Thought Leadership

Research and Reports

 
What is Solar Electricity

The video explains how solar electricity is produced, where the energy flows, and the bill-crediting mechanism known as "Net Energy Metering".

  Jun, 2017
Achieving Zero Net Energy Goals with Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  Jun, 2017
Maximizing the Grid Benefits of Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

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

  Jun, 2017
Distributed Generation Planning: A Case Study Comparison of California and New York Proceedings

This paper provides technical, market and policy context for distributed generation planning and compares the California and New York approaches. We find that while California’s Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) Proceeding has a comprehensive focus on technical grid impacts, New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Proceeding takes a more policy-driven approach to setting new market rules and operational practices. Together, these proceedings illustrate two pathways regulators can take to respond to and plan for increasing DER deployment.

  May, 2017
San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard

The San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard measures and benchmarks environmental and economic trends throughout the region tracking a central theme: Is our quality of life improving?

  May, 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
Supporting EV Commercialization with Rebates: Statewide Programs, Vehicle & Consumer Data, and Select Findings

This presentation was prepared for a webinar, hosted by the Yale University Center for Business and the Environment. It examines the design and implementation of programs administered by the Center for Sustainable Energy that support markets for electric passenger cars with cash rebates. In so doing, the webinar provides up-to-date information on markets for electric cars, supportive policies, and sources of data that empower stakeholders to support the transition to sustainable energy.

  Apr, 2017
Supporting EV Commercialization with Rebates: Statewide Programs, Vehicle & Consumer Data, and Select Findings

This webinar was hosted by the Yale University Center for Business and the Environment. It examines the design and implementation of programs administered by the Center for Sustainable Energy that support markets for electric passenger cars with cash rebates. In so doing, the webinar provides up-to-date information on markets for electric cars, supportive policies, and sources of data that empower stakeholders to support the transition to sustainable energy.

  Apr, 2017
MOR-EV Video

MOR-EV is a Massachusetts program that issues rebates to electric vehicle drivers. Video slideshow shows the advantages of driving a clean vehicle.

  Apr, 2017
Guide for Polystyrene Reduction Policies Infographic

In this infographic, the Equinox Project examines the environmental and economic impacts of polystyrene (foam) food container reduction policies to help guide local municipalities in this effort.

  Apr, 2017