Renewable Energy Policy Project

  The Washington, D.C.-based Renewable Energy Policy Project's August Research Report suggests a way to boost the small market for water heaters powered by the sun. Instead of relying on public subsidies to stimulate sales, the report says, manufacturers could borrow techniques from the insurance industry, giving salespeople a commission on every heater they sell. The group's report appears monthly and focuses on a single aspect of alternative energies. You can get a free copy by writing to REPP, 1612 K St. NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006, calling 202/293-2833, or visiting the group's Web site at www.repp.org.