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Seattle Ranked as a Top City for Energy Efficiency

city-scorecardThe American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a report that ranks 34 of the most populous U.S. cities on policies to advance energy efficiency.

Seattle was named among the top  U.S. cities  – ranked #5 overall and #1 for building energy efficiency. Boston is #1 overall, followed by Portland (#2), New York City and San Francisco (tied for #3) and Austin (#6).

The report includes recommendations and strategies for all cities to lower energy use. ACEEE also launched a new interactive infographic accompanying the report that highlights each city’s best practices and scores.

Seattle earned high marks due to its:

  • Well-funded electric utility efficiency programs, which are achieving high levels of energy savings.
  • Strong efficiency measures in place for drinking water, wastewater and storm water management systems.
  • Requirement that all large buildings rate and report energy use.
  • Strong energy codes in place for new commercial construction and its efforts to advance stronger energy codes for homes.