Mayors and local legislators in America’s largest cities continue to take novel steps to reduce energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and lower pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the second edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released in late May by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
According to the ACEE report, available here, Boston is still the most energy efficient city in the nation, earning 82 out of 100 points, five more points than their 2013 score. 51 cities in total were ranked. The top 10 are the following:
8. Portland, Oregon
4. San Francisco
3. Washington D.C.
2. New York City
Nine of the top 10 cities improved their scores from 2013.
Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Seattle improved the most compared to the 2013 City Scorecard. Many of them showed double-digit improvements in their scores because they took deliberate action. Los Angeles, for example, established a strong energy savings goal, and Chicago enacted a new commercial building benchmarking ordinance.
Other cities also improved their scores since the last edition, for example, several in the Southeast United States. Atlanta, the leader in the Southeast, improved by 5 points by improving in local government operations, building policies, energy and water utilities, and transportation policies. Charlotte also brought a strong score, improving by almost 8 points. Jacksonville scored the lowest in the 2013 edition but still improved by 50 percent.
Boston was the only city to score over 80 and a mere 13 cities earned more than half the possible points; all of which indicates that all the ranked cities have significant room for improvement.