ACEEE has an ongoing effort to track state and local energy efficiency policy through its State and Local Policy Database and Scorecard, and has recently released a Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool for local governments that are interested in submitting their own information.
Congratulations to the City of Oakland, who was the first city not covered by ACEEE’s existing Scorecard to complete the tool, and scored nearly 70 out of 100. As shared by ACEEE:
Oakland scored well in several policy areas, but its exemplary score can be attributed in part to its performance in a couple policy areas, namely transportation policies and actions to support efficiency efforts among energy and water utilities. In transportation, Oakland tied Arlington County, Virginia for the highest score of all cities we’ve assessed. Some of Oakland’s transportation-related achievements include: widespread availability of the AC transit and BART rail service and high regional spending on transit, a Green Fleet resolution to encourage efficient driving behavior, and active government participation in Oakland’s Clean Cities Coalition partnership. Oakland’s high score in energy and water utilities was due to several factors, including strong utility spending on electric and natural gas efficiency programs and Oakland’s support for these programs through the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition’s Energy Policy Committee.
Hear more on what Oakland’s doing through this interview with Oakland from ACEEE, here.
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