This project tracks the implementation and impacts of the Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding on local government energy sustainability programs and policies. This work addresses practical policy issues involved in the design and implementation of intergovernmental programs, especially targeted one-shot grants. The outcomes of this research can inform policy designs and implementation strategies, especially in new or rapidly expanding policy arenas such local energy/climate policy.
The research team will examine how intergovernmental grants shape cities' preferences so that their choices will be influenced beyond the lifespan of a grant program. In particular, the project focuses on how federal EECBG grants may shape the preferences of local governments. The work is based on an "informed principals-learning agents" (IP-LA) framework which argues that the information, shared risk, and policy learning produced through grant application and implementation alter the preferences and goals of agents so that the desired behaviors should persist. In this model, preferences are endogenous to strategy, which contrasts with most principal-agent models that assume fixed preferences.
The initial baseline survey is included in the ICSD. The second wave Implementation Survey is included here.