Local Government Strategies for Financing Energy Efficiency Initiatives

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-686
Journal / PublicationAmerican Review of Public Administration
Volume47
Issue number6
Online published16 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Abstract

Sustainable development has quickly become an important theme in local governments facing environmental challenges. Energy efficiency can be part of local efforts to sustain economic development while protecting the environment and natural resources. Based on a national database, this study examines U.S. city governments’ strategies to finance energy efficiency. The result suggests that energy efficiency financing (EEF) has become part of local sustainability strategies. In the study, we offer an explanation for energy efficiency funding that emphasizes political behaviors of institutional players in budgetary decision making. We examine factors influencing adoption and progression of EEF. The results highlight the importance of explaining results of EEF to citizens. Technical expertise from professional organizations helps start EEF programs. A Democrat-leaning consistency is important to adopt EEF, but only in cities without substantial strategies promoting EEF. Cities with revenue declines are less likely to implement EEF.

Research Area(s)

  • local sustainability, sustainable development, local sustainability strategies, energy efficiency financing

Citation Format(s)

Local Government Strategies for Financing Energy Efficiency Initiatives. / Wang, XiaoHu; Liu, Cheol; Hawkins, Christopher V.
In: American Review of Public Administration, Vol. 47, No. 6, 08.2017, p. 672-686.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review