ACEEE’s List of Top 10 Cities for Energy Efficiency

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Here is a list of top 10 cities for energy efficiency, as designated by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Details about the ACEEE’s analysis can be found here.

1. Boston

2. Portland, Ore.

3. New York City*

4. San Francisco*

5. Seattle*

6.  Austin

7. Washington, D.C.

8. Minneapolis

9. Chicago

10. Philadelphia

*NYC, San Francisco and Seattle tied with the same number of points in the ranking.

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About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of She has been writing about energy for more than three decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.


  1. Lyle Axelarris says:

    I’m curious how these rankings were determined. It seems to me that when we are talking about energy-efficiency, it is very important to explain what is behind the metrics. Are these rankings on a per capita basis? Is economic output considered? Perhaps most importantly, is the data climate-normalized(of course, Fairbanks, AK uses more energy than San Francisco)? Is this considering only Site EUI, or is Source energy considered? And is it fair to judge cities based on the energy sources that are regionally available?
    More information please?