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NREL provides analysis, outreach, training, and technical assistance to state and local government leaders as part of its mission to transfer knowledge and innovation to solve the nation's energy challenges. The goal of this work is to support informed decision making with credible, technology-neutral, accessible, and timely resources.

NREL technical experts provide:

For more information on NREL's work with state and local governments, contact us.

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Learn about the various technical assistance projects that have helped communities across the United States.

NREL's comprehensive integrated deployment model has been applied across the country to help each location meet clean energy goals.

NREL Examines Solar Policy Pathways for States

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, the NREL research team was able to contextualize the impact of various solar policies on photovoltaic (PV) installations.

FEMA Engages NREL in Hurricane Sandy Recovery Effort

NREL was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to participate in disaster recovery strategic planning efforts between federal, state, and local agencies. Two NREL teams were dispatched to New York and New Jersey in February-April to support FEMA's implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework—a guide for Federal support that promotes effective recovery efforts and provides a flexible structure for disaster recovery managers at all levels to operate in a unified and collaborative manner.

U.S. Coast Guard Sees Reduced Energy Costs and Usage After NREL's Energy Assessment Training

From fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2012, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam reported an energy use reduction of 24% and a 42% decrease in energy costs. Those figures they directly attribute to the NREL-led energy assessment trainings they participated in and the subsequent implemented energy-saving retrofits.

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