State and Local Policy Database

Cape Coral

City Scorecard Rank

93

Cape Coral, FL

7.50Scored out of 100Updated 10/2020
Local Government Score:
0 out of 10 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

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

Energy Reduction Goal

The Strategic Plan includes a goal to reduce municipal electricity use 40% below 2008 levels by 2025.

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 Cape Coral’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 efficiency outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We could not confirm if Cape Coral has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite renewable systems 

We were unable to find information regarding onsite renewable energy systems in Cape Coral.

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 Cape Coral's benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Cape Coral. 

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

We could not verify if Cape Coral 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 community-wide 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
Score: 4.5 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Cape Coral must enforce the state’s building energy code. The city allows solar use in all zones but has not adopted mandatory solar-ready requirements. 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

Effective 2017, Florida law requires that residential and commercial buildings comply with the 6th Edition Florida Building Code. The code is based on the 2017 International Energy Conservation Code with state amendments. Cities are not permitted to adopt codes more stringent than the state codes. To learn more about Florida’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

Commercial buildings must comply with the state code. The code uses a commercial zEPI score of 53.4.

Residential

Residential buildings must comply with the state code. The code uses a residential zEPI score of 60.7.

Solar- and EV-ready

Cape Coral allows rooftop solar use in all zones. 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

Cape Coral requires plan reviews, site inspections, and performance testing to ensure 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: 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: 0.5 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC), a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative, is the primary electric utility for the City of Cape Coral. TECO Peoples Gas, an IOU, is Cape Coral’s primary natural gas utility. The State of Florida requires its utilities that post sales of 2,000 GWh or more to implement cost-effective energy efficiency programs and to conduct energy efficiency potential studies. Natural gas programs are required by orders and legislation. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Florida page of the State Database.

The City of Cape Coral Utilities Department is the municipal utility that provides the City of Cape Coral with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Lee County Electric Cooperative had 1,452 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.04% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Cape Coral. In 2018, LCEC spent $474,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 0.12% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, TECO Peoples Gas reported 0.53 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.52% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, TECO Peoples Gas spent $18,605,532 on energy efficiency, which equates to $53.17 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover the entire jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Cape Coral.

TECO Peoples Gas offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

At this time, the City of Cape Coral does not have a formal partnership with LCEC or TECO 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

To our knowledge, Lee County Electric Cooperation and TECO Peoples Gas do not offer any energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

To our knowledge, Lee County Electric Cooperation and TECO Peoples Gas do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily units.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither Lee County Electric Coop nor TECO Peoples Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Cape Coral 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, Lee County Electric Coop did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

We were unable to determine the percentage of generation from renewable resources for Lee County Electric Coop in 2018.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

The energy and water utilities do not currently offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. At this point, the City of Cape Coral and its water utility have not established a water savings target or goal.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

The water utility has not yet set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies. The city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transportation
Score: 2.5 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 Cape Coral does not yet have a codified VMT reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

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

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

The purpose of the City's South Cape district is to promote redevelopment and enhancement of the traditional commercial center of Cape Coral into a more compact and walkable form growth and to create a destination for residents and visitors. This district encourages mixed-use development. Existing commercial and professional buildings will be supplemented with entertainment activities and a wide diversity of housing types to create a vibrant work, live, shop, and play district that serves the entire city and region. (Article 4 - Zoning Codes - Section 4.1.2, C.6

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 Cape Coral does not have a codified mode share target.

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Complete Streets

Resolution 124-15

Car Sharing

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Bike Sharing

The City of Cape Coral does not have its own bikeshare program. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

We could not determine the transit funding per capita within Cape Coral's MSA. 

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 Cape Coral Transit Connectivity Index value is 2.1, scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

EV Infrastructure

The City has 1 charging station available for public use, equivalent to 0.528 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Cape Coral nor 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

Cape Coral 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 

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: March 2020