Learning Library for Government

Programs, Webinars, Presentations

On this page find links to recordings and presentations that can help guide municipal government representatives (elected officials, staff and EAC members) tasked with making recommendations on energy and climate action. 

Clean Energy Strategic Planning Series

In 2020 and 2021 a cohort of municipal representatives in the southeastern PA region collaborated on an extensive series of online sessions designed to assist in developing an Energy Transition Plan unique to each community, based on a common template. Through this series of presentations from topic experts and discussions, the following library of materials has been collected.

Where possible, contact information is included so you can follow up with questions about how to apply this knowledge to your community. Some of these contacts are energy professionals and may suggest a formal engagement with your community.

Leadership & Vision

Explore the components of creating an Energy Transition Plan, developing an Energy Profile for your community and identifying the key Stakeholders. Consider different Strategies that others have taken in developing a plan and the impact of working with Partners - within government and with non-government entities. There are resources that we can leverage to structure our discussions, like the Community Energy Strategic Planning Handbook from Energy.gov. This is the place to start your communities journey to achieving your clean energy goals.

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Webinar Recording

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Electricity Procurement

Explore options for engaging in contracts for renewable energy for municipal operations.

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Webinar Recording

Municipal Facilities:

Benchmarking & Efficiency

Lead by example by making sure the township buildings and fleets are on a path to being as energy efficient as possible and are able to report progress to managers and elected officials. Learn about building improvements that pay for themselves with long term energy bill reductions.

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Composing the Plan

With a menu of strategies, resources and examples, it's time to put together an Energy Transition Plan for your community. At least compose the first draft, which you can share with other EAC members, municipal staff and elected officials to get feedback and improve before hosting public meetings and start the community engagement phase.

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Webinar Recording

On-site Renewable Energy Production

Explore pros and cons of installing solar panels on municipal buildings, options for taking advantage of federal tax credits and SRECs and other concerns.

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Financing & Funding

A discussion on options for financing for municipal projects. From moving money within the municipal energy budget (efficiency measures create savings) to proposing municipal bonds, power purchase agreements, using energy savings companies (ESCo) and federal incentive programs. 

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Webinar Recording

Resiliency

From microgrids to sustainable buildings to local energy storage options. This session explores options for making municipal operations as resilient as ... reasonably possible.

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Webinar Recording

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