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Aurora, CO

Scored out of 100Updated
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Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

Aurora has a goal to reduce local government greenhouse gas emissions 10% by 2025 using a 2007 baseline.

Energy Reduction Goal 

Aurora aims to reduce local government energy use 5% annually through 2020 using a 2014 baseline.

Renewable Energy Goal

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

Last updated: March 2019

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition 

We could not find information on Aurora’s fuel efficiency requirements for public fleet. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public Lighting

We did not find information regarding the adoption of a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We could not confirm if Aurora has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Green Building Requirements

A 2007 City Council resolution requires LEED certification for all new construction of public buildings.

Last updated: June 2019

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting 

We were unable to find information regarding benchmarking practices or comprehensive retrofit strategies in in Aurora.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: March 2019

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Aurora passed its Sustainability Plan in 2009.

Last updated: March 2019

Climate Action and Energy Planning 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 2019

Equitable Climate Action and Energy Planning List All

Equitable Community Outreach

The city did not increase its outreach to marginalized groups relative to other city constituencies in the planning and implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Equitable Decision-Making

The city has not created a formal role for local organizations representing low-income or communities of color to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan. 

Accountability to Equity

The city has not established goals or published methods for tracking how energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are reversing any ongoing actions that disadvantage marginalized residents.

Last updated: March 2019

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

Aurora has allowed solar use in all zones.

Last updated: June 2019

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

We could not verify if the city has adopted an urban heat island mitigation goal nor if the city has adopted policies that target reductions in urban heat island effects.

Last updated: March 2019

Buildings Policies
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Aurora has local authority to adopt building energy codes. The city requires plan reviews and site inspection to ensure building energy code compliance. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies, incentives, or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 2019

Stringency of Energy CodesList All


The State of Colorado is a home rule state with a voluntary building code for both residential and commercial construction. To learn more about the building energy code requirements for the State of Colorado, please visit the State Policy Database.


Aurora requires commercial properties comply with the 2015 IECC. The code uses a commercial zEPI score of 53.6.


Aurora requires residential properties comply with the 2015 IECC. The code uses a residential zEPI score of 54.7.

Solar- and EV-ready

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

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Aurora requires plan reviews and site inspections to verify code 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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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. 


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

Last updated: March 2019

Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Xcel (Public Service Co. of Colorado), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric and natural gas utility for the City of Aurora. The State of Colorado requires spending and savings targets for its utilities through an EERS as well as efficiency requirements within demand-side management plans to be filed annually. To learn more about the state-requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Colorado page of the State Database.

Aurora Water is the municipal utility that provides the City of Aurora with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, Xcel Energy reported 386,710 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.35% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only in Aurora. In 2017, Xcel reported 6.27 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.57% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. These savings figures cover Xcel’s entire service jurisdiction, not just Aurora. Xcel offers natural gas and electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers.

At this time, the City of Aurora does not have a formal partnership with Xcel Energy in the form of a jointly-developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement.

Last Updated: March 2019

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2017, Xcel Energy provided $442,925 in incentives for the installation of 20,700 kW of new distributed solar systems. This equates to $21/kW installed. These incentives were installed through Xcel’s Solar*Rewards program, which offers incentives for residential and commercial solar installations. The program is broken into a Small and Medium-sized offering, with $0.005/kWh provided for installations of 0.05 kW–25 kW and $0.0475/kWh for installations between 25.01 kW–500 kW. In 2017, the small program installed 14,560 kW and the medium program installed 6,140 kW.

Last Updated: March 2019

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

At this time, we cannot confirm whether or not the city of Aurora 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 2019

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

Xcel Energy offers a portfolio of dual fuel programs to serve low-income residential customers, including the Single-Family Weatherization Program, the Low-Income Multifamily Weatherization Program, Low-Income Nonprofit Program, and Low-Income Energy Savings Kit Program. These programs provide no-cost weatherization measures through third-party product implementers. Measures include weatherstripping, insulation, replacement of inefficient furnaces and refrigerators, water efficiency measures, and installation of efficient lighting. Xcel Energy partners with the Colorado Energy Office and Energy Outreach Colorado, which actively work on low-income customer programs. Additionally, Xcel offers energy-savings kits to low-income customers. Xcel Energy’s low-income programs target high energy users and elderly customers and streamline eligibility through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization Assistance Program income qualifications.

