You are here


New Guide to Help States Incorporate Efficiency into Energy Plans

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released “A Guide for Incorporating Energy Efficiency in State Energy Plans.” The purpose of the guide is to enhance existing information on state energy efficiency planning efforts. The guide describes 10 steps commonly incorporated into state energy plans along with tips and examples drawn from 21 states that incorporated energy efficiency into their state plans. Highlights include DOE research on the energy efficiency potential in each state and dozens of DOE reports, tools, and other energy efficiency resources. Download the guide.

DOE’s C-PACE Working Group Welcomes 50 Participants

Map showing where the C-PACE working group participants are.

DOE’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Working Group is a cohort of 25 state and local governments working together to learn about, launch, and refine C-PACE financing programs. In addition to the state and local participants, the working group includes more than 20 market partners available to provide insights on barriers to C-PACE financing. DOE welcomes the C-PACE Working Group participants and recognizes their commitment to public-private partnerships to support energy efficiency and renewable energy. The C-PACE Working Group continues to accept new participants – find out how to participate. See the full list.

Hawaii Creates a Tool to Better Identify Renewable Energy Siting Potential

Using a State Energy Planning formula award, Hawaii upgraded EnerGIS, a mapping tool that identifies sites with renewable energy potential. The upgrade increased functionality and usability, as well as incorporated more data specific to geothermal siting and permitting. Complicated siting and permitting processes have previously hindered geothermal investment despite the large potential in the state. The Hawaii State Energy Office will use this tool to enhance its renewable energy siting. Read more.

Idaho Leads by Example by Reducing Energy Waste in Rural Communities

Idaho’s City of Lava Hot Springs completed two projects under the state’s Government Leading by Example Program to reduce energy waste. The first project involved the weatherization of the City’s fire station by insulating large roll-up overhead garage doors. The cost savings from the fire station project enabled the City to also upgrade its City Hall with LED lighting. Read more.


2018 Better Buildings Summit Workshops: Opportunities to Expand Your Technical Toolbox

Better Buildings Summit 2018 banner

DOE is hosting the 2018 Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 21–23, 2018. The Summit is one of the premier events for energy professionals to engage with one another and explore and share innovative strategies, emerging technologies, financing trends, and much more. This year, the Summit will be held with DOE’s annual Energy Exchange, which is focused on federal facility energy management, to provide greater access to technical discussions and training while also providing great panel sessions, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities. View the detailed agenda for more information.

This year’s programming includes several half-day workshops on specific topics and trainings designed to increase your technical know-how on the latest technologies and practices. These workshops are free and open to all attendees. You can indicate your workshop preferences during the registration process.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. - eProject Performance
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, 2–5:30 p.m. - The International Reach of Better Buildings
  • Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, 8:30 a.m. –12 p.m. - Going Deep on Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx)
  • Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, 8:30 a.m. –12 p.m. - Workforce Matters: Training and Credentialing

In addition to the Better Buildings Summit Workshops listed above, the majority of the Energy Exchange* technical tracks are accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In qualifying tracks, attendees can earn 0.2 continuing education units (CEUs) per session. For more information, visit the Technical Training Details and CEU Credit web page.

*Denotes Track with CEU Qualified Sessions.

Register now.

Monthly ESPC Webinar Series

Register for DOE’s Better Buildings Program five-part series in the Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit. The fourth webinar, Expanding ESPC to New Markets, provides tips for ESPC practitioners looking to use performance contracting to move projects in several unique sectors: K-12 schools, wastewater facilities, fleet upgrades, and includes a preview of the upcoming small projects guide.

The webinar series will take a hiatus in August for DOE’s Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, and return in September with the last session in the series about evaluating ESPC project results.

View previous webinars:

Community Toolbox Webinar and Dialogue Series

The Better Communities Alliance (BCA) Community Toolbox Webinar and Dialogue Series delivers tools, resources, and other information to support local governments in the areas of integrated energy planning, building efficiency, transportation, solar energy, data management and analysis, and financing mechanisms. The series schedule is available on the BCA website.

July 12, 2018, 3–4 p.m. EDT
Distributed Generation for Resilience Planning Guide
This webinar will provide an overview of the online Distributed Generation for Resilience Planning Guide tool that helps local governments identify critical infrastructure and determine the feasibility of combined heat and power (CHP) to increase the energy resilience of the identified infrastructure. Best practices gained from the Combined Heat and Power for Resiliency Accelerator will also be discussed. Register for this webinar.

July 24, 2018, 1–2 p.m. EDT
Integrating Medium and Heavy Duty Natural Gas Vehicles into Your Fleet
Learn about medium and heavy-duty vehicles that operate on conventional or renewable natural gas, available refueling options, and maintenance facility modifications needed to ensure the safe operation of gaseous-fuel vehicles. Speakers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a leading local government will share experiences in planning for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle options. Register for this webinar.

August 9, 2018, 3–4 p.m. EDT
Benchmarking Trio of Tools
This webinar will provide an overview of three benchmarking resources: Energy Data Accelerator Toolkit – a collection of resources that enable local governments and utilities to work together to overcome energy data accessibility challenges; Evaluation of U.S. Building Energy Benchmarking and Transparency Programs – a summary of program design and implementation characteristics and impacts for jurisdictions; and Commercial building energy benchmarking data – a dataset that helps cities analyze city-specific tradeoffs between different commercial building benchmarking and disclosure design features. Register for this webinar

eProject Builder Webinars

The eProject Builder (ePB) is DOE's secure, web-based energy project data management tool available for state and federal agencies and their energy service companies to use free of charge. The ePB team hosts regular demonstration and training webinars to cover the benefits of using the tool, project workflow, a walkthrough of the data template, and a demonstration. Advanced training on the measurement and verification (M&V) and reporting features are offered quarterly.

Upcoming webinars are scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018; 1–2:30 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018; 1–2:30 p.m. EDT (advanced training on M&V and reporting features)

To participate in a session, log into, click the "join meeting" button, and enter the access code 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. There is no need to pre-register. However, if you would like to receive a calendar invitation, please email

Webinar: Capital Provider Perspectives on C-PACE Program Design

July 24, 2018, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT

Join this DOE-hosted webinar to hear from C-PACE capital providers about their perspective on program design and how to attract third-party capital investment. Presenters from the C-PACE Alliance, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Ygrene Energy Fund, and Greenworks Lending will discuss C-PACE design elements such as technical standards, roles of the capital provider and program administrator, and marketing best practices. This event is part of DOE’s C-PACE Working Group technical webinar series. Register now.

Infrastructure Investments in the News

Share your success! Submit your stories for the opportunity to be featured in next month's Spotlight. Email your contributions to

Did someone forward this to you? Sign up now to subscribe to the State and Local Spotlight.