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Utility Pilot Best Practices and Future Pilot Areas

September 2020

This report was created to highlight Michigan's Energy Programs and Technology Pilots workgroup (as a part of the MI Power Grid Initiative), as well as past and current Michigan utility pilot projects and their challenges, pilot best practices, and future pilot areas.

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Seattle's Clean Transportation Electrification Blueprint: Electrifying Our Transportation System

March 2020

This plan from the City of Seattle identifies a pathway to fewer emissions, the challenges of electrification, and how to successfully rise above each challenge. The city plans to meet several zero emissions goals across various modes of transportation by 2030, while maintaining a focus on environmental justice within the community.

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What Consumers Want from Beneficial Electrification

August 2020

This article from Patty Durand, president and CEO at Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative, reviews three key takeaways from their Beneficial Electrification: The Voice of the Consumer study. These findings concern the customer support of electric transportation infrastructure, customer motivation to switch to electric technologies, and barriers to customer adoption of residential electrification.

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Smart Thermostat Best Practices Guide

March 2021

This ENERGY STAR guide was created to provide utilities with information about smart thermostat incentive programs. The guide includes market information, the structures of existing programs, best practices regarding incentive development, and barriers to program success.

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Advantages of Energy Efficient Heat Pumps

January 2021

This webpage on Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association's website educates customers about types of heat pumps, their benefits, and how to get the most out of the technology.

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Switch to an Energy Saving Water Heater

January 2021

This webpage on Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association's website educates customers about the different types of electric water heaters and their benefits.

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Thermostats

March 2021

This webpage on JEA's website provides information to customers regarding smart thermostats and programmable thermostats. JEA reviews the differences in the two types of thermostats and how both can contribute to a lower electricity bill.

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Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Episode #28: 'The Swirling Romance of Utilities and EVs’ with Lincoln Bleveans and Joe Flores of Burbank Water and Power

February 2021

This podcast features Lincoln Bleveans and Joe Flores of Burbank Water and Power, who discuss the utility role in electric vehicle adoption, a strategy to replace revenue lost from a gas tax, and how transportation electrification drives building electrification.

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The Building Electrification Equity Project

April 2020

This report presents the findings of The Building Electrification Equity Project, which was created to evaluate electrification through the lens of underserved communities. The report recommends several principles that should be used in the development of equitable electrification policies. Additionally, the report provides recommendations for local governments and utilities as they facilitate the transition to electrification.

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West Valley City Council creates new zone to spur sustainable housing

February 2020

This article highlights the creation of a "Residential Sustainability Zone" in West Valley, Utah. The new zone requires developers to include energy efficient appliances and electric vehicle charging infrastructure in each home, among other construction requirements.

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Keep Your Home Comfortable All Year Long

March 2021

This guide from Orange & Rockland informs their customers of the benefits of heat pumps and helps them choose which type of heat pump would best suit their residence.

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Demand-Side Solutions to Winter Peaks and Constraints

April 2021

This report, written by staff at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), evaluates the demand-side strategies and technologies that utilities might use to address the challenges that come with winter peaks. Those strategies and technologies fall into four main categories: energy efficiency, demand response/load management, energy storage, and distributed energy generation. The report reviews all but distributed energy generation options. The report also modeled different combinations of demand-side measures on a simulated four-day winter peak event to evaluate their effectiveness in managing system constraints.

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Co-op Program Will Rate, Educate Car Dealers on Electric Vehicles

September 2020

This article highlights a co-op program designed to increase electric vehicle adoption in rural areas. Among other factors, the lack of car dealer expertise on electric vehicles is stifling their sales. To address that issue, The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is offering a program that assesses the electric vehicle expertise of car dealers, which subsequently provides co-ops with a list of educated dealers for their customers.

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When does reinventing the wheel make perfect sense?

February 2021

This article reviews the transportation electrification landscape and pathways to achieving electrification and decarbonization goals in Europe. The electrification initiatives within several European countries are reviewed, along with the reasoning behind electrifying transportation before other sectors, and subsequent commercial opportunities.

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Co-ops Create Electric Vehicle Charging Network in Upper Midwest

January 2021

This article reviews a partnership between Midwest co-ops that encourages electric vehicle adoption by installing chargers along major highways and interstates. Operating independently, a rural co-op may not have the funding available to install enough electric vehicle infrastructure to effectively increase electric vehicle adoption rates.

