State and Local Policy Database

Oklahoma City

City Scorecard Rank


Oklahoma City, OK

12.00Scored out of 100Updated 5/2015
Local Government Operations
Score: 3 out of 15 points
Local Government Summary List All

Oklahoma City does not have an overarching plan for improving energy efficiency in the city’s internal government operations.

Last updated: December 2014

Local Government Energy Efficiency Goals List All

Oklahoma City does not have an energy efficiency-related goal for their local government operations, but they are working to develop a comprehensive strategy to decrease energy use in government operations.

Last updated: December 2014

Performance Management Strategies List All

We could not confirm if Oklahoma City has a dedicated funding source or budgeting mechanism for local government efficiency investments.

We did not find information detailing the frequency of public reporting on Oklahoma City’s energy efficiency activities and we do not know if the city uses an independent firm for evaluation, monitoring, and verification of energy savings from energy efficiency projects.

Oklahoma City has an energy manager and energy program coordinator who are the primary staff overseeing tracking and accounting of energy use. The Building Management Division oversees/conducts energy efficiency projects in their facilities. We did not find information regarding whether Oklahoma City offers financial or non-financial incentives for energy efficiency actions to departments or individual staff.

Last updated: December 2014

Procurement and Construction List All

Vehicle Fleets and Infrastructure

We did not find information regarding fuel efficiency requirements for the public fleet. We also did not find information on a fleet right-sizing policy, culling requirements, anti-idling policy for fleet vehicles, or other policies to encourage the efficient use of the public fleet.

Note: For local fleet initiatives, policies listed must make a specific, mandatory requirement for increasing fleet efficiency. Local alternative-fuel vehicle procurement requirements that give a voluntary option to count efficient vehicles are thus not included.

Public Lighting

We could not confirm if Oklahoma City has adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance.

New Buildings and Equipment

The city does not currently require new public buildings to be ENERGY STAR or LEED certified. The city recently adopted a sustainable purchasing policy that requires life cycle costs for purchases.

Last updated: December 2014

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Oklahoma City does not use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to manage energy use in local government buildings. The city is building and maintaining a facility database in EnergyCAP and is planning to incorporate it with Portfolio Manager. We did not find information regarding the city’s energy performance strategy for municipal buildings.

Sustainable Infrastructure Policies

In 2014, Oklahoma’s city manager outlined a policy to account for and manage energy and fuel costs associated with government operations in Departmental Memo No. 14-10. It states that "the city shall minimize energy and fuel usage and costs, including environmental impacts associated with government operations by conducting life cycle cost analysis for all purchases, designing and constructing energy-efficient facilities, optimizing operational efficiencies, and proactively managing energy use."

Public Employees

We did not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking, and we did not find information on whether the city offers transit benefits to city employees.  

Last updated: December 2014

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 1.5 out of 10 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

Community-Wide Summary

The Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability administers a Green Home Loan Program to provide low-interest loans to homeowners wishing to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes.

Last updated: January 2017

Community-Wide Energy Efficiency GoalsList All

The city is currently developing a sustainability plan and the Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability has engaged a group of stakeholders to discuss topics related to energy, water, natural assets, transportation, and preparedness/resilience. An efficiency goal is expected to be included in the sustainability plan when adopted in the spring or summer of 2017.

Last updated: January 2017

Performance Management StrategiesList All

We did not find information regarding performance management strategies. Information that we were unable to obtain includes the frequency of public reporting on community-wide energy efficiency initiatives, the use of independent EM&V to evaluate savings from community-wide efficiency projects, and the existence of dedicated staff or funding for sustainability programs.

Last updated: December 2014

Efficient Distributed Energy Systems - District Energy and Combined Heat and PowerList All

Oklahoma City does not have programs or policies to plan for future district energy systems

Last updated: January 2017

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

We did not find information on whether the city has a quantitative goal, programs, or policies with the aim of mitigating the urban heat island effect.

Last updated: January 2017

Buildings Policies
Score: 1.5 out of 29 points
Buildings Summary List All

Oklahoma City does not have building sector initiatives to improve efficiency. The Development Services Department manages the building energy code compliance and enforcement for Oklahoma City.

Last Updated: December 2014

Stringency of Energy CodesList All

The State of Oklahoma allows its local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes other than the state standards. Oklahoma adopted the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) with amendments that require cities to comply with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Oklahoma adopted the 2015 International Building Code with amendments that require cities to comply with the 2006 IECC. To learn more, please visit the Oklahoma page on the State Policy Database


Oklahoma city complies with the 2006 IECC for commercial buildings.


Oklahoma city complies with the 2009 IECC for residential buildings.

Last Updated: January 2017

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Oklahoma City reported a budget of $6,762,035 for the building code department in 2013. This level of spending normalizes to $9 per $1,000 of residential construction spending for the city. Oklahoma City has not made third-party plan review or performance testing mandatory for code compliance, nor has it established either as a voluntary code compliance option. Oklahoma City does not provide upfront support to developers or owners for energy code compliance.

Last Updated: December 2014

Requirements and Incentives for Efficient Buildings List All

Building Energy Savings Goals

Oklahoma City has not yet published an energy-intensity reduction target for its private buildings.

Green Building Requirements

Oklahoma City has not yet established above-code building requirements for any class of building.

Energy Audit and Retrofit Requirements

Oklahoma City does not yet require commercial or residential buildings to take energy efficiency actions such as energy audits or retro-commissioning.  

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings

Oklahoma City does not currently offer incentives or financing options for energy efficiency improvements.

Last Updated: December 2014

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Oklahoma City does not have mandatory or voluntary programs to encourage building benchmarking in any sector.

