Minneapolis among top 10 most energy-efficient US cities

by Alexi Gusso

Minneapolis placed eighth in a nationwide ranking of the most energy-efficient cities in the US, according to a city press release.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy rated 34 of the most populous US cities based on energy policies and efficiency of buildings, utilities and transportation, among others.

The findings were reported in the ACEEE 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard released Monday. 

The ACEEE praised Minneapolis for the “strong” energy goals of the city’s Climate Action Plan, high investments in energy and water efficiency programs, and transportation policies, according to the city’s scorecard.

The report also found room for citywide improvements in energy efficiency, suggesting the city develop energy-saving requirements and incentives for private buildings and expand rating and reporting policies to large multifamily buildings.

Minneapolis earned a score of 55.25 out of a possible 100 in overall energy efficiency.

Check out this interactive graphic to see how Minneapolis measures up to the top energy-efficient cities.