State and Local Policy Database

Fort Worth

City Scorecard Rank


Fort Worth, TX

30.00Scored out of 100Updated 5/2017
Local Government Score:
3 out of 10 points
Local Government Summary List All

In 2011, Fort Worth formally adopted an energy reduction goal to comply with state law. We could not confirm if the city has a goal that covers all its local government operations, however, the Fort Worth Sustainability Task Force is creating action plans to ensure the city’s infrastructure and resources keep pace with the city’s growth. Fort Worth has also implemented a comprehensive retrofit program to energy efficiency in its’ municipal buildings.

Last updated: February 2017

Local Government Energy Efficiency Goals List All

City Council Resolution 4130-09-2012 formally adopted a goal to reduce Fort Worth’s electricity consumption 5% each fiscal year for ten years beginning in 2011, in compliance with Texas state law SB 898. The city also has a goal under DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge that includes municipal buildings. We could not confirm if the city has a goal that covers all its local government operations, however, the Fort Worth City Council appointed a Sustainability Task Force to investigate ways to ensure city infrastructure and resources can keep pace with growth. The second phase of the process detailed ways to improve city operations to further sustainability goals, including initiatives related to energy usage in municipal buildings and fuel consumption of the vehicle fleet. The Sustainability Task Force is comprised of individuals from local government and non-profits.






Fort Worth does not publish internal energy use data but municipal energy use is included in the Fort Worth Better Buildings data posted annually on the DOE website

Last updated: January 2017

Procurement and Construction List All

Vehicle Fleets and Infrastructure

When reviewing vehicle requests, the city encourages the use of smaller more fuel efficient vehicles, but Fort Worth does not have a fuel efficiency requirement for its vehicle fleet. The Equipment Services Department conducts an Underutilized Vehicle Study annually and conducts meetings when needed to review vehicles that should be removed from the fleet for age and low use. There are no energy-efficient vehicle procurement policies in place in the city of Fort Worth. However, this city does incorporate GPS technologies to increase public fleet efficiency.

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

The city of Fort Worth has not yet adopted the control provisions of the Model Lighting Ordinance; however, it does have a program to replace burned out street light fixtures with new LEDs.

New Buildings and Equipment

Fort Worth’s Action Plan calls for a policy requiring new city buildings to be at least LEED Silver–certified and significantly renovated city buildings to be at least LEED EB Silver-certified when the certification cost does not exceed 5% of the construction or renovation costs. While the city does have these guidelines, it does not pursue the actual LEED certification. We did not find information on energy efficiency procurement policies.

Last updated: April 2017

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Fort Worth benchmarks approximately 60% of municipal building space through Portfolio Manager and monitors it on a monthly basis. The city’s conservation program acts to regularly retro commission and retrofit buildings to improve energy efficiency when submitted projects are deemed cost-effective.

Public Employees

We could not find data on policies that reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking policies in Fort Worth.

Last updated: January 2017

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 2 out of 12 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

Fort Worth has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

Community-Wide Energy Efficiency GoalsList All

Fort Worth does not have energy efficiency-related goals for its entire community. The city did enter into a Better Buildings Challenge Community Partner Agreement to reduce energy intensity 20% by 2020 in 5,700,000 square feet of building space.

While the city regularly publishes progress reports on energy efficiency in municipal operations, there is no such report for community-wide energy efficiency.  

Last updated: January 2017

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

We did not find information on any programs or policies to plan for future district energy systems. 

Last updated: January 2017

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

The city adopted an urban tree canopy coverage goal of 30% through Ordinance 18615-05-2009. The ordinance lays out both private tree preservation and planting requirements for the city.

We did not find information on any policies that require or incentivize low impact development (LID) or conservation of private land.  

Last updated: January 2017

Buildings Policies
Score: 11 out of 28 points
Buildings Summary List All

Fort Worth has some building sector initiatives to improve efficiency through strengthening amendments to the Texas Building Energy Code. The Planning and Development Department manages the building energy code compliance and enforcement for the City of Fort Worth.

Last Updated: January 2017

Stringency of Energy CodesList All

The State of Texas allows its local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes that are at least as stringent as the Texas Building Energy Code. The minimum state standard for single-family residential construction must comply with the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC). All other residential and commercial building construction must comply with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). State-funded building construction must comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2013. To learn more about the building energy code requirements for the State of Texas, please visit the State Policy Database.


