Thought Leadership

Research and Reports

 
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.

  Jun, 2017
Evaluating the Connecticut Dealer Incentive for Electric Vehicle Sales
  Jun, 2017
How to Connect with a Solar Contractor

CSE recommends contacting and evaluating at least three contractors and their bids before selecting one to install your system. Consider the video tips and best practices.

  Jun, 2017
Solar Panels & Inverters

  Jun, 2017
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