The project supports local government in developing sustainable energy plans for their cities. This initiative builds awareness, capacity and support in the local authority for strategy development and implementation. It also assists with information gathering and analysis, policy development, project development, building partnerships and, where possible, sourcing funding. It supports the networking of cities that are involved in sustainable energy initiatives and offers energy planning training courses and a variety of support materials including manuals, books, posters and CDs.Pioneering city energy strategy work and ?State of Energy? assessments undertaken over the past years in South Africa have highlighted the critical role cities play in the national energy picture. The largest cities account for approximately 40% of overall energy consumption and are important focus areas for achieving national energy targets in RE and EE as well as being key players in national economic development and social welfare in support of the Millennium Development Goals.In order to take the energy agenda further, five of the more pioneering cities in South Africa have formed an ?energy alliance?. These cities have energy strategies or plans, and all have implemented RE and EE demonstration or pilot projects.Now they are looking to large-scale implementation, and have come together under this REEEP project to provide mutual support, capacity building for staff, develop a network of implementation contacts and form a critical mass to facilitate a large-scale roll-out of RE and EE interventions.The RE and EE options covered by the project, and identified by cities to be the most important focus areas include solar water heaters, efficient building design, efficient lighting and transport modal shift from private vehicles to public transport.