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Berkeley Lab Projects Could Save California More Than $2 Billion Annually in Energy Costs

Plug loads, or devices that plug into the wall, are responsible for at least 25 percent of electricity use in California buildings. And not only is that percentage growing, it’s a hard number to manage.

Existing State Laws Collectively Require a 50% Increase in U.S. Renewable Electricity

State renewables portfolio standards, known as RPS policies, have contributed to more than half of all renewable electricity growth in the United States since 2000. Most state RPS requirements will continue to rise through at least 2020, if not beyond, and collectively these policies will require substantial further growth in U.S. renewable electricity supplies. These findings are part of a new annual status report on state RPS policies from Berkeley Lab.

Cyclotron Road Announces the Selection of its Second Cohort of Innovators

Today, Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road program announced the selection of its second cohort of innovators, whose projects include next generation batteries, advanced materials, biomanufacturing, and solar technologies. Cyclotron Road recruits entrepreneurial researchers and embeds them at Berkeley Lab for up to two years in a mentored technology entrepreneurship program.

President Obama Honors Extraordinary Early-Career Scientists

President Obama has named 106 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Included on the list this year is Michael Stadler of Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area (ETA).

Researchers Pinpoint the Drivers for Low-Priced PV Systems in the United States

The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on homes and small businesses spans a wide range, and researchers from Berkeley Lab have published a new study that reveals the key market and system drivers for low-priced PV systems.

Berkeley Lab Launches New Projects for Grid Modernization

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced awards today as part of two new additions to DOE’s ongoing Grid Modernization Initiative. Berkeley Lab will lead two projects and join in several more. In total, the Secretary announced up to $220 million for 88 new projects across 14 National Laboratories to deliver new grid concepts, tools and technologies to support the nation’s effort to modernize the power grid.

Renewable Energy for State Renewable Portfolio Standards Yielded Sizable Benefits and Other Impacts in 2013

A new study estimates that billions in dollars in benefits come from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and from reductions in other air pollution for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013. RPS policies require utilities or other electricity providers to meet a minimum portion of their load with eligible forms of renewable electricity.

New Hybrid Electrolyte For Solid-State Lithium Batteries

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes.

Innovative Report Series to Help Inform Decisions by Utility Regulators, Policymakers and Electric Industry

The electric industry in the U.S. is undergoing significant changes for a number of reasons, including new and improved technologies, changing customer desires, low load growth in many regions, and changes in federal and state policies and regulations. A new series of reports using a unique point-counterpoint approach will advance the discussion by examining issues related to electric industry regulation and utility business models.

Team of Appraisers Across Six States Find Home Buyers Will Pay Premium for Solar Homes

Photovoltaics added value to homes in six markets, according to a new report led by a Berkeley Lab researcher and a home appraisal expert. Seven appraisers from across six states determined the value that PV systems added to single-family homes.