Local & Community Initiatives

(Blog Post - 5/20/2016)
In a recent report released by ACEEE and Energy Efficiency for All, Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities, we measured energy burdens in 48 of the largest cities in the United States. Energy burden means the percentage of...
(Blog Post - 5/19/2016)
Local governments of all sizes can invest days, months, and years into advancing energy efficiency programs and policies. Yet many go unrecognized for their efforts. Because the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard only covers 51 large cities, ACEEE...
(Press Release - 4/20/2016)
Data Gauge Impact of Energy Costs on Low-Income, African-American, Latino, and Renter Residents; Low-Income Households in Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans, Providence, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Cleveland Suffer...
(Document - 4/20/2016)
Energy burden is the percentage of household income spent on home energy bills. In this report, ACEEE, along with the Energy Efficiency for All coalition, measures the energy burden of households in 48 of the largest American cities. We find that...
(Blog Post - 4/1/2016)
“How much energy do cities use?” We get that question a lot. The answer is, excepting a few cities, we generally don’t know. Only a handful of cities publish their energy use, and while the Energy Information Administration collects and reports a...
(Blog Post - 3/24/2016)
There are over 25 million small enterprises that form the backbone of our national economy. They are critical to the health of local economies, generating well over half of net new private-sector jobs, according to the US Small Business...
(Document - 3/16/2016)
Regional energy efficiency planning, especially across state lines, has unique benefits and challenges. This paper surveys a sample of current regional planning and implementation efforts across the country. It describes how to engage decision...
(Blog Post - 12/22/2015)
This holiday season, New Orleans residents have cause for celebration as they receive an unexpected holiday gift: a new focus on energy efficiency savings. Cities are responsible for the majority of energy consumption, and local governments can play...
(Blog Post - 12/17/2015)
The 2015 City Scorecard ranks 51 large US cities across five policy areas on their policies and efforts to save energy. Its focus on policies and other initiatives is meant to identify and highlight important actions cities can take to become more...
(Document - 12/17/2015)
This new 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 2015 City Scorecard. The brief user guide shows you how to use the application to...