Stakeholders and Policymakers

If you are a voter or elected official participating in energy decision-making, this collection is designed to help you promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in your community. Explore our collection of Decision Maker Guides to learn about existing initiatives and how to plan your own. Or search the table below to find existing ordinances, economic development data and cost-benefit analysis tools.

Stakeholders & Policymakers Resource Database

Resource Source and Description Audience Topic Type Additional Tags File
W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Inc. - Weatherization Assistance Program

W.A.M.Y. is a community action organization administering heating appliance repair (HARRP), emergency bill assistance (LIHEAP), the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and more to low-income households in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties of North Carolina.

W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Inc.
Tools to Build Local Power - Clean Energy

Browse a list of the proven resolutions, actions, and rules cities can adopt to promote local economic development from clean energy.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
The Carbon-Free City Handbook

The Carbon-Free City Handbook is designed to help city staff implement climate policies and actions that resolutely place their communities on an aggressive path toward sustainable, low-carbon economies.

Rocky Mountain Institute
Guide or Toolkit
The 2019 Housing Need in Watauga County

A 2019 factsheet describing housing need and energy burden in Watauga County

North Carolina Housing Coalition
Policy or Regulation
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System Advisor Model

The System Advisor Model (SAM) is a techno-economic model designed to facilitate decision making for people involved in the renewable energy industry.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Tool or Calculator
Sustainable Woody Biomass Harvesting: Minimizing Impacts

Forestry management information from NC State Extension on minimizing the harmful impacts of biomass harvesting

NC State Extension
State Community Power Score Map

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Community Power Score map assigns points to each state based on its policy environment for supporting local energy action.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy or Regulation
State and Local Solution Center

Explore resources that enable strategic investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies through the use of innovative practices across the United States by a wide range of stakeholders, in partnership with state and local organizations and community-based nonprofits.

Department of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Guide or Toolkit
Southeast Multifamily Market Assessment

The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) has prepared this assessment of the Southeast’s multifamily sector to better understand the current stock of multifamily units, regional and state multifamily construction trends, utility multifamily energy efficiency programs, and state and local policies and programs focused on the multifamily sector.

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA); 2016
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SolSmart National Designation Program

The SolSmart solar program is a national designation program, funded by the Department of Energy, to recognize communities removing barriers and promoting solar by making it easier and more affordable to install systems.

Guide or Toolkit

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