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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
 

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
 

The Price-Concentration Relationship in Early Residential Solar Third-Party Markets

As the residential PV market continues to grow, it prompts new questions about the nature of competition between solar installers and how this competition, or lack thereof, affects the prices consumers pay. It is often assumed that more competition leads to lower prices, but this is not universally true.

  February 2017
 

The Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR- EV) program Year Two Final Report

From the program launch date, June 18, 2014, through June 30, 2016, the program reserved rebates for 2,242 new ZEVs, totaling $4,990,750. Figure 1 displays rebates by vehicle type for each program year as well as the cumulative program total.

  November 2016
 

Experience Electric Campaign Report

The Experience Electric campaign’s final report includes the initial results, the campaign extension event summaries, and the campaign findings.

  September 2016
 

Accelerating Market Transformation with Energy Program Data Visualizations

This paper analyzes how the use of interactive web-based dashboards can inform program evaluation and market transformation efforts for sustainable energy technologies.

  August 2016
 

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