State and Local Policy Database

Las Vegas

City Scorecard Rank

32

Las Vegas, NV

38.00Scored out of 100Updated 10/2020
Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 5.5 out of 15 points
Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The 2050 Master Plan includes a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 28% below 2019 levels by 2025. ACEEE was unable to project if the city will achieve its near-term GHG emissions reduction goal because insufficient GHG emissions data were available for our analysis.

Las Vegas is included in regional greenhouse gas inventories conducted for the entirety of Clark County.

Energy Efficiency Goal

The 2050 Master Plan includes a goal to reduce regional energy consumption 80% below 2019 levels by 2050. 

Renewable Energy Goal

The 2050 Master Plan includes a goal to use renewable energy to power 50% of community electricity by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

Last updated: August 2023

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: August 2023

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: August 2023

Mitigation of Heat Islands List All

Urban Heat Island Mitigation Policies and Programs

The city requires all non-residential developments greater than one acre in size to use low impact development techniques in site design. The city has not adopted a private tree protection ordinance or policies that require or incentivize conservation of private land.

Resilience Hubs

We were unable to determine if the city has supported the creation of resilience hubs that incorporate clean energy resources and are sited in disadvantaged communities.

Last updated: August 2023

Buildings Policies
Score: 10.5 out of 30 points
Building Energy CodesList All

Overview

The State of Nevada is a home rule state and allows local governments to adopt building energy codes for their own jurisdiction. Effective July 2015, the State of Nevada adopted the 2012 IECC with state specific amendments for residential buildings and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 for commercial buildings.

Building professionals from Clark County participate the Southern Nevada Building Officials organization that promotes regional adoption of recommended building codes. Since local jurisdictions are still responsible for adopting energy codes, the city adopted the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  

Commercial

Las Vegas adopted the 2018 International Building Code and 2018 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 51.75.

Residential

Las Vegas adopted the 2018 International Residential Code and 2018 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 55.50.

Solar-readiness policies 

The city has not passed a policy mandating new developments be solar-ready, but allows for solar energy use in all zones. 

EV-readiness policies

The city does not currently have a policy mandating new developments be EV-ready, but a regional EV ordinance has been prepared and is scheduled for City and County adoption.

Low-energy use requirements

The Green Building Resolution requires new municipal buildings to achieve LEED Silver. 

Electrification policies

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted any electrification policies.

Last Update: September 2023

Building Energy Code Compliance and EnforcementList All

Las Vegas incorporates mandatory energy compliance verification into the plan review and third-party review and inspections. We were unable to determine the amount of staff effort dedicated to energy code enforcement. The city provides upfront support in the form of one-on-one assistance.

Last Update: September 2023

Policies Targeting Existing BuildingsList All

Incentives

Las Vegas offers property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing for commercial energy efficiency improvements and solar installations. 

Last Update: September 2023

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

Workforce development for disadvantaged workers

We could not determine if city has partnered with a local education institution, labor union, or community-based organization to create, support, and/or incentivize the development of clean energy workforce development initiatives that target training and support services for potential or existing workers from disadvantaged communities to obtain and keep in-demand jobs.

Workforce development for the broader community

We could not determine if city has partnered with a local education institution, labor union, or community-based organization to create, support, and/or incentivize the development of clean energy workforce development initiatives that target training and support services for potential or existing workers from the broader community to obtain and keep in-demand jobs.

Outcomes tracking

We could not determine if the city has instituted a mechanism to measure the performance and/or success of equitable workforce development initiatives focused on the clean energy sector.

Last updated: August 2023

Transportation
Score: 11 out of 30 points
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The Las Vegas 2050 Master Plan was adopted in 2021 and includes sustainable transportation strategies. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

According to the 2050 Master Plan, the city has a goal of reducing VMT 0.5% annually from 2025. 

Due to insufficient data on the target year, we were unable to calculate a required per-capita annual reduction for achieving this goal. Therefore, Las Vegas did not earn points for the stringency of its target. 

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

The City of Las Vegas did not provide VMT data collected since the adoption of its goal; therefore, we cannot assess progress toward the goal. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

We were unable to find information indicating that the City of Las Vegas has made changes to its zoning code in the past 10 years to facilitate more residential density, mixed-use development, or transit-oriented development. 

Residential Parking Policies

We were unable to find information indicating that the City of Las Vegas has at least one zone, neighborhood, or district with a parking maximum of 1 or fewer spaces per housing unit or no minimum parking requirement for residential uses. 

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

The City of Las Vegas does not have location-efficient development incentives or disclosure policies. 

