State and Local Policy Database

Winston-Salem

City Scorecard Rank

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Winston-Salem, NC

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

Climate Mitigation Goal

Winston-Salem 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 

Winston-Salem does not have a formal procurement policy. We could not determine the composition of Winston-Salem’s municipal fleet. All of the city-owned streetlights have been converted to LED. Duke Energy is upgrading their portion of streetlights.

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.

Onsite renewable systems 

We were unable to find information regarding onsite renewable energy systems in Winston-Salem.

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 Winston-Salem’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Winston-Salem

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: July 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

We could not verify if Winston-Salem has adopted a climate, clean energy, or sustainability plan.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy 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 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

We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantifiable urban heat island mitigation goal.

UHI Policies and Programs

We were unable to determine if the city has adopted specific policies or programs that incorporate requirements or incentives to mitigate the urban heat island effect. 

Last updated: August 2020

Buildings Policies
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Winston-Salem must use and enforce the state-mandated energy codes. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies, incentives, or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All

Overview

The State of North Carolina requires local jurisdictions to comply with the state mandated building energy codes. All buildings must comply with the 2018 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code, which is less stringent than the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) . To learn more about the building codes and requirements for the State of North Carolina, please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

Commercial construction in Winston-Salem complies with the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 57.6. Charlotte has not yet begun advocating for increased stringency in commercial building energy codes.

Residential

Residential construction in Charlotte complies with the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 62.9. Charlotte has not yet begun advocating for increased stringency in residential building energy codes.

Solar- and EV-ready

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

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Winston-Salem does not have any full time staff solely dedicated to building energy code enforcement. The city requires plan reviews and site inspections to verify code compliance. We could not find information regarding upfront support for code compliance.

Last updated: March 2020

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 updated: March 2020

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

The city does not offer any incentive or financing programs for energy efficiency, solar energy, and/or low-income energy improvement projects.

Last updated: March 2020

Required Energy ActionsList All

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

Last updated: 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 updated: March 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Duke Energy Carolinas, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility serving the City of Winston-Salem. Piedmont Natural Gas, an IOU, is Winston-Salem’s primary natural gas utility. The State of North Carolina has implemented a renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standard 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 North Carolina page of the State Database.

The City of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities Department is in charge of providing the City of Winston-Salem with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, Duke Energy Carolinas reported 585,489 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.99% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Winston-Salem. In 2018, Duke Energy Carolinas spent $96,462,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 1.96% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, Piedmont Natural Gas either did not spend or did not report spending or savings on natural gas efficiency programs. These savings and spending figures cover the entire jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Winston-Salem.

Duke offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers.

At this time, the City of Winston-Salem does not have a formal partnership with Duke Energy Carolinas or Piedmont 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

Duke Energy Carolinas offers the Neighborhood Energy Saver (NES) Program to qualified low-income residential customers. This weatherization assistance program provides many direct-install measures such as lightbulbs, aerators, showerheads, weather stripping, door sweeps, caulk and insulation, and water heater adjustments. The NES program reaches out to local government (mayors, city council, community leaders) for involvement in the kickoff event and to provide support for the program.

Duke Energy Carolinas also offers the Residential Income-Qualified Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Assistance for Individuals Program to qualified low-income residential customers. This weatherization assistance program provides, on the basis of need, measures provided under the NES Program, additional insulation, air sealing, refrigerator replacement, and electric HVAC system replacement. Both programs are administered in coordination with local agencies that administer state weatherization programs and other agencies selected by Duke Energy.

In 2018, Duke Energy Carolinas achieved 3,790 MWh in energy savings, while spending $2,543,430 in its low-income programs and served 7,861 low-income customers.

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

The Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC), the Council of Governments in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, has a weatherization program available to low-income, elderly or disabled residents in 8 of the 12 counties served. Forsyth County, where Winston-Salem, is located is one of those counties. The city pays annual dues to the organization, which in turn helps support this program.

Multifamily Programs

Duke Energy Carolinas offers the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program. This program offers no-cost direct install of high efficiency light bulbs, faucet aerators, showerheads and hot water pipe wrapping in multifamily building units. In 2018, according to Duke Energy Carolinas, it achieved 15,480 MWh in savings, while spending $2,621,248 and providing 374,003 measures.

At this time, Piedmont Natural Gas does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily customers.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither Duke Energy Carolinas nor Piedmont Natural Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Winston-Salem 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, Duke Energy Progress launched its NC Solar Rebate Program solar, with projects installed in 2019. The program will provide $0.50 per watt incentives for nonresidential installations, $0.60 per watt incentives for residential solar installations, and $0.75 per watt for non-profit customers. Total incentives spent and kW renewables installed in 2018 was not available.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

At this time, we cannot confirm whether or not the city of Winston-Salem 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 energy and water utilities do not currently offer joint energy and water efficiency programs, and the City of Winston-Salem has not yet 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. At the Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of two wastewater treatment plants run by the City/County Utilities, methane produced in the digester treatment process is collected and used to help power the treatment plants.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transportation
Score: 4.5 out of 30
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The city released the 2035 Transportation Plan Update, but the plan does not include a VMT reduction goal.

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

The City of Winston-Salem does not yet have a codified VMT reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

The City of Winston-Salem is not yet tracking community GHG or VMT levels

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

The city’s zoning code targets transit-oriented development districts, but does not require such development.

Residential Parking Requirements

The city has not removed minimum parking requirements, but the city’s Strategic Plan includes a goal to study parking requirements in transit-oriented development districts. The city's current parking requirements can be found in Chapter B of the city's zoning ordinance.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

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

No Policy Found 

Car Sharing

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Bike Sharing

Winston-Salem is serviced by a fleet of 65 Zagster bikes.  

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Winston-Salem have received $18,154,031 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $27.04 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 Winston-Salem Transit Connectivity Index value is 3.4, scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Neither the City of Winston-Salem or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the lease or purchase of EVs at this time. 

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

Neither the City of Winston-Salem 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 10 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 4.06 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Winston-Salem 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

Winston-Salem 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 

Winston-Salem 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

Electric scooter rides from SPIN are discounted 50% for low-income residents in Winston-Salem. 

Last Updated: March 2020