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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.

October 30 Marked Weatherization Day

Nov. 5, 2021

On Weatherization Day, October 30, NREL joined the U.S. Department of Energy in celebrating 45 years of Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) successes. Continue reading

NREL Celebrates National Weatherization Day

Oct. 29, 2020

October 30 is National Weatherization Day, and NREL is excited to show their support for weatherization and home energy professionals. 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

Engaging Stakeholders to Improve the Weatherization Assistance Program

March 6, 2020 by Laura Beshilas

NREL researcher Juliana Williams recently published a report about stakeholder ideas for improving the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). These ideas were gathered at a series of Continuous Improvement Workshops. Continue reading

State, Local and University Decision-Makers Dive Deep with STAT Solar Tools Workshop

Nov. 8, 2017 by Lars Lisell

What are the cash flow and performance predictions associated with a proposed solar project? What combination of energy technologies and storage options will help my community meet its energy goals? How many people might adopt distributed energy technologies in my jurisdiction under different policy scenarios? These are just some of the questions that state and local decision-makers are grappling with in evaluating solar energy development strategies. Continue reading

STAT Network attends NASEO's 2017 Annual Meeting to Talk Low-income Community Solar with Partners

Sept. 25, 2017 by Alexandra Aznar

States are continually innovating on the solar policy and program front, with one of the more popular recent topics being community solar applications for low- and moderate income (LMI) populations. (See previous STAT blogs on community solar policies and efforts to expand solar access to LMI populations for additional background.)  Over the past year, NREL’s Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network partnered with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and Lotus Engineering and Sustainability (Lotus) to analyze CEO’s Low-Income Community Solar Demonstration Project. The trio presented an overview of the analysis and lessons learned from the project at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) in New Orleans, Louisiana (agenda) last week. Continue reading

Join NREL Experts in a Full-day Solar Decision-making Tools Workshop

June 16, 2017 by Alison Holm

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network is hosting a one-day training for state decision-makers on how to use NREL’s portfolio of solar tools to inform decisions. The meeting will focus primarily on the  System Advisor Model  (SAM);  Jobs and Economic Development Impact  (JEDI) models, the  Distributed Generation Market Demand  (dGen) model and the  Renewable Energy Planning and Optimization  (ReOpt) platform. This training session will provide state energy office staff an opportunity to learn about the solar policy questions these tools can help answer and how NREL’s solar tools can contribute to more robust energy policy analyses. In addition, participants will benefit from in-depth, hands-on training using their own state-specific data to address targeted policy questions. Continue reading

Solar Insights from the 2016 RPS Summit

Jan. 2, 2017 by Samantha Donalds

Over the past decade, state Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs) have been one of the most effective ways to advance solar and other clean energy technologies at the state level. Twenty-nine states plus the District of Columbia have RPS policies, which require utilities and other electricity suppliers to procure a specified portion of their electricity supply from renewable energy. The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has worked with many of the RPS program managers as part of the RPS Collaborative. Continue reading

State Energy Officials Talk Renewable Energy Policy Priorities at the 2015 NASEO Conference

Feb. 25, 2015 by Kim Peterson

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) 2015 Energy Policy Outlook Conference in Washington, D.C. Some of the states’ top policymakers, regulators, and technical experts brought key insights into what lies ahead for states in the clean energy policy space to this event. The conference also attracted industry partners from the private sector, which allowed for dialogue amongst diverse and complementary stakeholders who are all shaping state energy policy and markets. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Emerson Reiter

Feb. 20, 2015 by Sherry Stout

Emerson Reiter, a project leader with NREL’s Market Partnerships & Tools group in the lab’s Integrated Applications Center, answers seven questions about his work. Continue reading