Local & Community Initiatives

(Document - 5/2/2019)
The electric power sector is undergoing rapid transformation, in part because of the increased use of technologies that can be located closer to the customer, such as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles. Because of its reliability and...
(Document - 5/2/2019)
Improving the energy efficiency of rural homes, businesses, and institutions keeps hard-earned money in community members’ pockets. However, programs to provide efficiency upgrades often require upfront investments, which may be a barrier for some...
(Document - 5/2/2019)
Energy efficiency programs benefit rural electric cooperatives (co-ops), their members, and the communities they serve. By offering energy efficiency programs, co-ops invest in their members. This fact sheet describes the benefits of energy...
(Document - 1/7/2019)
Many local governments have adopted community-wide goals for increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This set of briefs examines three high-impact energy efficiency policies that can help cities meet these goals. The...
(Blog Post - 12/19/2018)
Today, Michael R. Bloomberg announced Charlotte as the nineteenth winning city of Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge, of which ACEEE is an official partner. “With Washington asleep at the wheel, cities like Charlotte are leading the way...
(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...