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Author: Mueller, James | Ronen, Amit
Organization: GW Solar Institute
This policy brief investigates the impact that recent Congressional tax reform proposals would have on the solar industry. As the first policy brief in an ongoing series, it outlines both the challenges and the opportunities for the solar industry within tax reform. The GW Solar Institute's analysis finds that all...
Author: Ronen, Amit | Schoolman, Anya
Organization: GW Solar Institute | DC SUN
This whitepaper summarizes recommendations from the Expanding Low-Income Solar in DC Roundtable, hosted by the GW Solar Institute and DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN) on April 9, 2014. Extensive conversations among roughly 70 key stakeholders in the low-income housing, solar, finance, and government sectors...
Author: Lew, D. | Brinkman, G. | Ibanez, E. | Florita, A. | Heany, M. | Hodge, B.-M. | Hummon, M. | Stark, G. | King, J. | Lefton, S.A. | Agan, D. | Kumar, N. | Jordan, G. | Venkataraman, S.
Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
This NREL report analyzes the impacts of 33% integration of wind and solar resources on the electricity grid in the Western portion of the United States. It specifically examines the cost and emission impacts associated with the potential need to modulate fossil fueled generation to accomodate intermittent wind and...
Author: Krausz, Brian
Organization: GW School of Engineering
This GW Student report examines the US Environmental Protection Agency’s role in support national plans for renewable electricity generation. Specifically, the report examines EPA’s role in developing criteria to evaluate environmental effects of electricity-related consumer products, ensuring future infrastructure...
Author: Cochran, Jaquelin | Bird, Lori | Heeter, Jenny | Arent, Douglas
Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis | Clean Energy Solutions Center | Clean Energy Ministerial
This US government report documents diverse approaches to effective integration of variable renewable energy among six countries—Australia (South Australia), Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and the United States (Colorado and Texas)—and summarizes energy policy best practices. The study finds there is no one size...
Author: Abromowitz, Jeffery | Bronski, Peter | Creyts, Jon | Crowdis, Mark | Glassmire, John | Guccione, Leia | Lilienthal, Peter | Madrazo, Maite | Mandel, James | Rader, Bodhi | Richardson, John | Seif, Dan | Tocoo, Helen
Organization: Rocky Mountain Institute | CohnReznick | Homer Energy
This RMI Study found that distributed electricity generation, especially solar PV, is rapidly spreading and getting much cheaper and distributed electricity storage is doing the same, due mostly to largely to mass production of batteries for electric vehicles. This trend is undermining traditional utility business...
Author: Brown, Phillip
Organization: Congressional Research Service
This CRS report analyzes the European Union countries’ policies to deploy and develop photovoltaics and onshore wind energy through its goal to derive 20% of total energy consumption from renewable energy by 2020. 
Author: Hansen, Lena | Lacy, Virginia | Glick, Devi
Organization: Rocky Mountain Institute
This Rocky Mountain Institute report provides an assessment of various methodological best practices and information gaps surrounding studies of the costs and benefits of solar systems.  The effort found that there is considerable range in assessed values and that the most significant benefits from distributed solar...
Author: Broderick, Robert | Ellis, Abraham | Fox, Kevin | Lindl, Tom
Organization: Interstate Renewable Energy Council
The IREC paper discusses planning efforts that are being contemplated or implemented by utilities across the United States to accomodate distributed generation.   It also proposes an Integrated Distribution Planning approach to proactively plan for distributed generation.  
Author: Perez, Richard | Zweibel, Ken | Hoff, Thomas
Organization: GW Solar Institute | SUNY-Albany | Clean Power Research
This report identifies a full range of benefits from solar electric power plants including environmental, fuel price mitigation, outage risk protection, and long‐term economic growth components and estimates the combined value of those benefits to utilities’ ratepayers and society’s taxpayers with a specific case...