November 27, 2014

EE2020 Toolkit

Welcome to the EE2020 toolkit

By clicking here (EE2020toolkit-final_Aug2012  PDF 3 MB) you will have access to the advice, methods and tools EE2020 developed through its two years of working with select cities in Massachusetts to start or improve energy efficiency programs.

The Toolkit is intended for mayors, city leaders, and community activists who seek guidance on either starting or accelerating broad-based energy efficiency retrofits in their communities.

The Toolkit

  • breaks down initiatives into three essential sectors: municipal, commercial and industrial (C&I), and residential;
  • covers how to sequence activity and what partnerships will be essential for success;
  • presents several tools that were useful in the EE2020 effort, such as financing municipal retrofits, using a concierge service,   PACE financing, and partnering with intermediaries;
  • covers using data for targeting efforts and tracking progress;
  • provides suggestions for marketing.

Energy Efficiency – Where Should You Start?

  1. Start with municipal We recommend starting your program by retrofitting (i.e., upgrading the energy efficiency of) municipal buildings first. That allows you to lead by example – and gives you leverage in negotiating with utilities and/or energy service companies (ESCOs) who will be key partners throughout the city.   This will be most powerful if it achieves clear goals — for example, Energy Star eligibility for all or most municipal buildings.
  2. Commercial & Industrial Comes Next A city’s next target should be the business sector – also known as C&I, or commercial and industrial – because the savings opportunities are greatest, both in the aggregate and per building. C&I also often comprises the majority of electric and gas use in a city, as the plot below shows.Figure 1: Electric and Gas Emissions by Sector for EE-2020 citiesElectric and Gas Emissions by Sector - Graph
    Also, the city has a major role to play here through setting policies and leveraging its relationships with the local Chamber of Commerce and other key business groups.
  3. Finally, Residential You can’t, and shouldn’t, ignore residential energy efficiency – even though the savings per building are small compared to the C&I sector. Dealing with thousands of homeowners means that progress can be slow, but it’s valuable to build support among voters and to give them the opportunity to benefit from energy savings. Identify partners, such as community groups, that can help you reach your target audience most efficiently.