Planning for a Clean Energy Future

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  • The real time analysis will help audience participants understand how their city's unique characteristics shape their optimal GHG abatement and clean energy pathways.

  • Participants will learn how to access and use DOE-provided data on energy use in 23,400 U.S. cities to evaluate and prioritize city-level energy actions.

  • Participants will understand newly developed, data-based energy policy evaluation methods based on unique city characteristics.

  • The session will demonstrate the significant, nationwide GHG abatement potential of city-level actions and the comparative impact of different types of energy actions including transit, buildings, and solar.

  • Cities can learn from the award-winning examples of cities taking innovative action to integrate data and analysis to move more strategically toward a clean energy future.

This interactive session will explore how cities can use newly available energy use data and policy analysis to move toward a clean energy future.

Audience participants will be called upon to compare city energy use through the Department of Energy’s City Energy Profile tool, which provides data on electricity, natural gas, and vehicle fuel use as well as six additional energy metrics for every U.S. city. The presenters will discuss data-based city policy evaluation results from a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) analysis based on this new dataset of energy consumption in nearly 24,000 cities.

Presenters will then select an audience volunteer to provide a city for a live demonstration of the comparative impacts of six suites of city-level energy policies and actions. Based on audience input on the characteristics that define the selected city (e.g. high-density, low-density, stable building stock or rapidly growing), presenters will use data-based city policy evaluation methods to estimate policy impacts on the selected city.

The second phase of the presentation will feature two of the DOE Cities-LEAP local government-led teams of funding recipients, Portland, Oregon and Bellevue, Washington/ICLEI discussing their innovative approaches to integrating data and analysis into city decision making and prioritization toward a clean energy future.

About the Speakers

Eric O'Shaughnessy
Eric is a Renewable Energy Policy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He is the lead author of recent research on the comparative impact of suites of city-level greenhouse gas abatement actions for the Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning project. His research focuses on the solar market and policies as well as voluntary green power markets. Eric has a Master of Public Affairs degree and bachelor of science degree in Environmental Economics and Policy.

Alisa Kane
Alisa Kane is the Green Building Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. There she leads policy and educational initiatives related to energy efficiency, construction waste and green capital improvement projects. She holds a master's degree in urban planning and has spent the last 22 years working in the fields of sustainability, community development, and recycling.

Megan Day
Megan Day is a renewable energy planner at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She serves as the lab?s subject matter expert on city energy planning and large-scale photovoltaic development. Megan manages the Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project, which provides energy data and analysis to cities to enable more strategic energy decisions. Through the SolSmart program, Megan works with communities across the country to integrate solar in zoning codes. Megan has conducted and published original research into the intersections between city policies and solar deployment. Her previous experience includes utility-scale PV development and deployment, nonprofit management, and climate action planning.

Mike Steinhoff
Mike Steinhoff is a Program Manager in Tools and Technical Innovation for ICLEI-USA, Local Governments for Sustainability. Mike leads the development of tools at ICLEI including the Climate and Air Pollution Planning Assistant (CAPPA), ADAPT, The Green Business Challenge Web App, and most recently, ClearPath. Mike has helped to develop numerous greenhouse gas Inventories and Climate Action Plans for individual cities.