EPA has released two climate and energy strategy guides for local governments.
On-Site Renewable Energy Generation. A growing number of local governments are turning to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, hydropower, and landfill gas, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve air quality and energy security, boost the local economy, and pave the way to a sustainable energy future. Local governments can work with utilities, local businesses, nonprofit groups, residents, state agencies, and green power marketers and brokers to plan and implement on-site renewable energy generation projects at local government facilities and throughout their communities.
Combined Heat and Power. Combined heat and power, also known as cogeneration, refers to the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy from a single fuel source. Simultaneous production is more efficient than producing electricity and thermal energy through two separate power systems and requires less fuel. Reductions in fuel use can produce a number of benefits, including energy cost savings, reduced GHG emissions, and reductions in other air emissions.
These guides provide comprehensive information for local government staff and policy makers on how to implement these GHG reduction strategies, including:
- Products/technologies and their applications
- Environmental, energy, and economic benefits
- Steps for designing procurement plans/installations
- Key stakeholders to engage
- Policy mechanisms for initiating programs
- Implementation strategies for success
- Costs and funding opportunities
Key features of the guides include:
- Case studies and examples from communities across the United States
- Links to technical resources, analytical tools, and sources of funding
These guides are part of EPA’s Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, which is designed to help policy makers and program staff plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective climate and energy projects that generate environmental, economic, social, and human health benefits.
To access these guides and others in this series, please visit the Local Climate and Energy Strategy Series page.