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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.

NREL's Seven Steps to Successful Large-Scale Solar Development

May 15, 2020

"Are You Solar Ready?" That’s the title of an article by NREL's Megan Day, which The Magazine of the American Planning Association featured on its March 2020 cover. The article outlines seven steps to successfully manage large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) development. Continue reading

Weatherization Assistance Program Launches Training for Administrative Professionals

April 15, 2020

In partnership with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, NREL has developed new online training modules for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Continue reading

NREL Guide Prepares Jurisdictions for Energy-Saving Building Stock Analyses

February 07, 2020 by Laura Beshilas

This blog post covers a recent report from NREL on how jurisdictions that aim to reduce building emissions and increase energy efficiency can prepare for a building stock analysis.

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State and Local Planning for Energy Beta Platform Launches

January 03, 2020 by Laura Beshilas and Megan Day

The beta State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform launched in January 2020, delivering a wealth of energy consumption, efficiency, and renewable energy generation data for state and local governments. Continue reading

Tackling Energy Poverty with Gender Mainstreaming

December 10, 2019 by Laura Beshilas

This blog post covers a new report from NREL’s Victoria Healy about how gender mainstreaming can be used to counteract energy poverty.

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Check the Stack

October 30, 2019 by Jeffrey J. Cook

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, it took 11 months to restore power to all citizens. Hospitals and other critical facilities, such as police stations and water treatment plants, had to close or reduce services in the aftermath of the Category 5 storm, which has been associated with thousands of deaths.

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Floating Solar Photovoltaics Could Make a Big Splash in the USA

July 29, 2019 by Laura Beshilas

A floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) system is an emerging technology in which a solar photovoltaic (PV) system is placed directly on top of a body of water, as opposed to on land or on building rooftops. Continue reading

Fuel Cell Electric Buses in the USA

June 25, 2019 by Laura Beshilas, NREL

In the United States, the  average age  of a full-sized transit bus in the United States is 7 years and the average  retirement policy for 40-foot transit buses is 12 years. Therefore, many transit buses in the country are on track to be replaced. Conventional buses have substantial emissions and low levels of fuel efficiency. Continue reading