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Decision Support for States

NREL technical experts provide unbiased information on energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and issues for state and local government decision makers. 

Energy Planning Decision Support

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Engage™ enables state, local, and tribal governments to visualize their communities' energy futures. Built on a proven open-source energy modeling framework, it facilitates custom energy system planning, simulation, and data management based on user-supplied data sets.

Visualize your energy future with Engage.

For more information about fee-based technical assistance for Engage configuration and visualization, please contact engage@nrel.gov.

Hawaii Advanced Visualization Environment Nexus

Under a U.S. Department of Energy competitive grant, NREL is supporting the Hawaii Advanced Visualization Environment Nexus (HAVEN) project, through combining Engage and HAVEN to envision Hawaii's energy future. To learn more about HAVEN, visit the Hawaii State Energy Office website.

Solar Decision Support

NREL provides direct decision support to state and local governments on matters that require solar market expertise to either answer a time-sensitive question or to provide expert testimony on policy best practices.

See our current and past projects.

Webinars

NREL experts present webinars that target state and local policymakers.

  • Solar 101: These webinars provide an overview of policy and program actions that stakeholders can implement to support solar markets.
  • Solar Hot Topics: The webinar series featured five events focused on current market issues including an overview of solar technologies, resources, and the role that state and local governments play in supporting the development of those resources.
  • DIY Solar Market Analysis: These four webinars empower policymakers to develop local solar markets using various online tools, such as PVWatts and the Community Solar Scenario Tool.

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