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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.

Meet a Solar Financing Expert: Travis Lowder

April 02, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Travis Lowder, an energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing solar financing as part of our Meet a Solar Expert series. Continue reading

Cities Leading Through Energy Analysis and Planning Helps Support Local Clean Energy Innovation

March 26, 2015 by Steve Lommele

Local governments nationwide are pursuing strategies to improve the sustainability, resiliency, and energy futures of their communities. A host of federal and non-profit tools and programs exist to support these strategies, but until now no single program has focused specifically on helping cities address all of their energy, sustainability, and resiliency challenges. Continue reading

Hot Topics: Value of Solar

March 20, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This three-part STAT Chat podcast series features Joyce McLaren, a senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing value of solar (VOS) policy, including what it is, how it is developed, and which methodologies are being used in the marketplace. Continue reading

Trip Notes: How Solar Policy Issues in Jamaica Compare to U.S. Market Needs

March 17, 2015 by Sherry Stout

Last week, two members of NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team—Liz Doris and I—had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica to discuss the country's net billing program with a variety of stakeholders. Our work under this project is being funded by the State Department’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), but we were able to draw extensively upon our experience supporting state and local governments through STAT. Continue reading

Word of the Day: Levelized Cost of Electricity

March 06, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar

When analysts want to compare the cost of generating electricity from various sources such as wind, solar, coal, and natural gas, they often use a metric called the levelized cost of electricity or LCOE. This amount is typically displayed as cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). In the power industry, the LCOE is also referred to as the “bus bar” cost. Continue reading

In the Field: National Association of State Energy Officials

February 27, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Melissa Savage, a senior program director for the National Association of State Energy Officials, discussing the roles of state energy offices and the organization that supports them. Continue reading

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

February 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

February 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

Hot Topics: Community Solar Gardens

February 12, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Jason Coughlin, a solar analyst and financing expert at NREL, discussing current approaches to community or shared solar programs. Continue reading

How Solar PV Can Support Disaster Resiliency

February 03, 2015 by Eliza Hotchkiss

When Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the east coast of the United States, New Jersey was ranked second in the country for solar photovoltaic (PV) implementation—only behind California. However, when millions of New Jerseyans were without power after the storm, only two PV systems in the state were operational. Continue reading