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This blog discusses state and local efforts to develop solar markets in the United States. With support from the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative, members of NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) author posts related to events, solar policy analysis, and technical assistance outcomes for the purpose of informing the market in a credible and timely fashion.

Batteries 101 Series: Use Cases and Value Streams for Energy Storage

March 25, 2016 by Joyce McLaren

This series explains the basics of batteries for energy storage as well as providing an overview of relevant topics to help readers understand the applications of batteries.  This is the first part of a two-part series. Continue reading

Solar Policy and the 2016 Legislative Session across the States

March 17, 2016 by Jeffrey J. Cook

With the 2016 legislative session well underway, it is valuable to take stock of the legislation addressing solar energy production across various states. The Center for the New Energy Economy’s Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker (AEL Tracker) follows state legislation across ten policy categories. As of February 8th, there were 957 bills in the AEL Tracker unique to the 2016 legislative session. Of those 957, 133 bills, or 14%, directly address solar energy.[1] Continue reading

Hot Topics: Voluntary Green Power Markets

March 07, 2016 by Alexandra Aznar

This STAT Chat podcast features Eric O’Shaughnessy, an analyst at the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, talking about voluntary green power markets. Continue reading

Reflections on NASEO's 2016 Energy Policy Outlook Conference

March 01, 2016 by Alexandra Aznar

Some major events provided the backdrop to the National Association of State Energy Officials’ (NASEO's) 2016 Energy Policy Outlook Conference in the District of Columbia February 9-11.  Many state legislative sessions that began in January and February (Fig. 1) have already produced an array of energy legislation on topics such as tax incentives, renewable portfolio standards, siting and permitting, and community solar. What caused the most stir among state decision makers at the conference, however, were two announcements made on February 9:

1) The Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan.

2) President Obama’s clean energy budget proposal

As a NASEO affiliate, NREL representatives attended the conference to inform state decision makers about the state and utility solar technical assistance NREL can provide.

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