State and Local Policy Database

Oklahoma City

City Scorecard Rank


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 Energy Efficiency Goals List All

Oklahoma City does not have an energy efficiency-related goal for their local government operations, but they are working to develop a comprehensive strategy to decrease energy use in government operations. The city anticipates finalizing this plan mid-2017.






We did not find information detailing the frequency of public reporting on Oklahoma City’s energy efficiency activities.

Last updated: January 2017

Procurement and Construction List All

Vehicle Fleets and Infrastructure

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..

Note: For local fleet initiatives, policies listed must make a specific, mandatory requirement for increasing fleet efficiency. Local alternative-fuel vehicle procurement requirements that give a voluntary option to count efficient vehicles are thus not included.

Public Lighting

Oklahoma City has not yet adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. There are no current efficiency-driven lighting replacement programs in this city.

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: April 2017

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: January 2017

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

The Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability administers a Green Home Loan Program to provide low-interest loans to homeowners wishing to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes.

Last updated: January 2017

Community-Wide Energy Efficiency GoalsList All

The city is currently developing a sustainability plan and the Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability has engaged a group of stakeholders to discuss topics related to energy, water, natural assets, transportation, and preparedness/resilience. An efficiency goal is expected to be included in the sustainability plan when adopted in the spring or summer of 2017.

Last updated: January 2017

Efficient Distributed Energy Systems - District Energy and Combined Heat and PowerList All

Oklahoma City does not have programs or policies to plan for future district energy systems

Last updated: January 2017

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

We did not find information on whether the city has a quantitative goal, programs, or policies with the aim of mitigating the urban heat island effect.

Last updated: January 2017

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

Oklahoma City has some building sector initiatives to improve efficiency. The Development Services Department manages the building energy code compliance and enforcement for Oklahoma City.

Last Updated: January 2017

Stringency of Energy CodesList All

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


Oklahoma city complies with the 2006 IECC for commercial buildings.


Oklahoma city complies with the 2009 IECC for residential buildings.

Last Updated: January 2017

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Oklahoma City does not have internal staff dedicated solely to energy code compliance. The city does not require building code officials to complete energy code training. The city has not made third-party plan review or performance testing mandatory for code compliance, nor has it established either as a voluntary code compliance option. The city does not provide upfront support to developers or owners for energy code compliance.

Last Updated: January 2017

Requirements and Incentives for Efficient Buildings List All

Green Building Requirements

Oklahoma City has not yet established above-code building requirements for any class of building.

Energy Audit and Retrofit Requirements

Oklahoma City does not yet require commercial or residential buildings to take energy efficiency actions such as energy audits or retro-commissioning.  

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings

Oklahoma City residents can have up to 48 months to pay back a 3% fixed interest rate loan, up to $15,000, through the Green Home Loan

Last Updated: January 2017

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Oklahoma City does not have mandatory or voluntary programs to encourage building benchmarking in any sector.

The Multiple Listing Service that serves the Oklahoma City region includes fields for energy efficiency features.

Last Updated: January 2017

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: January 2017

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs, Spending & SavingsList All

In 2015, according to OG&E’s demand side management report, they achieved 83,616 MWh in net incremental savings, representing 0.35% of retail sales. To achieve these savings, OG&E spent $20,678,194 on electric efficiency programs in 2015, which equates to 1.14% of annual revenue. In 2015, Oklahoma Natural Gas reported savings of 2.76 MMtherms from natural gas efficiency programs in their demand side management report, representing 0.41% of its retail sales. To achieve these savings, Oklahoma Natural Gas spent $11,526,722 on natural gas efficiency programs, which are normalized to $15.17 per residential customer. Spending on electricity efficiency represented in this section covers 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: January 2017

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. 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 2015, according to OG&E, it achieved 11,900 MWh in energy savings from its low-income programs, while spending $5,936,312 on its low-income efficiency portfolio. These programs served 3,629 low-income customers, with each household receiving an average of $1,636 and saving an average of 3,279 kWh. In 2015, according to ONG, it achieved 0.09 MMtherms in energy savings from its low-income programs, while spending $252,900 on its low-income efficiency portfolio. These programs served 311 low-income customers, with each household receiving an average of $813 and saving an average of 289 therms.

Multifamily Programs

At this time, OG&E and Oklahoma Natural Gas do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: June 2017

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) has not yet committed to providing the Green Button data sharing platform to its customers. OG&E currently does not provide Oklahoma City’s building owners and managers with automatic benchmark data for inputting into Portfolio Manager. OG&E does not publically provide community aggregate data for planning and evaluation of programs. Oklahoma City does not advocate to the state for improvements in data provision by the utilities.

Last Updated: January 2017

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Water Efficiency

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. However, they have not established any water efficiency goals. They do offer a number of water-saving rebates such as low-flow fixtures and dual-flush toilets.

Energy Efficiency and Self-Generation

Oklahoma City’s Department of Utilities has not yet established an energy efficiency goal for water operations. However, they do 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.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Oklahoma City recently updated its zoning code to promote and support urban agriculture and green infrastructure. The modified ordinance provides clarification for activities such as rainwater harvesting, managing stormwater runoff, and implementing Low-Impact Development (LID). However, there are no funding or incentive structures in place to encourage green infrastructure and stormwater management.

In June 2016, the US EPA announced a partnership with Oklahoma City to design strategies for the Greening America’s Communities program, which will focus on flood control projects.

Last Updated: January 2017

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

Location Efficiency List All

Oklahoma City has not yet implemented location-efficient zoning codes to be used across the city or in any specific neighborhood. The city requires two parking spaces per residential dwelling. There are no incentives available through the city to promote location efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

Mode Shift List All

Modal Share Targets

Oklahoma City has not yet developed targets to promote a modal shift in transportation.

Car and Bicycle Sharing

There is no car sharing program currently available to the residents and visitors of Oklahoma City. The bike sharing service, SpokiesOKC is currently available, with 8 operable stations, to the residents and visitors of Oklahoma City.

Complete Streets

Oklahoma City has not yet written or codified a Complete Streets Policy.

Last updated: January 2017

Transit List All

The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority transit system that serves Oklahoma City has received $27,237,711 in average annual funding from 2011-2015. This funding level is $20.05 per resident in the service territory of the agency, putting it in the lowest category ($0-24) available in transit funding. 

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. Oklahoma City’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 4, putting it in the lowest category (0-4) available in transit connectivity. 

Last updated: January 2017

Efficient VehiclesList All

At this time, Oklahoma City does not offer incentives for citizens to purchase hybrid, plug-in, or EV vehicles. There are no incentives available for the construction of EV charging infrastructure.The city has 8 EV charging stations available for public use . 

Last updated: January 2017

Freight List All

Sustainable freight plan

Oklahoma City does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Oklahoma City does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Oklahoma City does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Low-Income in Transit-Oriented Development Areas List All

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

Last updated: January 2017