State and Local Policy Database

Little Rock

City Scorecard Rank

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Little Rock, AR

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

Climate Mitigation Goal

Little Rock 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 Little Rock’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 Little Rock has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite renewable systems 

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

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

The City of Little Rock is currently developing the 2025 Sustainability Roadmap.

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

Little Rock allows mixed-use/clustered residential development in some zones. 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 Little Rock has the authority to adopt energy codes more stringent than the state but has not done so. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies, incentives, or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All

Overview

The State of Arkansas is a home-ruled state and allows local jurisdictions to adopt more stringent codes. Arkansas adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings and the 2009 IECC with amendments for residential buildings. The City of Little Rock enforces the state code. To learn more about Arkansas’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

Commercial buildings must comply with the state energy code. The code uses a commercial zEPI score of 66.5.

Residential

Residential buildings must comply with the state energy code. The code uses a residential zEPI score of 68.7.

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

Little Rock requires plan reviews and site inspections to verify 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

We could not find information on the number of incentives the city offers for energy efficiency, solar energy, and/or low-income energy improvement projects.

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

Entergy Arkansas, an investor-owned utility (IOU) and subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, is the primary electric utility for the City of Little Rock. The primary natural gas supplier for Little Rock is CenterPoint Energy Arkansas, an IOU. The Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) requires electric and gas utilities to propose and administer energy efficiency programs and has adopted an energy efficiency resource standard for both electricity and natural gas. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Arkansas page of the State Database.

Central Arkansas Water provides the City of Little Rock with drinking water services, while the Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority provides wastewater treatment and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, Entergy Arkansas reported 255,929 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.14% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Little Rock. In 2018, Entergy Arkansas spent $50,896,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 3.05% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, CenterPoint Energy Arkansas reported 3.79 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.59% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, CenterPoint spent $9,056,099 on energy efficiency, which equates to $25.10 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover the entire service jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Little Rock.

Entergy Arkansas offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential, commercial/industrial, and business customers.

At this time, the City of Little Rock does not have a formal partnership with Entergy Arkansas or CenterPoint Energy Arkansas in the form of a jointly developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement.

Last Updated: March 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

At this time, Entergy Arkansas and CenterPoint Energy (AR) does not offer an energy efficiency program targeted at low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

Entergy Arkansas offers a multifamily program, which offers installation of cost-effective efficiency measures to duplex, triplex, and large units. Through this program eligible customers may receive direct installation of cost-effective efficiency measure in tenants’ units, as well as common area. Some services include direct installation of LED bulbs, high-efficiency showerheads, high-efficiency kitchen, and air conditions tune-ups.

In 2018, Entergy Arkansas achieved 4,765 MWh in energy savings, while spending $1,008,805 on its multifamily program and served 1,258 units.

At this time, CenterPoint Energy (AR) does not offer an energy efficiency program targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither Entergy Arkansas nor CenterPoint Energy (AR) provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Little Rock 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, Entergy Arkansas did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

At this time, we cannot confirm whether or not the city of Little Rock participates 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 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. At this time, neither the City of Little Rock nor its water or wastewater utilities has established a water savings target or goal. The water utility does offer water saving tips online.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

Neither utility has 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: 6
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

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

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

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

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

Little Rock's Cedar/Pine Street Overlay District is meant to encourage mixed use development, pedestrian connectivity, and walkability. 

Residential Parking Requirements

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

No data or city is not pursuing 

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

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

Complete Streets

The city of Little Rock does have a complete streets ordinance

Car Sharing

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

Bike Sharing

Little Rock is in the process of finalizing a contract with Gotcha that once completed will deliver approximately 200 bikes to the downtown. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

We could not determine what the total transit funding per capita was for the Little Rock MSA.  

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 Colorado Springs Transit Connectivity Index value is 3.3, scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Entergy offers its customers a variety of incentives on a select arrary of EVs. 

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

Entergy offers its customers incentives for the purchase of a level 2 EVSE. 

EV Infrastructure

The City has 26 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 13.139 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Little Rock 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

Little Rock 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 

Little Rock 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 Little Rock 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