Local & Community Initiatives

(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...
(Blog Post - 7/19/2011)
As we have featured over the past year, local governments have many policy levers available to pull in order to improve energy efficiency—not only in their own operations, but also throughout their communities. One well-established mechanism for...
(Blog Post - 5/12/2011)
Anyone following the budget crises facing state governments can tell you that the policies and actions taken in state capitols can make indelible impacts on local governments. Local governments often rely on state funds, and in many cases take...
(Document - 5/11/2011)
This white paper examines how state governments can enable local governments to advance energy efficiency. The unique connection between state and local governments can be leveraged to implement mutually beneficial energy efficiency programs and...
(Blog Post - 4/8/2011)
How does where we build our homes, businesses, and transportation infrastructure impact our energy use?  A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report  attempts to tackle just that question. The report analyzes the energy use associated with...
(Blog Post - 3/8/2011)
Local policy is becoming an increasingly important driver for energy efficiency with local governments and other local leaders continuing to create innovative solutions even when federal and state leadership is lacking. Additionally, local...
(Document - 3/6/2011)
Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction programs have an important role to play in improving transportation system efficiency and energy efficiency in general.  VMT reduction programs are an eligible use of many energy efficiency related funds...