Report: Only a Few US Cities On Track for Clean Energy

By District Energy posted 08-01-2019 12:38


Anca Gagiuc, Commercial Property Executive


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, a report that tracks city progress toward climate goals. The results show, even though cities are ramping up their clean energy efforts, only a few appear on track to meet their community-wide climate goals.

The ACEEE Scorecard is the fourth ranking of cities, the previous one being released in 2017. The current scorecard has been expanded to include in addition to energy efficiency, policy efforts to encourage renewable energy, their impact and their investment in and engagement with low-income communities and communities of color.

The 2019 Scorecard reveals that cities took more than 265 initiatives to advance efficiency and renewable energy between January 2017 and April 2019. These range from more modest ones—such as Philadelphia’s teleworking for public employees—to cutting-edge policies like Washington, D.C.’s new high-performance standards for existing buildings.

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