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The State and Local Solution Center provides resources to support the energy priorities of states, local governments, and K–12 school districts. Along with Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) activities, these resources produce almost immediate results, saving taxpayer dollars, making full use of domestic energy resources, boosting local economic development, improving energy independence and security, and furthering the development of energy infrastructure.


The State and Local Solution Center is constantly expanding! Check back frequently for new and updated resources relevant to the important work being done across the country.

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These popular tools and resources are organized into four lead-by-example actions public sector leaders can take:

Develop an Energy Plan

WIP Project Map
Showcases summaries of state-led projects and programs and technical assistance resources in an interactive, state-by-state map.
Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool
A tool assisting in program planning and more informed energy policy decisions by improving the understanding of low-income household characteristics.
Guide for Incorporating Energy Efficiency in State Energy Plans
Best practices for incorporating energy efficiency into state plans and offers tips and examples at each stage in the energy planning process.
State-by-State Energy Efficiency Potential
Shows economic energy efficiency potential in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, plus a catalog of state and utility potential studies

Design and Implement Energy Programs

Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation for Resilience: Withstanding Grid Outages for Less
DOE fact sheet on how efficiency can be integrated into microgrids for resilience at critical public facilities.
How Distributed Energy Resources Can Improve Resilience in Public Buildings: Three Case Studies and a Step-by-Step Guide
DOE guide explores how energy efficiency and distributed energy resources can support resilience in critical public facilities and provides examples.
Better Buildings Solutions
Offers hundreds of partner-generated case studies, Better Buildings Summit presentations, and the 2019 Progress Report.
Outdoor Lighting Toolkit
Showcases best practices and tools from partners of the Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, which garnered a commitment to upgrade 1.3 million street lights
Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator Toolkit
Contains tools and resources for developing low-income energy efficiency programs with a focus on helping program administrators reduce energy burden.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources for Rural K-12 School Energy Managers and Educators
Provides resources to help make decisions regarding the use of operating funds and other financing mechanisms for energy efficiency improvements.

Pay for Energy Initiatives

Commercial PACE Working Group
Includes the 2018–2019 Year in Review and an issue brief addressing specific barriers local governments face in the PACE tax assessment process.
Energy Savings Performance Contracting Toolkit
This toolkit contains best practices from partners in the ESPC Accelerator that worked to streamline the process and resolves ESPC barriers.
ESPC Toolkit: Expanding ESPC to New Markets
Sector-specific ESPC guides for K–12 schools, fleets and fueling infrastructure, wastewater, and more.
ESPC Toolkit: Evaluating ESPC Results
Contains M&V resources to ensure guaranteed energy and cost savings from ESPC are being achieved.

Access and Use Energy Data

Benchmarking and Transparency: Resources for State and Local Leaders
This resource provides key existing resources for developing and implementing high-impact building energy benchmarking and transparency programs.
Energy Data Management Guide
A seven-step framework for establishing a robust and sustainable energy data management program in the public sector.
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