USCA Solar Deployment Guidebook: A Resource for State and Local Governments
December 2018 - 1.40MB PDF
To assist states and localities in accelerating solar adoption, The U.S. Climate Alliance (USCA) partnered with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) to elevate crucial strategies and tools for state and local governments to reduce the non-hardware costs of solar development. This Guidebook was written for state and local governments to identify gaps and opportunities for innovation in local solar market design; provide sample local policy and program frameworks, applications, and language; include local solar policy decision making considerations and planning scenarios; and point states and localities to additional state, federal, and private resources.
Here Comes the Sun: A State Policy Handbook for Distributed Solar Energy
July 2017 - 1.62MB PDF
Author(s): NASEO, NCSL
This report on solar energy production provides energy officials, state legislators, governors and commissioners, as well as other interested parties the tools to understand the distributed solar market in their states, assess their state’s policies and regulations, and determine a path forward.
NASEO Best Practices Review: Streamlined Renewable Energy Permitting Initiatives
November 2013 - 1.04MB PDF
Eager to take advantage of the growing potential of renewable energy, State Energy Offices are exploring innovative ways to reduce the soft costs associated with renewable—solar, wind, geothermal, hydro— projects. Complicated permitting processes are a major contributor to these costs, often adding weeks, months, or even years to a project development timeline; costly delays that ultimately drive up the price per kilowatt. In order to maximize the potential for abating the soft costs associated with renewable energy permitting processes, NASEO identified three best-practice streamlined renewable energy permitting initiatives in Colorado, Hawaii, and Vermont, to provide a reference for other states.
NASEO Case Study - New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium
Accelerating New York’s Energy Storage and Technology Transfer Markets
October 2013 - 0.46MB PDF
As of 2012, the State of New York’s energy storage industry employs approximately 3,000 workers and is responsible for over $600 million in annual global sales.1 New York represents an ideal market for further advancing energy storage. The state is home to the largest metropolitan area in the country served by an enormous and aging underground electricity infrastructure and the largest mass transit system in North America (with more than 6,300 subway cars, 2,300 railcars, and nearly 6,000 buses), both presenting great opportunities for energy storage. The electric power delivery system in New York also includes significant upstate generating capacity serving downstate load which can create transmission constraints, making energy storage one solution to this challenge.
Combined Heat and Power: A Resource Guide for State Energy Officials
February 2013 - 0.55MB PDF
Author(s): NASEO: Julia Friedman, Program Manager & Garth Otto, Project Manager
Numerous policy and market drivers have brought renewed attention to combined heat and power (CHP), an approach to generating electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source. This publication provides a technology and market overview of CHP and ways to support it through planning, policy, regulation, funding, and financing.