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Reno joins City Energy Project in order to address climate pollution in buildings

Reno joins City Energy Project in order to address climate pollution in buildings

Buildings are the single largest user of energy and largest source of carbon pollution in The United States and the City of Reno is taking a stand.

City government announced Reno will be one of 10 new cities to join 'The City Energy Project'.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve has accepted an invitation for Reno to be a pioneer city in combating carbon pollution emitted from buildings. Reno joins a group of 20 cities in a united effort to address the largest source of energy use and climate pollution in America's urban centers.

This project is expected to save Reno residents and businesses as much as $11 million annually on their energy bills by 2030. By the same year, the 20 participating cities combined have the potential to save annually more than $1.5 billion in energy bills and reduce carbon pollution by more than 9.6 million metric tons, equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road for a year.

By 2030 this project is projected to cut about 95,000 metric tons of carbon emissions from buildings annually in Reno- that is the equivalent to taking 7,835 cars off the road for a year.

“The City of Reno is excited to join the City Energy Project and collaborate with participating cities defining next-generation energy efficiency efforts in communities nationwide,” Schieve said. “Energy efficiency is the least-cost approach to expanding clean energy in Nevada. The strategies we deploy will be good for the environment and our local economy. Investments in energy efficiency help to create jobs and generate savings that can be spent in our local community, helping with Reno's economic recovery.”

Reno joins the project alongside:

  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • San Jose, California
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • St. Paul, Minnesota

Already participating cities:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Houston, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Salt Lake City, Utah


Through the City Energy Project, The City of Reno will next develop a local plan to significantly reduce building energy use. In addition to providing efficiency expertise and guidance on initiative planning, design and implementation, the City Energy Project also offers a platform for peer-to-peer sharing of lessons learned and best practices.

“The energy efficiency goals of the City Energy Project align with the efforts of the Governor’s Office of Energy to reduce energy consumption in our state’s buildings, provide IECC training to facility managers and promote clean energy financing opportunities,” said Angie Dykema, Director of the Governor's Office of Energy. “We look forward to working with the City of Reno on further implementation of these energy efficiency strategies and promoting a sustainable energy economy in Nevada.”

The energy efficiency solutions that CEP will help Reno develop are flexible to Reno’s unique situation, supporting the following goals:

  • Promote efficient building operations: Strong building energy performance can be achieved through efficient operations and maintenance, and the training of facilities personnel.
  • Encourage private investment: Common-sense solutions to financial and legal barriers to energy efficiency should be adopted to increase private investment in building energy improvements.
  • Bolster city leadership: Cities will lead by example and reduce taxpayer-funded energy consumption in municipal buildings, and encourage the private sector to match their actions.
  • Promote transparency: Building energy performance information should be transparent and accessible to enable market demand and competition for energy-efficient buildings.


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