Fort Worth's Energy Code for commercial buildings is based on the 2015 IECC with amendments. The Code permits ENERGY STAR certification as an alternative complaince option. The code went into effect on January 1, 2017.


Fort Worth's Energy Code for residential buildings is based on the 2015 IECC with amendments. The Code permits ENERGY STAR certification as an alternative complaince option. The code went into effect on January 1, 2017.

Last Updated: March 2017

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Fort Worth does not have internal staff dedicated solely to energy code compliance. Code officials are trained on the 2015 IECC from the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) and have had training from local ASHRAE chapters. Fort Worth has not made third-party plan review or performance testing mandatory for code compliance, but certifies six third-party companies that developers may hire to perform construction and energy code inspections if they prefer not to use city staff. As upfront code support, Fort Worth holds pre-development and pre-construction conferences.

Last Updated: January 2017

Requirements and Incentives for Efficient Buildings List All

Green Building Requirements

Private commercial and residential buildings are not subject to green building requirements.

Energy Audit and Retrofit Requirements

Fort Worth 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

Fort Worth does not yet provide incentives or financing products for home or building owners making energy efficient upgrades.

Last Updated: January 2017

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Fort Worth's Business Smart is a voluntary program to encourage energy performance in the commercial sector. The program recognizes building owners for their participation and achievements in improving the energy efficiency of their buildings.

Last Updated: March 2017

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 7 out of 20 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Oncor, and investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility serving the City of Fort Worth. Atmos Energy, and IOU, is Fort Worth’s primary natural gas supplier. The City of Fort Worth is an active promoter of Atmos and Oncor’s energy efficiency programs. The State of Texas requires electric utilities to offset load-growth through end-use energy efficiency, mandated through an EERS. The utilities must also submit their energy savings goals to the Public Utility Commission of Texas. To learn more about the state-requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Texas page of the State Database.

The Fort Worth Water Department is the municipal utility which provides drinking water services and wastewater treatment to the City of Fort Worth. Stormwater management and services are provided by Fort Worth’s Transportation and Public Works Department (TPW).

Last Updated: January 2017

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs, Spending & SavingsList All

In 2015, according to Oncor, they achieved 166,594 MWh in net incremental savings, representing 0.14% of retail sales. To achieve these savings, Oncor spent $48,422,842 on electric efficiency programs in 2015, which amounts to 1.25% of annual revenue. In 2015, Atmos Energy also reported savings of 6.00 MMtherms from natural gas efficiency programs, representing 0.36% of its retail sales. To achieve these savings, Atmos Energy spent $744,746 on natural gas efficiency programs, which are normalized to $0.59 per residential customer. Spending on electric and natural gas efficiency represented in this section covers the entire Texas service territory, not just Dallas. Oncor offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers. Atmos Energy offers natural gas efficiency incentives to residential and commercial/industrial customers.

Fort Worth partners with Oncor and Atmos Energy to promote participation in efficiency the Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge. Fort Worth’s Housing and Economic Development department partners with Oncor for the weatherization program. Other programs include the Business Smart program, and Sustainable Energy Round Table – two working groups which aim to transform the local energy efficiency markets.

Last Updated: January 2017

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

Oncor offers the Hard-to-Reach Standard Offer Program and a Targeted Low-Income Weatherization Program to qualified low-income residential customers. The Hard-to-Reach program is designed to achieve energy and demand savings with the installation of a wide range of energy efficiency measures at low or no cost. Service providers implement the energy-saving measures and their costs are offset by incentives paid by Oncor. Measures include duct sealing, water efficiency measures, insulation, weatherstripping, and caulking. Oncor is also implementing a Targeted Weatherization Program through the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies (TACAA), which provides funds to designated federal Weather Assistance Program (WAP) subrecipient agencies. This enables these agencies to provide weatherization services to low-income residential electric distribution customers. Energy-efficient measures installed include aerators, attic insulation, air infiltration, central air conditioning units, central heat pumps, duct improvement, floor insulation, and ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and windows.

Customers are automatically enrolled in Oncor’s low-income programs if they are enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP), Home Weatherization Assistance Plan (HWAP), or Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). In 2015, according to Oncor’s demand-side management report, it achieved 23,044 MWh in energy savings from its low-income programs, while spending $12,981,305 on its low-income efficiency portfolio. These programs served 4,669 low-income customers, with each household receiving an average of $2,780 and saving an average of 4,935 kWh.

