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Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator

What energy efficiency policies make the most sense for your community?  Use LEEP-C to find out. 

The Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator is a downloadable analysis tool intended for use by local policymakers and stakeholders. It can be used to compare policy choices and explore the results of different implementation scenarios. Users can customize inputs to reflect local characteristics and tailor policy designs to meet their needs. The tool calculates estimates for energy savings, cost savings, pollution, jobs, and other outcomes resulting from selected policies over a time period designated by the user.

Download LEEP-C Version 1 (BETA)

Download the LEEP-C User Manual

What can I use LEEP-C for?

LEEP-C can be used iteratively to explore policy options and their costs and benefits…

…To fit within a budget or timeframe—LEEP-C includes outputs of annual costs and savings during the analysis period. Users can adjust their policy variables to match the cash flow of costs and savings to their constraints.

…To achieve a goal—Users can explore policy options to discover those that will best achieve a stated goal.  LEEP-C outputs that may correspond with goals include costs, cost savings, energy savings, pollution reduction, and net jobs.

…To get the most bang-for-the-buck—There are several output metrics in LEEP-C that automatically calculate the cost per unit of savings—financial, energy, emissions—or cost of other impacts such as job creation.

…To match community priorities—Users are encouraged to rank issues of importance to their community. These priorities are used to weight the results of the policies analyzed to produce a community-specific “attractiveness score” for each policy.

LEEP-C is intended as a planning and decision support tool and is designed to give first-cut estimates of impacts. Actual results from the implementation of policies will vary. This tool is not a substitution for gathering locally appropriate data, seeking out estimates of costs and benefits from potential project implementers, or developing detailed policy-specific analyses. 

What policies does LEEP-C include?

The current 1.0 beta version includes seven policies from two sectors. Both the number of policies and the number of comparative metrics will be expanded for future versions of LEEP-C.  The current sectors and policies are:

Public Buildings

  1. Public Buildings Comprehensive Retrofit
  2. Public Buildings Retrocommissioning
  3. Public Buildings Benchmarking and Disclosure

Residential Buildings

  1. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
  2. Residential Energy Use Disclosure
  3. Residential Upgrade Requirements (RECOs)
  4. Assistance to Multifamily Affordable Housing

How can I customize LEEP-C to my community?

LEEP-C allows users to choose the level of customization they would like for their analysis.  There are a small number of required or highly recommended inputs that populate the values for the rest of the analysis.  These include:

  • ZIP code—used to retrieve local energy prices and emissions rates
  • Population—used to scale job impact calculations to the community
  • Years over which policies will be implemented and their impacts will be evaluated
  • Total floor area of public buildings in the community
  • Number of occupied residential units in the community

Additionally, there are several community, sector, and policy variables that users have the option of adjusting.  These include issues of importance to the community, financing terms for energy efficiency investments, total annual energy consumption by sector in the community, energy use growth rate by sector, and policy design preferences.

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