL Distributed Solar Report
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) released a report in August discussing innovative approaches that utilities are using to incorporate distributed solar into utility planning. The report features a comparative analysis of approximately 30 recent utility integrated resources plans or other generation planning studies, transmission planning studies and distribution system plans.
NASEO and Ceres Report, and NGA Paper
The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and Ceres released a report in September examining how improved public-private coordination on state energy policies and programs can significantly drive clean energy investment. Additionally, a paper released by the National Governors Association (NGA) discusses how states can combine efforts at demand response and energy efficiency, and explores strategies that states can use to lower energy costs and increase reliability.
New Reports from the Department of Energy
DOE released a draft report summarizing the major themes that emerged from the regional meeting surrounding the process of developing a consent-based approach to siting nuclear waste facilities. In addition, the Department of the Interior and DOE released the publication of a joint strategic plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the U.S., “The National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States.”