State and Local Policy Database

Mesa

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Mesa, AZ

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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 Mesa’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 did not find information regarding outdoor lighting update programs. Mesa uses LED streetlights for all new projects.

New Buildings

We could not confirm if Mesa 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 did not find information regarding Mesa’s benchmarking practices or retrofit strategies. 

Public Employees

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

Last updated: March 2019

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

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

Last updated: March 2019

Climate Action and Energy Planning 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 releases community-wide energy data for the residential, commercial, and public sectors on an open data portal.

Last updated: March 2019

Equitable Climate Action and Energy Planning List All

Equitable Community Outreach

The city did not increase its outreach to marginalized groups relative to other city constituencies in the planning and implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Equitable Decision-Making

The city has not created a formal role for local organizations representing low-income or communities of color to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan. 

Accountability to Equity

The city has not established goals or published methods for tracking how energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are reversing any ongoing actions that disadvantage marginalized residents.

Last updated: March 2019

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

The City of Mesa has installed several solar energy systems on municipal buildings.

Last updated: March 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: March 2019

Buildings Policies
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Mesa has authority to adopt energy codes at the municipal level. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies, incentives, or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 2019

Stringency of Energy CodesList All

Overview

The State of Arizona is a home rule state which allows local jurisdictions to set their own building energy codes. Most jurisdiction have adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), but Mesa has only adopted the 2009 IECC with amendments. To learn more about the requirements for building energy codes for the State of Arizona, please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

Commercial properties must comply with the 2009 IECC with local amendments. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 48.6.

Residential

Residential properties must comply with the 2009 IECC with local amendments. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 59.6.

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

We could not find information on the number of full time employees the city staffs to enforce the energy code nor on the city’s code compliance verification process. We could not find information regarding upfront support for code compliance.

Last updated: March 2019

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 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

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

Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Salt River Project (SRP), a municipally-owned utility (MOU), is the primary electric utility for the City of Mesa. The primary natural gas supplier for Mesa is Southwest Gas, an investor-owned utility. The State of Arizona requires spending and savings targets for its utilities through an EERS and documentation of Demand Side Management programs to be filed to the Arizona Corporation Commission before implementation. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Arizona page of the State Database.

The City of Mesa Water Department is the municipal utility that provides the City of Mesa with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, according to Energy Information Administration, SRP reported 520,546 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.84% of its retail sales. In 2017, Southwest Gas reported 2.87 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.68% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. These savings figures cover both utilities’ entire service jurisdiction, not just Mesa. SRP offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and business customers. Southwest Gas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

At this time, the City of Mesa does not have a formal partnership with Salt River Project or Southwest Gas in the form of a jointly-developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement.

Last Updated: March 2019

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2017, SRP did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

In 2017, SRP produced 0% of its total generation from renewable sources.

Last Updated: March 2019

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

SRP provides $725,000 per year to the Arizona Community Action Association to assist in their efforts to improve energy efficiency for low-income customers through the Weatherization Assistance Program.  The program offers insulation, window shading, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, air conditioning duct seals, space heating and cooling system equipment, evaporative cooler tune-ups or motor upgrades, and LED bulbs. We were unable to confirm savings and customers served by the program in 2017.

Southwest Gas administers the LIEC Weatherization program for customers in the city of Phoenix. This program includes general weatherization and energy efficiency measures. Water efficiency measures are also included in the program, and the program targets elderly households and people with disabilities. Southwest Gas partners with the Arizona Department of Housing on program delivery. In 2017, according to Southwest Gas, it achieved 0.01 MMtherms in energy savings from its low-income programs, while serving 260 low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

SRP’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program (MEEP) retrofits existing structures with energy and water conservation measures. The program provides a free on-site walkthrough to assess existing conditions and program suitability, free CFLs and water-saving devices to retrofit tenant spaces, and the program encourages participation in the Standard Business Solutions program for common area upgrades. In 2016, according to SRP, they saved 2,801 MWh while serving 3,486 multifamily building customers through this program.

At this time, Southwest Gas does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Salt River Project provides building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. At this time, the City of Mesa 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

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 Mesa 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
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The City of Mesa has a 2040 Transportation Plan, released in 2013, that contains several strategies to reduce energy use and emissions in the transportation sector. We could not find evidence for a specific VMT reduction target.

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

Mesa includes requirements for mixed-use districts in its zoning code.

Residential Parking Policies

The City still has parking minimums in place at this time.

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

Mesa 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

The City currently does not include bikeshare docking stations as a qualifying land use for sidewalks. We could not determine if the City is served by a bike share system.

Last Updated: March 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The COM transit system that serves Mesa has received $850,235.67 in average annual funding from 2013-2017. This funding level is $0.19 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 Mesa’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 4.1, 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, Mesa 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 23 charging stations available for public use.

Renewable Charging Incentives

At this time, the City of Mesa 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 List All

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Low-Income Transportation AccessList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy

Mesa 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

Mesa 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 Mesa, 74% of low-income households have access to high-quality transit.

Last Updated: March 2019