News: Washington ranks 7th in energy efficiency among U.S. cities

America’s most populous cities haven’t been holding their breath while waiting for a bipartisan energy-efficiency bill currently stuck in the Senate. Those cities include the nation’s capital, which ranks seventh in energy efficiency, according to a new scorecard from the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The rankings measure a city’s success by its energy-efficiency legislation and practices, from building and transportation policies to local energy consumption and community programs. Boston tops the list of 34 cities, followed by Portland, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin. This is the first scorecard for cities from ACEEE, which releases similar grading for states each year.

According to the scorecard, Washington is among a group of cities, which includes Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Denver, “poised to rise in the rankings in future years.”

Read the full story. (National Journal)