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City of Atlanta Strengthens Commitment to Energy Efficiency Goals with City Energy Project and Data Accelerator

Atlanta joins select group of leading cites in sustainability focused on reducing energy use in commercial buildings and establishing citywide energy policies

Post Date:01/31/2014 10:30 AM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Carlos Campos, Interim Director 
404-330-6558, office 
404-617-5073, cell 
ccampos@atlantaga.gov

Aaron Bastian, Communications and Project Manager
Mayor's Office of Sustainability
404-335-1962, office
404-272-3984, cell
abastian@atlantaga.gov

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City of Atlanta Strengthens Commitment to Energy Efficiency Goals with Center Energy Project and Data Accelerator
Atlanta joins select group of leading cities in sustainability focused on reducing energy use in commercial buildings and establishing citywide energy policies

 

ATLANTA -  Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that Atlanta has joined a 10-city effort to significantly reduce energy use in commercial buildings across the city. Atlanta’s participation in the City Energy Project (CEP) comes on the heels of a White House announcement in December that the City had also been invited to participate in the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator program. 

The CEP is a joint initiative of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). It is funded by a partnership of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation. The Data Accelerator, spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Energy, will accelerate the ability of building owners to gain access to whole-building data by working together with cities and utilities to:

• Demonstrate low-cost, standardized approaches for providing energy data for the purpose of whole-building energy performance benchmarking,
• Develop best practice approaches for reliable and secure utility aggregation of energy data from multiple accounts to facilitate whole-building benchmarking while protecting privacy, and
• Demonstrate new tools to streamline the transfer of utility bill data to benchmarking tools, including standard data formats for ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.

Buildings are responsible for roughly 40 percent of Atlanta’s carbon emissions, and more than half of this pollution in most U.S. cities – more than either the transportation or industrial sectors. Much of the energy these buildings use, however, is wasted. The City, IMT and NRDC estimate that improving building efficiency can lower energy bills by as much as $146 million annually and could cut about 1.1 million tons of carbon pollution from buildings in Atlanta, equivalent to the carbon footprint of 55,000 homes every year.

“We are proud of the work we’ve done to reduce energy use in the City’s central business corridors through the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The Energy Data Accelerator and the City Energy Project allow us to expand our commitment to reducing energy use citywide. While our focus has largely been on buildings over 50,000 square feet, these programs will give us the tools we need to establish a baseline and create targeted strategies for reducing energy use in all buildings.”

The following cities will be joining Atlanta as CEP’s first participants: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City.

Through the CEP, the cities will develop their own locally tailored plans to advance energy efficiency and reduce waste in their large buildings, which can represent roughly 50% of their citywide square footage. These plans, which will include multiple integrated strategies, can make more progress in each city than any one program or policy could alone. 

“City skylines have long been symbols of aspiration and innovation—this project takes that to a new level,” said Laurie Kerr, Director of the City Energy Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “These mayors are showing there is the political will to put people to work to build a healthier, more prosperous future for America’s cities. In the face of a changing climate and increasingly extreme weather, these city leaders know they cannot wait for the state or federal government to make them more resilient and sustainable – they are taking action now.”

The Energy Data Accelerator is an extension of the Better Buildings Challenge, one of three new initiatives under the Better Business Accelerators designed to bring utilities and government officials together to cut building energy waste. Atlanta joins more than 30 cities and utilities across the country that have committed to demonstrate streamlined, best-practice approaches for building owners to access whole-building energy usage data for the purposes of benchmarking and achieving greater energy and cost savings.

 

 

About the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability 
The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is focused on embedding sustainability best practices into Atlanta city government and across the community. For more information about Atlanta’s efforts to create a more sustainable city, please visit the Office of Sustainability’s page at . Follow the Office of Sustainability on Facebook and Twitter @ATLSustainable. 

About the Better Buildings Data Accelerator
The Energy Data Accelerator is designed to demonstrate low-cost, standardized approaches for providing energy data for the purpose of whole building energy performance benchmarking. Partners in the Accelerator are utilities and local governments who want to help building owners to get access to whole-building energy usage data for the purposes of benchmarking commercial buildings. Partners agree to demonstrate streamlined, best-practice approaches for building owners to access whole-building energy usage data?with a specific focus on providing building owners with aggregated energy usage information in multi-tenant buildings.

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