Local Policy

(Blog Post - 8/21/2019)
The Trump administration’s efforts to roll back the light-duty vehicle fuel economy standards have received a lot of attention. Much less known is its stalling of heavy-duty vehicle fuel economy standards, which would also boost fuel consumption and...
(Press Release - 7/24/2019)
Scorecard of 75 large US cities reveals the top 10, including Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.  Washington, DC — US cities are ramping up their clean energy efforts, notably with stricter energy-saving rules for...
(Document - 7/24/2019)
The City Clean Energy Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy, promote renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also focuses on efforts to embed equity in policymaking. We ranked 75 large US...
(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...