State and Local Policy Database

Las Vegas

City Scorecard Rank

36

Las Vegas, NV

31.00Scored out of 100Updated 10/2020
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.

Renewable Energy Goal

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

Last updated: March 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition 

Las Vegas does not currently have an efficiency or fleet procurement policy, but this will be 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) 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.

Onsite renewable systems

Las Vegas has installed approximately 6 MW of solar systems on forty city facilities.

Inclusive procurement

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

Last updated: July 2020

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking 

Las Vegas benchmarks all municipal buildings.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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: July 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 2 out of 15 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

Though not yet adopted, the city is developing its 2050 Master Plan. The 2050 update is expected to include goals for water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Last updated: June 2020

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

We did not find information regarding a community-wide 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 has reported community-wide energy data. 

Last updated: June 2020

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.

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

The city has not 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

UHI Mitigation Goal

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.

Additional urban heat island goals are expected to be included in the city's 2050 Master Plan.

UHI 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.

Last updated: June 2020

Buildings Policies
Score: 9 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: September 2020

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. 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. Las Vegas allows for solar energy use in all zones. 

Low-energy use requirements

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

Last updated: September 2020

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: September 2020

Policies Targeting Existing BuildingsList All

Incentives

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

Last updated: September 2020

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: September 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 4 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Nevada Power Company, an investor-owned utility (IOU) and subsidiary of NV Energy, 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 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, according to NV Energy, Nevada Power achieved 129,644 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.39% of its retail sales. In 2018, Nevada Power spent $18,738,109 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 0.66% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, Southwest Gas did not run natural gas efficiency programs in Las Vegas. These savings figures cover both utilities’ entire service jurisdiction, not just the City of Las Vegas.

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 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

At this time, 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 2020

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 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: March 2020

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

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. In 2018, NV Energy provided $10,157,246 in incentives for the installation of 41,769 kW of new distributed solar systems, equating to $243/kW installed.

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, and net metering at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and Nevada State Legislature.

Last Updated: March 2020

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. Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) also offers smart irrigation clock coupons.

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. 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.

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. Expanded energy efficiency targets for wastewater treatment operations will be incorporated into the City's 2050 Master Plan, scheduled to be heard for adoption in June 2020.

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 2020

Transportation
Score: 10 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