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Henderson, NV

Scored out of 250Updated 05/2024
Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 0 out of 15 points
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.

Last updated: September 2021

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.

Equity Accountability Measures

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: September 2021

Clean Distributed Energy ResourcesList All

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

Last updated: September 2021

Adaptive Mitigation 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

Though the use of green infrastructure is not guaranteed, the city does require builders to integrate sustainable elements into the developments, which may include low-impact development and/or land conservation.

Last updated: September 2021

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: July 2021

Buildings Policies
Score: 7.5 out of 30 points
Building Energy CodesList All


The State of Nevada allows local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes at the municipal level. Nevada has adopted the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with state amendments for residential and commercial buildings. To learn more about the building codes and requirements for the State of Nevada, please visit the State Policy Database.


Commercial properties in Henderson must comply with the 2018 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 45.3.


Residential properties in Henderson must comply with the 2018 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 52.8.

Solar-readiness policies 

The city has not passed a policy mandating new developments be solar-ready.

EV-charging readiness and infrastructure policies

The city has not passed a policy mandating new developments be EV-ready.

Low-Energy Use Requirements 

The city has not passed low-energy use requirements for buildings. 

Last updated: October 2021

Building Energy Code Compliance and EnforcementList All

The city requires plan reviews and sit inspections to verify code compliance. The city does not incorporate performance testing into its compliance verification process. 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: July 2021

Policies Targeting Existing BuildingsList All


Henderson offers the Weatherization Assistance Program to homeowners and renters. Low-income families have the opportunity to have their homes weatherized at no cost to them.

Last updated: July 2021

Score: 2.5 out of 30 points
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The Henderson Strong Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2017 and contains plans to reduce transportation-related emissions of ozone and carbon monoxide and Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).

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: November 2021

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

Henderson’s zoning code does not require transit-oriented development, compact or mixed land use development, street connectivity, or form-based zoning, but the zoning code does include mixed use as optional for several neighborhoods.

Residential Parking Policies

The City requires a minimum of 2 parking spaces per dwelling unit.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

We could not confirm if there are incentives available through the City to promote location efficiency.

Last Updated: November 2021

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

Henderson has not yet written or codified a Complete Streets Policy.

Last Updated: November 2021

Public Transit List All

Transportation Funding

We could not determine how much per capita Henderson 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 Henderson’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 3.5, putting it in the lowest category (0-5) available in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: November 2021

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

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

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

There are no incentives available for the construction of EV charging infrastructure.

EV Charging Locations

The City has 25 charging ports available for public use, equivalent to 7.8 ports per 100,000 people.

Electric School Bus Goal

Henderson does not have an electric school bus goal.

EV Transit Bus Goal

Henderson does not have an EV transit bus goal.

Last Updated: November 2021

Freight System EfficiencyList All

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

Last Updated: November 2021

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy

Henderson does not have any requirements or incentives in place to develop or preserve affordable housing in transit-served areas.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

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

Last Updated: November 2021

Community Energy Infrastructure
Score: 1 out of 15 points
Community Energy Infrastructure Summary List All

NV Energy, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility for the City of Henderson. Southwest Gas, an IOU, is Henderson’s primary natural gas utility. The State of Nevada has established requirements for energy efficiency programs provided by the state's investor-owned electric utilities, as well as integrated resource planning. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Nevada page of the State Database

The City of Henderson Utility Services and the Southern Nevada Water Authority provide the City of Henderson with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Electricity and Natural Gas Efficiency SavingsList All

In 2019, according to NV Energy, NV Energy achieved 169,573 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.76% of its retail sales. In 2019, NV Energy spent $22,079,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 0.79% of its retail revenue. 

In 2019, Southwest Gas reported savings of 0.20 MMtherms from natural gas efficiency programs, representing 0.04% of its natural gas retail sales. In 2019, Southwest Gas spent $743,937 on energy efficiency, which equates to $1.02 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover Southwest Gas's entire service jurisdiction, not just the City of Henderson.

NV Energy offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industry customers. Southwest Gas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers. 

At this time, the City of Henderson does not have a formal partnership with NV Energy or Southwest Gas in the form of a jointly developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs 

NV Energy offers a free qualified appliance replacement program to income-qualified customers. This program allows for replacement of old inefficient appliances such as refrigerators and electric clothes dryers wiht new efficient models. Savings, spending, and customers served for NV Energy's low-income programs was not available in 2019.

At this time, Southwest Gas does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income customers.

The City Henderson implements the federal Weatherization Assistance Program to homeowners and renters. Low-income families have the opportunity to have their homes weatherized at no cost to them.

Multifamily Programs 

At this time, NV Energy and Southwest Gas do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties. 

Last Updated: August 2021  

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither NV Energy nor Southwest Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Henderson does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Henderson 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: July 2021  

Decarbonization and Climate Change Mitigation Efforts of Cities and Energy UtilitiesList All

Utility Climate Mitigation Goal  

NV Energy does not currently have a carbon emissions reduction goal in place. 

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid 

To our knowledge, the city of Henderson does not participate 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: July 2021  

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Citywide Water Efficiency and Goals 

Southwest Gas and NV Energy collaborate with the Southern Nevada Water District to offer energy and water conservation tips to local business and residential customers as well as provide separate electric efficiency, gas efficiency, and water efficiency programs. Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) also offers smart irrigation clock coupons

SNWA provides service to Henderson, Boulder City, Laughlin, North Las Vegas, and Las Vegas. These communities are all in SWG’s southern Nevada service area. Henderson is part of the SNWA group to reduce water use in southern Nevada. It also enforces water restrictions on landscape watering. 

Water Plant Efficiency and Self-Generation 

At this time, the water utility has not set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies. We could not determine if the city’s water system self-generates its own energy. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Local Government Score:
0 out of 10 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

We were unable to find information regarding a municipal climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We were unable to find information regarding an energy reduction goal for municipal operations.

Renewable Energy Goal

We were unable to find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: June 2021

Procurement and Construction Policies List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

We were unable to find information on Henderson’s fuel efficiency requirements or fleet procurement policies. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public Lighting

We were unable to find information regarding the adoption of a policy requiring efficient lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We were unable to confirm if Henderson has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite and offsite renewable systems

We were unable to find information regarding onsite or offsite renewable energy systems in Henderson.

Inclusive procurement

We were unable to verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: June 2021

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable find information regarding Henderson’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We were unable to find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Henderson.

Last updated: June 2021