Thought Leadership

Research and Reports

 
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.

  Mar, 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.

  Mar, 2017
Phasing Out the Use of Fossil Fuels for the Generation of Electricity

Carbon-free electricity is an irreplaceable element of any effort to achieve deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This would be true if our use of electricity were never to change, but it is even more clearly the case when the overall strategy relies on electrifying most current uses of fossil fuel.

  Mar, 2017
California Solar Permitting Guidebook 2017

Guide to help improving permit review and approval for small solar systems.

  Feb, 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.

  Feb, 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.

  Feb, 2017
Residential Solar Electric Bill Calculator

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.

  Feb, 2017
Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings
  Feb, 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.

  Feb, 2017
Characterizing California Electric Vehicle Consumer Segments - TRB Poster

Using data from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project’s Electric Vehicle Consumer Survey (2013-2015), this poster profiles two distinct electric vehicle market segments that may represent opportunities to expand sales into the mainstream: “rebate essentials” and “converts.” Characteristics examined include the transaction process, household information, demographics, motivations, and prior experience with EVs.

  Jan, 2017