This report describes more than 20 specific practices for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in U.S. states and cities. Examples of effective implementation are also provided. The practices are grouped into five broad areas, including: local policies, rules and regulations; approaches to financing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects; practices addressing utility regulation and transmission issues; state and local efforts; and examples of exemplary low carbon cities (San Francisco, Austin and Seattle).

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