State and Local Policy Database

Las Vegas

City Scorecard Rank

32

Las Vegas, NV

34.00Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
6.5 out of 9 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. ACEEE projects the city will meet its GHG emissions reduction goal for local government operations. 

Energy Reduction Goal

Las Vegas aims to reduce local government energy use 30% by 2050 using energy efficiency.

Renewable Energy Goal

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

Last updated: June 2019

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition 

Las Vegas does not have fuel efficiency requirements for the public fleet. The city does not have a formal energy-efficient vehicle procurement policy and it does not employ technologies to increase public fleet efficiency. 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) to upgrade nearly 80% of its streetlight inventory to LED. Currently, 80% of city streetlights are LED. The remaining 20% will be replaced within the next 3 years.

Green Building Requirements

As a part of the Green Building Resolution, adopted by the city council in 2006, the city constructs and upgrades all new or existing facilities to LEED Silver standards. In addition, 25% of existing occupied City buildings and facilities are to be upgraded to meet LEED standards. 

Last updated: June 2019

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Las Vegas benchmarks all municipal buildings. 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 (a new municipal courthouse, a replacement fire station). All other upgrades are included in the annual Capital Improvement Planning process.

Public Workforce Commuting

Las Vegas allows four-day work week flexible schedules for City employees. 

Last updated: March 2019

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 3.5 out of 16 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Las Vegas passed R-32-2017, a resolution which formally adopted the 2045 Downtown Master Plan.

Last updated: June 2019

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a community-wide greenhouse gas reduction goal. Las Vegas is included in regional greenhouse gas inventories conducted for the entirety of Clark County.

Energy Reduction Goal

The 2045 Downtown Master Plan develops a strategy and goal to achieve net-zero energy status in downtown Las Vegas by 2045.

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: June 2019

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: June 2019

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

Las Vegas offers streamlined permitting for solar energy systems and solar-by-right accessory use in all zones. 

Last updated: June 2019

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

The city passed the Urban Forestry Initiative in 2008 (R-26-2008) to improve air quality, reduce the urban heat island effect, and increase quality of life in terms of shade, beauty, and privacy for Las Vegas residents. The initiative includes an urban heat island mitigation goal to increase urban tree canopy coverage to 20% by 2035.

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.

Last updated: June 2019

Buildings Policies
Score: 10 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Las Vegas has adopted the 2018 International Codes. The city does not have a mandatory benchmarking policy for commercial, multifamily, or single-family buildings. Las Vegas offers financing options for energy efficiency improvements and solar installations.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code AdoptionList 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. [HB1] [AJ2] 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 45.3.

Residential

Las Vegas adopted the 2018 International Residential Code and 2018 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 52.8.

Solar- and EV-ready

The city has not passed a policy mandating new developments be solar- and/or EV-ready.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Las Vegas incorporates mandatory energy compliance verification into the plan review and third-party review and inspections. The city provides upfront support in the form of one-on-one assistance.

Last updated: March 2019

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

Las Vegas does not have a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for commercial and multifamily buildings.

Single-family     

Las Vegas does not have a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for single-family buildings.

Last updated: March 2019

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

The city offers two incentives and financing programs for both energy efficiency and solar.

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

Please note that each incentive/program is tallied based on the building types and energy resources eligible for award. For example, a PACE financing program that offers energy efficiency and renewable energy financing to both residential and commercial property owners is counted as four incentives.

Last updated: March 2019

Required Energy ActionsList All

Las Vegas does not require any additional above-code energy-saving actions.

