Thought Leadership

Research and Reports

Electrifying Your Fleet Webinar Series: Welcome to Fleets

Learn about the benefits of fleet electrification and an overview of programs available for fleet electric vehicles (EVs). Our Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) fleet team will introduce the CVRP for Fleets rebate program and detail who qualifies, how to apply, and rebate amounts. A representative from the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) will explain the processes for medium-to heavy-duty vehicle rebates and vouchers.

  Apr, 2019
CALeVIP Sacramento County Incentive Project Prelaunch Webinar

The Sacramento County Incentive Project is launching in April 2019 - are you ready to apply? Hear from the CALeVIP implementation team as they provide a project overview, address site and equipment eligibility and walk participants through the application process. Download the slide deck and watch the recording on YouTube.

  Mar, 2019
Solar for Businesses Webinar

Discover the fundamentals of solar electricity, water heating, storage and benchmarking for businesses. During the presentation, our experts will share valuable consumer awareness tips for determining the best solar technology for your commercial or multifamily property.

  Feb, 2019
Q1 2019 CSI-Thermal Public Forum

Hear from California Solar Initiative -Thermal Program Administrators (PAs) PG&E, SoCalGas and the Center for Sustainable Energy during the first public forum of 2019. During the presentation, the PAs provide program updates and field questions, feedback and suggestions for program improvements.

  Feb, 2019
Presentation: “Electric Vehicle Rebates: Lessons Learning”

Presentation given to the Connecticut EV Roadmap Technical Meeting (February 8, 2019). It provides an overview of the EV market and its trajectory, and characterizes Connecticut’s CHEAPR EV-rebate program—including rebated consumers and program impacts. Finally, it highlights the role of CHEAPR’s MSRP cap in reducing free ridership and promoting equitable access.

  Feb, 2019
Presentation: “Exploratory Estimation of Greenhouse-Gas Emission Reductions from California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project”

Presentation given at the Transportation Resources Board’s 98th Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. (January 16, 2019) that described a preliminary but more detailed picture the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project’s greenhouse-gas impacts. The analysis utilized project-specific data to through August 2018 (N=257,401 participants). Reductions attributable to rebated plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) over the first year of vehicle ownership were estimated to be approximately 713 thousand metric tons of CO2-equivalent, or an average of 2.58 tons per PHEV and 2.90 tons per BEV. Findings indicate that use of project-derived data can significantly enhance characterizations of the impact of incentive programs.

  Jan, 2019
Presentation: “CVRP: Market Projections and Funding Needs”

Presentation given at the California Air Resources Board’s Public Workshop on the Update to the Three-Year Plan for Light-Duty Vehicle and Transportation Equity Investments (December 4, 2018). It estimates the rebate funding needed for the next three years and for California to reach five million electric vehicles. It also assesses the market’s trajectory relative to state goals and describes projection methods, data, and sensitivities.

  Dec, 2018
Summary of Disadvantaged Community Responses to the EV Consumer Survey, 2013–2015 Edition

This report summarizes responses provided by residents of disadvantaged communities to the CVRP Consumer Survey, 2013– 2015 edition. It examines statistically significant differences between those residing inside (n=1,083) and those residing outside (n=18,377) of disadvantaged community census tracts, and further segments each group by vehicle technology type (battery and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle). It builds upon Summary Documentation of the Electric Vehicle Consumer Survey, 2013–2015 Edition.

  Oct, 2018
ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® Reference Guide for Building Benchmarking

Step-by-step guide to get started benchmarking your building using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®

  Aug, 2018
Drive EverGreen 2.0 Incentive Program: Final Evaluation Report

Sonoma Clean Power, a community choice electricity provider in Northern California, contracted with the Center for Sustainable Energy to administer the second iteration of an incentive program (Drive EverGreen) that supports electric vehicle adoption in Sonoma County. This evaluation report summarizes Drive EverGreen 2.0, which ran from 8/8/2017 through 11/30/2017, including evaluation activities and recommendations to inform future programs.

  Jul, 2018