Local & Community Initiatives

(Document - 11/14/2018)
Municipal governments are increasingly using behavior change strategies to save energy in their communities. For this study we surveyed cities across North America and analyzed 50 behavior change programs offered by 40 local governments in 18 states...
(Document - 10/30/2018)
Rural households across the country face high energy burdens, meaning they spend an outsized portion of their income on home energy bills. Energy efficiency upgrades can improve the efficiency of rural housing stock and reduce rural household energy...
(Document - 9/19/2018)
Rural communities have unique energy needs that make it challenging for utilities, state energy offices, and other program implementers to deliver energy efficiency to customers. Infrastructure, energy use, and fuel mix in rural areas often differ...
(Press Release - 7/18/2018)
Hardest-hit groups are low-income households and those in the East and Southeast; energy efficiency can help WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rural households across the United States spend a disproportionately high share of their income on energy bills — about 40...
(Document - 7/18/2018)
In this report, ACEEE and the Energy Efficiency for All coalition examine residential energy affordability in rural and small-town America and identify energy efficiency as an underutilized strategy that can help reduce energy burdens by as much as...
(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 - 6/13/2018)
As US cities push forward to meet their clean energy goals, they will need a strong, capable energy efficiency workforce to make critical energy-saving upgrades and investments. Our new report, Through the Local Government Lens: Developing the...
(Local Toolkit - 4/2/2018)
Updated May 2018. Printer-friendly version Policies and strategies for new and existing buildings Buildings are the top energy user in most cities, accounting for approximately 50-75% of citywide energy use.1 With energy efficiency policies that...
(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...