State and Local Policy Database

Reno

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Reno, NV

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Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

The City of Reno launched the ReEnergize Reno initiative to drive climate and energy action in the community and local government operations.

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for municipal operations.

Energy Reduction Goal

Reno participates in the Better Buildings Challenge to achieve a municipal energy use reduction of 20% below 2014 levels by 2025. To achieve this goal, Reno must reduce per capita energy use by 3.5% annually.

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

We did not find information on a procurement policy or fuel efficient requirements. However, the Master Plan noted that the city would consider the adoption of a sustainable procurement guidelines, including City fleet vehicles. 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 Reno has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

New Buildings

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

Last updated: March 2019

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting 

Reno recently approved an Energy Benchmarking, Reporting, and Transparency Ordinance, which is expected to be adopted in January. The ordinance requires city buildings over 10,000 square feet and fire stations to benchmark energy use. Public sector buildings may also be phased in. We did not find information regarding a retrofit strategy in Reno.

Public Employees

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

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Reno released the 2017 Sustainability Report.

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

The ReEnergize Reno initiative set goals to increase commercial, industrial, and multifamily efficiency 20% by 2025.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide renewable energy goal for the city.

Energy Data Reporting

The 2017 Sustainability Report includes a greenhouse gas inventory with some community energy emissions 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

We did not find any policies or strategies that aim to reduce the UHI effect, however the city states the intention to increase their tree canopy in the Master Plan.

Last updated: March 2019

Buildings Policies
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Reno has the authority to adopt building energy codes at the municipal level. The city does not have a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy, but Reno has created the voluntary ReEnergy Reno program. The city does not offer incentives for energy project and does not require building owners perform any above-code energy-saving actions.

Last Update: March 2019

Stringency of Energy CodesList All

Overview

The State of Nevada allows local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes at the municipal level. Nevada has adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with state amendments for residential and commercial buildings. Reno has exceed the state code and adopted the 2018 IECC for residential and commercial buildings. To learn more about the building codes and requirements for the State of Nevada, please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

Commercial properties must comply with the 2018 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 53.3.

Residential

Residential properties must comply with the 2018 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 52.8.

Solar- and EV-ready

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

Last Update: March 2019

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Reno staffs three to five full time employees solely dedicated to energy code enforcement. The city does not require plan reviews, site inspections, nor performance testing, and the city does not provide upfront support to building owners and/or developers for code compliance.

Last Update: March 2019

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

Reno does not offer any incentives for energy efficiency, solar energy, nor low-income energy improvement projects.

Last Update: March 2019

Required Energy ActionsList All

Reno has not adopted any policy requiring building owners to conduct additional above-code energy-saving actions.

Last Update: 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 Update: March 2019

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

Reno has not adopted a mandatory benchmarking, rating, and disclosure policy for commercial and/or multifamily properties. The city created the voluntary ReEnergize Reno program to improve building energy and water efficiency 20% by 2025. Participating buildings must track energy and water data through ENEGRY STAR Portfolio Manager and disclose results to the City of Reno. The city offers technical support to participating properties.

Single-family     

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

Last Update: March 2019

Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

NV Energy, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric and natural gas utility for the City of Reno. The State of Nevada has established requirements for energy efficiency programs provided by the state's investor-owned electric utilities, as well as integrated resource planning. To learn more about the state-requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Nevada page of the State Database.

The Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is the community-owned water utility that provides the City of Reno with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, NV Energy reported 143,004 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 44% of its retail sales. In 2017, NV Energy did not report natural gas savings at the meter. These savings figures cover the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not just Reno. NV Energy offers electric and natural gas efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industry customers.

At this time, the City of Reno does not have a formal partnership with NV Energy 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, NV Energy did provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar and wind systems. We were unable to verify data on the total spending and installed capacity from these programs in 2017. NV Energy’s Solar Incentives program provides $0.45 per watt for low-income and nonprofit installations and $0.20 per watt for residential, commercial, and industrial installations.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

In 2016, the city of Reno participated collectively with other local governments on advocating for net metering regulations.

Last Updated: March 2019

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

At this time, we do not believe that NV Energy and Southwest Gas offer energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

At this time, NV Energy and Southwest Gas do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

NV Energy does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. At this time, the City of Reno 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 Reno 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

Reno highlights reducing VMT in its 2017 Sustainability Report but does not have a specific goal or stand-alone sustainable transportation plan.

VMT/GHG Targets and Stringency

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

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

Reno does not track progress towards a VMT/GHG target.

Last Updated: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

We were not able to confirm whether Reno has a city-wide zoning regulation that requires transit-oriented development, compact or mixed land use development, street connectivity, or form-based zoning.

Residential Parking Policies

We were not able to confirm whether Reno has removed or reduced parking minimums in the city.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

We were not able to confirm whether Reno has location efficiency incentives or disclosure requirements.

Last Updated: March 2019

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

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

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

Reno does not track progress towards their mode shift target.

Complete Streets

Reno does not currently have a complete streets policy.

Car Sharing

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

Bike Sharing

We could not confirm if Reno has a supportive zoning policy for bike sharing.

Last Updated: March 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

Reno spends an average of $42.27 per capita on transit.

Access to Transit Services

The city has an All Transit Performance score of 3.8 out of 10.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

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

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

Reno does not currently offer incentives for the installing of EV charging infrastructure.

EV Charging Locations

Reno has 15.27 publicly available EV charging locations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Reno does not have any incentives for renewable EV charging infrastructure installation.

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight List All

Reno 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

Reno 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

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

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

78.1% of low-income households (those that earn less than $50k annually) are located near high-quality, all-day transit in Philadelphia.    

Last Updated: March 2019