U.S. Environmental Protection Agency State and Local Climate and Energy Program

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The EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program provides a range of information and technical assistance to policymakers and community leaders that includes policy tracking, workforce development for clean energy jobs, greenhouse gas accounting protocols, local strategy guides, case studies, Webcasts, Podcasts, building energy efficiency for local governments, and Climate Showcase Community Grants. The program also provides technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments. The resource library includes a report titled " Clean Energy-Energy Environment Guide to Action: Policies, Best Practices, and Action Steps for States".[2] This Action report provides detailed information on sixteen clean energy policies that states have found to be effective in supporting energy, environmental, and economic goals. Additionally, this guide provides best practices on implementation of each policy or portfolio of policies.

Inputs and Outputs

Inputs include: None required.

Outputs include: In-depth information about 16 clean energy policies and programs that states are using to meet their energy, environmental, and economic objectives.


This report is a compilation of sixteen clean energy policies and and programs, and provides in-depth analysis of each policy. It is especially useful in that it is a source that provides information on these policies in a single location, offering numerous opportunities to save energy, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve system reliability and security, and enhance economic development.

This EPA website provides information on developing climate and energy programs and policies at the state level with information and resources for:

  1. Developing an Action Plan
  2. Developing a GHG inventory
  3. Identifying and Evaluating Policy Options
  4. Designing and Implementing Programs
  5. Establishing Funding Sources and Financing Vehicles
  6. Leading by Example in Government Operations
  7. Engaging Stakeholders
  8. Determining Results


The Guide to Action is intended for use by state energy, environment, and economic policymakers and public utility commissions.


  1.  "US EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program"
  2. 2.0 2.1  "Clean Energy–Environment Guide to Action"