This guide focuses on the key steps that cities should take to engage their energy and water utilities around the development and implementation of a building performance policy.
This guide offers lessons learned for utilities on how to work effectively and proactively with local government customers to help those customers achieve their community energy goals.
Diversity in perspective is key to robust decision-making. Bringing together a robust set of stakeholders to workshop a problem can uncover new solutions that might have not been otherwise identified. This holds true in many areas, but especially in regulatory environments, where affordability, environmental concerns, resilience, public health and safety, and equity of access may … Continued
Growing numbers of local governments, such as cities and counties, have identified benefits from working with public utility commissions (PUCs or commissions) to further their goals around clean energy, resilience, and affordability. For local government staff, elected officials, and the communities they serve, this document identifies the opportunities and benefits of working with commissions on … Continued
Why should cities add engaging with their state public utilities commission (PUC) to their list of responsibilities?
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting women leading the way on high-performance buildings. Meet Patti Boyd, Senior Technology Strategist at the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU).
Cities are increasingly acting as market catalysts to encourage and require building owners to improve energy performance. However, cities implementing building performance policies that require actions like audits or re-tuning may experience conflicts with their regulated utilities’ efficiency programs, which depend on energy savings being additional—not attributable to market adoption or preexisting laws. These utility … Continued
In St. Louis, the Gateway to the West is part of a valuable city-utility partnership that is uncovering significant cost-savings for the community’s buildings.
Local governments across the country continue to set ambitious climate and energy goals, ranging from 80×50 to 100% renewable electric supply. In order to scope, prioritize, and fund the diverse initiatives required to achieve these goals, city sustainability staff often require locally-specific data about energy usage, building energy systems, energy program participation potential, and power … Continued
This use case focuses on distribution grid performance, which helps local governments identify opportunities to improve local reliability and resilience, to improve emergency planning and response, and to encourage targeted investments in distributed energy resources (DERs) for health, safety, and cost reasons.