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Progress Report: Review of State Renewable Portfolio Standard Programs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions

December 1, 2008

This report serves to review the progress to date of the states in the region in meeting their RPS objectives, to identify early successes and challenges, and to offer recommendations for future success.

CESA State RPS Policy Report: Increasing Coordination and Uniformity Among State Renewable Portfolio Standards

December 1, 2008

This analysis seeks to examine and evaluate mechanisms and approaches to increase harmonization and/or coordination among state RPS programs as well as the merits and challenges they present.

Shaking Up the Residential PV Markets: Implications of Recent Changes to the ITC

November 1, 2008

This report examines the implications of changes to the residential solar ITC. This paper is part of a series of clean energy fund case studies prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Clean Energy States Alliance.

Mainstreaming Solar Electricity: Strategies for States to Build Local Markets

April 1, 2008

This report describes the key policies and program strategies that have emerged as effective tools for states to advance widespread solar deployment.

Property Tax Assessments as a Finance Vehicle for Residential PV Installations: Opportunities and Potential Limitations

February 1, 2008

This LBNL-CESA Case Study describes the mechanics of a new type of PV financing program recently proposed by the City of Berkeley that offers its residents the ability to utilize increased property tax assessments as a means of repaying over time the up-front cost of installing PV systems.

CESA State Program Guide: State Strategies to Foster Solar Hot Water System Deployment

December 1, 2007

This report describes a number of straightforward strategies that states can implement to support adoption of solar hot water technologies, including provision of financial incentives, training for installers, and education to help customers make informed decisions.

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Collaborative on RPS Implementation – Model Resource Eligibility Definitions

September 1, 2007

The members of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Collaborative on RPS Implementation have developed this set of model RPS resource eligibility definitions for states to consider as RPS programs evolve and mature.

CESA Best Practice Recommendation: Visual Impacts Assessment Process for Evaluating Wind-Energy Projects

August 1, 2007

This memo describes a process and approach for evaluating the visual impact of wind-energy projects.

CESA Memo: Summary of National Research Council Report on Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Projects

May 1, 2007

This memo provides a briefing analysis of the May 2007 NAS National Resources Council Report on The Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Project that evaluates the trade-offs between the benefit of new wind-energy projects and the risk of adverse environmental impacts.

Exploring the Economic Value of EPAct 2005’s PV Tax Credits

February 5, 2007

How much economic value do these new and expanded federal tax credits really provide to PV system purchasers? And what implications might they hold for state/utility PV grant programs?