State and Local Policy Database


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Jacksonville, FL

28.00Scored out of 100Updated 5/2017
Local Government Score:
2 out of 10 points
Local Government Summary List All

Executive Order 2008-3  describes some energy efficiency-related activities for Jacksonville’s internal government operations. Beyond the executive order, the city does not have another overarching plan or initiative for improving energy efficiency. The executive order also created the Office of Sustainability Initiatives which oversees Jacksonville’s energy efforts. Jacksonville also has an executive order in place calling for building to achieve a certain level of energy efficiency.

Last updated: February 2017

Local Government Energy Efficiency Goals List All

Jacksonville will assist Florida in creating a plan to help the state achieve its Clean Power Plan goal. Otherwise, Jacksonville does not have an energy efficiency-related goal for its local government operations.






Jacksonville does not annually report on its energy efficiency activities for its local government operations.

Last updated: January 2017

Procurement and Construction List All

Vehicle Fleets and Infrastructure

Executive Order 2008-3 established a policy that light-duty vehicles in need of replacement be replaced with hybrids or alternative-fuel vehicles, or the most fuel-efficient and least-polluting vehicles available, whenever cost and reliability are similar to traditional vehicles. Jacksonville does not have any other fuel efficiency requirements for its vehicle fleet. The executive order also established an anti-idling policy for the city fleet. Jacksonville is currently developing a right-sizing policy for their fleet as well, but it is not yet in place.

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

Jacksonville has not adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. JEA, the municipal electric and water utility, is in the process of conducting a study to determine the feasibility of LED outdoor lighting for the City of Jacksonville.

New Buildings and Equipment

Executive Order 2008-3 states that all applicable new city buildings and major renovations should be built and certified to the appropriate LEED standards and achieve ENERGY STAR certification. The order also states that existing buildings should incorporate all appropriate LEED-EB principles into facility operation and maintenance. The city also uses an environmentally preferable purchasing policy.

Last updated: January 2017

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Jacksonville regularly enters energy use for municipal building space into the ENERGY STAR program. However, we could not confirm the percentage of overall city-owned square footage that the benchmarked square footage represents. We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Jacksonville.

Public Employees

JEA, the city's municipal utility, has a teleworking policy, but Jacksonville does not have policies to reduce the commutes of all city workers, such as flexible schedules or a citywide teleworking policy.

Last updated: January 2017

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 3 out of 12 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

Jacksonville has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency, but the city does provide substantial support for the creation of local district energy systems.

Last updated: January 2017

Community-Wide Energy Efficiency GoalsList All

The city does not currently have community-wide energy efficiency goals.

Last updated: January 2017

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

Jacksonville has dedicated city staff for district energy planning and development. Also, the city has identified three high-priority areas for potential new district energy systems. These are the Downtown, Springfield, and Hogan neighborhoods. There are plans to include Everbank Stadium in the downtown chilled water service base.

Last updated: January 2017

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

The city has not adopted urban heat island mitigation goals.

The city has adopted a private tree protection ordinance. 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: 5 out of 28
Buildings Summary List All

Jacksonville does not have building sector initiatives to improve efficiency. The Building Inspection Division within the Planning and Development Department manages the building energy code compliance and enforcement for the City of Jacksonville.

Last Updated: January 2017

Stringency of Energy CodesList All

Effective June 30, 2015, Florida law requires that residential and commercial buildings comply with the 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation. The 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation based on the 2012 IECC with amendments. The 6th Edition (2017) is on schedule to take effect on December 31, 2017. 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 construction in Jacksonville complies with the Florida building energy codes. Jacksonville has not yet begun to advocate to the state level for increased stringency in commercial building codes.


Residential construction in Jacksonville complies with the Florida building energy codes. Jacksonville has not yet begun to advocate to the state level for increased stringency in residential building codes.

Last Updated: January 2017

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Jacksonville does not have internal staff dedicated solely to energy code compliance. The city does not require building code officials to complete energy code training and does not provide upfront support to developers or owners for energy code compliance. The city does perform plan reviews for compliance, but performance testing is not required.

Last Updated: February 2017

Requirements and Incentives for Efficient Buildings List All

Green Building Requirements

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

Energy Audit and Retrofit Requirements

Jacksonville 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

Jacksonville does not yet provide incentives or financing products for home or building owners making energy efficiency upgrades.

Last Updated: January 2017

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Jacksonville does not have mandatory or voluntary programs to encourage building benchmarking in any sector.

The region’s multiple listing service includes fields for energy efficiency features of homes listed on the market.

Last Updated: January 2017

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 5.5 out of 20 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

JEA (Jacksonville Electric Authority) is the municipal utility which provides electricity, drinking water services, and wastewater treatment to the City of Jacksonville. TECO Peoples Gas, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is Jacksonville’s primary natural gas utility. The State of Florida requires all electric utilities (municipal and IOU) with 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 Jacksonville Stormwater Utility manages the stormwater for Jacksonville, and JEA manages Jacksonville's drinking water supply.

