Capacity issues—whether funding or staff time—can be a recurring obstacle for local clean energy efforts. The additional responsibilities and specialized knowledge necessary to pursue such efforts can be overwhelming for busy facilities managers or town administrators. However, it can also be hard for cities and towns to justify hiring a full-time staff person devoted to energy, especially for smaller towns. Sharing an energy manager’s services can be a convenient way to improve services and reduce costs. This strategy outlines how communities with part-time or intermittent energy-related staffing needs can collaborate to hire a shared position and/or contract for energy manager services. Read more.