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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 Siting Expert: Otto VanGeet

September 24, 2014 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Otto VanGeet, a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing PV project siting as part of our Meet a Solar Expert series. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Jenny Heeter

September 11, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Jenny Heeter, a member of the Market and Policy Impact Analysis Group in NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center, answers five questions about her work. Continue reading

Iowa: Tax Credits Increased, Distributed Generation Investigated, and Communities Impacted

September 04, 2014 by Alexandra Aznar

This is the third blog in a four-part series of articles in which we discuss either the valuation of solar to the grid and various stakeholders or value-of-solar (VOS) tariffs and policies. Continue reading

Utah: Monthly Net Energy Metering Fees Debated

August 28, 2014 by Alexandra Aznar

This is the second blog in a four-part series of articles in which we discuss either the valuation of solar to the grid and various stakeholders or value-of-solar (VOS) tariffs and policies. Continue reading

Louisiana: Net Metering Cost/Benefit Study Authorized

August 21, 2014 by Alexandra Aznar

This is the first blog in a four-part series of articles in which we discuss either the valuation of solar to the grid and various stakeholders or value-of-solar (VOS) tariffs and policies. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Erin Nobler

August 14, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Erin Nobler, a project leader in the Market Transformation Center, answers six questions about her work at NREL. Continue reading

Jurisdictional Authority: Who Has the (Solar) Power?

August 05, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Jurisdictional authority has been a complex issue for more than a century. As the Cornell University Law School's website elegantly puts it, "The question of whether a given court has the power to determine a jurisdictional question is itself a jurisdictional question." Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Sarah Booth

July 17, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Sarah Booth, an energy analyst and India analysis project lead, answers seven questions about her work at NREL. Continue reading

Hot Solar TA in the Summertime!

July 09, 2014 by Sherry Stout

As part of the second round of in-depth solar technical assistance offered this year, the NREL STAT team is hard at work on several requests targeting solar policy and programmatic improvements at the state and local levels.

Several of the requests in progress are focused on the potential for cross subsidization within net metering policies. In fact, three states submitted applications related to this topic, so it's definitely a hot issue right now. STAT is also working with our Policy Activity Assistance Team to summarize the approaches that other states have already taken to address these issues. We'll make sure to post any results here as the summer progresses!

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Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Elizabeth Doris

July 01, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Elizabeth Doris, a senior project leader for policy and technical assistance, answers five questions about her work at NREL. Continue reading