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Washington DC among most energy-efficient cities in nation

A number of initiatives contribute to the ranking
  • The city has a focus on significantly reducing energy use at district facilities via retrofits and optimization of operations.
  • Only two cities in the nation are considered more energy-efficient than D.C.
  • D.C. has adopted "stretch" energy codes.

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Of the nation's largest 50 cities, Washington, D.C., ranks as the third most energy efficient thanks to its building policies, local government operations and community wide initiatives. A report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) gave Washington, D.C. a score of 76.5 out of 100 for energy efficiency. The city received 25 out of 29 points for its building sector initiatives, which include a "stretch" energy code, energy savings goals, green building requirements, and required energy ratings and disclosures. Bobkeenan Photography / Under the Sustainable DC Plan, the city's Department of General Services (DGS) is developing a plan to reduce energy use in district facilities by 50 percent once 2032 hits. This plan is one reason the city's local government operations received a 11 out of 15 score from ACEEE. "DGS has begun retrofitting and optimizing the operations of its most inefficient building, cutting energy use and s...