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NREL Analysis and Analysts in the News (September 2012)

October 10, 2012 reposted NREL blogs "Municipal Bond: PPA Model Continues to Provide Low-Cost Solar Energy" by Bethany Speer and "Geothermal Transmission 101: Technologies Are Not Treated Equally" by Paul Schwabe.

At the International Life Cycle Assessment (InLCA) conference, Garvin Heath gave four presentations and Ethan Warner gave one on articles resulting from the LCA Harmonization Project. Heath said, "Much positive feedback was received on the presentations, especially the timely new results on natural gas systems." NREL is now a Silver-level institutional member of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment, which is who puts on the annual InLCA conference.

Laboratory Design's article "NREL Database Reveals Technology Costs" highlighted NREL's Transparent Cost Database.

Paul Denholm and Mark Mehos wrote "Boosting CSP Production with Thermal Energy Storage" for Power Magazine, which is based on NREL technical report Enabling Greater Penetration of Solar Power via the Use of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage.

Garvin Heath and Debbie Sandor wrote "How NREL is Improving GHG Calculations for Power Plants" for, which summarizes the LCA Harmonization Project that was highlighted in a special supplemental issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. On the day this blog posted, there were 37 tweets about it.

Andy Reger and Lori Bird recently hosted a webinar, "Best Practices in the Design of Utility Solar Programs," that brought together representatives from industry, utilities, and regulatory authorities to share insights into the lessons learned from designing and implementing solar energy incentive programs.

At the annual member advisory meetings of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Garvin Heath presented research on the land use of wind, solar, and geothermal electricity generation technologies conducted at NREL and sponsored by EPRI.

Garvin Heath presented "Life Cycle GHG Emissions and Water Consumption from the Manufacture of an ATS Heliostat" at the international SolarPACES conference on CSP.

—Jim Leyshon