Local Policy

(Document - 6/14/2018)
Local governments across the United States are increasingly enacting policies and offering programs to drive energy savings, but the success of these activities is inextricably linked to a strong, capable energy efficiency workforce. To ensure that...
(Blog Post - 5/30/2018)
The Atlantic hurricane season is just beginning, and experts are predicting another active year. With that forecast and last year’s devastating storms in mind, many are calling for a rebuilding strategy that reduces the risk of repeated devastation...
(Document - 5/2/2018)
A growing number of housing providers, utility-sector program administrators, and investors are working to combine energy efficiency improvements with solar systems in affordable multifamily buildings. Pairing energy efficiency with rooftop solar...
(Blog Post - 12/14/2017)
At the North American Climate Summit this month in Chicago, city officials from several countries recognized energy efficiency as an important emissions reduction strategy. Many described how they are making it part of their climate action plans....
(Document - 10/2/2017)
Since 2012, Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has administered the state’s limited-income energy efficiency programs. The programs have been effective in delivering substantial energy savings for each participating...
(Blog Post - 9/13/2017)
Many cities have started benchmarking initiatives to reduce citywide energy consumption. This could be good news for people living in apartments and condominiums, because many are renters and low-income residents who would benefit from lower energy...
(Blog Post - 8/23/2017)
The federal government’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord galvanized many cities. Within hours of the announcement, 369 mayors signed on to the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which aims to uphold the US commitment to reduce...
(Document - 8/23/2017)
This updated version of the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool lets you score any community’s energy efficiency efforts using the metrics from ACEEE's 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The brief user guide shows you how to use the...
(Blog Post - 8/14/2017)
Southeastern residents currently face historically high poverty rates, and low-income households spend an average of three times as much on energy bills, as a portion of their monthly income, than other families. Energy efficiency investments could...
(Document - 8/14/2017)
Low-income households in the Southeast spend an outsized portion of their income on home energy bills, including electricity, natural gas, and other heating fuels. Utility energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income households can reduce their...