From rate structures and customer engagement efforts to infrastructure investments and sourcing decisions, utilities play an important role in helping today’s buildings be more efficient. Additionally, energy efficiency provides a valuable role in meeting needs across communities by serving as a cost-effective alternate to expensive transmission and distribution upgrades as well as by improving local energy resilience. IMT connects customers—be they building owners or managers or city governments—with utilities in ways that foster more frequent and open dialogue and create partnerships that improve utility service delivery and increase efficiency investment for all involved. Our resources exploring these collaborations are below.

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The PUC Perspective on a New Era for Local Governments and Public Utilities Commissions

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

Local Government Engagement with Public Utility Commissions Mini Guide

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

Women in Energy Efficiency: Patti Boyd

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).

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit”: Creating Alignment between Cities and Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

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

Rethinking Energy Data Access: Conquering Barriers to Achieve Local Climate Goals

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

Use Case: Distribution Grid Performance

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.