State Support for Clean Energy Deployment: Lessons Learned for Potential Future Policy

NREL, Karlynn Cory (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


Proposed federal clean energy initiatives and climate legislation have suggested significant increases to federal funding for clean energy deployment and investment. Many states and utilities have over a decade of experience and spend billions of public dollars every year to support EE/RE deployment through programs that reduce the cost of technologies, provide financing for EE/RE projects, offertechnical assistance, and educate market participants. Meanwhile, constraints on public expenditures at all levels of government continue to call upon such programs to demonstrate their value. This report reviews the results of these programs and the specific financial incentives and financing tools used to encourage clean energy investment. Lessons from such programs could be used to inform thefuture application of EE/RE incentives and financing tools. These lessons learned apply to use of distributed resources and the historical focus of these EE/RE programs.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages97
StatePublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), Montpelier, Vermont

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-6A20-49340


  • climate change
  • energy efficiency
  • financing
  • incentives
  • renewable


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