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Miami doesn’t have energy efficiency at top of mind

Community-wide initiatives, local government operations, building policies and energy and water utilities are lagging in Miami.
  • Only in transportation is Miami considering average when it comes to energy efficiency
  • The city's ranking is based on data from late 2014
  • Car sharing programs seem to be of importance to the city

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One non-profit doesn’t think highly of Miami when it comes to energy efficiency.

In a recent report, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) deemed the city as the 36th most energy efficient market among 50 large metros. Miami only garnered a score of 28.5 out of 100 for its energy efficient-related policies and initiatives.

Nearly half the points, 12, Miami received where in the “transportation” category.

There are at least four car sharing programs currently available in Miami: Car2go, zipcar, Hertz OnDemand and WeCar. The city is also served by a bike sharing program, Decobike, with more than 100 operable stations.

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Of the city’s 12 intermodal freight facilities, seven were classified by ACEEE as efficient. The facilities are port or rail capable.

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The city performed poorly when it came to its community wide initiatives, local government operation, building policies and energy and water utilities. Of note, the data ACEEE utilized in determining the city’s ranking had not been updated since late 2014.

Building policies wise, the city requires all new commercial and large multifamily buildings to  achieve LEED Silver certification. Unlike other major metros, Miami is unable to adopt more stringent building codes than those mandated by the state.

Under its MiPlan, the city has a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 to levels 25 percent below that of 2007.

Email Erik Pisor.