Full Title: Quantifying the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy A Guide for State and Local Governments
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Publisher(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Publication Date: 08/2018
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State and local energy efficiency and renewable energy investments can produce significant benefits, including lower
fuel and electricity costs, increased grid reliability, better air quality and public health, and more job opportunities.
Analysts can quantify these benefits so that decision makers can comprehensively assess both the costs and the benefits
of their energy policy and program choices.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Energy and Environment Program is pleased to release
the 2018 edition of Quantifying the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: A Guide for State and
Local Governments. The Guide is intended to help state and local energy, environmental, and economic policy makers
and analysts identify and quantify the many benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy to support the
development and implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.
This Guide starts by describing, in Part One, the multiple benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy and
explaining the value of quantifying these benefits so that they are considered along with costs. In Part Two, the Guide
shows policy makers and analysts how they can quantify the direct electricity, electricity system, emissions, health, and
economic benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy. It provides detailed information about a range of basic-tosophisticated methods analysts can use to quantify each of these benefits, with key considerations and helpful tips for
choosing and using the methods. Part Two includes case studies and examples of how analysts have quantified the
benefits of state or local energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, programs, and investments. The chapters in
Part Two also describe tools and resources available for quantifying each type of benefit.
The original 2010 version, Assessing the Multiple Benefits of Clean Energy: A Resource for States, was the first to
organize and present a comprehensive review of the multiple benefits of clean energy and the methods available to
quantify them. It became a cornerstone resource for EPA’s State and Local Energy and Environment Program.
This 2018 edition includes:
The latest information about the methods analysts can use and the available tools that support them
New graphics that clearly present steps to quantify benefits and make it easier to understand the process
Recent real-life examples and case studies where benefits have been quantified
Analysts can use the new Guide to learn how to quantify the multiple benefits of energy efficiency and renewable