Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 19, 2013 – Boston is the most energy efficient aware city in the U.S., according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Close behind are Portland, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin, which are also leaders in energy efficiency across the sectors of their economies. In the next tier are Washington DC, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia and Denver, while lowest ranked are Detroit and Jacksonville.
ACEEE’s 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks 34 of the most populous U.S. cities on policies to advance energy efficiency. It covers five policy areas – energy and water utilities, transportation policies, building policies, local government operations, and community-wide initiatives.
Boston scored well in all policy areas. Particularly notable are its community-wide programs and utility partnerships, including the Renew Boston initiative which provides residential energy retrofits.
The other top ranking cities all currently have broad ranging efficiency policies and programs, and also have a significant history of implementing efficiency initiatives.
“Our report shows that cities are laboratories of innovation for energy saving solutions that directly benefit people where they live, work and play,” said Eric Mackres, ACEEE’s local policy manager and the report’s lead author. “Local governments have great influence over energy use in their communities and many have initiatives that result in significant energy and cost savings.”
According to the study all the cities, even the highest scorers, have significant room for improvement.
Among the recommendations are that cities should lead by example by improving efficiency in local government operations and facilities. They should adopt energy savings goals, and actively manage their energy use, and track and communicate progress toward the goals. They should also partner with energy and water utilities to promote and expand energy efficiency programs.