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.

Louisiana: Net Metering Cost/Benefit Study Authorized

Aug. 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.

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Erin Nobler

Aug. 14, 2014 by Sherry Stout

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

Jurisdictional Authority: Who Has the (Solar) Power?

Aug. 5, 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."

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.

Hot Solar TA in the Summertime!

July 9, 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!

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Elizabeth Doris

July 1, 2014 by Sherry Stout

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

Solar Market Expertise Is Just an Application Away

June 26, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Do you have questions about renewable energy or energy efficiency projects in your jurisdiction? Are you looking for agenda-free information that is relevant to your area? Let us help!

A Meeting of the Solar Minds: Takeaways from the SunShot Summit

June 11, 2014 by Liz Doris

Last month, a few members of NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team—including me—had the opportunity to attend the U.S Department of Energy's 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Anaheim, California.

The Origins of NREL's Solar STAT Blog (Hint: It's a Dead Language)

May 16, 2014 by Alexis Powers

Salve solaris industria! If you can roughly translate this phrase as, "Hello solar industry," then you pass our basic Latin skills test and can move to the next paragraph.