NREL Conduit Blog

The NREL Conduit Blog discusses research relevant to state, local, and tribal governments. Contributing authors provide posts related to events, policy analysis, and decision support outcomes to inform the market in a credible and timely fashion.

Guidebook Explores Regulatory Barriers and Potential Solutions for Tribal Solar Projects

June 16, 2023 by Laura Beshilas

Tribal land holds more that 5% of the solar photovoltaic potential in the United States, according to a 2013 report by NREL.

NREL Helps Cohoes Community With Floating Solar System and Historic Building Retrofits

Feb. 3, 2023

Cohoes is a small working-class community in upstate New York operating with a small staff and limited resources, but their lack of energy-related expertise did not prevent them from pursuing cleaner and more cost-effective energy solutions through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program.

NREL Supports Alaska Utility Amid Coal Plant Retirement Through Communities to Clean Energy Program

Jan. 17, 2023

In early December 2022, a snowstorm hit Fairbanks, Alaska, blanketing the city of around 32,000 people in six inches of snow and dumping even more on the surrounding hillsides.

NREL Supports Development of New Resources and Tools for Home Energy Professionals

Dec. 12, 2022 by Kerrin Jeromin

NREL has developed several new resources for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

Meet the State, Local, and Tribal Program Team: Kevin McCabe

Oct. 31, 2022 by Kerrin Jeromin

In this blog, meet Kevin McCabe, a clean energy researcher who serves as the lead for NREL’s tribal energy activities.

Strengthening Solar Photovoltaic Systems Ahead of Hurricane Season

June 30, 2022 by Kerrin Jeromin

NREL has supported Puerto Rico in energy planning since the devastating 2017 hurricane season and has recently developed a new resource to help protect photovoltaic (PV) systems from extreme weather.

Sherry Stout Takes the Lead as State, Local, Tribal Program Manager

June 17, 2022 by Kerrin Jeromin

Long-time NREL research engineer, Sherry Stout becomes the new laboratory program manager for NREL’s State, Local, and Tribal Program.

New, Self-Paced E-Learning Training Available for Weatherization Professionals

June 17, 2022 by Janna Babad

Developed by NREL, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new, online training series tailored for Weatherization Assistance Program, (WAP) grantees.

Meet the State, Local, and Tribal Program Team: Jordan Burns

March 2, 2022

In this blog, meet Jordan Burns, a risk and resilience researcher who serves as the subprogram lead for the Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI).

Meet the State, Local, and Tribal Program Team: Chuck Kurnik

Jan. 10, 2022

In this blog, meet Chuck Kurnik, senior engineer and weatherization subprogram lead. Our “Meet the Team” blog series highlights the staff within NREL’s State, Local, and Tribal Program.