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New NREL Report Explores How Cities Make Energy-Related Decisions

A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) analyzes decision-making processes in U.S. cities for reducing overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Using empirical data and insight from city staff, the report outlines the cities' specific goals for reducing GHG emissions, procedures for writing climate action plans (CAPs), and metrics used to indicate progress.

In the report, analysts of the Cities Leading through Energy Anlaysis and Planning (Cities LEAP) project use their findings to suggest standardized approaches for setting goals, implementing plans of action, and generating reliable data to show progress. The report builds on other studies and literature, and provides insight on how to reduce cities’ overall contribution to global climate change.

Read the report City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities, free from the NREL.

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