Clean energy cities, ranked

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

New York City ranked the No. 1 U.S. city in efforts to improve energy efficiency and scale up renewable energy in a scorecard of 100 U.S. cities released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy . The scorecard looked at the cities’ efforts to achieve a clean energy future, with Boston and Seattle tied at No. 2, followed by Minneapolis and San Francisco (tied at No. 4) and Washington, D.C., Denver, Los Angeles, San José, and Oakland.

By the numbers: According to the report, local governments took more than 160 actions between April 2019 and May 2020 to advance clean energy, whether through new initiatives or by building on previously established ones. Sixty-three cities now have community-wide climate goals and 20 cities are on track to achieve their goals, according to available data — an increase from the nine cities detailed in the previous scorecard. Still, the report notes if U.S. cities want to scale up climate efforts, more will need to adopt and implement “impactful” clean energy policies.