2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard

August 14, 2019  - The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, ranking 75 large U.S. cities based on their energy conservation practices.

In order to build the list,  the ACEEE measured each city’s clean energy efforts in five key areas:

  1. Local Government Operations: Measures to increase efficiency in city government, procurement, and asset management.
  2. Community-wide Initiatives: Actions for the community to mitigate urban heat islands.
  3. Building Policies: Implementation of stringent building energy codes, devoted resources to building code compliance, and used incentives to address energy consumption in existing buildings.
  4. Energy and Water Utilities: Adoption from utilities of energy efficiency programs and their increase in supply of and use of renewable energy.
  5. Transportation Policies: Initiatives for an efficient and clean transportation system.

2019 ACEEE City Scorecard

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Top 5 Cities

We are thrilled to have collaborated with Boston to retain its position at the top of the rankings by providing lighting controls in the city's parks. Boston was followed by San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Washington. The ACEEE also identified Cincinnati, Hartford, and Providence as cities to pay attention to since they recently adopted major clean energy policies and programs. Through the Partnership for Rhode Island Streetlight Management (PRISM), Providence has also deployed our intelligent lighting controls to efficiently manage their streetlight portfolio. 

So, these cities solved climate change?

Have we solved the climate change problem then? Not quite! Despite their superior performance compared to their peers, most of the cities are not yet on track to meet their climate goals. The good news is that the ACEEE Scorecard provides tips (even for the top 10 cities) according to their ranking.

For cities ranked in the lowest one-third of the rankings:

  • Lead by example in local government operations and facilities
  • Adopt green house gas reduction, energy savings, and renewable energy targets
  • Partner with energy and water utilities


For cities in the middle rankings:

  • Engage all communities as part of clean energy planning processes
  • Track and communicate energy performance
  • Adopt clean energy policies for new buildings
  • Implement sustainable transportation planning and policy implementation


For highest ranked cities:

  • Create clean energy requirements for existing buildings
  • Pursue innovative strategies in the transportation sector and track results


If you want to read more about how cities can operate more efficiently and use less energy, take a look into the white paper Today’s Cities – Getting to Smart

Let's keep on building smarter cities that save energy!