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Planning for Energy Self-Reliance: A Case Study of the District of Columbia

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 1978 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

This was the first study to track the flow of energy-related dollars through an urban economy and the impact on this flow from an aggressive energy efficiency and solar energy initiative.  The study concluded that 85 cents of every energy dollar left the city, a far higher leakage than from any other household expenditure. The study also estimated the rooftop space available in DC for solar and the economic impact of energy efficiency.

By David Morris, Brian Beyer, Charles Dana, Eric Fersht and John Plunkett, first published in 1978.


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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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