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New Energy Cities

Climate Solutions’ New Energy Cities program works with Northwest communities to accelerate the transition to a clean, renewable, super-efficient energy system that integrates smart power grids, green intelligent buildings, plug-in vehicles, and renewable energy sources

New report: Cities are pioneering the clean-energy economy

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Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up,
released in July 2012, profiles a diverse set of 34 communities with populations under 250,000 and found that U.S. communities are pioneering a wide range of clean energy solutions in energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and carbon-reducing transportation strategies

 

 

 

New Energy Cities

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Climate Solutions’ New Energy Cities program works with Northwest communities to accelerate the transition to a clean, renewable, super-efficient energy system that integrates smart power grids, green intelligent buildings, plug-in vehicles, and renewable energy sources. New Energy Cities targets communities with smaller populations not typically in the vanguard of green innovation, but nonetheless primed for success and positioned to become leading examples of what is possible. The New Energy Cities team offers expertise in city-led program innovation, clean energy finance, public engagement, and 21st century energy systems.

Key features of the New Energy Cities model

  • A 20-year vision and policy framework for community-wide energy transformation.
  • An integrated approach combining deep building efficiency retrofits, distributed renewable power, and new energy infrastructure such as smart grid, vehicle electrification, and district heating/cooling.
  • Implementation strategies that overcome barriers to building owner/manager participation.
  • A shift to financing energy systems with long-term, modest interest rates and public/private partnerships.
  • Authentic community engagement to bolster local policy leadership.
  • Local capacity-building and job training to maximize long-term community benefits.

The New Energy Cities team is working with a portfolio of Northwest communities that represent a variety of socio-political and economic contexts to demonstrate different models of success.

For more information on our New Energy Cities program, visit www.newenergycities.org.

 

 

 

 

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