Energy Policy Program
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s Energy Policy Program conducts research and analysis to provide a better understanding of how renewables and energy efficiency are best promoted through public policy.
Financial incentives and regulatory policies are important components of a strong market for renewable energy and energy efficiency. However, the availability of incentives and policies that encourage renewables and energy efficiency varies tremendously across U.S. states and utilities. DSIRE – the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency – serves as the nation’s most comprehensive source of information on financial incentives and policies that promote renewables and energy efficiency at the federal, state, local and utility levels. This public resource, which includes summaries of more than 2,600 incentives and policies, is used by around 180,000 different people each month. Established in 1995, DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center is part of a broader partnership that will implement a five-year, $10 million technical outreach effort for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Communities program. This partnership will conduct outreach to thousands of local governments across the United States, sharing best practices for increasing the use of solar energy in and by communities. The Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) team conducts technical outreach to local governments across the United States, enabling them to replicate successful solar practices and quickly expand local adoption of solar energy.