City of Virginia Beach Moves Ahead of 10 Other Large Cities on Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Friday, June 09, 2017

​The City of Virginia Beach is among the most improved large cities in the U.S. for energy efficiency.

This finding is according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

ACEEE recently announced that the city now ranks 36th out of 51 based on the 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. This scorecard takes local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, energy and water utilities and transportation polices into account and combines them into a comprehensive score.  The city gained 9 points from the 2015 ranking, which advances the city 10 places in the national energy efficient cities rankings. Boston tops the list for the third year in a row, with New York in second and Seattle in third.

According to the report: "Virginia Beach significantly improved its standing in the 2017 City Scorecard because of positive policy developments over the last two years. For example, the city has set energy savings goals for local government operations and the community in its 2016 comprehensive plan."

The city also received recognition for using an energy tracking software to help benchmark and track energy usage on all municipal buildings, and using that information to make investments based on return on investment. For the community, the City of Virginia Beach offers tax breaks for energy efficient residential and commercial buildings as verified by a third-party inspection. That, in combination with the City's urban tree canopy preservation goal, has helped to assist Virginia Beach in being particularly successful in the categories of "Local Government Operations" and its "Community Wide Initiatives."

"This new ranking shows how far we've come in creating a more energy efficient city, and we are committed to improving our score even further," said Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr.

Lori Herrick, the city's energy manager, said, "We greatly appreciate the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for developing this roadmap that any local government can now use to improve its energy efficiency. The ACEEE has a done a great job collecting and sharing the best practices from around the country that we can now use as examples to improve our energy efficiency efforts."

To see the ranking list, visit:

To see Virginia Beach's entire energy breakdown, visit:

For more information contact Lori Herrick at (757) 385-5663 or

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