State and Local Policy Database

Lakeland

City Scorecard Rank

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Lakeland, FL

Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

Lakeland 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.

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

Onsite renewable systems 

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

Inclusive procurement 

We could not verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

We could not verify if Lakeland 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 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 permanent city staff have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting outreach for multiple clean energy initiatives to marginalized groups compared with outreach to 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

Lakeland requires a permit for private tree removal. We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantitative urban heat island mitigation goal.

Last updated: March 2020

Buildings Policies
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Lakeland enforces the state energy code. Lakeland Electric, the city’s municipal utility, offers several incentives for energy efficiency improvements. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 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

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

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Lakeland requires plan reviews, site inspections and performance testing to verify energy 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: March 2020

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for commercial and multifamily buildings.

 

Single-family     

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for single-family home.

Last updated: March 2020

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

Lakeland Electric provides rebates for energy efficiency improvements to residential and commercial customers. The utility also offers the Interest-free Loan Program so residential customers may make energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

Last updated: March 2020

Required Energy ActionsList All

We could not find information on whether the city requires building owners to conduct additional above-code energy actions.

Last updated: March 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: March 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Lakeland Electric, a municipally-owned utility (MOU), is the primary electric utility for the City of Lakeland. TECO Peoples Gas, an IOU, is Lakeland’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.

Lakeland Water Utilities is the municipal utility that provides the City of Lakeland 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 Lakeland Electric had 4,316 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.14% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Lakeland. In 2018, Lakeland Electric spent $844,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 0.28% 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 Lakeland.

Lakeland Electric offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential customers. TECO Peoples Gas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

Last Updated: March 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

At this time, Lakeland Electric and TECO Peoples Gas does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

At this time, Lakeland Electric and TECO Peoples Gas does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither Lakeland Electric 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 Lakeland 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, Lakeland Electric did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

In 2018, we were unable to determine the percentage of Lakeland Electric’s generation from renewable sources.

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. The water utility does offer water conservation kits and toilet rebates, however. At this time, the City of Lakeland has not established a water savings target or goal, but it does offer water saving tips online.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

The water utility has not 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: 5 out of 30
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

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

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

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

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

The City of Lakeland's land development code identifies several districts and overlays within whch mixed use developemnt is encouraged and has provisions for transit oriented corridors. 

Residential Parking Requirement

Minimum parking requirements for different types of development are 1  parking spot per dwelling unit (with the exception of multi-family housing for the elderly which only requires .5 spaces per unit).

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

At this time, the City does not have a codified mode share target for trips within the city.

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

No progress has been achieved, as there are no targets in place.

Complete Streets

The City of Lakeland has a complete streets policy. 

Car Sharing

The City of lakeland does not yet have a formal policy in place to provide dedicated on-street and off-street parking for carshare vehicles.

Bike Sharing

As of 2018, the City no longer has a bike share program. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Lakeland have received $14,450,538 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $20.41 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 Lakeland Transit Connectivity Index value is 2.9, scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

There are several incentives toward EV purchase for Lakeland residents that can be accessed through various regional utilities. 

The Jacksonville Electric Authority offers a rebate to customers seeking to purchase a new PEV.

The Orlando Utilities Commission provides rebates of $200 to customers who purchase or lease one of a select group of PEV models. 

The Kissimmee Utility Authority provides rebates of $100 to residential customers for the purchase of a new EV.

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

The Kissimmee Utility Authority provides rebates of $100 for the installation of a household vehicle charger. 

EV Infrastructure

The City has 7 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 6.334 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Lakeland 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

The City of Lakeland 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 

Lakeland does not have any policies in place to address or help encourage affordable TOD housing development. 

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Neither the City of Lakeland 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