Program Analysis and Assistance

The development and deployment of renewable power technologies are affected by regulations, programs and policies at the local, state and federal levels. The EMP Department:

  • Evaluates state and federal renewable energy programs and policies in terms of their implications for energy affordability, reliability, and other key metrics, including long-standing assessments and tracking of state Renewables Portfolio Standards.
  • Analyzes the impact of retail rate design and other programs on the deployment and economics of customer-sited photovoltaics, and on other electric sector stakeholders
  • Assesses the treatment of renewable energy in utility resource planning and other electric-sector planning analyses
  • Provides expert technical assistance to energy regulators and other decision-makers on renewable energy programs, policies, and regulatory issues




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Dong, Changgui, Ryan H Wiser, and Varun Rai. Incentive Pass-through for Residential Solar Systems in California. 2014. LBNL-6927E.
Barbose, Galen L, Jenny Heeter, Lori Bird, Samantha Weaver, Francisco Flores-Espino, and Ryan H Wiser. "Costs and Benefits of U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards." International Associaton for Energy Economics Energy Forum Third Quarter 2014 (2014).




Bolinger, Mark. Community Wind: Once Again Pushing the Envelope of Project Finance. Berkeley: LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4193E.



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