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Learn how local governments have reduced energy use and showcased their successes in EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. This 10-page case study series developed by ICMA details the experiences of Charlotte, NC; Cary, NC; and Hillsborough County, FL during the 2012 competition. From “crab, you’re it!” to a Chief’s Energy Challenge that pits fire stations against each other, find out how these local governments competed to save…and how you can too.   

The New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report, 2013

In 2011, New York City passed Local Law 84, which requires all large buildings in the city to measure and disclose energy consumption annually. This report analyzes data from the second year of benchmarking, and, as such, was the first report to be able to compare two robust sets of data. Among the more notable findings: the median 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score of New York City buildings increased from a 64 to 67 between the two reporting years. 

This two-page primer provides an overview of two of the most popular mechanisms for financing energy efficiency projects in the public sector: performance contracts and tax-exempt lease-purchase agreements. Both mechanisms provide effective alternatives to traditional debt financing, and both may allow you to pay for energy efficiency upgrades by using money that is already set aside in your utility operating budget – allowing you to draw on dollars saved from future energy bills to pay for new, energy-efficient equipment and projects today.


This five-page article introduces energy performance contracts and the corresponding benefits of using tax-exempt lease-purchase agreements as the underlying financing vehicle. It explains how to use the energy inefficiencies buried in your current operating budget to pay for energy-saving equipment.


This 36-page briefing report provides a tutorial in the fundamentals of energy performance contracting (EPC) for policy makers who need to understand how EPC fits into the broader context of energy efficiency policy and programs.