The report describes more than 20 practices and includes examples of their effective implementation in states or cities. Policies, financing mechanisms, and other initiatives are highlighted for their success in creating favorable market conditions for energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as for their replicability, relative ease of implementation, measured energy savings, ability to offset the need for conventional energy, cost effectiveness, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and job creation. Exemplary local governments from across the United States share the key elements of their programs, their lessons learned, and the factors in their programs’ successes.

The selected practices are not intended to be a comprehensive overview of all the successful, existing policies and initiatives in the United States, but rather
a selection of those that are the most applicable to emerging economies involved in expanding their energy efficiency and renewable energy markets. As described
in Chapter One (Introduction), the Compendium is designed as a tool to share successful program and policy models that may be easily replicated or to provide ideas that may be adapted for implementation in these emerging markets. Each best practice includes the key program elements, benefits, and examples of successful implementation. The report is organized in such a way to also be of use for states and localities within the United States and in other developed markets.

Compendium of Best Practices - Sharing Local & State Successes in Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy from the United States