Affordable Housing around Transit

The city incentivizes affordable housing near transit by providing developers with expedited review, fee waivers, density bonuses, height bonuses, and fee reductions. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

According to the 2050 Master Plan, adopted in 2021, the City has a goal of 40% of all trips being made by single-occupant vehicles, 20% by transit, and 5% by walking/biking by 2050. 

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

According to data from 2050 Master Plan Annual Report, the City of Las Vegas’ driving-alone mode share decreased 1% from 2021 to 2022. Therefore, Las Vegas earned points for this metric. 

Subsidized Access to Efficient Transportation Options

The City of Las Vegas partners with RTC to provide bike share services, and partners with FORTH Mobility to provide an electric vehicle sharing service to low-income communities.  

Last Updated: September 2023

Public Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transit entities that serve the City of Las Vegas have received $162,043,487.40 on average annually between 2017 and 2021 from local sources. That equates to roughly $71.53 per capita between 2017 and 2021 within the service area. 

Access to Transit Services

The AllTransit Performance Score measures a given community's transit access and performance. The score considers connections to other routes, access to jobs, service frequency, and the percent of commuters who ride transit to work. The City of Vegas’s AllTransit Performance Score is 5.1, scoring 1 point in the City Scorecard. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Neither the City of Las Vegas nor the local utility provide incentives for purchasing efficient vehicles. 

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

Neither the City of Las Vegas nor the local utility provide incentives for the installation of EV charging stations. 

EV Charging Requirements

The City of Las Vegas does not require new developments to install EV charging stations. 

EV Charging Locations

The City of Las Vegas has 76.4 vehicle charging ports per 100,000 people available for public use. 

Electric School Bus Goal

Neither the City of Las Vegas nor the local school district have set an electric school bus goal. 

EV Transit Bus Goal

Las Vegas set a goal of transitioning 100% of its bus fleet to zero emissions by 2035. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Sustainable Freight Plans

The City of Las Vegas does not have a sustainable freight plan or freight mobility plan in place, nor is it pursuing any freight efficiency strategies. 

Open Data Portals

The City of Las Vegas does not have an open data portal with real-time freight data. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Community Energy Infrastructure
Score: 13 out of 40 points
Community Energy Infrastructure Summary List All

NV Energy, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility serving Las Vegas. Southwest Gas, an IOU, is Las Vegas’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.

Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) provide drinking water services to residents of Las Vegas. The City of Las Vegas Water Pollution Control Facilities is the municipal utility which provides wastewater treatment services and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District is responsible for stormwater management services.

Last Updated: September 2023

Electricity and Natural Gas Efficiency SavingsList All

In 2021, NV Energy reported 196,515 MWh of net electric savings at the meter.

In 2021, we were unable to verify energy efficiency program spending and savings for Southwest Gas.

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 Las Vegas 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. Even so, Southwest Gas, NV Energy, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) work with the Desert Research Institute (DRI) to help fund and promote their GreenPower Outreach programs. Through GreenPower Outreach, DRI offers Teacher Trainings and Workshops focused on STEM subjects including energy conservation and management. Additional resources are also offered to Nevada students in the form of Green Boxes, speakers, and field trips.

Last Updated: September 2023

 

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

NV Energy’s Low Income program provides installation of new energy-saving appliances to income-qualified residential customers. The Program supports customers that have a higher ratio of utility bill to income and are financially unable to replace old and inefficient appliances in their homes. The installation of new ENERGY STAR rated qualified refrigerators and electric clothes dryers, along with other energy savings measures, such as smart strips, advanced power strips surge protectors, lighting control, photocell for dusk-to-dawn outdoor lighting, and LED light bulbs, are installed at no cost to the customer through the program. Any appliances that are identified as eligible to be replaced are removed and recycled in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local guidelines.

In 2021, NV Energy’s low-income energy efficiency programs achieved 1,215 MWh of net electric savings at the meter while spending $2,130,247 and serving 1,486 households.

In 2021, we were unable to verify low-income program information for Southwest Gas.The City of Las Vegas’s 2050 Master Plan was adopted in 2021. The Plan directs the city to work with the utility on a study to determine the feasibility, and/or implement city-led low-income and/or multifamily energy conservation programs.

Multifamily Programs

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

Last Updated: September 2023

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.

NV Energy and Southwest Gas provide annual aggregate community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes. The city includes energy usage data for residential, commercial, industrial, and civic sectors in the 2050 Master Plan.

