Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

New EERE Project Calls for Energy Data Best Practices from Communities

April 13, 2015

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Cities across the country are planning for the future. They are concerned about rising energy costs, limited resources, climate change, disaster resilience, and growing populations. These same cities are looking for ways to remain competitive and ensure the long-term sustainability of their communities through climate and energy planning efforts.  Clean energy innovation is an increasingly important aspect of these efforts.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) is a new project aimed specifically at helping cities integrate energy analysis and data into their strategic decision making. Cities-LEAP will help communities set climate or energy goals, implement energy strategies, learn from other communities, and make data-driven energy decisions.

To aid cities in developing and implementing energy strategies, Cities-LEAP has released a request for information (RFI) about how local governments obtain and use information about energy consumption within their communities. The RFI will gather information from government leaders and staff of cities, counties, and towns about both energy and non-energy statistical information. The information gathered will help EERE better understand how cities use data in energy-related decisions and may impact future EERE program design and implementation.

Get Involved

If you are a staff member or organizational representative of a local government, your input is essential to this RFI. EERE is especially looking for information about:

  1. Existing data collection and use, both energy-related and non-energy-related
  2. Challenges that your city has faced in developing and implementing a data-driven decision-making framework
  3. Success stories from the adoption of data-driven decision frameworks
  4. Documentation or datasets related to energy planning or goal setting.

Responses to the RFI must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 29, 2015. Get more information and submit a response.