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Most Common Types of Local Clean Energy Policies

According to an NREL analysis on the status and impact of local clean energy policies, the most common types implemented in the United States include:

  • Financial incentives, such as grants, rebates, loans and tax incentives
  • Green power purchasing requirements
  • Building energy codes
  • Permitting standards
  • Energy standards for public buildings.

The majority of local clean energy policies focus on rebates, green buildings, and green power purchasing. Sixty-percent of local financial incentives are either rebates or incentives offered for green buildings. Fifty-five percent of the local rules, regulations, and policies are for green power purchasing or energy standard requirements for public buildings.

Note: this analysis is based on the local policies tracked by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). DSIRE only tracks a limited number of local policies, but it tracks more than any other program or organization.

More Information

For more information, see the full report, Clean Energy Policy Analyses: Analysis of the Status and Impact on Clean Energy Policies at the Local Level.

As policies change frequently, please see DSIRE for information on the policies that currently exist in your state or locality.