With more than $302 billion leaving American cities and towns each year to pay energy bills, our local governments are stepping up to the challenge. City and county leaders are setting ambitious goals to reduce community energy costs and improve local economies by harnessing innovative public-private partnerships; developing resilient, low-energy infrastructure; deploying new energy-saving technologies;and expanding renewable energy and future transportation options for their residents and businesses. Through the Better Communities Alliance, DOE will lead a collaborative effort among local governments, nonprofits, philanthropies, and private companies to accelerate local clean energy progress and leadership by aligning DOE’s community-scale work and integrating its delivery of expertise and resources to local governments in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transportation, smart grid, technology R&D, and data.
There are many DOE programs available to local governments in support of better energy management.
A public-private partnership initiative to help match resources from public and private sector organizations to local government needs.
Looking for more information? Find resources for state, local, or tribal governments including technical reports, guidance, or direct access to experts at these top websites.
Looking for resources to meet your energy-related goals? This portfolio has been curated based on topics identified by local government partners as topic areas that require additional guidance and technical assistance. Each tabbed section includes Department of Energy resources that can supplement current local government activities and help inform future progress.