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Compiles popular technical assistance resources and initiatives available to states, local governments, and K–12 school districts and highlights technical assistance offerings from other DOE offices, where to apply to DOE funding, and more.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are a win-win for states, local governments, and K-12 schools. The State and Local Solution Center, managed by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP), provides technical assistance resources to enable strategic investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies through the use of innovative practices across the United States by a wide range of stakeholders, in partnership with state and local organizations and community-based nonprofits. 

WIP organizes its technical assistance around the Energy Efficiency Leadership Framework (Leadership Framework), created by leveraging industry resources, expertise, and best practices. The Leadership Framework seeks to identify some of the most pervasive barriers preventing significant energy and cost savings, so WIP can: (1) target the most impactful stakeholder needs with strategic technical assistance, (2) identify gaps where additional resources are needed, and (3) make solutions and replicable models more accessible.

The Leadership Framework consists of four ‘Solution Pathways’ foundational to public-sector energy efficiency and renewable energy activities:

Within each Solution Pathway, WIP uses stakeholder feedback to identify the top barriers preventing states, local governments, and K-12 school districts from achieving energy efficiency leadership success. To make solutions more accessible, our technical assistance resources are organized around these stakeholder-identified barriers. Visit the All Resources web page to sort resources by the top barriers identified with the Leadership Framework:

  • Establishing Leadership Buy-In
  • Engaging with Stakeholders
  • Collecting Energy Data
  • Selecting and Institutionalizing Financing Mechanism(s)
  • Setting Up and Managing Operations
  • Developing Expertise and Committing Resources
  • Assessing Results and Outcomes

The State and Local Solution Center supports DOE's State Energy Program, Weatherization Assistance Program, and the Better Buildings Initiative.

Download the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs (WIP) Fact Sheet
Download the Partnerships and Technical Assistance Fact Sheet
Download the State Energy Program Fact Sheet
Download the Weatherization Assistance Program Fact Sheet
Better Communities Alliance Resource Portfolio
Browse the WIP Project Map for summaries of state-led projects and programs and technical assistance resources in WIP's interactive, state-by-state map.

Questions? Suggestions? Email us at stateandlocal@ee.doe.gov.