Local & Community Initiatives

(Document - 3/26/2012)
This study reviews the planning activities of a sample of localities that have developed energy-related plans. We summarize the progress communities have made in their planning processes and analyze the key choices that local leaders make when...
(Document - 2/28/2012)
Local governments have the authority to implement discrete enabling policies that influence the real estate market and drive demand for utility energy efficiency programs. Many local governments and local organizations are also developing programs...
(Blog Post - 2/28/2012)
and Erin Brandt, Metropolitan Area Planning Council In the absence of leadership at the federal level to enact comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation, local municipalities and community organizations are adopting policies, strategies...
(Blog Post - 12/14/2011)
In the world of energy efficiency, market segmentation and other methods of generalization are used to design programs and marketing. While every home is different, just as each person is different, energy efficiency programs often operate with...
(Document - 12/2/2011)
This report analyzes the opportunity presented to the Cincinnati region by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, a local nonprofit organization committed to improving energy efficiency in existing buildings, through its grant work under the...
(Press Release - 12/2/2011)
The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance shares study findings with local business leaders   Cincinnati—Energy efficiency upgrades to the area’s homes and nonprofit buildings can save area residents $60 million in lower energy bills and create...
(Blog Post - 11/22/2011)
What energy efficiency policies make sense for your community? This question is not  always easy to answer. Energy efficiency can be a complex topic. It is made more difficult because there are few one-size-fits-all solutions for every  project,...
(Document - 11/22/2011)
This is not the most recent version of LEEP-C. For an up-to-date version, click here. The ACEEE Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator, or LEEP-C (pronounced “leap see”), is intended for use by local policymakers and stakeholders interested in...
(Press Release - 9/20/2011)
Energy Efficiency Loan Programs Default Rates Range from 0–3% and Remained Largely Unchanged During Housing Bubble Collapse   Washington, D.C.—Energy efficiency loan financing is proving to be a stable, low risk investment with low default...
(Document - 9/20/2011)
This report is designed to summarize the results and lessons learned from energy efficiency finance programs that have moved beyond the initial start-up phase; it is written for energy efficiency program planners and implementers.  Also in the...