Local Policy Development

Planning is important, but policies embed your energy vision into fabric of your community’s future.


Rooted in CEE’s history of successes with public-private partnerships, we help communities to consider, explore, and implement policy steps that turn promise into practice.

Recent key focuses include:

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Energy disclosure

Done well, residential energy disclosure provides data and resources for people to make improvements that save energy and money. In Minneapolis, CEE provided initial technical advising and helped build the delivery system for a new Midwest model for time-of-sale energy disclosure.

Minneapolis Energy Disclosure

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Building benchmarking

Buildings are heated, cooled, plumbed, and powered — all things that require energy and water. To ensure use as anticipated, benchmarking tracks of energy and water use over time and relative to peers. CEE works with cities to reduce building-related pollution and waste while helping businesses thrive.

Our Benchmarking Work

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Sustainable Buildings

Building energy codes can be confusing and overwhelming for architects, builders, city inspectors, and code officials to implement. Beyond that, some cities seek to incentivize the construction of higher performance buildings. Our advisors provide guidance and training to implement codes and develop practical, goal-centered sustainable building standards.

Energy Code Research

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Want to plan your clean energy community? Let’s talk!