Overview

Energy policy is the way the government addresses energy, encompassing laws, regulations, judicial opinions, incentives and strategic objectives at the federal, regional, state local and utility levels.

The Center’s Policy Team works to advance a sustainable energy economy by conducting objective research and analysis and providing education and technical assistance on energy policy issues nationwide. Our staff tracks developments in energy policy and examines the impacts of these on clean energy technologies.

Why It Matters

Policy has a huge impact on the market for clean energy technologies, often influencing demand, market access and compensation. Smart policies can accelerate the realization of clean energy benefits, including energy independence and resiliency, financial savings, local economic development, and improved environmental quality. However, policy is constantly changing and can be difficult to understand without spending hours pouring through legislation and regulatory dockets. Our staff provides information on energy policy across the country on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), which is publicly available. This helps homeowners and businesses, the clean energy industry, utilities, policy makers and others understand the nation’s policy landscape.

Services

The Policy Team offers customized research and analysis on energy policy issues, including comparative state policy analysis, tracking of pending legislative and regulatory actions and new market research.  Understanding the policy landscape is critical for clean energy businesses to identify market opportunities and limitations. Policymakers, while familiar with their own state’s laws and regulations, often look to other states when considering policy changes.  These services are directed toward clean energy businesses, investors, advocates, utilities, policymakers and researchers.

The Database of  State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is the most comprehensive source of information on policies and incentives that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University. This public resource, which includes summaries of more than 2,600 incentives and policies, is used by over one million different people every year. The Center’s staff is available by request to provide technical assistance to North Carolina policymakers and other stakeholders developing policies regarding renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels.

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The electric power industry is in a period of rapid policy and regulatory change – changes which are often challenging and time-consuming to keep track of. The 50 States Report series is intended to keep industry stakeholders informed of policy and regulatory changes in the clean energy sector with timely, comprehensive and unbiased updates. The reports provide a complete review of quarterly actions, summarized by our team of state policy experts, along with links to primary sources, summary graphics and analysis.

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The Center offers customized policy research and analysis services to clean energy businesses, utilities, advocacy organizations and other industry participants. These services include state comparative policy analysis, research and tracking of pending legislative and regulatory actions and analysis of market opportunities based on policy landscape.

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Recent News

11.1.2018

The 50 States of Grid Modernization: 39 States + DC Took Action on Grid Modernization in Q3 2018

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8.28.2018

Community Solar Implementation Guide and Model for Rural Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities in the Southeast

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7.12.2018

Energy Storage Study team discusses what they’ve learned at second stakeholder meeting

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Events

11.7.2018

Southeast Renewable Energy Summit

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10.31.2018

2018 Triangle Smart Cities Summit

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10.17.2018

2018 World Energy Engineering Congress

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Resources

The 50 States of Grid Modernization Q3 2018 Update (Executive Summary)

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50 States of Solar Q3 2018 Report Executive Summary

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50 States of Grid Modernization Report: Q2 2018 Executive Summary

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Staff

Brian Lips

Senior Project Manager, DSIRE

brian_lips@ncsu.edu

919-515-3954

Autumn Proudlove

Senior Manager of Policy Research

afproudl@ncsu.edu

919-515-8118

Achyut Shrestha

Senior Policy Analyst

abshrest@ncsu.edu

919-515-0341

David Sarkisian

Policy Analyst

dpsarkis@ncsu.edu

919-513-0995

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