BrightSource Energy Reports and Studies | Concentrating Solar Power

Reports & Studies

  1. Sustainable Energy in America Factbook 2013

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance/The Business Council for Sustainable Energy

    This Factbook – researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy – offers a fresh look at the state of US energy along with the roles new technologies and innovations now play. Its goal is to offer simple, easy-to-understand benchmarks on the contributions these new energy technologies are making today. It also provides information on finance and investment trends in clean energy resources.

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  2. An Analysis of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage in a California 33% Renewable Scenario

    Key Takeaway:

    Due to its flexibility in dispatching power to the grid, the value of CSP with storage is $32/MWh to $40/MWh higher than the value of a Photovoltaic (PV) plant.

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  3. Renewables 2013 Global Status Report

    Renewable energy markets, industries, and policy frameworks
    have evolved rapidly in recent years. The Renewables Global
    Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview
    of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy
    developments worldwide. It relies on the most recent data
    available, provided by a network of more than 500 contributors
    and researchers from around the world, all of which is brought
    together by a multi-disciplinary authoring team. The report
    covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by
    design, it does not provide analysis or forecasts.

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  4. An Evaluation of Solar Valuation Methods Used in Utility Planning and Procurement Processes

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    This report reviews a recent sample of U.S. load-serving entity planning studies and their procurement processes to identify how current practices reflect the drivers of solar's economic value.

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  5. Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2012: An Overview

    IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency

    This report provides the most current, comprehensive analysis of the costs and performance of renewable power generation technologies available today. The results are largely based on new, original analysis of around 8 000 medium‑ to large‑scale commissioned or proposed renewable power generation projects from a range of data sources. 

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  6. Simulating Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a Production Cost Model

    National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Concentrating solar power deployed with thermal energy storage provides a dispatchable source of renewable energy. The value of CSP with thermal energy storage, as with other potential generation resources, needs to be established using traditional utility planning tools.

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  7. Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey: 2012 FindIngs & RecommendatIons


    This report summarizes responses from insurance companies to a survey on climate risk developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). In 2012 insurance regulators in California, New York and Washington required insurers that write in excess of $300 million in direct written premiums, and are licensed to operate in any of the three states, to disclose their climate-related risks using this survey. The aim of the surveyand Ceres’ analysis of the responses is to provide regulators with substantive informationabout the risks to insurers posed by climate change, as well as steps insurers are taking in response to their understanding of climate change risks.

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  8. CSPA Report

    The Value of CSP with Thermal Storage

    The Concentrating Solar Power Alliance (CSPA) has just released “The Economic and Reliability Benefits of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage: Recent Studies and Research Needs.”  Authored by Dr. Udi Helman, Brightsource’s Director of Economic and Pricing Analysis, the report synthesizes and reviews recent research highlighting the economic value of CSP with thermal energy storage. Of particular interest to regulators, utility planners and grid operators.

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