Stakeholders and Policymakers

If you are a voter or elected official participating in energy decision-making, this collection is designed to help you promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in your community. Explore our collection of Decision Maker Guides to learn about existing initiatives and how to plan your own. Or search the table below to find existing ordinances, economic development data and cost-benefit analysis tools.

Stakeholders & Policymakers Resource Database

Resource Source and Description Audience Topic Type Additional Tags File
Co-Digestion Economic Analysis Tool

The Co-EAT tool is intended to provide an initial economic feasibility assessment for co-diegestion of organic wastes, to compare the relative merits of three uses of biogas and provide a clear cost comparison of the economic implications of co-digestion.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Tool or Calculator
Community Power Interactive Toolkit

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Interactive Community Power Toolkit provides examples and case studies of actions that local governments, communities and electric providers can take to expand access to local clean energy.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Guide or Toolkit
Community Solar Business Case Tool

The Community Solar Business Case Tool provides a flexible financial model that projects the costs and benefits to the system developer and subscriber of a single community solar project.

West Monroe Partners; Elevate Energy
Tool or Calculator
Consumer Guides to Wind

Guides for utility-scale, community, and residential wind energy project development

Department of Energy: WINDExchange
Guide or Toolkit
Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool (CREST)

CREST models are designed for use by state policy makers, regulators, utilities, beginning developers or investors, and other stakeholders to assess project economics of solar, wind, geothermal, anaerobic digestion and fuel cell technologies.

Tool or Calculator
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)

DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.

North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
Policy or Regulation
Tool or Calculator
DEQ Energy, Water, and Waste Reduction Assistance

No-cost, non-regulatory, on-site assessments are available from the NC Department of Environmental Quality for North Carolina businesses and public facilities.

NC Department of Environmental Quality
Duke Energy - Solar Rebate Program

Duke Energy offers the Solar Rebate Program to homeowners, businesses and nonprofits with newly installed, interconnected solar systems. (Note: Subscriptions for the available solar rebates typically run out within the first few days they are offered each year. Applications may be placed on a waiting list.)

Duke Energy
Duke Energy Helping Home Fund

Find providers across North Carolina that conduct free health and safety repairs, appliance replacement, and heating and cooling system repair for households under 200% of the federal poverty level and served by Duke Energy.

North Carolina Community Action Association
Economic Value of Biomass Facilities Contributing to North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS)

Report from NC State Extension on the economic value of North Carolina biomass facilities

NC State Extension

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