Chicago and Minneapolis are ranked among the top 10 cities in the country for having strong energy efficiency policies, according to a report released Wednesday from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
The Washington, D.C.-based organization’s “2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard” reported that Chicago came in sixth place while Minneapolis held the seventh slot.
Both cities improved their standings since the first survey in 2013. Minneapolis was in eighth place in that survey while Chicago came ninth.
Minneapolis moved up in part due to new programs to promote energy efficient buildings while Chicago’s rise came from benchmarking and energy transparency initiatives, said David Ribeiro, ACEEE research analyst and one of the authors of the report.
The survey is based on a 100 point scoring system which allots points in five categories: Local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, energy and water utilities, and transportation policies.