On-site Solar and Storage for Community Resilience Hubs RFP Template

The goal of this document is to provide local governments with an easily modifiable template, including a suggested structure and example language, to use when developing their own on-site solar+storage request for proposal (RFP) for a community resilience hub. For cities and counties required to use their local government’s RFP template, the material in this template should be easily transferable to your city or county RFP template.

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City and County EECBG Grant Calculator – Direct Formula EECBG Funding Allocation Estimates for Local Governments

This Excel spreadsheet calculator provides funding estimates for cities and counties who will be eligible for direct formula funding through the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). The calculator uses DOE formulas and recent census data to generate EECBG grant estimates. The calculator is a near-term pre-planning tool for cities and counties to gain insight into projected funding amounts prior to DOE’s official publication of final funding allocations later in 2022.

Note: Users should ‘Enable Macros’ to ensure functionality within the calculator.

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Advancing Local Government Goals through Wholesale Market Engagement: A Series of Case Studies

Local governments are becoming increasingly aware of the important role of wholesale market operators in decarbonization, the deployment of clean energy, and grid reliability. Wholesale market operators include regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs). Due to the technical and time-intensive nature of the process for engaging with RTOs, local governments frequently have a difficult time engaging in stakeholder and market processes. This report outlines case studies in which two municipalities and one coalition of local governments have successfully used innovative strategies to engage with their RTOs. The case studies feature the town of Hanover, NH; the PJM Cities and Communities Coalition; and the City of Castle Hills, TX.

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The (Blue) Sky’s the Limit: Explore New Opportunities for State-Led Energy Leadership

This webinar convened U.S. state practitioners for a learning opportunity focused on how the State Energy Program (SEP) grant program, as re-authorized through the IIJA, creates an innovative landscape for states to fund ambitious climate projects over the next four years and address climate equity issues. The discussion drew on existing innovation, highlighting examples in which states have ambitiously used SEP funds on decarbonization and climate equity programs.

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Explore Cutting-Edge Opportunities for City Leadership Through IIJA’s EECBG Formula Grant

This webinar shows how local governments can leverage Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program funds to advance community-wide impact, climate goals, and equitable outcomes. Watch this webinar to learn from legal experts on how funds were used in the past and how city decision-makers can use these funds to get the best return on investment in a carbon-free future.

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Community Solar+: How the Next Generation of Community Solar Can Unlock New Value Streams and Help Communities Pursue Holistic Decarbonization

RMI’s report introduces a vision for the next generation of community solar. Community Solar+ is a whole-systems approach to deliberately plan and deploy community solar projects to embrace added value streams, capture greater economies of scale, and advance additional community-wide sustainability and equity goals. Community Solar+ is a way to do more with less by designing projects to also help build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure, align the grid for an electrified future, mitigate urban heat island effects, and more. The report is targeted at state and local governments, utilities, developers, and community members.

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Driving Climate Action Through Utility Integrated Resource Plans: A North Carolina Case Study of Local Government Leadership

This ACCC Renewables Accelerator case study examines a coordinated effort by local governments in North Carolina to provide insight into how and why local governments are increasingly getting involved in utility Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) processes. It shares details and takeaways from this leading example of local government collaboration to inform other local governments’ efforts to advance a cleaner, more equitable, and sustainable energy future.

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Selected Examples of Leading Equitable Clean Energy Initiatives

This spreadsheet highlights case studies of equitable clean energy initiatives from leading cities and states across the United States. For each initiative, this resource provides a brief summary, an overview of key characteristics, and a description of how it addressed procedural, structural, distributional, or transgenerational equity.

This is a companion resource to the publication “Integrating Equity into City Clean Energy Initiatives: Considerations and Resources for Local Governments.” Download that report from the Tools & Resources library.

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