The Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project delivers standardized, localized energy data and analysis that enables cities to lead clean energy innovation and integrate strategic energy analysis into decision making.
Cities-LEAP supports the widespread implementation of city-sponsored data-driven energy policies, programs, and projects that have the potential to drive a sea change in the national energy landscape. Through Cities-LEAP, cities will be able to:
- Set climate or energy goals
- Prioritize and implement energy strategies
- See the impacts of potential climate or energy action plans
- Learn from peers about city energy planning best practices
- Get access to credible data and transparent, usable analytic methodologies
- Make data-driven energy decisions.
Cities-LEAP is focused on the following activities.
Develop and pilot data-driven decision frameworks by local or tribal governments to support their energy and climate goals.
Actions, Goals, and Metrics Mapping
Improve city energy decision making by mapping specific city energy or climate policies and actions to measurable impacts and results.
City Energy Use Profile Tool
Develop an online tool that provides comprehensive, standardized, and usable estimates of local energy use for every city in the United States.
Identify Possible Futures
Outline a vision for what cities could collectively realize by achieving aggressive energy and climate targets.
Cities-LEAP suggests cities use the following resources as part of their energy planning process.
- City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities—report detailing city energy use data and opportunities for strategic energy planning.
- Cities-LEAP Landscape of Local Energy Program and Local Energy Planning Tools infographics—two visual resources that catalog the programs and tools currently supporting local governments across a range of sectors and scales.
- Estimating the National Carbon Abatement Potential of City Policies: A Data-Driven Approach—report detailing commonly implemented city actions in the United States could reduce emissions by 210–480 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (mmtCO2) per year by 2035.
- State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action)—resources, discussion forums, and technical assistance for state and local decision makers as they provide low-cost, reliable energy to their communities through energy efficiency.
- State and Local Energy Data (SLED)—basic energy market information to help state and local governments plan and implement clean energy projects.
- State and Local Solution Center—resources, events, and assistance for state, local, tribal, and K-12 school district leaders planning for a clean energy economy.
For more information on Cities-LEAP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.