ACEEE Releases Clean Energy Study of 30 U.S. Cities

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) conducted an analysis of clean energy efforts by 30 small cities. It found that several leaders are taking significant steps to cut energy waste and embrace clean energy. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy examined cities’ efforts to make homes and buildings more energy efficient, to scale up the use of renewable energy and to ensure community involvement in developing equitable clean-energy policies. The cities analyzed, with populations generally between 16,000 and 100,000, are in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota and New Jersey. San Luis Obispo, California received the top score of the group for its policy incentivizing all-electric equipment and appliances in new buildings, and for participating in a program that offers carbon-free electricity to residents. The 30 cities volunteered to be evaluated as part of the Community Energy Challenge sponsored by ACEEE, the Sustainable States Network, Sustainable CT, Green Cities California, Sustainable Maryland, Minnesota GreenStep Cities and Sustainable Jersey. More on the Community Energy Challenge can be found here

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