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On-bill financing and on-bill repayment are two ways to enable consumers and businesses to finance energy-efficiency upgrades. These approaches work best when supported by other pieces of the puzzle, such as well-informed contractors and rebates that provide incentives to undertake upgrades.
Fact sheet supporting Chicago's energy benchmarking program.
This fifth annual report details the energy performance of 468 San Francisco municipal facilities encompassing nearly 49 million square feet of building area during calendar year 2015. San Francisco began to benchmark its properties in 2011, when the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance was approved by the Board of Supervisors and signed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee. This ordinance requires owners of non-residential buildings over 10,000 square feet to annually benchmark and disclose the energy performance of their buildings, using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Portfolio Manager tool to obtain ENERGY STAR ratings when possible.
An overview of Municipal and State green building benchmarking laws including Austion, Boston, California, Chicago, Washington, DC, Minneapolic, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington.
An overview of Municipal and State green building benchmarking laws including Austin, Boston, California, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington.
It is relatively easy to make the connection that tracking and disclosing a building's energy usage will promote energy savings, but in fact, there are many other benefits that go far beyond simply kilowatt hours. While benchmarking brings building owners' attention to energy efficiency, resulting in behavioral and operational changes that spur immediate and low-cost reductions in energy consumption, these policies also provide the opportunity for increased government efficiency, job creation, and economic and environmental health.
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 the Commission will focus utilities on performance and alignment with public policy goals, as opposed to growth in capital investments or other traditional determinants of utility earnings. Utility revenues will be based on a combination of annual revenue adjustments, designed to implement cost control and savings for customers, with the opportunity to earn additional performance revenues for delivering performance towards achieving key regulatory objectives. Performance incentive mechanisms include rewarding the utility for supporting low-income customers, promoting grid investment efficiency, and accelerating renewable portfolio standards.
Governments everywhere are looking for ways to create new, quality jobs, despite restricted budgets. Although many have enacted programs that facilitate energy efficiency retrofits for the residential and commercial sectors, retrofit of public buildings has garnered little policy attention.
Potential energy savings practices in food facility services, restaurants, food manufacturing and incubation industries. Provides sustainable recommendations for building envelopes and metering, HVAC systems, appliances, cold storage, water, lighting, and other sustainability issues.
Analysis suggests LEED buildings perform no better, and in fact perform worse, than non-LEED buildings. Many recommended actions, especially those selected by users, have little to no effect. Too few of its standards are results-driven, with high pay-back in areas other than environmental stewardship. Its rewards are self-serving, and used more often by a narrow group of elite users rather than a broad population. Recommendations include recognizing the shortcomings of current use characteristics, bringing clarity to the essentials of desired end performance, and refashioning certification standards to alter use of the program.