Energy efficiency and keeping up with budget challenges and technology advancements are the top priorities for local government energy and environment officials, according to a recent survey conducted by PTI.
This survey included responses from energy, environment, public works, sustainability and facilities officials from cities and counties, large, medium and small across the U.S. representing over 60 million people.
PTI conducted the survey, on behalf of its Energy and Environment Technology Council, in late April, and provided officials with a list of seventeen (17) energy/environment technology topics, and asked them to select the issues that were of priority for their agency in 2014. Not surprisingly, budget challenges are a highly pressing issue as many jurisdictions continue to experience budget decreases and staff reductions.
What was a bit surprising was that there is still quite a bit of uncertainty about and need for enhanced energy efficiency programming at the local level.
How the survey respondents ranked the 17 energy/environment technology areas provided by PTI:
|Answer Options||Response Percent|
|Energy efficiency programs||67.2%|
|Just keeping up (budget, technology changes, personnel changes, workload)||62.5%|
|Disaster mitigation and preparedness||56.3%|
|Funding/grant opportunities (local, state and federal)||54.7%|
|Economic development/land use planning||45.3%|
|Renewable energy programs||43.8%|
|Mobile apps development||35.9%|
|Role of GIS in energy and environment||35.9%|
|Climate adaptation policies and planning||34.4%|
|Physical and SCADA security||32.8%|
|Air quality programs||18.8%|