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LA emerges from the haze as California’s 2nd most energy-efficient city

Planting trees, reducing greenhouse gas emissions are among the reasons for the ranking
  • The city's ranking may come as a surprise to some
  • While L.A. ranked well for its community wide initiatives, its transportation system is lacking when it comes to energy efficiency
  • The city funds energy efficiency upgrades at its facilities via a maintained funds

Considering Los Angeles’ reputation for smog, it may come as a surprise that the city ranks as the 12th most energy-efficient metro in the nation.

According to a report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Los Angeles is the second most energy-efficient city in California next to San Francisco.

Los Angeles’ strong suits are its community-wide initiatives, along with energy and water utilities.

The Green LA plan includes a goal to plant one million trees and reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent in 2030 when compared to 1990 levels. The city also mandates that all new residential construction feature cool roofs. Rebates are available for cool roof installation.

Focusing on energy and water utilities, the city’s utility LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Power and Water) has adopted a more stringent energy-efficiency target than the one required by the state, achieving 10 percent of its supply through energy efficiency by 2023. LADWP is targeting 15 percent.

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The city’s primary natural gas utility, SoCalGas offers several energy-saving programs to residential customers along with LADWP in their joint service territory.

LA’s general services department maintains a fund where utility rebates are held and then used as funding for energy efficiency upgrades at local government facilities.

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