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that serves the Oklahoma City region includes fields for energy efficiency features.

Last Updated: December 2014

Comprehensive Efficiency Services List All

There is no ENERGY STAR program available to homeowners.

Last Updated: March 2015

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 2.5 out of 18 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility serving Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Natural Gas, an IOU and subsidiary of ONE Gas, is Oklahoma City’s primary natural gas utility. The State of Oklahoma has not yet implemented energy efficiency goals or resource standards in which levels of energy efficiency must be achieved annually by the state’s utilities through demand side programs. To learn more about the state-requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Oklahoma page of the State Database.

Oklahoma City’s Department of Utilities provides city residents with drinking water and wastewater services. The city’s Planning Department launched the Green Infrastructure Initiative to further stormwater management and services throughout the city.

Last Updated: December 2014

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs, Spending & SavingsList All

According to EIA, in 2012, OG&E spent $14,628,000 on electric efficiency programs, representing .81% of its annual revenue. Due to these programs, OG&E reported a net incremental electricity savings of 42,294MWh, representing .20% of its retail sales. In 2013, Oklahoma Natural Gas either did not spend or did not report spending on natural gas efficiency programs. Spending on electricity efficiency represented in this section covers the entire Oklahoma service territory, not just Oklahoma City. OG&E offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers. 

At this point, Oklahoma City does not partner with OG&E to promote participation in its energy efficiency programs. Oklahoma City also has not yet begun advocating to the state for increased spending and savings requirements for the electric utility.

Last Updated: December 2014

Energy Efficiency Targets & Funding Agreements List All

Oklahoma City’s utilities have not set a local energy savings target.

Oklahoma City does not have a franchise agreement or municipal aggregation contract in place to ensure energy efficiency while powering city operations.

Last Updated: December 2014

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

OG&E has not yet committed to providing the Green Button data sharing platform to its customers OG&E currently does not provide Oklahoma City’s building owners and managers with automatic benchmark data for inputting into Portfolio Manager. OG&E does not publically provide community aggregate data for planning and evaluation of programs. Oklahoma City does not advocate to the state for improvements in data provision by the utilities.

Last Updated: December 2014

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Water Efficiency

In 2013, Oklahoma City’s Department of Utilities implemented a Progressive Water Conservation Program. However, they have not established any water efficiency goals. They do offer a number of water saving rebates such as low-flow fixtures and dual-flush toilets.

Energy Efficiency and Self-Generation

Oklahoma City’s Department of Utilities has not yet established an energy efficiency goal for water operations. There are not currently any programs in place for energy efficiency in water operations. The city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Oklahoma City recently updated its zoning code to promote and support urban agriculture and green infrastructure. The modified ordinance provides clarification for activities such as rainwater harvesting, managing stormwater runoff, and implementing Low-Impact Development (LID). However, there are no funding or incentive structures in place to encourage green infrastructure and stormwater management.

Last Updated: February 2015

Score: 3.5 out of 28 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority serving the Oklahoma City is The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA). COPTA provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including bus and river ferry service. The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments is the MPO in charge of conducting metropolitan transportation planning. Its area of jurisdiction encompasses Oklahoma City, and many surrounding cities and towns. Oklahoma City's Public Transportation and Parking Department is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: December 2014

Location Efficiency List All

Oklahoma City has not yet implemented location-efficient zoning codes to be used across the city or in any specific neighborhood. The city requires two parking spaces per residential dwelling. Oklahoma City has not yet written or codified a Complete Streets Policy. There are no incentives available through the city to promote location efficiency.

Last updated: December 2014

Mode Shift List All

Transportation and Land Use Planning

Oklahoma City has not yet written or implemented a policy to encourage improved integration of transportation and land use planning such as a VMT reduction or mode share target.

Car and Bicycle Sharing

There is a car sharing program currently available to the residents and visitors of Oklahoma City, Timecar. The bike sharing service, SpokiesOKC is currently available, with 7 operable stations, to the residents and visitors of Oklahoma City.

Transportation Demand Management Programs

Oklahoma City has not yet implemented any transportation demand management programs to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips or trips during rush hour.

Last updated: December 2014

Transit List All

The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority transit system that serves Oklahoma City received $24,361,329 in total funding in 2012. This funding level is $37.47 per resident in the service territory of the agency. In comparison, 2011 spending on roads and parking by the city was $87,253,138 or $145.50 per city resident. This results in a ratio of per capita regional transit funding to per capita city highway and parking funding of .026 to 1.

The Transit Connectivity Index measures how many transit rides are available per week within walking distance from the average household. The Oklahoma City Transit Connectivity Index value is 1,712.50, putting it in the lowest category (<5,000) available in the City Scorecard.

Last updated: December 2014

Efficient Vehicles and Driver Behavior List All

At this time, Oklahoma City does not offer incentives for citizens to purchase hybrid, plug-in, or EV vehicles. There are no incentives available for the construction of commercial or private EV charging infrastructure. The local government has not yet made any EV charging staions available for public use. 

Oklahoma has not yet established efficient driving rules, such as an anti-idling ordinance, for private vehicles. Oklahoma City actively participates in the Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition

Last updated: June 2013

Freight List All

There are eleven intermodal freight facilities within the City of Oklahoma City’s boundaries, nine of which we classify as efficient because they are port- or rail-capable. Oklahoma City’s share of regional freight traffic in 2012, normalized by population, is 22,158 ton-miles. As a result there are 0.406 efficient intermodal facilities per thousand ton-miles of freight traffic, putting the city in the second lowest category for this metric (>0 to 0.499) available in the City Scorecard.

Last updated: December 2014