Working Group Publications


From SLCP Challenge to Action

A Roadmap for Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants to Meet the Goals of the Paris Agreement

The U.S. Climate Alliance is stepping up to lead on short-lived climate pollutants.  On June 1, 2018, we issued the SLCP Challenge, committing to comprehensively addressing SLCP emissions as a critical component of meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, and calling on the world to do so as well. 

This Roadmap takes that commitment from SLCP Challenge to Action.  It outlines a menu of options states will consider as we pursue an ambitious set of goals that have the potential to reduce SLCP emissions in the U.S. Climate Alliance as a whole by 40-50 percent below current levels by 2030.  States will develop individual SLCP reduction strategies, continue to share information and best practices, develop and improve emissions inventories to track progress, and pursue partnerships to expand action on SLCPs and meet the goals of the SLCP challenge.  The U.S. Climate Alliance will track and annually report on progress towards its SLCP reduction goals. 

Solar deployment guidebook

Summary report

To assist states and localities in accelerating solar adoption, The U.S. Climate Alliance is partnering with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) to elevate crucial strategies and tools for state and local governments to reduce the non-hardware costs of solar development. To achieve this goal the project team has conducted a comprehensive literature review and analysis of existing solar best practices publications to compile the following summary report. This report will inform the
development of a Solar Deployment Guidebook designed to equip state and local agencies with tools, strategies, and models on proven soft cost reduction methods.

Non-Wires Solution Playbook (update)

New distributed energy resources (DERs) and energy management software solutions provide a cost-effective alternative to defer or obviate the need for expensive traditional infrastructure investments. Known as non-wires solutions (NWS), portfolios of DER technologies can provide ratepayers with significant cost savings while achieving emissions reductions.

To help scale the benefits of non-wires solutions, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is working with stakeholders in U.S. Climate Alliance states to develop actionable recommendations that utilities, regulators, and developers can use to overcome these challenges and increase NWS implementation. RMI has conducted interviews with more than 60 experts across the country, representing over 20 utilities, as well as developers, regulators, trade associations and industry players working to develop non-wires solutions. In fall 2018, RMI will release a report summarizing these findings, including a ‘playbook’ for scaling successful NWS projects and resources that provide practical guidance for the utility procurement process.