Planning for a Clean Energy Future

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
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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.


Eric O'Shaughnessy , NREL , Golden , CO (see bio)
Alisa Kane , City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability , Portland , OR (see bio)
Megan Day , AICP , National Renewable Energy Laboratory , Manitou Springs , CO
Mike Steinhoff , ICLEI-USA , Boston , MA (see bio)