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Wisconsin Co-op Helps Launch EV Community with Charging Units in Every Home

March 2020

This article highlights the partnership of Wisconsin co-ops and a residential developer to encourage electric vehicle adoption. The partnership supports the installation of electric vehicle chargers in 44 homes within the development and special electric rates, which has increased customer interest in electric vehicles.

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Resilient Electrification: Writing Rules for a Flexible, Renewable and Equitable Grid

February 2021

This article reviews the current policy landscape and its impacts on building electrification initiatives. Additionally, it provides recommendations for policies that would further advance building electrification.

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Quantitative Energy Equity: How utilities can create cost-effective, adaptive and targeted energy equity programs

January 2020

The shift to customer energy solutions like solar and batteries, smart homes and high-efficiency equipment is an exciting trend. But it is also expanding this equity gap because low-income customers cannot afford the capital expenses of these technologies so they cannot realize the benefits. This whitepaper explores ways utilities can optimize the impact of their programs by using data-driven strategies for program planning, design and delivery.

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Equity Metrics Data Initiative

January 2022

As part of the LADWP Rate Action approved in March 2016, the LADWP established the Equity Metrics Data Initiative (EMDI) to track, measure, and report on how its programs are provided to all customers and residents of Los Angeles. The EMDI establishes a data-driven framework that assesses how well programs, services, and resources are distributed and used throughout the city, both geographically and demographically, to see whether any disparities exist. Data collection and analysis through the EMDI will provide important information about LADWP’s services and operations, and help ensure that all customers are reached with fairness and equity.

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Equity in Practice: Developing a City Transportation Electrification Roadmap

May 2021

This report recognizes that when it comes to transportation, many of the most critical decisions are made at the city level. In this report, the authors look to cities that have made strides in this area as case studies for how equity considerations play out in practice. The report provides recommendations and examples of equitable practices and stakeholder engagement to cities that are developing and implementing their own electric transportation road maps and strategies.

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Sustainable Communities Resource Priorities Map

January 2022

This interactive map helps analyze current data to indicate the local areas most likely to be underserved or in distress by lack of community development, income, housing, employment opportunities, transportation, medical treatment, nutrition, education and clean environment.

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SPU Equity Planning Toolkit Stakeholder Analysis

January 2022

This equity planning toolkit helps SPU be intentional about equity considerations within any prospective program. By going through the worksheet, program decision makers are forced to make equity considerations and develop plans that hope to produce just outcomes.

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Distributional Consequences and Regulatory Analysis

September 2021

The Article makes two core claims. First, for distributional analysis to become a significant part of the regulatory landscape, it will be necessary for agencies to have detailed guidance on how to standardize the manner in which such analysis is conducted. The Article’s second core claim is conceptually more straightforward. The analysis of alternatives is a central element of regulatory impact analysis and Circular A-4 gives agencies detailed guidance on how it should be conducted. Agencies typically follow the command for cost-benefit analyses. In contrast, they have routinely ignored it, under administrations of both parties over a quarter of a century, for distributional analysis, for which it is no less relevant.13 And OIRA, which is charged with reviewing the regulatory impact analyses conducted by agencies, has never called them to task for this failure. If agencies do not analyze the distributional consequences of different regulatory alternatives, they will never be in a position to face the key issue that needs to be addressed for distributional analysis to be meaningful: when are the better distributional consequences of one alternative sufficient to overcome another alternative’s higher net benefits?

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Review of Energy Equity Metrics

October 2021

A literature review of energy equity and energy justice metrics was performed to support efforts to develop an energy equity metrics framework. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) reviewed the available literature, surveyed work in progress on the topic, and solicited expert feedback to lay the groundwork for metrics development and provide reference material for energy equity research and development applications. This literature review identified three distinct equity metric types: target population identification, investment decision making, and program impact assessment. The following two research areas are identified as near-term needs for equity metrics: − enhancing capabilities for mapping and tracking energy inequities, and − designing methods to appropriately identify target populations by operationalizing community descriptive terminologies (for example, disadvantaged communities).

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Making Regulations Fair: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Promote Equity and Advance Environmental Justice

August 2021

This report outlines procedures and methodologies that the Office of Management and Budget could apply to account for equity in the regulatory review process, with a focus on environmental injustice. To better ensure that the Biden Administration’s initiatives foster meaningful and long-lasting reform, OMB should specify detailed and sustainable methodologies and procedures that agencies could implement. This report identifies four principles to guide future action on evaluating the distributional consequences of regulations.

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