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The Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) provides , a search engine for the full-text and bibliographic records of Department of Energy (DOE) research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics.

The National Conference of State Legislatures has an excellent on the issues involved with distributed resources.

The Western Governors Association has a urging that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) should be required to defer to decisions made by regional organizations created by the states.

They also recommend real-time pricing of electricity and an acceleration in the development and deployment of promising renewable energy technologies with mechanisms such as

  • Extending the federal production tax credits
  • System benefit charges
  • Portfolio standards
  • Tradeable renewable energy credits (REC)

The governors also urge the rapid deployment of energy efficiency technologies on a multi-state basis.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's examines the potential impacts of different packages of public policies and programs in an effort to identify feasible, low-cost policy pathways to a cleaner energy future. The reportalso identifies specific programs and policies that can motivate consumers and businesses to purchase the technologies that make up its scenario.

by Robert M. Margolis and Daniel M. Kammen examines data on international trends in energy research and development funding. Margolis and Kammen argue that "recent cutbacks in R&D are likely to reduce the capacity of the energy sector to innovate."

There's a fascinating on energy efficiency for central air conditioning and heat pumps. DOE explains why it sides with the manufacturers in adopting less stringent energy efficiency requirements than it had published under the Clinton administration, going from 13 SEER to 12 SEER by 2006.

The showing appropriations and budget requests for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Concentrated solar power was cut 89% between 2002 and 2003.

The has a on combined heat and power, along with some policy recommendations.

Thomas R. Casten and Martin J. Collins have an interesting report, in which they conclude that states and countries that "remove barriers and aggressively implement distributed generation will gain significant competitive advantages over those polities that cling to yesterday's optimal technology—central generation—and fail to remove barriers to more efficient distributed generation." They point out that distributed generation achieves savings by eliminating the capital cost and losses from transmission and distribution, by recycling the normally wasted heat from electric generation, and by producing power with renewable energy.

They also point out that U.S. electric use is forecast to grow 43% over the next 20 years and the transmission and distribution system is already over taxed and congested, and offer a set of policy changes to overcome the set of laws and regulations that are barriers to widespread deployment of distributed generation.

The DOE has a to their Energy Matters newsletter devoted to distributed generation and combined heat and power.

The has an excellent on CHP in which they point out that power generation in the U.S. currently rejects nearly 22 quads of "waste" thermal energy from power plants.