Local Energy Plans in Practice: Case Studies of Austin and Denver

D. Peterso, E. Matthew, M. Weingarden
This report examines the successes and difficulties that two large cities, Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas, have experienced in implementing their respective city-wide energy plans. The report considers factors that have assisted or hindered putting energy initiatives from each plan into practice, including political, financial, and logistical realities. The report also examines the goals and design of each plan, and how throughout the implementation process the cities have altered expectations or the direction of energy initiatives included in the plans. This report provides state and local government policy makers and analysts with a more nuanced understanding of the successes and challenges distinct cities encounter in putting a city-wide energy plan into practice, including the following general lessons from the experiences of Denver and Austin.
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