Minneapolis No. 8 among most energy-efficient U.S. cities
Minneapolis places No. 8 in an energy-efficiency ranking of the 34 largest U.S. cities. The other top cities are Boston; Portland, Ore.; New York; San Francisco; Seattle; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Philadelphia and Denver. Cities are evaluated on what actions they are taking to reduce energy use in five key areas: buildings, transportation, energy and water utility efforts, local government operations, and community-wide initiatives.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard lists best practices for each ranked city and gives recommendations for each to save yet more energy and improve its quality of life.
- Minneapolis earns its score for:
Strong energy-savings goals in place for local government and the entire city through its Climate Action Plan.
High levels of investment in and savings from energy and water utility efficiency programs.
Strong transportation policies, including combined transportation and land use planning, car and bike sharing, and alternatives to car trips.
- Recommendations for improvement:
o Expand energy-use rating and reporting policy to large multifamily buildings.
o Develop energy-saving requirements or incentives for private buildings.
The scorecard findings recognize that cities have tremendous control over how energy is used and can make a big difference lowering energy use and costs. Cutting energy use in cities can save money for residents, businesses and local governments; improve living and working environments; reduce commuting time and costs; create jobs and pump money back into the local economy. Energy efficiency is one of the cheapest, cleanest and fastest ways for a city to meet its energy needs without sacrificing quality of life.
Find more information on the rankings at http://aceee.org/local-policy/city-scorecard. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments and behaviors. For information about its programs, publications and conferences, visit aceee.org.
Learn more about Minneapolis’ sustainability practices and policies at www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability.
Published Sep. 19, 2013