Renewable technology is the current darling of the energy industry, but few have the long term perspective that Resource Decisions has. In the early 1980's while at Dames & Moore, Dr. Feldman managed development of a ground-breaking guide to environmental regulations for cogenerators and small power produces. In the early 1990's we worked on projects for the California Energy Commission helping to develop renewable energy policies including an evaluation of the effects of the then proposed deregulation on the emerging renewable energy market. As a result of this analysis we were one of the first to go on record providing testimony to the CPUC warning that restructuring would not provide relief from high electricity prices. In the late 1990's we developed an original methodology (now standard practice) for evaluating the benefits of including renewable energy resources in California 's energy portfolio (PDF).
In the past 10 years we have worked with Itron, Inc. in evaluating aspects of the CPUC Self Generation Incentive program, culminating a study of the cost-effectiveness of the program. (PDF)
Most recently, we developed a model for evaluating the potential for micro-hydroelectric generation from irrigation water flows. This interactive model, developed for the Kamehameha Schools (Bishop Trust), Hawaii 's largest private land-owner, is capable of estimating the rate of return on development of hydroelectric power from groundwater, surface water or irrigation ditch water. It is being used to evaluate hydroelectric generation at Hawaii , Molokai , and Oahu sites.