Policies to improve the energy use information available to building owners, operators, buyers, and tenants have proliferated in the past few years. The City of Austin, Texas and its municipal electric utility, Austin Energy, have been leaders in these information policies.
Study: Energy Efficiency Loan Financing Proving to be a Low Risk Investment with Large-Scale Potential
Energy Efficiency Loan Programs Default Rates Range from 0–3% and Remained Largely Unchanged During Housing Bubble Collapse
Cost-Effective Policies Could Meet 17% of State Energy Needs, Cutting Energy Bills While Creating Local Jobs
Multifamily housing is often seen as one of the most difficult markets to serve for energy retrofits.
ACEEE is one of several partner organizations helping to convene city and county officials from across the country, key congressional and federal agency decision-makers, and environmental policy leaders who are leading clean energy and sustainability projects for the June 15-17 Local Clean Energy Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. This is a re-post from Andy Seth, Executive Director of Climate Communities,about the event.
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 cues from the states when considering policies and programs.
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 different housing and neighborhood types. It also serves as a concise and readable primer on research related to the energy implications of “location efficiency.”