Den­ver cracks en­ergy list

City places 10th on list of big U.S. cities in e∞ciency re­sults

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Mark Jaffe

Den­ver made its de­but among the top 10 big U.S. cities for en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency pro­grams.

OK, Den­ver slipped in at No. 10, ac­cord­ing to the an­nual City En­ergy Score­card. But still, it’s a notch higher than last year’s 11th­place rank­ing.

Just mak­ing the top 10 was an ef­fort — be­cause even though the city is adding ef­fi­ciency pro­grams, its grow­ing pop­u­la­tion uses more en­ergy, said Jerry Tini­anow, the city’s chief sus­tain­abil­ity of­fi­cer.

“Our pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing 2.5 per­cent to 3 per­cent a year,” Tini­anow said. “Our growth is swamp­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.”

The score­card is com­piled by the Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based Amer­i­can

Top 10 big cities for en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency pro­grams and poli­cies

1. Bos­ton 2. New York 3. Wash­ing­ton 4. San Fran­cisco 5. Seat­tle Coun­cil for an En­ergy-Ef­fi­cient Econ­omy.

The non­profit coun­cil graded 51 cities on lo­cal gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions, com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives, build­ing poli­cies, util­i­ties and trans­porta­tion.

Den­ver scored 58.5 of a pos­si­ble 100. The me­dian score was 38.5.

Boul­der, although not listed as a big city in the sur­vey, scored 69.25.

Bos­ton posted the top score, 82, fol­lowed by New York, 78, and Wash­ing­ton, 76.5.

Den­ver per­formed poorly 6. Chicago 7. Min­neapo­lis 8. Port­land, Ore. 9. Austin, Texas 10. Den­ver in build­ing poli­cies, scor­ing 9.5 of a pos­si­ble 29. But Tini­anow said the city is work­ing im­prove such poli­cies.

For its build­ing stan­dards, Den­ver had been us­ing the In­ter­na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Code for 2009, but the city will now adopt the 2015 IECC, Tini­anow said.

Bos­ton, which scored 27 in build­ing poli­cies, adopts ev­ery up­date of the IECC within 12 months.

Den­ver also has launched the Den­ver City En­ergy Project, which is tar­get­ing 6,045 com­mer­cial and mul­ti­fam­ily build­ings of more than 10,000 square feet.

The city es­ti­mates there are $1.3 bil­lion of en­ergy sav­ings to be har­vested from the build­ings.

“The project can be a big win for Den­ver,” said Jim Mey­ers, direc­tor of build­ing pro­grams for the South­west En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Project, a non­profit ad­vo­cacy group. “Den­ver is try­ing.”

Den­ver also is work­ing on an or­di­nance to im­ple­ment a Com­mer­cial Prop­erty As­sessed Clean En­ergy pro­gram, or C-PACE. The pro­gram en­ables build­ing own­ers to fi­nance en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments through a vol­un­tary prop­erty-tax as­sess­ment.

“We want to be the first mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Colorado with a C-PACE pro­gram,” Tini­anow said.

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