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Field Research Findings: Home Energy Audits and Upgrades Among Hispanics in California’s Central Valley

This report was prepared by the Center for Sustainable Energy. It is a component of Grant #EPC-14-037, funded by the California Energy Commission, to explore the sociocultural factors influencing the adoption of home energy efficiency retrofits in California.

  September 2017
 

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project: Summary Documentation of the Electric Vehicle Consumer Survey, 2013-2015 Edition

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project’s EV Consumer Survey (2013-2015 edition) collected data from 19,460 rebated consumers who purchased or leased their vehicles from September 2012 through May 2015. This summary documentation describes the survey implementation process. It also provides tables summarizing the responses to each survey question that have been weighted to better represent 91,085 program participants during the survey administration period.

  June 2017
 

Evaluating the Connecticut Dealer Incentive for Electric Vehicle Sales

The Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program provides a consumer rebate of up to $5,000 for the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV) and a dealer incentive of $300 for each rebated vehicle. The dealer incentive feature is unique among statewide EV rebate programs and has generated interest among EV market stakeholders nationwide. In 2016, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) conducted a study to understand how the CHEAPR dealer incentive is distributed and used by dealerships, and to explore its effectiveness in promoting the development of the EV market.

  June 2017
 

Maximizing the Grid Benefits of Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

Four financial signals can unlock the value of distributed energy storage systems

  June 2017
 

Drive EverGreen Electric Vehicle Incentive Pilot Program: Evaluation Report

Sonoma Clean Power, a community choice electricity provider in Northern California, contracted with the Center for Sustainable Energy to administer a pilot incentive program to support electric vehicle adoption in Sonoma County. The innovative pilot program combined elements of “group buy” and voucher programs to provide a point-of-sale incentive offered through participating dealerships. This evaluation report summarizes the incentive program, evaluation activities including a participant survey and interviews with participating dealers and OEMs, and recommendations to inform future programs.

  May 2017
 

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project: Characterizing Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Consumers Most Influenced by California's Electric Vehicle Rebate

California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) offers rebates for consumers who purchase eligible plug-in and fuel-cell electric vehicles. With evidence from a voluntary survey offered to all individual CVRP participants, this analysis used logistic regression to examine the relationship between consumer factors and the influence of CVRP on consumers’ acquisition decisions. Factors considered for inclusion encompassed transaction, household, and demographic characteristics, motivations for adopting plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and measures of experience with plug-in electric vehicles. This initial analysis examined a set of consumers who adopted plug-in hybrid electric vehicles between fall 2012 and spring 2015.

  March 2017
 

Recommendations for Reducing or Banning Foam Food Service Containers

In this report, the Equinox Project examines the environmental and economic impacts of polystyrene (foam) food container reduction policies to help guide local municipalities in this effort. The report focuses on California and West Coast activities, but the information and examples can be applied in any area.

  March 2017
 

Online Experiment Findings: Message Effects on Energy Efficiency Choices among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Homeowners in California

This report presents results of online experiments conducted in fall 2016 to understand how various messages affect the likelihood of Hispanic and non-Hispanic homeowners to take action on home energy efficiency upgrades.

  February 2017
 

Survey Findings: Attitudes and Experiences with Home Improvement Projects among Hispanics and non-Hispanics in Fresno and San Diego Counties

This report presents results of a survey conducted in summer 2016 to understand Hispanic and non-Hispanic homeowner perspectives about home improvement projects, energy efficiency, thermal comfort, hiring contractors, using financing and making major household decisions.

  February 2017
 

Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings

Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings was supported by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Solar Energy Technologies Office) of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and numerous contributors. It promotes a vision of solar advocates and real estate advocates evolving together to make information about solar homes more accessible to home buyers and sellers.

  February 2017
 

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