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.

 

 

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