Local & Community Initiatives

(Blog Post - 5/5/2014)
State and local governments are laboratories for innovation in energy efficiency policies and programs. Policymakers, regulators, and citizens at all levels increasingly recognize that energy efficiency is crucially important to their economies and...
(Blog Post - 4/17/2014)
Energy efficiency is increasingly viewed as an essential element of community development, and is arguably becoming the most appreciated and integrated “green” topic in the field. For example, a growing number of state housing finance agencies...
(Document - 10/31/2013)
This is not the most recent release. For the most up-to-date version, click here. The Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool (Version 1.0 BETA) gives small and medium- sized communities the ability to score their energy efficiency efforts by...
(Blog Post - 10/30/2013)
The recently released 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranked 34 of the largest U.S. cities on their efforts to save energy—but we don’t think large cities should have all the fun. In order to help other cities see where they stack up, today...
(Press Release - 9/17/2013)
Boston earns top honors in a new report ranking 34 of America’s largest cities on their efforts to cut energy use and costs; all cities have opportunity to save more Washington, D.C.—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)...
(Document - 9/16/2013)
Energy efficiency may be the cheapest, most abundant, and most underutilized resource for local economic and community development. Local leadership and commitment to energy efficiency is strong in many communities around the United States. The...
(Blog Post - 6/24/2013)
Any day now the legal and technical advisors to the City Council of New Orleans are expected to make recommendations for the proposed integrated resource plan and 2014–2017 energy efficiency programs for the city. New Orleans has been an efficiency...
(Document - 5/30/2013)
This study finds that energy efficiency potential is largely untapped in Louisiana, and that a set of policies and programs can cost-effectively meet 5% cumulative of statewide electricity needs by 2020, increasing to 16% cumulative by 2030; and 3...
(Document - 5/30/2013)
The homes, buildings, and other facilities in New Orleans hold great potential for improved efficiency, which together can reduce energy demand and save consumers money by avoiding the need for new traditional energy investments. Energy efficiency...
(Document - 5/22/2013)
ACEEE is undertaking a multi-year project to improve and expand utility energy efficiency programs for multifamily homes. Despite the tremendous opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of multifamily buildings, very few utility programs are...