State and Local Policy Database

Tampa

City Scorecard Rank

59

Tampa, FL

21.00Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
1.5 out of 9 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

The City of Tampa has not adopted a municipal climate or sustainability action plan, but the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan includes broad energy and climate-related actions.

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

Tampa set a goal to use renewable energy to power 25% of city operations by 2025.

Last updated: March 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

We were unable to find information on procurement policies or fuel efficiency requirements for fleet vehicles in Tampa. The City’s fleet is composed of 2% efficient vehicles, including hybrid and battery electric vehicles.  

Public Lighting

Tampa has not yet adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. A policy in Tampa’s Comprehensive Plan (Policy 40.1.7) calls for Tampa to pursue energy-saving options for exterior lighting of municipal buildings. Nevertheless, there are no formal efficiency focused lighting replacement programs in place in this city.

Onsite renewable systems 

We were unable to find information regarding onsite renewable energy systems in Tampa

Inclusive procurement 

We could not verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: March 2020

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable to find information regarding Tampa’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

 We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Tampa.

Public Workforce Commuting 

Tampa allows telework for city employees on a case by case basis. 

Last updated: July 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 3 out of 16 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Tampa does not have a sustainability or climate action plan; however, the city adopted a Green Resolution, releases Annual Sustainability Reports, and published an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2025, as stated in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan. ACEEE does not project the city will achieve its community-wide GHG emissions reduction goal because no data was available to make a projection. 

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a community energy reduction goal, though the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan includes a 2025 goal to reduce energy emissions 38.6% below a business-as-usual projection.

Renewable Energy Goal

The city adopted a goal to install renewable energy systems in 20% of existing commercial and residential buildings by 2025.

Energy Data Reporting

The city does not report community-wide energy data.

Last updated: March 2020

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether relevant decision-makers have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting engagement for multiple clean energy initiatives with marginalized groups compared to engagement with 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: March 2020

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 2020

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

UHI Mitigation Goal

The city’s Urban Forest Management Plan includes a goal of no net loss of tree canopy cover for the entire city and has also established individual neighborhood tree canopy goals for each of the city’s municipal districts.

UHI Policies and Programs

The city has adopted a private tree protection ordinance. The city also allows for cluster residential subdivision zoning that permanently protect land alongside dense residential development patterns as part of its Site Plan Zoning District Procedures Ordinance.

Last updated: March 2020

Buildings Policies
Score: 6 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Tampa enforces the state’s energy codes. The city has not adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy. Tampa offers several incentives for energy efficiency projects. The city does not require building owners conduct additional above-code energy-saving actions.

Last Updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All

Overview

State of Florida law requires that residential and commercial buildings comply with the 6th Edition Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation. The 6th Edition Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation is based on the 2015 IECC with amendments. The state bars cities from adoption codes more stringent than the state codes. To learn more about Florida’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

Commercial construction in Tampa complies with the Florida codes. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 53.4. Tampa has not yet begun advocating for increased stringency in commercial building energy codes.

Residential

Residential construction in Tampa complies with the Florida codes. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 60.7. Tampa has not yet begun advocating for increased stringency in residential building energy codes.

Solar- and EV-ready

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

Last Update: March 2020

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Tampa does not have any full time employees solely dedicated to energy code enforcement. The city does not require plan reviews, site inspections, nor performance testing as a means of compliance verification. Tampa offers upfront support for energy code compliance through energy code workshops.

Last Updated: March 2020

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

Tampa 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 2020

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

Tampa offers one incentives for energy efficiency projects.

Tampa offers expedited plan review for commercial construction that includes provisions for energy efficiency.  Rebates are available to residential and commercial construction achieving the LEED standards. Homes built to the Florida Green Building Coalition standards also receive a rebate.

Last Updated: March 2020

Required Energy ActionsList All

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

Last Update: March 2020

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 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 3.5 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Tampa Electric Company (TECO), an investor-owned utility (IOU) is the primary electric utility serving the City of Tampa. TECO Peoples Gas, an IOU, is Tampa’s primary natural gas utility. The State of Florida requires its utilities which post sales of 2,000 GWh or more to implement cost-effective energy efficiency programs and to conduct energy efficiency potential studies. Natural gas programs are required by orders and legislation. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Florida page of the State Database.

