Energy Efficiency - May 12, 2017
ACEEE: Boston ranked top city for energy efficiency
A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked Boston the top U.S. city for energy efficiency for the second-straight year.
Following Beantown was New York City, ranked second, and Seattle, ranked third, according to the ACEEE's City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Los Angeles and Portland tied for fourth and Austin rounded out the top five. Chicago ranked seventh, Washington, D.C. made eighth and Denver and San Francisco tied for ninth.
In announcing the scorecard's release May 10, the nonprofit organization said mayors and local lawmakers in America's largest cities are increasingly turning to energy efficiency to reduce energy costs for consumers and businesses, strengthen the resilience of their communities, and reduce pollution. ACEEE's scoring of the country's 51 most populous metropolitan statistical areas was based on metrics that reflect the adoption and implementation by cities and utilities serving these cities of specific government policies, programs, and actions that can improve energy efficiency
Based on a 25-point jump from the last edition of the scorecard in 2015, Los Angeles was the most-improved city. It entered the top five — and the top 10 — for the first time. San Diego, Kansas City and Phoenix were the second, third, and fourth most-improved cities, respectively. Seven other cities, including Orlando, showed double-digit improvements since the last scorecard was published.
According to the ACEEE, the five cities most in need of improvement on energy efficiency are Hartford, Memphis, Detroit, Oklahoma City and Birmingham, which ranked 47th, 48th, 49th, 50th and 51st, respectively.
The 2017 version of the scorecard includes the same 51 cities as it did in 2015. ACEEE researchers assessed the central city of each of the nation's 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas excluding San Juan and Puerto Rico as well as El Paso and Fort Worth.
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