Resources: Reports

  • Clean Jobs Illinois: An In-Depth Look at Clean Energy Employment in Illinois

    Posted: March 20, 2014 - 18:59 / IL / Reports

    In 2013, Clean Energy Trust commissioned BW Research Patnership, a national leader in workforce and economic development research, to conduct a survey of Illinois clean energy firms to better understand employment in the sector. Clean Jobs Illinois is based on survey research data collected by BW research partnership and was developed in partnership with Enviornmental Entrepreneurs, The Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council, which contributed financial and staff resources to support the research and report.

  • IEA Energy Storage Roadmap - Technical Annex

    Posted: March 19, 2014 - 18:43 / IEA / Reports

    Energy storage technologies absorb energy and store it for a period of time before releasing it to supply energy or power services. In the Technology Roadmap: Energy Storage, technologies are categorised by output: electricity and thermal (heat or cold). This Technology Annex aims to increase understanding among a range of stakeholders of the electricity and thermal energy storage technologies, in support of the Technology Roadmap: Energy Storage.

  • IEA Technology Roadmap - Energy Storage

    Posted: March 19, 2014 - 15:58 / IEA / Reports

    Energy storage technologies absorb energy and store it for a period of time before releasing it to supply energy or power services. Through this process, storage technologies can bridge temporal and (when coupled with other energy infrastructure components) geographical gaps between energy supply and demand. Energy storage technologies can be implemented on large and small scales in distributed and centralised manners throughout the energy system. While some technologies are mature or near maturity, most are still in the early stages of development and will require additional attention before their potential can be fully realised.

  • Utility Dive: The State of the Electric Utility 2014

    Posted: February 28, 2014 - 19:03 / Reports

    Electric utilities today are confronting disruptive challenges that may not only transform them, but the sector as a whole.To better understand how utilities see themselves meeting these challenges, Siemens commissioned Utility Dive to survey 527 U.S. electric utility professionals on the state of the industry in 2014.

  • Distributed Energy Storage Roadmap

    Posted: February 20, 2014 - 03:35 / DNVGL / Reports

    The purpose of this project was to survey electric utilities, storage vendors and other stakeholders of the electricity grid concerning their views about the optimal use of DES technology and the principal barriers that prevent widespread deployment of that technology on the grid today. It is intended that that data provided by this report be used to design a program of related and coordinated DES demonstration projects that can most effectively address the issues identified in this report.

  • Electric Vehicle Grid Integration in the U.S., Europe, and China Challenges and Choices for Electricity and Transportation Policy

    Posted: February 12, 2014 - 11:30 / Clean Energy / Reports

    This report examines key drivers of EV adoption in three regions - the United States, the European Union, and China – with an emphasis on vehicle charging scenarios and infrastructure. The intent of this project is to identify insights about the choice of charging infrastructure in each region that will both maximize benefits to consumers (thus helping to drive EV adoption) and maximize benefits to the grid from greater EV use. The report examines how these optimal scenarios differ by region, and makes recommendations for policies and electricity regulations that will make realization of grid benefits from EVs more likely.

  • The Future Role and Challenges of Energy Storage

    Posted: February 12, 2014 - 10:10 / European Union / Reports

    Energy storage will play a key role in enabling the EU to develop a low-carbon electricity system. Energy storage can supply more flexibility and balancing to the grid, providing a back-up to intermittent renewable energy. Locally, it can improve the management of distribution networks, reducing costs and improving efficiency. In this way, it can ease the market introduction of renewables, accelerate the decarbonisation of the electricity grid, improve the security and efficiency of electricity transmission and distribution (reduce unplanned loop flows, grid congestion, voltage and frequency variations), stabilize market prices for electricity, while also ensuring a higher security of energy supply.

  • Estimating the Performance and Economic Value of Multiple Concentrating Solar Power Technologies in a Production Cost Model

    Posted: February 12, 2014 - 09:55 / Renewable Energy / Reports

    Dispatchable power plants provide multiple services to the electricity grid, including the ability to respond to changes in supply or demand. Concentrating solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage (TES) is a unique source of renewable energy in that the solar thermal energy can be dispatched similarly to conventional thermal generation. However, CSP-TES plants are an energy-limited resource, meaning that their response might be restricted by solar availability. Therefore, the use of this solar energy must be optimally scheduled to provide the greatest value to the system.