Last Updated: January 2017

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs, Spending & SavingsList All

In 2015, according to JEA, they achieved 33,754 MWh in net incremental savings, representing 0.28% of retail sales. To achieve these savings, JEA spent $5,554,629 on electric efficiency programs in 2015, which amounts to 0.44% of annual revenue. In 2015, TECO Peoples Gas reported spending $12,335,245 on natural gas efficiency programs, which is normalized to $37.76 per residential customer. TECO Peoples Gas did report savings on natural gas efficiency programs. Spending on electricity and natural gas represented in this section covers the entire Florida service territory, not just Jacksonville. JEA offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers. TECO Peoples Gas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

JEA works with the City of Jacksonville’s Department of Housing and Neighborhoods to implement a low-income program called the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency program, which assists customers in making energy and water efficiency upgrades to their homes.

Last Updated: January 2017

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

JEA offers the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program to qualified low-income residential customers. This program includes upgrades such as CFL bulbs, LED night lights, low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators, toilet flappers, AC filters, exterior door weatherstripping, caulking, and attic insulation. The program is implemented in partnership with the City of Jacksonville’s Department of Housing and Neighborhoods, and coordinates with the Weatherization Assistance Program. Customers who received federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program dollars are automatically qualified for the program. In 2015, according to JEA, it achieved 862 MWh in energy savings from its low-income programs, while spending $650,000 on its low-income efficiency portfolio. These programs served 1,150 low-income customers, with each household receiving an average of $565 and saving an average of 750 kWh.

TECO People’s Gas does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income customers in Jacksonville at this time.

Multifamily Programs

At this time, JEA and TECO People's Gas do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: June 2017

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

JEA has implemented Green Button through its customer My Account dashboard. At this point, JEA and TECO Peoples Gas do not provide automated benchmarking services for Jacksonville’s building managers and owners for use in Portfolio Manager. JEA releases aggregate community energy use data for use in planning or evaluation of programs to the City of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, and the school district. At this point, the City of Jacksonville does not advocate for improvements in data provision by its utilities.

Last Updated: January 2017

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Water Efficiency

JEA provides a free computer-based home energy assessment that provides a review of both water and electricity use, as well as abnormal consumption alerts, and free irrigation assessments. There is no adopted water efficiency goal for the city of Jacksonville.

Energy Efficiency and Self-Generation

The City of Jacksonville has not yet established a goal or comprehensive strategy for energy efficiency in its municipal water service operations. JEA’s Buckman Wastewater Treatment Facility, however, does self-generate energy that is used on site. Buckman Wastewater treatment plant electric consumption is offset by a 800 kW generator fueled by biogas produced at the plant. Biogas produced by the sludge digestion process is used in place of a portion of the natural gas used to heat and dry the biosolids. In addition, updated controls installed in 2014 optimize the UV disinfection system, resulting in an energy reduction of 200 kWh.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

The city’s stormwater fee funds the Jacksonville Stormwater Utility, which is responsible for maintaining and improving the city's stormwater system and for meeting the city's obligations to improve their natural waterways. Discounts are provided by the Jacksonville Stormwater Utility for property owners that provide stormwater-related facilities and/or services that ultimately benefit the city's stormwater system. In addition, the City of Jacksonville is currently investing in Low Impact Development (LID) projects at libraries, community centers and in neighborhoods. Completed projects include a bio-swale at the San Marco Library and a permeable parking lot at the Robert F. Kennedy Center.

Last Updated: January 2017

Score: 12.5 out of 30 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority serving the City of Jacksonville is the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. JTA also provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including bus, light rail, and trolley service. The First Coast MPO is the MPO in charge of conducting metropolitan transportation planning. Its area of jurisdiction encompasses Jacksonville, and many surrounding cities and towns. The Department of Public Works is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: January 2017

Location Efficiency List All

Jacksonville’s Traditional Neighborhood Development ordinance is a citywide form-based ordinance that has been in place since 1987. The city allows two parking spaces, at a minimum, for single-family homes, and 1.5 spaces per multifamily unit. There are no incentives available through the city to promote location efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

Mode Shift List All

Modal Share Targets

Jacksonville has not yet developed targets to promote a modal shift in transportation.

Car and Bicycle Sharing

There is neither a car nor bike sharing service available to the citizens of Jacksonville.

Complete Streets

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

Last updated: January 2017

Transit List All

The JTA transit system that serves Jacksonville received $103,373,498 in average annual funding from 2011-2015. This funding level is $71.32 per resident in the service territory of the agency, putting the city in the fifth highest category ($50-99) available in the City Scorecard. 

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. Jacksonville’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 6, putting it in the fourth highest category (5-14) available in the City Scorecard.

Last updated: January 2017

Efficient VehiclesList All

Jacksonville's utility, JEA, offers EV tax benefits and rebates  for citizens to purchase or lease a plug-in or EV vehicle. There are no incentives available for the construction of EV charging infrastructure. The city has 46 EV charging stations available for public use. 

Last updated: January 2017

Freight List All

Sustainable freight plan

Jacksonville's UNF sustainability report outlines strategies to increase freight efficiency. 

Smart freight

Jacksonville does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

We could not confirm if Jacksonville has a sustainable transportation plan to reduce VMTs. 

Last updated: January 2017

Low-Income in Transit-Oriented Development Areas List All

Jacksonville does not have any requirements or incentives in place to encourage the development or preservation of affordable housing in transit-served areas.

Last updated: January 2017