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State and Local Energy Planners: New Tool Helps Shape Your Sustainability Strategy

August 26, 2014 - 5:38pm

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Watch the video above to learn how the State and Local Energy Data tool works.

One of the most daunting challenges state and local governments face is developing a long-term energy plan.

To assist with this effort, the Energy Department and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) tool, a new website capable of analyzing and sorting  data in real-time to quickly assess regional energy system, demand and resources.

This information provides decision-makers with a clear understanding of a market’s energy picture, allowing them to effectively plan and implement clean energy projects.

When the City of Milwaukee began developing its Refresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan, Director of Environmental Sustainability Erick Shambarger spent hours pulling a wide-variety of energy data from wide variety of disparate sources to establish an energy baseline and starting point for a plan.

Mr. Shambarger told me that the SLED tool could do in minutes what took him hours— such as finding market information on electricity rates and how those compare to the national average, locating different types of energy generated, and learning about policies and mechanisms available that can help state and local governments implement energy changes.“Having that sort of data available really tells a story powerfully about the need for energy efficiency and the need to put ourselves on a different path,” said Shambarger.  Watch this video to learn more about his experience and how the SLED tool works.

I anticipate SLED becoming an important tool for state energy planners as they identify pathways to reducecarbon pollution from power plants and address the risks of climate change. By aggregating a broad array of rich data sets in a centralized location, SLED puts the highest-quality information at the fingertips of the people who need it most.

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