More communities across the United States are recognizing the importance of adopting
community-wide energy conservation programs. These programs can help local governments
and citizens manage energy costs, as well as reduce the production of harmful
carbon dioxide emissions, which causes global warming. Energy conservation is
increasingly important for many communities, especially as energy use increases.
And indeed, energy use is expected to continue increasing: DOE's Energy Information
Administration projects a 54
percent increase in energy use worldwide by 2025.
However, a 2004
analysis by the Northwest Power and Conservation
Council indicates that half
the Northwest region's new energy needs could be met through 2025 by comparatively
cheap conservation measures.
A program tailored for your communitys
specific needs, and one that involves wide community support, will provide a host
of additional benefits for your community, including conserving energy, money,
and resources; strengthening your local economy; and creating jobs.
information and resources presented here will help your community get started
with an energy plan that will achieve these benefits.