State and Local Policy Database

Tulsa

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Tulsa, OK

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Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding an energy reduction goal for municipal operations.

Renewable Energy Goal

We were unable to find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: March 2019

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition 

Tulsa's procurement policy states that all replacement vehicles must have a higher fuel efficiency rating than the vehicle it is replacing. Code of Ordinances Title 12 Internal Policies requires the City to promote energy conservation and implement cost-efficient energy savings in all of its activities and operations. We could not find data on 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 Tulsa has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Green Building Requirements

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

Last updated: March 2019

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting 

We were unable to find information regarding Tulsa’s benchmarking practices or retrofit strategies. 

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: March 2019

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Tulsa released its Sustainability Plan in 2011.

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

Tulsa’s 2016 Urban Forest Master Plan established a goal to increase the city’s tree canopy to 30% by 2036.

We could not verify if the city has adopted policies that target reductions in urban heat island effects.

Last updated: March 2019

Buildings Policies
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Tulsa has authority to adopt energy codes at the municipal level but has not done so. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies, incentives, or above-code energy action requirements.

Last Update: March 2019

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

Commercial

Commercial properties must comply with the 2006 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 74.5.

Residential

Residential properties must comply with the 2015 IRC. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 65.6.

Solar- and EV-ready

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted solar- and/or EV-ready ordinances.

Last Update: March 2019

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

We could not find information on the number of full time employees the city staffs to enforce the energy code nor on the city’s code compliance verification process. We could not find information regarding upfront support for code compliance.

Last Update: March 2019

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

We could not find information on the number of incentives the city offers for energy efficiency, solar energy, and/or low-income energy improvement projects.

Last Update: March 2019

Required Energy ActionsList All

We could not find information on whether the city requires building owners to conduct additional above-code energy 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

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for commercial and multifamily buildings.

Single-family    

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for single-family home.

Last Update: March 2019

Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility for the City of Tulsa. The primary natural gas supplier for Tulsa is Oklahoma Natural Gas, an IOU. 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.

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported 104,661 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.58% of its retail sales. In 2017, Oklahoma Natural Gas reported 3.78 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.70% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. These savings figures cover both utilities’ entire service jurisdiction, not just Tulsa. PSO offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and business customers. ONG similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to commercial customers.

At this time, the City of Tulsa does not have a formal partnership with PSO or ONG 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, PSO 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 Tulsa 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 2019

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

PSO offers the Home Weatherization program, which provides free energy-saving upgrades such as attic insulation, air and duct sealing, and more to income qualified households. PSO's Home Weatherization program contributes an average of $2,000 per qualified household for efficiency measures. 

In addition to PSO’s Home Weatherization program PSO also partners with Revitalize T-Town (formerly Rebuilding Together Tulsa) and Ki Bois Community Action Agency, providing funds for energy efficiency upgrades to homes they are assisting.  These funds allow Revitalize T-Town and Ki Bois to maximize funding from other sources to address health, safety and home repairs for their customers.

In 2017, according to PSO, it achieved 4,930 MWh energy savings from its low-income program, while serving 2,239 low-income households.

Multifamily Programs

PSO offers a multifamily component to its High Performance Homes Multiple Upgrade program. Customers who qualify for multifamily incentive must complete two or more upgrades. Qualifying upgrades include attic insulation, air sealing, duct sealing, and HVAC replacements. The program also includes direct install measures, such as faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads, and CFL and LED bulbs. Each unit has a blower-door test performed by a third-party verifier before and after implementation of energy efficiency upgrades. In 2017, according to PSO, it achieved 846 MWh energy savings from its multifamily program, while serving 116 multifamily customers.

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Public Service Company of Oklahoma does provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for all non-residential and multifamily customers with the assistance of a local company called THG. At this time, the City of Tulsa 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 Tulsa 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

We could not confirm if Tulsa has a sustainable transportation plan in place.

VMT/GHG Targets and Stringency

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

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

Tulsa does not have location-efficient zoning policies.

Residential Parking Policies

We could not confirm if Tulsa has reduced parking minimums anywhere in the city.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

We could not confirm if Tulsa has location efficiency incentives or disclosure requirements.

Last Updated: March 2019

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

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

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

Tulsa does not track progress towards their mode shift target.

Complete Streets

Tulsa’s complete streets policy scored an 53.2 out of 100 according to the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Car Sharing

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

Bike Sharing

The city has 39.82 docked bike share bikes per 100,000 people.

Last Updated: May 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

Tulsa spends an average of $15.85 per capita on transit.

Access to Transit Services

The city has an All Transit Performance score of 3.6 out of 10.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

We could not confirm if Tulsa offers incentives for citizens to purchase hybrid, plug-in, or EV vehicles.

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

We could not confirm if Tulsa currently offers incentives for the installing of EV charging infrastructure.

EV Charging Locations

Tulsa has 3.98 publicly available EV charging locations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

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

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight List All

Tulsa 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

Tulsa 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

Tulsa 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 Tulsa.     

Last Updated: March 2019