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100 MAJOR U.S. CITIES TO BE RANKED ON CLEAN ENERGY EFFORTS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

Special Focus on Stand-Out Cities: Top 15, Fastest-Rising Two, and Five Laggards

Focus on (in Alpha Order): Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham (AL), Boston, Chicago, Denver, Henderson (NV), Los Angeles, McAllen (TX), Minneapolis, New York City, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Portland (OR),  San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, St. Paul, Tulsa & Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C – ADVISORY – The 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard grading 100 major U.S. cities on their clean energy initiatives (or lack of them) will be released on October 6, 2020 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

An embargoed copy of the ACEEE report and a fact sheet for each city is available upon request. The information is embargoed until 6 a.m. ET on October 6, 2020. The data also will be discussed during an 11 a.m. ET webinar on October 6th featuring ACEEE local policy director David Ribeiro and city officials in New York City, Saint Paul, and Seattle.

Among key findings in the ACEEE report are the top 15 cities, the two fastest-rising cities, and the five laggards at the bottom of the ranking. The report analyzes the efforts of 100 major U.S. cities — home to 19 percent of the nation’s population — to make buildings and transportation more energy efficient and scale up the use of renewable energy such as solar and wind power. It provides the most comprehensive national measuring stick for metropolitan climate progress and serves as a roadmap for future improvements. The report, which has expanded its focus from 75 cities last year, also evaluates what cities are doing to help low-income communities and communities of color access and afford clean energy.

These efforts are more important now than ever. During the COVID-19 recession, many people are spending more time at home. They are seeing their utility bills rise and their pocketbooks shrink. Clean energy can create good, local jobs, cut energy bills, reduce harmful pollution, build resilience in the wake of extreme weather, and lessen the impacts of climate change. The scorecard shows what cities are doing, and can do better, to reap the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. ACEEE aims to build a vibrant and equitable economy – one that uses energy more productively, reduces costs, protects the environment, and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.

Source : Aceee :
https://www.aceee.org/

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