The City of Las Vegas 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: September 2023

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

The City of Las Vegas actively lobbies in favor of utility scale and distributed generation, greater Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), and net metering at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and Nevada State Legislature. For utility scale and distributed energy and the expanded RPS, the City testified in support of these policies. Specifically, the City has support for SB 283 on C-PACE, SB 448 an omnibus energy bill on transportation electrification and EV charging rebates and carbon reduction, SB 328 on energy storage and the RPS, among others.

The City invited the utility to participate in the development of the City's 2050 Master Plan. NV Energy affirmed, supported, and commented in favor of the goals, outcomes, and strategies listed within the plan.

Clean Distributed Energy Resources 

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

Municipal Renewable Energy Procurement 

Las Vegas has installed approximately 6.2 MW of solar systems on forty city facilities. 

City Renewable Energy Incentive and Financing Programs 

Las Vegas offers property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing for commercial energy efficiency improvements and solar installations. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

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. Water saving measures include tankless hot water and solar hot water rebates. Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) also offers smart irrigation clock coupons.

SNWA established a conservation goal of 105 GPCD (gallons per capita per day) by 2035. In order to meet this goal, the SNWA and Las Vegas Valley Water District use a four-pronged approach of tiered pricing, drought and water use restrictions, incentives for purchasing equipment like pool covers and green landscaping, and education and outreach. In addition, as a part of the City's 2050 Master Plan, the City will align with current and future SNWA goals with respect to water conservation and long-term water resources planning. Southern Nevada has reduced its water demand from about 314 gallons per person per day to about 127 GPCD, a 36% decrease since 2002. As part of the 2050 Master Plan, Las Vegas has aligned the current and future water conservation goals and long-term water resource planning with SNWA.

Water Plant Efficiency and Self-Generation

Las Vegas Valley Water District is pursuing energy efficiency initiatives in accordance with the city’s Sustainable Energy Strategy, but a specific energy efficiency goal for operations is not in place. The City's 2050 Master Plan sets a goal to reduce municipal energy consumption by 2% annually. Upgrades are funded through the city’s Sewer Enterprise Fund and Internal Service Fund as part of annual capital projects funding.

The City of Las Vegas Water Pollution Control Facility digesters use methane capture and have 3.3 MW of solar power generated on site. In addition, power transmitted to the wastewater plant is received from the Colorado River Commission which receives power from Hoover Dam’s Hydropower Systems. The City is in partnership with Southwest Gas to also introduce a natural gas program using feedstock (FOG) injected into the City's WPC.

Last Updated: September 2023

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

The Sustainable Energy Strategy and 2013 Strategic Business Plan establish the City of Las Vegas’s climate and energy goals and initiatives.

Climate Mitigation Goal

Las Vegas has a goal to reduce local government greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2050, using a 2010 baseline. Based on ACEEE’s analysis of past years emissions data, ACEEE projects that the city will meet its near-term GHG emissions reduction goal for municipal operations. 

Energy Reduction Goal

Las Vegas aims to reduce local government energy use 30% by 2050 using energy efficiency. The City has set a goal to reduce total energy consumption by 2% annually, covering the sectors of buildings and facilities, streetlighting, and wastewater treatment.

Renewable Energy Goal

Las Vegas municipal operations have been powered 100% by renewable energy sources since 2016.

Last updated: June 2021

Procurement and Construction Policies List All

Fleet Policies and Composition 

Las Vegas does not currently have an efficiency or fleet procurement policy, but this is a recommendation as a part of the City’s 2050 Master Plan. The City’s fleet is composed of 12% efficient vehicles, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles.

Public Lighting

We could not confirm if Las Vegas as adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. However, the city has adopted regional standards set forth by the Regional Transportation Commission, which mirror the industry American National Standards Institute/Illuminating Engineering Society of North American (ANSI/IESNA). Currently, 85% of city streetlights are LED. The remaining 15% will be replaced within the next 2 years.

Onsite and offsite renewable systems

Las Vegas has installed approximately 6.2 MW of solar systems on forty city facilities.

Inclusive procurement

We were unable to find information indicating that the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: June 2021

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking 

Las Vegas benchmarks all municipal buildings.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

In addition to the 2050 Master Plan's goals and policies (see Chapter 4 - Energy, Water, GHG Emissions, and Public Facilities), the city of Las Vegas adopted R-32-2017, a resolution adopting a strategy for net-zero energy, sustainability, and community resilience. A goal of the strategy, in addition to the LEED requirement is to ensure that 25% of existing occupied City buildings and facilities meet or be upgraded to a LEED or equivalent standard, pursuant to R-32-2017. Several new buildings have been built to LEED standards or are being replaced with a LEED rated building. All other upgrades are included in the annual Capital Improvement Planning process.

Last updated: June 2021