State and Local Policy Database

Oklahoma City

City Scorecard Rank

50

Oklahoma City, OK

8.00Scored out of 100Updated 5/2017
Local Government Score:
1.5 out of 10 points
Local Government Summary List All

Oklahoma City does not have an overarching plan for improving energy efficiency in the city’s internal government operations, but it is working to finalize a plan by mid-2017.

Last updated: February 2017

Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Oklahoma City has not adopted a municipal climate or sustainability action plan.

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city 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 2019

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

Oklahoma City does not have formal fuel efficiency requirements for their vehicles or energy-efficient vehicle procurement policies in place. However, this city has vehicle purchasing guidelines that promote cost-effectiveness, fuel efficiency, and low emissions. This city has a web based fleet management system, however they are used for telematics, routing, and fencing, not to improve efficiency per se. Oklahoma City’s fleet is composed of 0.9% efficient vehicles, including hybrid and battery electric vehicles. 

Public Lighting

Oklahoma City has not adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. The City is currently working with their investor-owned utility, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. (OG&E) to develop a plan to upgrade streetlights.

New Buildings and Equipment

Oklahoma does not have energy efficiency requirements for public buildings, however, the city does have a sustainable purchasing policy that requires life cycle costs for purchases.

Last updated: March 2019

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Oklahoma City does not use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to manage energy use in local government buildings. The City is currently benchmarking energy consumption from municipal buildings in EnergyCAP, but we could not find information regarding the percentage of public buildings that the City has benchmarked so far.  We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Oklahoma City.

Public Employees

We did not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: March 2019

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: .5 out of 12 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

Oklahoma City’s Office of Sustainability is currently developing the city’s first sustainability plan. The city has engaged stakeholder groups to discuss topics such as energy, water, natural assets, transportation, and resilience. The city expects to adopt the plan in 2019. 

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 does not report community-wide energy data.

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

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 2019

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

Policy area G-29 of planOKC, the City’s comprehensive plan, includes actions to reduce the urban heat island effect such as establishing a minimum canopy coverage over paved surfaces, creating a “continuous canopy” requirement for new infrastructure developments, and emphasizing green building and roofing materials and practices.

Last updated: March 2019

Buildings Policies
Score: 1 out of 28 points
Buildings Summary List All

Oklahoma City has the jurisdiction to adopt building energy codes. The city does not have any processes in place to ensure building energy code compliance. The city has not passed a benchmarking and disclosure policy. Oklahoma City offers a single incentives for home energy efficiency improvement projects.

Last updated: March 2019

Stringency of Energy CodesList All

Overview

The State of Oklahoma allows its local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes other than the state standards. Oklahoma adopted the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) with amendments that require cities to comply with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Oklahoma adopted the 2015 International Building Code with amendments that require cities to comply with the 2006 IECC. To learn more, please visit the Oklahoma page on the State Policy Database

Commercial

Commercial properties must comply with the 2006 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 56.4.

Residential

Residential properties must comply with the 2009 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 65.6.

Solar- and EV-ready

The city has not passed an ordinance mandating new construction be solar- and/or EV-ready.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Oklahoma City does not staff any full time employees dedicated to energy code enforcement. The city has not made plan reviews, site inspections, not performance testing part of the compliance verification process. The city does not provide upfront support for energy code compliance to building developers and/or owners.

Last updated: March 2019

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

The city offers a single incentive for energy efficiency upgrades through the Green Home Loan program, where residents may access a 3% fixed-interest loan within 48 months.

Last updated: March 2019

Required Energy ActionsList All

Oklahoma City has not adopted any policy requiring building owners to conduct energy-saving 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

Oklahoma City does not have a benchmarking, rating, and disclosure policy for commercial and/or multifamily properties.

Single-family     

The city has not adopted a single-family benchmarking and disclosure policy.

Last updated: March 2019

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 4 out of 20 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility serving Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Natural Gas, an IOU and subsidiary of ONE Gas, is Oklahoma City’s primary natural gas utility. The State of Oklahoma has not yet implemented energy efficiency goals or resource standards in which levels of energy efficiency must be achieved annually by the state’s utilities through demand side programs. To learn more about the state-requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Oklahoma page of the State Database.

Oklahoma City’s Department of Utilities provides city residents with drinking water and wastewater services. The city’s Planning Department launched the Green Infrastructure Initiative to further stormwater management and services throughout the city.

