State and Local Policy Database


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Toledo, OH

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

Climate Mitigation Goal

Toledo 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 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet policies and composition 

We could not find information on Toledo’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 could not confirm if Toledo has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite renewable systems

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

Inclusive procurement 

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

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Toledo and Lucas County created the joint Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission. The Commission released the Regional Sustainability Plan in 2014.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The Regional Sustainability Plan includes a goal to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions 40% below a 2012 baseline by 2030.

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 2020

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

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether permanent city staff have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting outreach for multiple clean energy initiatives to marginalized groups compared with outreach to 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

The Regional Sustainability plan includes a goal to improve the area's housing and transportation affordability index by 11 index points (a 15% reduction) between 2012 and 2030.

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

Toledo allows cluster housing for developments that reserve some land for common open space. We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantitative urban heat island mitigation goal.

Last updated: March 2020

Buildings Policies
Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Toledo Edison, an investor-owned utility (IOU) and subsidiary to FirstEnergy, is the primary electric utility serving Toledo. Columbia Gas of Ohio, an IOU, is Toledo’s primary gas utility. The State of Ohio requires spending and savings targets for its IOU through an EERS (SB221). The utilities must propose energy efficiency plans and file annual reports to the commission. However, in 2014, S.B. 310 placed a two-year freeze on energy efficiency requirements and allowed utilities that had achieved 4.2% cumulative savings to reduce or eliminate offerings. Efforts to extend this freeze under HB 554 were vetoed by the governor in December 2016, and savings targets resumed in 2017. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Ohio page of the State Database.

The City of Toledo Division of Water Distribution is the municipal utility that provides the City of Toledo with drinking water services. The Division of Water Reclamation is in charge of wastewater treatment and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Toledo Edison had 111,979 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.06% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Toledo. In 2018, Toledo Edison spent $11,678,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 2.61% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, Columbia Gas of Ohio reported 10.03 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.57% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, Columbia Gas spent $29,299,874 on energy efficiency, which equates to $22.06 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover the entire service jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Toledo.

FirstEnergy offers electric efficiency incentives to residential and commercial customers. Columbia Gas of Ohio similarly offers natural gas programs to residential and business customers.

At this time, the City of Toledo does not have a formal partnership with Toledo Edison or Columbia Gas in the form of a jointly developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement.

Last Updated: March 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

At this time, FirstEnergy (Toledo Edison) does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income customers.

Columbia Gas of Ohio offer the Warm Choice Program, a no-cost energy assistance program designed to increase the energy efficiency of single and multifamily homes owned or occupied by income-eligible customers. Through this program eligible customers may receive a walkthrough home assessment to evaluate cost-effective weatherization services, safety inspection of gas appliances, tune-ups or replacements of gas appliances, and direct installation of energy efficiency measures.  Columbia Gas of Ohio partners with the federal Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) in order to leverage funding and maximize services to customers.

In 2018, Columbia Gas of Ohio achieved 0.58 MMtherms in savings, while spending $11,861,206 on its low-income programs and served 2,058 low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

At this time, FirstEnergy (Toledo Edison) does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Columbia Gas of Ohio offers the direct installation of energy efficiency measures in multifamily properties. Additionally, they offer energy audits for multi-family buildings with 5-10 units through its Home Energy Audit and Rebate Program. Columbia also launched a pilot for low-income multifamily customers through its WarmChoice program, offering no cost weatherization service to customers living in multifamily units. Additionally, Columbia has a multifamily component of its EfficiencyCrafted Homes program which works with builders to construct new residences that are built above energy code.

In 2018, Columbia Gas of Ohio saved 0.10 MMtherms from its multifamily programs and served 3,177 multifamily properties. Spending for their 2018 multifamily programs was not available.

Last Updated: March 2020


Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Columbia Gas provides automated benchmarking services through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for commercial and industrial customers. Columbia Gas partnered with AEP Ohio on the Benchmarking energy platform so that jointly served customers can have both their natural gas usage and their electricity usage benchmarked on a single website. The City of Toledo 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, FirstEnergy did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

Toledo is part of the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (“NOAC”), which formed a Community Choice Aggregation Program. The Coalition consists of 13 member communities which includes three opt-out governmental aggregation programs, 1) a residential electric program, 2) a small commercial electric program, and 3) a natural gas program for both residential and small commercial. Since its inception the participants in the NOAC communities have realized nearly $76 million in savings.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

The energy and water utilities do not currently offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. However, Columbia Gas of Ohio includes water efficiency measures in its energy efficiency programs, including energy efficient showerhead, faucet aerators, and pre-rinse spray valves. At this time, the City of Toledo and its water and wastewater utilities have not established a water savings target or goal.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

Neither the water nor the wastewater utility has set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies. The city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2020

Score: 3 out of 30
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

The City of Toledo does not yet have a codified VMT reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

The City of Toledo is not yet tracking community GHG or VMT levels

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

Toledo's zoing code has language identifying overlay districts, density promotions within multi-dwelling districts, and mixed use land development standards and policies.

Residential Parking Requirements

Policies do not meet minimum scoring threshold for the City Scorecard.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

The city's zoning code indicates that there are density bonuses available to developers building within the CM and CD districts. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

No data or city is not pursuing 

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

No progress has been achieved, as there are no targets in place.

Complete Streets

Toledo Municipal Code, Chapter 901 (Ordinance  656-10)

Car Sharing

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Bike Sharing

Toledo is serviced by the ToleGo bikeshare, a Gotcha bike program that has 100 bikes located at 17 hubs throughout the city.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority that serves the City of Toledo have received $30,549,672 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $50.67 per capita between 2014 and 2018 within the Authority's service area. 

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 Toledo Transit Connectivity Index value is 3.9, scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Neither the Toledo Springs or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the purchase of EVs at this time. 

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

Neither the City of Toledo or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the installation of EV charging infrastrucutre at this time. 

EV Infrastructure

The City has 12 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 4.364 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Toledo or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the installation of EV charging infrastrucutre powered by renewables at this time. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Freight System EfficiencyList All

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

Last Updated: March 2020

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy 

Toledo does not have any policies in place to address or help encourage affordable TOD housing development. 

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Neither the City of Toledo nor the transit authority that services the city's residents provide rebates or incentives that better connect low-income residents to efficient transportation options. 

Last Updated: March 2020