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.

The Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project: A Regional Partner's Perspective

March 5, 2024

Eriq Acosta, a Spark Northwest project manager, answered the following questions about being an ETIPP regional partner.

Kauai Partners With NREL to Explore Sustainable Transportation Options

March 5, 2024 by Sarah Meehan

At any given time, Kauai typically has about 20,000 to 30,000 visitors—about one for every three residents—on the island.

Makah Tribe Partners with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Pursue Energy Sovereignty

March 5, 2024 by Sarah Meehan

Situated at the northwestern tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, the Makah Tribe frequently experiences power outages that last from multiple hours to several days.

Aquinnah and Chilmark Work With Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Toward Resilient Energy Systems on Martha's Vineyard

March 5, 2024 by Brooke Van Zandt

Aquinnah and Chilmark are two towns on the island of Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.

Guam Utility Works With Sandia National Laboratories to Achieve 50% Renewable Energy by 2040

March 5, 2024 by Brooke Van Zandt

Like many utilities, Guam Power Authority's (GPA’s) challenge is to balance affordability, reliability, resilience, modernization, and security in a transitioning energy landscape.

Guidebook Explores Regulatory Barriers and Potential Solutions for Tribal Solar Projects

June 16, 2023 by Laura Beshilas

Tribal land holds more that 5% of the solar photovoltaic potential in the United States, according to a 2013 report by NREL.

NREL Helps Cohoes Community With Floating Solar System and Historic Building Retrofits

Feb. 3, 2023

Cohoes is a small working-class community in upstate New York operating with a small staff and limited resources, but their lack of energy-related expertise did not prevent them from pursuing cleaner and more cost-effective energy solutions through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program.

NREL Supports Alaska Utility Amid Coal Plant Retirement Through Communities to Clean Energy Program

Jan. 17, 2023

In early December 2022, a snowstorm hit Fairbanks, Alaska, blanketing the city of around 32,000 people in six inches of snow and dumping even more on the surrounding hillsides.

NREL Supports Development of New Resources and Tools for Home Energy Professionals

Dec. 12, 2022 by Kerrin Jeromin

NREL has developed several new resources for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

Meet the State, Local, and Tribal Program Team: Kevin McCabe

Oct. 31, 2022 by Kerrin Jeromin

In this blog, meet Kevin McCabe, a clean energy researcher who serves as the lead for NREL’s Tribal energy activities.