State and Local Policy Database

Allentown

City Scorecard Rank

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Allentown, PA

Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

Allentown does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for municipal operations.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal energy reduction goal.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: March 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

We could not find information on Allentown’s fleet procurement policies or fuel efficiency requirements. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition. 

Public Lighting

We could not confirm if Allentown has adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. Allentown has converted approximately 25% of streetlights to LED, which plans to convert all streetlights to LED by 2021.

Onsite Renewable Systems

We were unable to find information regarding onsite renewable systems in Allentown.

Inclusive Procurement

We could not verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: March 2020

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Tulsa’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We were unable to find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy for municipal buildings, but the city recently accomplished the multiple upgrades at multiple updates.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last update: July 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

We could not verify if Allentown has adopted a climate, clean energy, or sustainability plan.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide energy reduction goal for the city.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide renewable energy goal for the city.

Energy Data Reporting

The city does not report community-wide energy data.

Last updated: March 2020

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether relevant decision-makers have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting engagement for multiple clean energy initiatives with marginalized groups compared to engagement with other city constituencies.

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

We were unable to determine if the city has created a formal role for marginalized community residents or local organizations representing those communities to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Accountability to Equity

We were unable to determine whether the city has adopted specific goals, metrics, or protocols to track how multiple energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are affecting local marginalized groups.

Last updated: March 2020 

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

We could not verify if the city has adopted a formal policy, rule, or agreement that supports the creation of clean distributed energy systems.

Last updated: March 2020

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

UHI Mitigation Goal

We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantifiable urban heat island mitigation goal.

UHI Policies and Programs

We were unable to determine if the city has adopted specific policies or programs that incorporate requirements or incentives to mitigate the urban heat island effect. 

Last updated: March 2020

Buildings Policies
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Allentown must use and enforce the state-mandated energy codes. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies, incentives, or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All

Overview

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires its local jurisdictions to comply with state-mandated building energy codes. Residential construction must comply with the 2009 IECC, although several residential provisions from the 2015 IECC were adopted by the state on January 1, 2016. Commercial construction must comply with the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007. To learn more about the required building energy codes for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

Commercial buildings in Allentown must comply with the state code. The code uses a commercial zEPI score of 51.3.

Residential

Residential buildings in Allentown must comply with the state code. The code uses a residential zEPI score of 58.

Solar- and EV-ready

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted solar- and/or EV-ready ordinances.

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Allentown requires plan reviews and site inspections to ensure compliance. We could not find information on the number of full-time employees the city staffs to enforce the energy code. We could not find information regarding upfront support for code compliance.

Last updated: March 2020

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for commercial and multifamily buildings.

Single-family     

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for single-family home.

Last updated: March 2020

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

We could not find information on the number of incentives the city offers for energy efficiency, solar energy, and/or low-income energy improvement projects.

Last updated: March 2020

Required Energy ActionsList All

We could not find information on whether the city requires building owners to conduct additional above-code energy actions.

Last updated: March 2020

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

PPL Electric Utilities, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility for the City of Allentown. The primary natural gas supplier for Allentown is UGI Utilities, an IOU. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires spending and savings targets for its utilities through an EERS with oversight by the Public Utilities Commission. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Pennsylvania page of the State Database.

The Lehigh County Authority is the public utility that provides the City of Allentown with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, PPL Electric reported 311,197 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.83% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Allentown. In 2018, PPL Electric spent $56,127,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 2.96% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, UGI Utilities reported 1.67 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.27% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, UGI Utilities either did not spend or did not report spending on natural gas efficiency programs. These savings and spending figures cover the entire service jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Allentown.

PPL Electric offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and business customers. UGI Utilities similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to businesses.

At this time, the City of Allentown does not have a formal partnership with PPL Electric or UGI Utilities in the form of a jointly developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement.

Last Updated: March 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

PPL Electric offers low-income programs including energy efficiency kits, energy education, and direct installations. The Low-Income WRAP program offers energy efficiency measures such as free energy audits, energy education, and direct installation of a range of energy efficiency products and services. Additionally, the program offers outreach and direct installation measures to Individually-Metered Multifamily, Master Metered Multifamily, and Manufactured Home Parks. PPL partners with community-based organizations to implement its energy efficiency kits. The program also includes carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.

In 2018, PPL Electric achieved 26,241 MWh in energy savings while spending $11,403,000 on its low-income programs and served 25,648 low-income households.

At this time, UGI Utilities does not offer a low-income energy efficiency programs to customers.

Multifamily Programs

While PPL doesn’t have a stand-alone multifamily program, PPL does offers outreach and direct installation measures to individually metered multifamily, master metered multifamily, and manufactured home parks within its Low-Income WRAP program.

At this time, UGI Utilities does not offer an energy efficiency program targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither PPL Electric nor UGI Utilities provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Allentown does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2020

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2018, PPL Electric Utilities did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

At this time, we cannot confirm whether or not the city of Allentown participates in activities or strategies to help spur or encourage more utility-scale or distributed renewable energy generation from its local electric utility, such as testifying in public utility commission proceedings related to renewable energy, creating a formal partnership with the electric utility on renewable generation, or participating in utility planning efforts to increase renewable generation.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

The energy and water utilities do not offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. However, PPL Electric does include water measures in its energy efficiency programs, such as faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads, and thermostatic shower restriction valves. At this point, the City of Allentown and its water utility have not established a water savings target or goal.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

The water utility has not set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies. The city does operate a CHP at its Kline's Island wastewater treatment plant.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transportation
Score: 2.5 of 30 Points
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

Allentown's comprehensive plan addresses transportation, outlining several actions to increase use of public transportation.

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

The City of Allentown does not yet have a codified VMT reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

The City of Allentown is not yet tracking community GHG or VMT levels

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

The City of Akron does not have any efficiency based zoning policies. 

Residential Parking Requirements

Article 1321.02 of Allentown's zoning code requires that there be .75 parking spaces per unit for construction related to hotels, motels and housing that is permanently restricted to persons 62 years and older and/or the physically handicapped, and requires no more than 1 parking space per unit for most other developments. 

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

The City of Allentown does not have a codified mode share target.

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Complete Streets

No policy found. 

Car Sharing

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Bike Sharing

The city does not have its own bikeshare program, but Muhlenberg College has a 12 bike bikeshare. The college's bikeshare system has two stations, one located on campus and the other located at the Allentown Parking Authority building in downtown Allentown. 

Last Updated: March 2020

 

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority that serves the City of Allentown has received $41,752,846 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $49.53 per capita between 2014 and 2018 within the Authority's service area. 

Access to Transit Services

The Transit Connectivity Index measures transit service levels. It is based on the number of bus routes and train stations within walking distance for households scaled by frequency of service. The City of Akron’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 6, scoring .5 a point in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Neither the City of Allentown or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the purchase of efficient vehicles at this time. 

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

Neither the City of Allentown or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the installation of EV charging infrastrucutre at this time. 

EV Infrastructure

The City has 16 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 13.176 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Allentown or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the installation of EV charging infrastrucutre powered by renewables at this time. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Allentown does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place, nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Last Updated: March 2020

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy 

Allentown does not have any policies in place to address or help encourage affordable TOD housing development. 

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Neither the City of Allentown nor the transit authority that services the city's residents provide rebates or incentives that better connect low-income residents to efficient transportation options. 

Last Updated: March 2020