Last Updated: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, OG&E achieved 147,479 MWh in net incremental savings, representing 0.62% of retail sales. In 2017, Oklahoma Natural Gas reported savings of 3.78 MMtherms from natural gas efficiency programs in their demand side management report, representing 0.70% of its retail sales. Savings from electricity efficiency represented in this section cover the entire Oklahoma service territory, not just Oklahoma City. OG&E offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers.

At this time, Oklahoma City does not have a formal partnership with OG&E or Oklahoma Natural 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, OG&E did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

To our knowledge, Oklahoma City 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

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

OG&E offers a Weatherization Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) for qualified low-income customers. The program provides no-cost weatherization measures including insulation, air sealing, duct sealing, blower door testing, and energy-saving light bulbs in order to reduce energy consumption. The program also includes health and safety measures such as testing for lead paint, as well as carbon monoxide testing and detectors. OG&E has partnered with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together OKC, which enabled these non-profit agencies to provide weatherization services to qualified OG&E customers based on OG&E’s WRAP requirements. Additionally, OG&E partners with ONG to provide weatherization services to qualified low-income customers through the ONG Energy Efficiency Low-Income Assistance Program. This program offers similar measures to the OG&E program.

In 2017, according to OG&E it achieved 11,733 MWh savings from its low-income programs while serving 3,453 low-income customers. In 2017, according to ONG, it achieved 0.30 MMtherms savings from its low-income programs while serving 855 low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

OG&E’s Residential Solutions Program expanded its Multi-Family direct install component in 2017. Multifamily buildings could receive lighting, smart power strips, aerators, and showerheads through the program. In 2017, OG&E provided 10,377 multifamily unit assessments. We were unable to verify savings from OGE&’s multifamily programs in 2017.

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) nor Oklahoma Natural Gas provides building owners and managers with automatic benchmark data for inputting into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. At this time, Oklahoma City does not advocate to the state for improvements in data provision by the utilities.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

Oklahoma City’s water and energy utilities do not offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. In 2013, Oklahoma City’s Department of Utilities implemented a Progressive Water Conservation Program. The city also partners with the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the USEPA WaterSense program, the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), and several local organizations to promote water conservation, such as through water-saving rebates like low-flow fixtures and dual-flush toilets.

In 2017, the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust and City Council adopted the Water Conservation Plan. The plan provides both internal and external strategies to engage customers in water efficient practices. Active plan implementation is ongoing.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

Oklahoma City’s Department of Utilities has not yet established an energy efficiency goal for water operations. However, it does implement a mandatory odd/even day watering program which effectively cuts daily peak customer water demand, reducing electrical usage. The city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2019

Transportation
Score: 1 out of 30 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority serving the Oklahoma City is The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA). COPTA provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including bus and river ferry service. The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments is the MPO in charge of conducting metropolitan transportation planning. Its area of jurisdiction encompasses Oklahoma City, and many surrounding cities and towns. Oklahoma City's Public Transportation and Parking Department is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

Oklahoma City does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place 

VMT/GHG Targets and Stringency

Oklahoma City does not have a VMT/GHG target in place for the transportation sector.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

Oklahoma City does not track progress towards a VMT/GHG target.

Last Updated: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

Oklahoma City does not have a location-efficient zoning code.

Residential Parking Policies

The city requires two parking spaces per residential dwelling.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

Oklahoma City does not have location efficiency incentives or disclosure requirements.

Last Updated: March 2019

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

Oklahoma City does not have a mode shift target in place for the transportation sector.

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

Oklahoma City does not track progress towards their mode shift target.

Complete Streets

Oklahoma City does not yet have a complete streets policy.

Car Sharing

We could not confirm if Oklahoma City has a parking policy in place for car sharing vehicles.

Bike Sharing

We could not confirm that Oklahoma City has supportive zoning policies for docked bike share stations. The city has 7.92 docked bike share bikes per 100,000 people.

Last Updated: March 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

Oklahoma City spends an average of $14.82 per capita on transit.

Access to Transit Services

The city has an All Transit Performance score of 2.6 out of 10.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

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

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

The city does not have any incentives in place for EV charging infrastructure installation.

EV Charging Locations

Oklahoma City has 2.33 publicly available EV charging locations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Oklahoma City does not have any incentives for the renewable EV charging infrastructure installation.

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight List All

Oklahoma City 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

Oklahoma City does not have any requirements or incentives in place to encourage the development or preservation of affordable housing in transit-served areas.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Oklahoma City does not provide any subsidies for efficient transportation options to low-income residents.

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

0% of low-income households (those that earn less than $50k annually) are located near high-quality, all-day transit in Oklahoma City.   

Last Updated: March 2019