State Renewable Energy: Policies
Energy and Environment Guide to Action: State Policies and Best Practices
The State and Local Energy and Environment Program's Guide to Action provides in-depth information about 16 clean energy policies and programs that states are using to meet their energy, environmental, and economic objectives. Section 5 of the Guide includes information on renewable portfolio standards, public benefits funds for state clean energy supply, interconnection standards, fostering green power markets, and lead by example initiatives.
The Guide to Action is intended for use by state energy, environment, and economic policy-makers and regulators:
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on the status of state programs and incentives promoting renewable energy, including information on financial incentives and net metering policies, as well as related awareness and investment programs.
Distributed Renewable Energy Finance and Policy Toolkit
The Distributed Renewable Energy Finance and Policy Toolkit describes the many financing options available to state energy offices, municipal governments, and other energy agencies for utilizing public funds for clean energy project support. The report analyzes their strengths and weaknesses and identifies best practices. One key finding is that the use of these tools as a portfolio of approaches creates the most robust, effective programs.
Renewable Energy Certificate Tracking Systems
Because Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) can be sold separately from the underlying electricity, the possibility for fraud can exist unless the RECs are tracked from their point of creation to their final point of use. EPA's Green Power Partnership provides an overview of REC tracking systems, including a map of the regional tracking systems that have been developed in the United States.