Local Policy

(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 - 1/2/2019)
In 2018, states, cities and companies made progress on energy efficiency, while the federal government took steps backward. This year holds promising opportunities, particularly at the state, city and business level. Unfortunately, we expect a...
(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 - 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...