Addressing Challenges of State RPS Data Reporting Practices

State reported renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) are going to be imperative in advancing the incoming presidential administration’s renewable energy agenda. However, the state guided renewable energy transition and policy decision making are hindered by current data reporting standards. In an article published by Utility Dive, the Policy Institute’s Ingrid Behrsin, Francesca Disano, and Hannah Safford propose techniques intended to increase the understanding of state RPS data reporting.

The primary issues with current data reporting revolve around insufficient data access and management. Several of the 30 states that have binding RPS policies fail to make data about the facilities contributing to the RPS publicly available. Those that are publicly available have formatting characteristics that inhibit analytical understanding. With no required data reporting template, several RPS datasets are inconsistent with the information provided. Inconsistent reporting affects the ability of integrating state RPS datasets for state or federal analysis.

Behrsin et al. suggest three changes to state RPS data reporting to address the burdensome current practices: 

  • Make RPS datasets public and employ data science best practices for consistency 
  • Include standard elements for RPS datasets using a standard template
  • Include the unique and consistent facility Environmental Information Administration (EIA) plant code in RPS datasets 

Read the article for more information on improving RPS data reporting. 

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