Atmos Energy offers the Keeping the Warmth Program to qualified low-income residential customers. Measures include natural gas piping repair, attic and wall insulation, gas water heater replacements, duct sealing, caulking, weatherstripping, wall outlet insulation, and faucet aerators. The program targets elderly and disabled households, and households with children under the age of five. Through this program, the utility partners with local communities, weatherization organizations, and community action agencies to help decrease household energy use. In 2015, according to Atmos Energy’s demand-side management report, it spent $423,504 on its low-income efficiency portfolio and served 323 households, with an average spending of $1,311 per household.

Multifamily Programs

At this time, Oncor and Atmos Energy do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: June 2017

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

In order for customers to access their own energy data, Oncor make use of Smart Meter Texas, a data sharing platform similar to Green Button. Atmos Energy does not yet provide a service to allow customers to access their energy use data access. Neither Oncor nor Atmos Energy provide Fort Worth’s building managers with automatic benchmarking data for use in Portfolio Manager. Oncor provides community aggregated energy use data on public consumption upon request for planning in Fort Worth. At this time, the City of Fort Worth does not advocate to the state for improvements in data provision by its utilities.

Last Updated: January 2017

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Water Efficiency

The City of Forth Worth does not have any joint water and energy efficiency programs in place. The city does have a SmartFlush program to replace residential toilets with high-efficiency toilets and has time-of-day watering restrictions. Fort Worth’s goals are based on the recommendations of the Texas Water Conservation Implementation Task Force, which suggested a 1% reduction in gallons of water used per capita per day per year.

Energy Efficiency and Self-Generation

The Fort Worth Water Department participates in the city's energy conservation programs. In terms of energy efficiency, the Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility has been involved with Johnson Controls Inc., as part of an ESPC (Energy Savings Performance Contract), to increase on-site electrical generation to 50% and reduce energy consumption by 20%. The Fort Worth Water Department participates in self-generation by producing 1500 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of methane gas from anaerobic digesters.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

While the City looks for opportunities to encourage the use of green infrastructure in both public and private projects, there is no formal plan or regulation for joint green infrastructure and stormwater management policies. Additionally, the city’s stormwater management division has a credit policy that provides reduced stormwater utility fees for properties that have water quality features or practices. Funding for green infrastructure and water quality projects is made available through the stormwater utility.

Last Updated: January 2017

Score: 7 out of 30 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority serving the city of Fort Worth is The Fort Worth Transportation Authority. The T also provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including bus and light rail service. The North Central Texas Council of Governments is the MPO in charge of conducting metropolitan transportation planning. Its area of jurisdiction encompasses the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as many surrounding counties. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: January 2017

Location Efficiency List All

Fort Worth has implemented form-based codes to govern development in the Near Southside and Trinity Uptown neighborhoods. The city allows one or more parking spaces per residential unit. There are no incentives available through the city to promote location efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

Mode Shift List All

Modal Share Targets

To promote a modal shift in transportation,

Car and Bicycle Sharing

There is currently no car sharing program available in Fort Worth. The city is served by a bikesharing program, Fort Worth B-cycle, with 45 operable stations.

Complete Streets

Fort Worth adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2016. The initiative encourages the inclusion of complete streets principles in all road construction and maintenance projects.

Last updated: January 2017

Transit List All

The FWTA transit system that serves Fort Worth has received $89,404, 452 in average annual funding from 2011-2015. This funding level is $12.59 per resident in the service territory of the agency, putting the city in the lowest category ($0-24) available in transit funding. 

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 Fort Worth’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 4, putting it in the lowest category (0-4) available in the City Scorecard.

Last updated: January 2017

Efficient VehiclesList All

At this time, Fort Worth 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 city owns 19 charging stations available for public use. 

Last updated: January 2017

Freight List All

Sustainable freight plan

Fort Worth does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency

Smart freight

Fort Worth does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Fort Worth does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Low-Income in Transit-Oriented Development Areas List All

Fort Worth provides tax and funding incentives for affordable and mixed-income housing in transit-served areas and mixed-use areas by policy.

Last updated: January 2017