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D.C. Earns Top Spot for Energy Efficiency

Jul 01, 2015 01:00AM
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) announced the results of its 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings recently, naming the District of Columbia as the third most energy-efficient city out of 51 cities in the country. The District moved into the top tier, surpassing cities well-known for their sustainability efforts, including Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. Washington, D.C. achieved a significant score increase in the 2015 Scorecard—up 20 points from 2013—resulting in the city also being named as the most improved energy-efficient city on the list.

This achievement is attributed in part to the success of the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) and the District’s overall sustainability plan, Sustainable DC. For the second year in a row, the DCSEU has been listed as a best practice for the District in reaching its energy efficiency goals.

“Our city is being recognized as a model that will directly influence how our nation approaches issues and policies that build a more sustainable and energy-efficient future. We are proud to be recognized as one of the top three most energy-efficient cities in the country, but our goal is to be number one,” added Ted Trabue, managing director of the DCSEU.

The District continues to be recognized for its laudable efforts in sustainability and energy efficiency. Recently, the District was also recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for having the most ENERGY STAR-certified buildings in the country.

For more information and to read the full report, visit


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