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Compendium of Best Practices: Sharing Local and State Successes in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from the United States

The Compendium of Best Practices gives concrete examples of how state and local governments in the United States are successfully promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. It is designed to share successful program and policy models that can be easily replicated around the country, as well as adapted for implementation in emerging markets.

The report describes more than 20 specific practices and examples of their effective implementation in states and cities across the United States. The practices are grouped into five broad areas:

  1. State and local policies, rules, and regulations
  2. Financing sources and mechanisms
  3. Practices addressing utility regulation and transmission issues
  4. State and local actions to "lead by example" in public operations and facilities
  5. Three examples of high-performing cities: San Francisco, Austin and Seattle

Exemplary local governments from across the United States share the key elements of their programs, their lessons learned, and the factors in their programs successes.

The compendium's overviews, insights, lessons learned and best practices were selected by a panel of U.S., Indian and Chinese energy experts. All initiatives are highlighted for their success in creating favorable market conditions for energy efficiency and renewable energy. The examples also were selected based on the relative ease with which they can be replicated and implemented, the ability to measure energy savings, the ability to offset the need for conventional energy, and because they are cost effective, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.

The full report can be downloaded for free by clicking the link below.

Compendium of Best Practices

This report is made possible in part by the generous support of the U.S. government through the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. The contents are the responsibility of REEEP, the Alliance to Save Energy and ACORE and do not necessarily reflect the views of any of the APP partner countries.

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