State and Local Policy Database

Baton Rouge

City Scorecard Rank

97

Baton Rouge, LA

6.00Scored out of 100Updated 10/2020
Local Government Score:
0 out of 10 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

Baton Rouge 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, though the city's 2018 comprehensive plan includes a broad goal to increase energy efficiency. 

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal, though the city's 2018 comprehensive plan includes a broad goal to increase renewable generation.

Last updated: September 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet policies and composition

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

Public lighting

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

Onsite renewable systems 

We were unable to find information regarding onsite renewable energy systems in Baton Rouge.

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 Baton Rouge’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Baton Rouge.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 0 out of 15 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

The Baton Rouge 2018 Comprehensive Plan includes a general intention to improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy generation but does not include specific goals.

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: August 2020

Buildings Policies
Score: 2 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Baton Rouge uses and enforces the state energy code. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies, incentives, or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: September 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All

Overview

The State of Louisiana is a home rule state and allows local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes which are more stringent than the minimum state requirements, or to suit their local conditions. The minimum state standard requires residential buildings to comply with the 2009 IRC with reference to the 2009 IECC. Commercial buildings must comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2007.

Commercial

Commercial buildings must comply with the state code. The code uses a commercial zEPI score of 70.3.

Residential

Residential buildings must comply with the state code. The code uses a residential zEPI score of 68.

Solar- and EV-ready

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

Last updated: September 2020

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Baton Rouge requires plan review and site inspection to verify energy code compliance. They also require building thermal envelope and duct pressure testing. 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: September 2020

Policies Targeting Existing BuildingsList All

We could not find information on whether the city incentivizes or requires energy-saving actions in existing buildings.

Last updated: September 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: September 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 0 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Entergy Louisiana, an investor-owned utility (IOU) and subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, is the primary electric and natural gas utility serving the City of Baton Rouge. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Louisiana page of the State Database.

The Baton Rouge Water Company is the municipal utility that provides the City of Baton Rouge with drinking water services. The East Baton Rouge Parish Wastewater System, managed by the Baton Rouge Department of Environmental Services, is in charge of wastewater treatment and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, Entergy Louisiana reported 17,869 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.03% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Baton Rouge. In 2018, Entergy Louisiana spent $8,293,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 0.22% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, Entergy Louisiana reported no savings or spending on natural gas efficiency programs. These savings and spending figures cover Entergy Louisiana’s entire service jurisdiction, not just the City of Baton Rouge.

Entergy Louisiana offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and business customers.

At this time, the City of Baton Rouge does not have a formal partnership with Entergy Louisiana 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

Entergy Louisiana offers the Income-Qualified Weatherization Program to help homeowners and renters reduce energy loss and cost. This program provides energy efficiency measures such as attic insulation, air sealing, duct sealing, bathroom aerators, water-saving showerheads, pipe insulation, programmable thermostats, smart power strips, and LED lighting. Entergy Louisiana does outreach events with the local community to gain participation in the program.

In 2018, Entergy achieved 183.80 MWh in electric savings, while spending $266,006 and serving 35 low-income households.

Multifamily Programs

Entergy Louisiana offers the Multifamily Solutions Program, which provides direct-install energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting, pipe insulation, programmable thermostats, bathroom and kitchen aerators and water-saving showerheads to participating buildings.

In 2018, Entergy’s multifamily programs saved 197 MWh, while spending $330,923 and serving 1,141 units.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Entergy Louisiana does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Baton Rouge 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, Entergy Louisiana 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 Baton Rouge 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. Entergy Louisiana does offer faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads in its residential programs, however. At this point, the City of Baton Rouge and its water utilities have not established a water savings target or goal.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

To our knowledge, neither the water nor the wastewater utility has set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies, and the city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transportation
Score: 4 out of 30 points
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

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

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

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

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

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

Residential Parking Requirements

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

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 Baton Rouge does not have a codified mode share target.

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Complete Streets

Resolution No. 51196

Car Sharing

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Bike Sharing

Baton Rouge's bike share program officially launched in July of 2019 with 500 electric pedal-assist Gotcha bikes available at 50 mobility hubs throughout the capital city.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority that serves the City of Allentown has received $31,919,966 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $38.40 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 Baton Rouge's Transit Connectivity Index value is 4.5, scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

At this time, Baton Rouge does not offer incentives for citizens to purchase hybrid, plug-in, or EV vehicles.

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

Neither the City of Baton Rouge 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 7.22 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Baton Rouge 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

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

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy 

No data found or the city is not pursuing. 

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Neither the City of Baton Rouge 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