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The Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project delivers standardized, localized energy data and analysis that enables cities to lead clean energy innovation and integrate strategic energy analysis into decision making.

Cities-LEAP supports the widespread implementation of city-sponsored data-driven energy policies, programs, and projects that have the potential to drive a sea change in the national energy landscape. Through the Cities-LEAP resources below, cities can

  • Set climate or energy goals
  • Prioritize and implement energy strategies
  • See the impacts of potential climate or energy action plans
  • Learn from peers about city energy planning best practices
  • Get access to credible data and transparent, usable analytic methodologies
  • Make data-driven energy decisions.

Cities-LEAP Resources for City Energy Planning

Policy, Permit, Perform: Using City Benchmarking Data and Building Construction Permit History to Identify Energy Performance Improvements
Portland, OR evaluated the use of the DOE Building Energy Asset Score Tool and rating system to commercial buildings disclosing their energy use.
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Powering Energy Efficiency and Impacts Project Framework (PEEIF)
The Upper Coastal Plain COG team piloted a new framework to enhance low income energy service delivery to households in northeastern North Carolina.
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Drivers of Change for Local Greenhouse Gas Emissions Toolkit
The Bellevue, WA and ICLEI-USA developed a toolkit to give cities details on what has been driving year-to-year changes in GHG emissions inventories.
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City Energy: From Data to Decisions
See case studies demonstrating how cities have used Cities-LEAP data and analysis to inform their city energy planning.
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Estimating the National Carbon Abatement Potential of City Policies: A Data-Driven Approach
Read the report and summaries detailing how commonly implemented city actions can reduce U.S. carbon emissions.
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City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities
Read a report analyzing data such as utility type, vehicle use, and median household income from a sample of 20 cities across the United States.
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Energy Department Awards Nearly $1.3 Million to Encourage Data-Driven Local Energy Planning; Releases Research Results
Read the Energy Department press release announcing three Cities-LEAP awardees to play a key role in developing data-driven energy decision making.
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Map of Local Partners

See what cities we are working with on the map below. Go to the Demonstration Projects and City Energy: From Data to Decisions pages to learn more.

Cities-LEAP Local Government Partners


Cities-LEAP is the only project that covers all goals across each sector in the city-level space. This is why it is the only project that goes "full-circle."
Cities-LEAP covers each sector in the city-level space. See the full image to learn more.

Cities-LEAP is focused on the following activities:

  • Demonstration Cities: Develop and pilot data-driven decision frameworks by local or tribal governments to support their energy and climate goals.
  • Actions, Goals, and Metrics Mapping: Improve city energy decision making by mapping specific city energy or climate policies and actions to measurable impacts and results.
  • City Energy Profile Tool: Develop data resources that provide comprehensive, standardized, and usable estimates of local energy use for every city in the United States.
  • Identify Possible Futures: Outline a vision for what cities could collectively realize by achieving aggressive energy and climate targets.

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Additional EERE Resources for Cities

State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
SEE Action offers resources, discussion forums, and technical assistance to state and local decision makers.
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State and Local Solution Center
The State & Local Solution Center provides resources to advance successful, high-impact energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects.
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Data & Tools
Resources for cities and states to make informed decisions on local energy policies, programs, and projects.
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