Salt Lake City Passes Groundbreaking Energy Efficiency Ordinance

Salt Lake City Passes Groundbreaking Energy Efficiency Ordinance
30 August 2017

Thanks to leadership from Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake City Council (with help from your friends at Utah Clean Energy), we have achieved a major win for air quality and climate!  The Salt Lake City Council adopted a new energy efficiency policy that will help large municipal and private buildings save energy and money while cutting pollution.

About The Benchmarking and Transparency Ordinance

This market-based measure works by increasing awareness of a building’s energy performance among building owners, facility managers, and prospective business tenant and investors. By tracking energy performance (“benchmarking”), this improved awareness will encourage voluntary energy improvements for businesses that show opportunities to reduce energy waste.  Increasing the energy efficiency of our buildings helps improve air quality and aids the City in achieving its bold community-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction goal, while simultaneously helping businesses manage utility costs.

The second half of the ordinance is phased-in over several years starting with municipal facilities in 2018 and large private buildings in 2019 or 2020, depending on the size. Beginning in 2020 buildings that are less efficient than the national average will be required to investigate energy “tune-ups” every 5 years, though implementation of the tune-ups remains voluntary.

Utah Clean Energy applauds Mayor Biskupski and the City Council for their leadership on this issue.

For more information contact Kevin Emerson at (801) 608-0850.

Read more about the support of the City’s energy benchmarking proposal

Salt Lake Tribune Guest Editorials

Commentary: Energy transparency ordinance will benefit our economy and health (August 26, 2017)

Building energy efficiency to improve air quality, By Elizabeth Joy & Steve Bergstrom, Intermountain Health Care (May 20, 2017):

Deseret News Guest Editorials

Investing in Salt Lake City's future, By Cliff Majersik, Institute for Market Transformation (Jan. 28, 2017)

A. Scott Anderson: Is your building part of the pollution problem? Time to find out (January 12, 2017)

News Articles

Salt Lake City passes ordinance on benchmarking energy use (USGBC Utah) (September 6, 2017)

Salt Lake City Commercial Building Owners Required To Report Energy Scores (September 1, 2017)

City Council approves energy efficient building ordinance (August 30, 2017)

ASHRAE Congratulates Salt Lake City for Passing Benchmarking Ordinance

Salt Lake City will require commercial building owners to report energy scores (August 30, 2017)

Biskupski proposes new energy efficiency and air quality ordinance (January 18, 2017)

Utah lawmakers consider clean air proposals as inversion settles in Wasatch Front (January 17, 2017)

Biskupski Pitches Ordinance Tracking Energy Use In Large Buildings (January 17, 2017)