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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.

City-Level Energy Decision Making: Examples from 20 Cities

June 25, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar

Cities in the United States are increasingly taking action to improve the sustainability of their jurisdictions. Efficient energy use and clean energy are a fundamental component of the cost of living and mitigating and adapting to climate change, and therefore central to improving community long-term sustainability. A team of analysts with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project analyzed sustainability and climate plans and interviewed staff from 20 U.S. cities (Figure 1) to understand the extent to which cities use data in energy planning, implementation, and evaluation. City energy goals, actions, policies implemented in pursuit of those goals, and measurements of progress toward the goals were catalogued in this research. Continue reading

STAT Chat: Jenny Heeter on Renewable Portfolio Standards

June 17, 2015 by Erin Nobler

This STAT Chat podcast features Jenny Heeter, a policy analyst with the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, discussing the changing landscape of renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), as part of our Hot Topics series, which addresses current issues in the solar industry. Continue reading

STAT Chat: Mid-Size Markets

June 11, 2015 by Erin Nobler

This STAT Chat podcast features Melissa Savage, a senior program director of the National Association of State Energy Officials, discussing mid-size solar markets as part of our Hot Topics series, which addresses current issues in the solar industry. Continue reading

Solar farms grow out of town renewable energy goals

June 05, 2015 by Megan Day

Dartmouth, Massachusetts (pop. 34,032) - With enough solar energy generated within its borders to power 3,250[1] homes, Dartmouth leads the state of Massachusetts in renewable energy production. Dartmouth is also one of the first communities in the country to offset 100% of its municipal government electricity use with renewable energy. Continue reading