Smart Cities Dive
Honolulu and New York City are top-scoring U.S. cities for incorporating energy efficiency and renewable power policies into resilience plans, according to a study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). They ranked "exemplary," while Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC followed close behind.
The study concluded that many cities are taking steps toward cleaner energy, but only about 20% include extensive initiatives toward that end in their resilience plans. "[T]here are many missed opportunities and much room for improvement," the report says
Cities without strong, comprehensive energy strategies can incorporate initiatives that worked in other cities and adapt them to the local community, according to the analysis. The ideas include encouraging sustainable transportation like electric vehicles (EVs); establishing municipal building and fleet efficiency policies; creating microgrids; and requiring measures for buildings like benchmarking, retrofits and switching fuels.