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Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy
In 2011, the City embarked on a project to develop an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy (EE&CS) that was funded in part by the City's General Fund but primarily through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding was awarded by the US Department of Energy through the Energy Policy Division of the Washington State Department of Commerce under Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant No. DE-EE0000849.

An EE&CS is essentially a plan that will provide the City direction as it goes forward to reduce overall energy consumption, fostering cost savings, economic development, and long term sustainability. The plan will build on existing energy initiatives and identify new opportunities through a combination of community input (through surveys, interviews, and public workshops) and expert analysis, as well as through public comment at City Council meetings and hearings. The Utility Advisory Council was designated by City Council to be the technical review body for the Strategy development.

The EE&CS was approved by City Council on April 16, 2012.

Final Documents:
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy
Appendix 1 - Community Survey Results
Appendix 2 - Community Workshop 1 Summary
Appendix 3 - Community Workshop 2 Summary
Appendix 4 - Stakeholder Interview List
Appendix 5 - Energy Consumption Data and Conversion Factors
Appendix 6 - Land Development Code Gap Analysis/Audit
Appendix 7 - Decision Template
Appendix 8 - Action Plan Template

At its April 1, 2016 retreat, City Council reviewed the 5 completed sample implementation strategies, 33 ongoing sample implementation strategies, and 6 sample implementation strategies that are no longer recommended.  In addition, City Council prioritized the 8 outstanding EE&CS sample implementation strategies as follows:

  1. Include informational handouts and tips with energy bills, targeted especially to college students.
  2. Create and launch a city Green Building Program.
  3. Create and launch a municipal Green Business Program.
  4. Reclaim alleys as pedestrian thoroughfares.
  5. Consider LEED Certification techniques and/or lifecycle cost analysis for new municipal buildings.
  6. Offer cost breaks for exemplary green developments, such as reduced permit fees.
  7. Define standards for neighborhood scale systems.
  8. Consider LEED for Existing Buildings:  Operation & Maintenance rating system to reduce ongoing operational energy.

 The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy development is funded in part by the City’s General Fund (staff salaries and other in-kind expenses) but primarily through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding was awarded by the US Department of Energy through the Energy Policy Division of the Washington State Department of Commerce under Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant No. DE-EE0000849 (*See U.S. Government Disclaimer)

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