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.
 
Our current policy-focused projects include:
 
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)

 
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 2,700 incentives and policies, is used by 180,000 different people each month. Established in 1995, DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
 

DSIRE Consulting

 
In addition to the publicly available content provided on DSIRE, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center’s team of analysts offers custom research and analysis services to look at topics that extend beyond the scope of DSIRE or provide a deeper dive. Take advantage of the DSIRE team’s national policy expertise to reliably and efficiently answer your energy policy questions. Example requests include:

  • Comparative State Policy Analysis – Summary of a particular policy’s status across all fifty states, including a custom summary map and table (ex. PURPA implementation across states, state solar decommissioning policies, etc.)
  • Pending Legislative and Regulatory Action Analysis – As DSIRE only includes enacted policy changes, the team can provide a comprehensive review of pending legislative and regulatory changes affecting particular energy technologies, policies, or incentives (ex. changes to policies affecting energy storage, changes to state tax credits, etc.)
  • New Markets Research – Identification of states and utility territories offering the most promising markets for particular energy technologies, based on current policy and pending policy changes OR an in-depth analysis of the policy environment in individual states.
  • “DSIRE Distillation” – Allow our analysts to find the specific information you are looking for and present it in a form that is targeted to your needs (ex. customized summary maps or tables, Microsoft Excel data sheets, etc.

 

Contact us at DSIREinfo@ncsu.edu to learn more about DSIRE consulting services and pricing.

 

SunShot Initiative, Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs)

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center is part of a broader partnership that is implementing 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.

 

SolarOPs Resources

Report: Rethinking Standby and Fixed Cost Charges

Report: Renewable Energy Tariffs for Large Utility Customers: An Emerging Option to Encourage Greater Solar PV Development

An Emerging Option to Encourage Greater Solar PV Development

New Resources for Promoting Solar-Friendly North Carolina Homeowners’ Associations

“Going Solar In America”: Demonstrating Rooftop Solar PV’s “Dollars and Cents” Value in America’s 50 Largest  Cities

“Dollars and Cents” Value in America’s 50 Largest Cities

 

Other Energy Policy Publications

 

“The 50 States of Solar: A Quarterly Look at America’s Fast-Evolving Distributed Solar Policy Conversation.”

The 50 States of Solar: Q1 2016 Update
The 50 States of Solar: Q4 2015 Update
The 50 States of Solar: Q3 2015 Update
The 50 States of Solar: Q2 2015 Update
The 50 States of Solar: Q1 2015 Update
The 50 States of Solar: Q4 2014 Update