In 2017, Xcel Energy saved 6,148 MWh and 0.81 MMtherms of energy from its low-income programs, while serving 7,121 electric and 8,085 natural gas customers. Households served include those receiving energy-saving kits and those participating in weatherization programs.

Multifamily Programs

Xcel offers the Multifamily Weatherization Program. This comprehensive program provides funding for a wide variety of natural gas and electric equipment retrofits, process improvements, facility audits and studies for low-income multifamily buildings. The company's rebates supplement federal weatherization grants to produce incremental, cost-effective natural gas and electric savings. Each submitted project is evaluated using a custom analysis by the company's energy efficiency engineers to determine cost-effectiveness. In some cases, rebates for additional energy-saving equipment are also made available.

In 2017, Xcel Energy’s Multifamily program saved 1,885 MWh and 0.14 MMtherms of energy and served 40 electric and 29 natural gas customers. Customers served do not include those who also received low-income weatherization.

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Xcel does provide the free automatic upload of monthly energy bill data to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager accounts, including aggregated whole building data for buildings with four or more tenants. We could not confirm if the City of Aurora advocates for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

At this time, the energy and water utilities do not offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. Aurora Water strives to achieve a 10% reduction in GPCD by 2040. This goal is similar to the 2007 goal of a 10% reduction by 2032.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

Staff used the DSS model to confirm that a 10% reduction is an achievable goal and to estimate the breakdown of savings by customer class. We could not confirm if Aurora Water has set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies or if the city’s water system self-generates its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2019

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The City of Aurora does not have a standalone transportation plan, but it does have a sustainability plan with strategies to reduce transportation emissions and energy use.

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

At this time, the City does not have a codified vehicle miles traveled (VMT) or greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

We could not determine if the City tracks VMT or GHG numbers.

Last Updated: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

The purpose of the City Center district is to establish an identity for the city through the establishment of a full-service central district with business, residential, employment, and government activities. The district is intended to create a unique place by encouraging the use of special land planning principles and high-quality design. The City Center district is created in recognition of the economic and cultural advantages of an intensive, planned, mixed-use City Center of sufficient size to provide intensive non-residential activities and high-density residential uses.

Residential Parking Policies

The City requires 2 parking spaces per dwelling unity.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

We could not determine if the City offers incentives to encourage compact, mixed-use development.

Last Updated: March 2019

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

At this time, the City does not have a codified mode share target for trips within the city.

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

No progress has been achieved, as there are no targets in place.

Complete Streets

At this time, the City of Aurora does not have a complete streets policy.

Car Sharing

At this time, the City does not have a formal policy in place to provide dedicated on-street and off-street parking for carshare vehicles.

Bike Sharing

We could not determine if the City is served by a bike share system.

Last Updated: May 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

We could not determine how much per capita Aurora spends on transit.

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 Aurora’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 6.6, putting it in the fourth highest category (5-6.99) available in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

The City partnered with Nissan to offer half off of a Nissan LEAF SV in November 2018.

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

The City of Aurora currently does not offer incentives for installing private or public EV charging infrastructure.

EV Charging Locations

The City owns 20 charging stations available for public use.

Renewable Charging Incentives

At this time, the City of Aurora has no incentives or requirements available for the installation of private or public EV charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.).

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight List All

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Low-Income Transportation AccessList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy

Aurora does not yet require, incentivize, or subsidize creation or preservation of affordable housing in transit-served areas or any areas identified for compact, mixed-use development.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Aurora does not currently provide rebates or incentives to low-income residents for efficient transportation options.

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

In the City of Aurora, 64% of low-income households have access to high-quality transit.

Last Updated: April 2019