In this blog, meet Kevin McCabe, a clean energy researcher who serves as the lead for NREL’s tribal energy activities.
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.
New Report Provides Highlights of the State, Local, and Tribal Program Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2021
Dec. 9, 2021
If NREL had to “show-and-tell” the human impacts of its work today, what would stand out? The State, Local, and Tribal Program (SLT) team’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 accomplishments would.
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.
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.
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).
Engaging Stakeholders to Improve the Weatherization Assistance Program
March 6, 2020
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.
State, Local and University Decision-Makers Dive Deep with STAT Solar Tools Workshop
Nov. 8, 2017
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.
STAT Network attends NASEO's 2017 Annual Meeting to Talk Low-income Community Solar with Partners
Sept. 25, 2017
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. 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.
Join NREL Experts in a Full-day Solar Decision-making Tools Workshop
June 16, 2017
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.
Solar Insights from the 2016 RPS Summit
Jan. 2, 2017
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.