Energy Independent Communities (EIC)
Resources from our Partners
DOE State and Local Solution Center
The State and Local Solution Center provides resources to enable strategic investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies through the use of innovative practices across the United States by a wide range of stakeholders, in partnership with state and local organizations and community-based nonprofits. To contact us, please email email@example.com.
NREL SLOPE-State and Local Planning for Energy: The State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) tool aims to improve data-driven state and local energy planning by integrating and resolving planning-relevant data at jurisdictional levels. SLOPE Beta integrates data on energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities.
US DOE Low-Income Energy Affordability Tool: The Low-income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool is an online, interactive platform that allows users to build their own national, state, county, city, or census tract profiles. LEAD provides estimated low-income household energy data based on income, energy expenditures, fuel type, and housing type. Users can create and save their own profile and make side-by-side comparisons with other geographies. Users can also download visuals and data associated with the following geographies, housing, and energy characteristics.
How Distributed Energy Resources Can Improve Resilience in Public Buildings: Three Case Studies and Step-by-Step Guide
NREL Solar For All Data Explorer: This tool visualizes U.S. rooftop solar technical potential and other dimensions of low-income energy use in the residential sector. Unless otherwise specified, LMI is defined in this app as 0-80% of Area Median Income (AMI).
Watch this short YouTube video: “Power Through Partnerships: Brown County and the Oneida Nation”
Other resources for Local Governments: ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) Local Governments for Sustainability
US DOE hub for State, Local, Tribal Governments
EPA Portfolio Manager free software for benchmarking
Free calculator for measuring Green House gas equivalencies
Energy on Wisconsin
What are the Advantages of Wisconsin's Municipal Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program?
DOE maintains a list of pre-qualified Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), MEETAP has many ESCO contacts and will assist with the initial survey and RFP process; MEETAP will assign an experienced energy engineer to represent your interests and work with you (the Owner) to facilitate equipment and subcontractor selection; Verification of savings reports are provided by the ESCO and reviewed by MEETAP staff- one of the first things that MEETAP can do for you is to help you write a plan to control your energy costs and verify the savings guarantees made by the ESCO (without paying extra fees)
What is Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC)?
(see Terms & Acronyms)
The most cost-effective process for completing building energy upgrades; a guaranteed means to use utility savings to pay all project costs; Authorized under Chapter 66.0133 of the Wisconsin Municipal code
How does Energy Saving Performance Contracting work?
You (with MEETAP's help) post an open, public invitation to provide a preliminary audit of your facilities. MEETAP staff evaluates the preliminary audits with you in order to select the best candidate. The selected ESCO is contracted to complete an Investment Grade Audit & Energy Assessment Report. MEETAP's engineering staff work with you to make sure the ESCO's proposal meets the needs of your facility and your energy savings goals. No contracts are signed for implementation until you understand the project, timeline, guaranteed savings, and long-term measurement and verification plan. MEETAP staff will work with you to understand "traditional" financing through the ESCO, and weigh the benefits of using BCPL money versus traditional bonds. The ESCO designs, installs, commissions, and finances the projects you select. The ESCO guarantees both the maximum project cost and the projected energy savings. MEETAP's energy engineer will help you with long-term monitoring of project savings
What are the Advantages of ESPC?
Single point of accountability – the ESCO; No requirement to use the lowest bid; Owner, with the MEETAP energy engineer's assistance, participates in equipment and subcontractor selection; Low interest financing available through the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands; Verification of annual energy savings through a monitoring program