Last updated: March 2019

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 4.5 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Nevada Energy (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: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, according to Energy Information Administration, NV Energy achieved 143,004 MWh in net incremental savings, representing 0.44% of retail sales. In 2017, Southwest Gas did not report any savings from natural gas efficiency programs. 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: March 2019

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

To our knowledge, NV Energy and Southwest Gas do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither Southwest Gas nor NV Energy provides energy usage data to building managers for input into automated benchmarking services. At this time, the City of Las Vegas does not advocate for improvements in data provision by its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2019

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2017, NV Energy did provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar and wind systems. We were unable to verify data on the total spending and installed capacity from these programs in 2017. NV Energy’s Solar Incentives program provides $0.45 per watt for low-income and nonprofit installations and $0.20 per watt for residential, commercial, and industrial installations.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

To our knowledge, the city of Las Vegas 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: March 2019

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide 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. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) established a conservation goal of 199 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. Southern Nevada has reduced its water demand from about 314 gallons per person per day to about 127 GPCD, a 36% decrease since 2002.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

Las Vegas Valley Water District is pursing 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 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.

Last Updated: March 2019

Transportation
Score: 9.5 out of 30 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority and MPO serving the City of Las Vegas is the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). RTC provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including bus service. The Las Vegas Monorail Company provdies monorail service parallel to The Strip. The Department of Public Works is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

Las Vegas has a Mobility Master Plan in place that makes recommendations for vehicular, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements over a 20 year time frame. The plan includes over 180 multimodal transportation improvements projects. Las Vegas does not have a codified VMT or greenhouse gas reduction target in place.

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: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

Las Vegas has adopted individual zoning plans for certain neighborhoods around the city, including the Downtown Centennial Plan and Las Vegas Medical Center Plan, to encourage compact development, and accessibility for pedestrians.

Residential Parking Policies

Las Vegas has not removed minimum parking requirements. Downtown has reduced parking.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

The City offers an expedited plan check and permitting program in general for applicants. In addition, under the newly adopted Form-Based zoning code, the City of Las Vegas does encourage compact, mixed-use development, including a variety of housing types. As a part of the code’s adoption, and as specified in the Vision 2045 Downtown Las Vegas Master Plan, a new incentive program is under development (including density bonuses for affordable housing and open space, expedited reviews, and bonuses for buildable height and area).

Last Updated: March 2019

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

As part of the Downtown Master Plan, Las Vegas has a target to achieve the following mode pslit by 2045: 45% car, 25% transit, 20% walking, 10% biking mobility usage.

Complete Streets

The City has not yet adopted or codified a complete streets policy.

Car Sharing

Las Vegas is served by zipcar. At this time, the City does not have a formal policy in place to provide dedicated on-street and off-street parking for carshare vehicles.

Bike Sharing

The City of Las Vegas is a Bike Friendly Community with silver status. The Regional Transportation Commission has a docked bikeshare program, RTC Bike Share, focused on the downtown area. The City has declined to approve dockless bike share at this time. The City has 28.05 docked bicycles per 100,000 people.

Last Updated: May 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The RTC and Monorail Company transit systems that serve Las Vegas have received $128,992,014 in average annual funding from 2013-2017. This funding level is $61.06 per resident in the service territory, putting it in the third highest category ($50-99) available in the City Scorecard.

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. Las Vegas’ Transit Connectivity Index value is 5.1, putting it in the fourth highest category (5-6.99) available in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

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

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

NV Energy offers incentives for the installation of public or private EV charging stations. There are more than 300 EV charging station locations available for use region wide.

EV Charging Locations

The City owns 123 charging stations available for public use.

Renewable Charging Incentives

At this time, the City of Las Vegas has no incentives or requirements available for the installation of private or public EV charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.).

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight System EfficiencyList All

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy

Under the newly adopted Form-Based zoning code, the city of Las Vegas does encourage compact, mixed-use development, including a variety of housing types. As a part of the code’s adoption, and as specified in the Vision 2045 Downtown Las Vegas Master Plan, a new incentive program is under development (including density bonuses for affordable housing and open space, expedited reviews, and bonuses for buildable height and area).

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

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

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

In the City of Las Vegas, almost 76% of low-income households have access to high-quality transit.

Last Updated: April 2019