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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy
This NEEP report identifies six ways that policy makers and program administrators can identify, embed, and evaluate progress towards energy equity in energy efficiency programs through the evaluation, measurement, and verification process....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
For decades, federal energy and water efficiency standards have demonstrably saved consumers money, reduced pollution, and increased grid reliability. Recently, however, the political winds have shifted. Immediately upon taking office, the Trump Administration refused to publish in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Vermont
Source City of Burlington, Vermont
Policy Areas Community Development, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
Pollution and energy inefficiency are exacerbating the global climate crisis, but cities can pass local policies to address these issues. The City of Burlington, Vermont launched the net-zero-energy program in 2018 to eliminate fossil fuel use by the ground transportation and heating...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Many public water utilities struggle to pay for repairs and upgrades necessary to improve energy efficiency, reduce leaks, and prevent infiltration. This brief outlines existing mechanisms to raise these funds as well as promising new methods for public officials to consider. Some...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Energy, Democracy & Governance
This report emphasizes the importance of providing better energy information to renters, buyers, owners, and operators of buildings. By arming them with this information, they can make more informed choices, differentiate between properties, and determine whether energy upgrades are...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Wyoming
Source U.S. Department Of Energy
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
U.S. Department of Energy fact sheet guide to Energy Savings Performance Contracting for governments....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2003
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report explores a range of national policies to increase energy efficiency, accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies and shift energy use to more efficient power systems while reducing the electricity bills of consumers and businesses. The policies considered...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Policy Areas Energy, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This toolkit outlines how local governments can implement "lead by example" programs that reduce energy consumption and emissions, foster markets for sustainable products, encourage green building standards, and promote economic development. It provides a guide for developing facility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Green for All
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This policy brief explains how local governments can design and implement retrofitting and/or renovation programs that make homes more energy efficient. It also presents strategies for capturing financial savings from retrofits, creating high-quality green jobs, and ensuring that...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has issued a decision and order adopting a comprehensive framework of utility regulations to align Hawaii electric companies’ financial interests with Hawaii’s clean energy goals and customer needs. The performance-based framework adopted by...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
This fact sheet refutes common misconceptions surrounding net zero/fossil fuel free buildings. In particular, it highlights how the creation of net zero/fossil fuel free buildings will spur economic development; lower construction costs over time; offer reliable power; and serve all...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources
This brief provides an overview of the Sheboygan Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), a nationwide leader in energy efficiency in the water and wastewater treatment sector. Sheboygan WWTP has implemented numerous energy-saving measures, mostly by replacing aging equipment with energy-efficient...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Energy, Economic Justice
The report highlights the need for Ohio to adopt a more sustainable energy strategy for its industrial sector, focusing on the greater use of combined heat and power (CHP) technology. It emphasizes that CHP is a more efficient and reliable way to meet manufacturers' heat and power...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Sustainable Endowments Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Numerous platforms and tools exist to help organizations across all sectors track, manage, and share the results of their sustainability practices and operational policies to reduce energy use. However, there is little information examining what users prioritize and what platforms...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Zero energy buildings are energy-efficient buildings that produce as much energy as they consume. This report presents strategies to advance the development and adoption of zero energy building codes in state legislatures. Recommendations include establishing a statewide zero energy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Indiana
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines the challenges facing Fort Wayne's Energy system. It outlines evidence-based recommendations to establish a large-scale energy efficiency program; including an inventory of existing program delivery capacity, benchmarking and data analysis, working with stakeholders...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
This report outlines a series of strategies that can be used to reduce the impacts of climate change through risk management in the Metro-Boston region. It provides recommendations in five major sectors (built environment and key infrastructure, coastal zone, natural resources and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
There are numerous barriers to the energy efficiency market. On-bill financing programs, via the electric and/or gas utility bill, address some of the barriers and help make efficiency easy. Savings from efficiency measures offset the costs of improvements, so consumers pay while...

Type Article
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Dane County
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This press release highlights how the development of the Yahara Solar Project helped Dane County achieve its goal of transitioning all municipal buildings to 100% renewable energy. It outlines the county's collaboration with Alliant Energy to establish the project, which will earn...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) are hardware or software systems that can monitor and provide feedback about a home's energy usage and enable advanced control of energy-using systems in a home. HEMS, along with smart technology, present unique opportunities for energy conservation....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Kansas
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
This report focuses on an association of city and county governments and metropolitan planning organizations which collaborate to identify new training needs of Kansas City area businesses attempting to adapt to sustainable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Key findings...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2003
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Policies to spur increased investment in renewable electricity generation can offer significant public benefits, including economic development and energy security, as well as improved public health and environmental quality owing to air pollution reductions. Congress has attempted...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Natural gas combustion and the consequential release of Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gases can have very damaging effects on the environment. Recognizing this, a number of analysts have expressed concern that continued use of natural gas will hamper efforts to address climate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The Smart Water for Smart Regions initiative offers a blueprint for the responsible and sustainable utilization of water in the Great Lakes states, working with communities to minimize leaks and reduce flooding through cost-effective, coordinated solutions including....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This infographic documents which states and cities in the Northeastern United States have benchmarking policies and/or residential energy labeling programs and policies. It also provides examples of energy and emission savings earned from benchmarking, and regional spending on energy...

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