Regional Business Development Director-Western U.S.
This presentation will track the major policy, market, and economic changes that have occurred between June 2016 and June 2017 their broad impact on U.S. Clean Energy programs. The paper will identify how significantly U.S. energy policy and markets can change----or not--------over a year. Focus areas to be tracked will include the following: • What has been the fate of the Clean Power Plan in a highly politicized environment and a deadlocked Supreme Court? • Has the bankruptcy and financial distress of large renewable players had a major impact on the renewables industry, or did other players pick up the slack? • How have countries' commitments to GHG reductions translated into actual reductions in 2016-2017 and a possible expedited timetable for future reductions? How, if at all, has this impacted U.S. EE/DSM programs? • What are the major natural disasters that have occurred from 2016-2017 and how are they related to climate change? • What has happened to crude oil prices? How has this impacted EE/DSM programs from an economic standpoint? Does the U.S. fracking industry remain depressed and how has the health of the fracking industry impacted state and federal energy policy? • Has there been policy or economic "unknown unknowns" in 2016-2017 that have dramatically impacted the EE/DSM outlook in the U.S.? • How has the U.S. Presidential Election and related House and Senate races changed the energy outlook for the U.S.? This paper's one year longitudinal analysis intends to provide insights into how policy and economic developments relate to and impact Clean Energy programs. The author will review to what degree these developments were predictable---even if only on a directional basis------and how this might have impacted program planning and implementation efforts. The policy and economic parameters will also be analyzed using a risk/reward framework, establishing a linkage between year over year changes have created benefits or increased risks to the Clean Energy industry. Finally, the author will offer insights around possible go-forward policy and economic issues that may significantly impact energy efficiency, renewables, and demand side management in the 2017-2018 time period.
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