State and Local Policy Database

McAllen

City Scorecard Rank

73

McAllen, TX

10.00Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
0 out of 9 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding an energy reduction goal for municipal operations.

Renewable Energy Goal

We were unable to find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: March 2019

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

We could not find information on McAllen’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 McAllen has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Green Building Requirements

We could not confirm if McAllen has adopted a green building policy requiring municipal buildings to exceed city-wide energy codes or obtain green building certification.

Last updated: March 2019

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

We were unable to find information regarding McAllen’s benchmarking practices or retrofit strategies. 

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework. 

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 0 out of 16 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

We could not find information on whether the City of McAllen has adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: June 2019

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: 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

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: June 2019

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

We could not verify if the city has adopted an urban heat island mitigation goal nor if the city has adopted policies that target reductions in urban heat island effects.

Last updated: June 2019

Buildings Policies
Score: 8 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of McAllen enforces the state’s energy code, though the city has authority to adopt code at the municipal level. Hidalgo County offers PACE financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies nor above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All

Overview

The State of Texas allows its local jurisdictions to adopt and amend the Texas Building Energy Code.  All residential and commercial building construction must comply with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). To learn more about the Texas’s building energy code, please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

Commercial properties must comply with the Texas Building Energy Code. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 53.7.

Residential

Residential properties must comply with the Texas Building Energy Code. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 58.4.

Solar- and EV-ready

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

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Commercial projects must submit Energy Compliance reports with permit applications. 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 2019

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 2019

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

The city offers four incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. 

Hidalgo County offers commercial and multifamily property owners access to PACE financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects.

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: July 2019

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 2019

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 2019

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 1 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

American Electric Power (AEP), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility for the City of McAllen. The primary natural gas supplier for McAllen is Texas Gas Service, an IOU. The State of Texas requires electric utilities to offset load-growth through end-use energy efficiency, mandated through an EERS. The utilities must also submit their energy savings goals to the Public Utility Commission of Texas. To learn more about the state-requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Texas page of the State Database.

The McAllen Public Utility is the municipal utility that provides the City of McAllen with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, AEP reported 64,971 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.25% of its retail sales. In 2017, Texas Gas reported 0.31 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.11% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. These savings figures cover both utilities’ entire service jurisdiction, not just McAllen. AEP offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and business customers. Texas Gas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential customers.

At this time, the City of McAllen does not have a formal partnership with AEP or Texas Gas in the form of a jointly-developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement.

Last Updated: March 2019

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

AEP offers the Targeted Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program (TLIP): The TLIP is designed to cost-effectively reduce the energy consumption and energy costs for low-income residential customers in the Central Division service territory.  Weatherization service providers install eligible weatherization and energy efficiency measures in qualified households that meet the Department of Energy (DOE) income-eligibility guidelines of at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.  A Savings-to-Investment Ratio of 1.0 or higher is required of each serviced dwelling unit.  In 2017, according to AEP, it achieved 3,883 MWh across its multifamily program portfolio, while serving 374 customers.

Texas Gas Service provides a Free Natural Gas Equipment Weatherization Program for low-income customers. This program provides a number of free services for customers on fixed or moderate incomes, as well as for the elderly and those with disabilities. Services include free installation of new and replacement wall and central furnaces, natural gas water heaters, and ranges. In 2017, Texas Gas Service served 131 households. Savings values for 2017 were not available.

Multifamily Programs

At this time, AEP and Texas Gas Service do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither American Electric Power nor Texas Gas provides building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. At this time, the City of McAllen 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 2019

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2017, AEP Texas offered renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems. We were unable to verify the total incentives spent and total installed capacity through incentives in 2017. The SMART Source Solar PV Program offers financial incentives to offset the cost of initial installation of a solar system for residential and business customers. In 2019, the program offers $0.60 per watt for residential customers. For commercial customers, they offer $0.70 per wat for 0–25 kW systems and $0.25 per watt for 25–200 kW systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

To our knowledge, the city of McAllen 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

The energy and water utilities do not offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. At this point, the City of McAllen has not established a water savings target or goal.

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 2019

Transportation
Score: 1 out of 30 points
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

We could not confirm if the City of McAllen has a standalone transportation plan.

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

McAllen has not yet implemented location efficient zoning codes to be used across the city or in any specific neighborhood.

Residential Parking Policies

At this time, McAllen still has parking minimums in place.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

There are no incentives available through the City to promote location efficiency.

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

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

Complete Streets

McAllen has not yet written or codified a Complete Streets Policy.

Car Sharing

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

McAllen B-Cycle launched with a total of eight stations and 80 bikes around the City that were funded in part by a Federal Transit Administration grant.

Last Updated: May 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The Metro McAllen transit system that serves McAllen has received $2,869,059.60 in average annual funding from 2013-2017. This funding level is $3.42 per resident in the service territory of the agency, putting the city in the lowest category ($0-19) available in transit funding.

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 Fort Worth’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 3.2, putting it in the lowest category (0-4.99) available in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

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

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

There are no incentives available for the construction of EV charging infrastructure.

EV Charging Locations

The City owns 8 charging stations available for public use.

Renewable Charging Incentives

At this time, the City of McAllen 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

McAllen 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

McAllen does not have any requirements or incentives in place to develop or preserve affordable housing in transit-served areas.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

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

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

At this time, the City of McAllen does not provide low-income households with access to high-quality transit.

Last Updated: March 2019