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These 12 recommendations by Stanford experts give a glimpse into America’s energy future

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • September 22, 2014

Across the U.S., a growing number of states – on both sides of the political spectrum – have adopted a wide range of policies and programs that encourage utility innovation, promote cleaner energy technologies, and give rise to smarter and more efficient energy consumers.

And, according to a new study by Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, many of these policies and programs are ripe for emulation in all 50 states.

The report, entitled “The State Clean Energy Cookbook,” analyzes 12 pioneering clean energy policies implemented to date, and offers specific recommendations on how each approach can be scaled up across the nation. The recommendations are based on past state successes and are intended to serve as a blueprint for policymakers and stakeholders.

The State Clean Energy Cookbook recommends 12 clean energy policy innovations and provides case studies on each (Source: Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance).

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Los Angeles shatters its record for peak electric demand, twice

  • By Barry Fischer
  • September 19, 2014

Stat of the Week

In the face of sizzling temperatures this week, the City of Angels saw its demand for electricity shoot up toward the heavens.

First, on Tuesday, near-100 degree temperatures meant a big spike in air-conditioning that catapulted LA’s total power draw to 6,196 megawatts – surpassing a previous all-time record of 6,177 megawatts set in September 2010. This level is around double the amount of electric demand experienced during a typical day in LA.

Wednesday took things a step further: in the midst of triple digit temperatures in downtown LA (high of 104°F), the LA Department of Water and Power reported peak power levels of 6,396 megawatts.

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3 ways a new law in Delaware will bring big benefits to the First State’s energy consumers

  • By Harry Godfrey and Ricky Gratz
  • September 17, 2014

Energy efficiency just received a tremendous boost in Delaware.

Last month, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 150 — which will deepen and broaden Delaware’s commitment to saving energy — into law.

The new law will give First State residents the opportunity to participate in an expanded suite of efficiency initiatives, such as behavioral programs, lighting programs, and appliance rebates. These new programs will help reduce customer utility bills, create local jobs by driving investments in energy efficiency, and lead to substantial environmental and health benefits.

Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Markell, the strong bi-partisan support provided by the Delaware General Assembly, and the vision of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the expansion of such cost-effective energy efficiency programs will soon become a reality. Here are three things the new law will do for Delaware:

1. It will drive customer bill savings

In the past, Delaware trailed its neighbors in efficiency investments, ranking 22nd on the ACEEE State Efficiency Scorecard. Now, the First State aims to surge ahead by making energy efficiency its first fuel.

Indeed, there is huge potential for electricity savings and bill savings in the state. Through behavioral energy efficiency alone — which includes giving people personalized, timely feedback on their energy usage, sharing easy-to-understand savings advice, and offering targeted incentives — Delawareans could save more than $8.2 million on their electric bills every year.

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