States and localities are America’s traditional laboratories for public policy and that’s true for the nation’s transition to clean energy technologies. States have a wide variety of policies and programs that promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy tracks these policies on a data base called DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency). The data show that:
22 states offer grants for renewable energy systems;
43 states have policies that allow homeowners to connect their renewable electric systems to the utility grid.
The data show what an important role states are playing in America’s move to a clean energy economy.