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

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, TECO reported 46,840 MWh in net incremental savings, representing 0.24% of retail sales. In 2018, TECO spent $14,926,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 0.75% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, TECO Peoples Gas reported 0.53 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.52% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, TECO Peoples Gas spent $18,605,532 on energy efficiency, which equates to $53.17 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover the entire jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Tampa.

TECO offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers. TECO Peoples Gas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

TECO partners with the City of Tampa to assist with energy efficiency efforts for low-income customers. These partnerships include Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP), Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan (THAP), as well as TECO’s Account Management team work closely with the City of Tampa to ensure all their energy needs are addressed. The assigned account manager works as a liaison collaborating energy audits and promoting all conservation programs available.

Last Updated: March 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

TECO offers the Neighborhood Weatherization Program to qualified low-income residential customers. This program provides energy-efficient installations at no cost to the customer, and includes duct sealing, caulking, insulation, lighting fixtures, water heater wrap, water efficiency measures, and energy efficiency education materials, amongst others. The program targets high energy users and elderly households, and also streamlines implementation with the federal Weatherization Assistance Program. Tampa Electric participates with several civic and local organizations including Hillsborough County Neighborhood Service Centers, Rebuild Together Tampa Bay, and Paint Your Heart Out Tampa Bay.

In 2018, according to Tampa Electric Co., it achieved 9,577 MWh in energy savings, while spending $4,361,382 from its low-income programs, and served 7,389low-income customers.

At this time, TECO Peoples Gas does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

TECO offers the ENERGY STAR for New Multifamily Residence program, which serves residential new construction projects by aiming to reduce growth of peak demand and energy. The program was implemented in May of 2017. In 2018, according to Tampa Electric Co., it spent $1,164 on its multifamily programs. The number of customers served and savings for 2018 were not available.

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

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

TECO provides automated benchmarking services if requested by the building owner. The City of Tampa 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 2020

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2018, TECO did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

At this time, we cannot confirm if city of Tampa participates 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 2020

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

The City of Tampa offers water efficiency programs independently of the energy utilities, such as water audits, plumbing fixture retrofits, rain sensors, irrigation system efficiency check-ups and other programs. These programs and general water usage is monitored by the Water Use Restrictions Enforcement Program. The city has a year-round restriction on water use for all water sources except reclaimed water inside the city limits.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

Tampa does not currently have an energy efficiency goal set in place for water services. Tampa’s Wastewater Department employs staggered starting of motor loads throughout their facilities to reduce transient power usage. The methane generators used to power some of the electricity of the City of Tampa Wastewater Department have reached the end of their life, but new generators are included in Tampa’s 20-year Master Plan.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transportation
Score: 7 out of 30 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority serving the City of Tampa is The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. HART also provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including bus and trolley service. The Planning Commission is the MPO in charge of conducting metropolitan transportation planning. Its area of jurisdiction encompasses Hillsborough, Tampa, and many surrounding cities and towns. The Transportation Division is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The city of Tampa has a comprehensive plan with a mobility element to provide multi-modal mobility with all mode of travel such as transit (bus, ferry and rail), cycling and walking.

VMT/GHG Targets and Stringency

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

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

Tampa has neighborhood form-based codes for the Greater Seminole Heights Planning Areas, 40th Street, and Tampa Heights neighborhoods.

Residential Parking Policies

The city allows one or more parking spaces per residential unit.

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

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

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

Tampa does not track progress towards their mode shift target.

Complete Streets

Tampa’s complete streets policy scored an 35.6 out of 100 according to the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Car Sharing

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

Bike Sharing

The city has 0 docked bike share bikes per 100,000 people.

Last Updated: May 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

Tampa spends an average of $23.50 per capita on transit.

Access to Transit Services

The city has an All Transit Performance score of 5.4 out of 10.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

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

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

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

EV Charging Locations

Tampa has 17.38 publicly available EV charging locations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

We could not confirm if Tampa has any incentives for renewable EV charging infrastructure installation.

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Tampa 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

Tampa awards a density/FAR bonus for developers that provide 10% of a project’s dwelling units as affordable within a transit served area.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Tampa does not offer rebates for efficient transportation options.

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

74.0% of low-income households (those that earn less than $50k annually) are located near high-quality, all-day transit in Tampa.

Last Updated: April 2019