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Counting Time: New Tool Estimates the Value of Efficiency, Solar, and Other Distributed Resources Based on When They Save Electricity

  • 1.  Counting Time: New Tool Estimates the Value of Efficiency, Solar, and Other Distributed Resources Based on When They Save Electricity

    BPA Staff Member
    Posted 04-08-2022 12:32

    Most investment decisions for energy efficiency and solar consider only electricity and dollar savings over the course of a year. But the value of these measures-and other distributed energy resources (DERs)-varies hourly. That's because the cost of generating, transmitting and distributing electricity during peak hours is significantly higher than during lower load hours for most U.S. regions. 

    Yet electricity planning and programs across the United States often miss this temporal element. Berkeley Lab's Time-Sensitive Value Calculator is designed to assist state public utility commissions, state energy offices, utilities, and stakeholders estimate the hourly value of efficiency, solar, and other DERs. Knowing when DERs are saving energy or generating power, and the hourly value of the energy and demand savings to the electricity system, provide key information needed to procure the optimal amount and type of these resources. 


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    Macie Melendez
    Editor in Chief, Building Performance eJournal
    Building Performance Association
    Moon Township PA
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