States Take Lead on Clean Energy Markets

States that have been on the forefront of developing clean energy market solutions will now be able to pass on the many lessons they have learned throughout the process to other states looking to follow suit.

Berkeley, California ? September 25, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] State clean energy funds are slated to collect nearly US$3.5 billion from 1998 to 2012 for investments in Renewable Energy markets, making state policies and practices a key market driver for clean energy technologies. In a remarkably short time and almost under the collective radar, states have emerged as leaders in developing clean energy market solutions, according to a new series of case studies by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Clean Energy Group. “Innovation, Renewable Energy, and State Investment: Case Studies of Leading Clean Energy Funds? highlights innovative practices across the U.S. ? cutting-edge efforts to bring renewable and clean energy technologies into the American marketplace. “Federal and international actions often dominate clean energy headlines, but they do not tell the whole story, or perhaps not even the most important one,” said Lew Milford, President of the Clean Energy Group. “Almost without notice, state-level actions have come to dominate the clean energy field. Many states look to clean energy as the next economic development wave.? The 21 initial case studies in the series cover emerging clean energy program and administrative practices at the state level. They focus on practical, local solutions to clean energy market barriers and explore strategies employed by states to spur economic development and make clean energy markets work. Some also describe novel international Renewable Energy programs that could serve as models for future state actions. The case studies are based on work originally commissioned by the Energy Trust of Oregon, one of these new state funds. Subsequent updates and revisions have been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The case studies broadly cover activities in the 15 states with clean energy funds including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
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