Arizona cities defend progress after slipping in clean energy ranking

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 15:09:08-04

Local officials pushed back last week against a new report that showed three Arizona cities slipping in a national ranking on clean-energy policies, saying the report does not appear to reflect their clean- and renewable-energy efforts.

The 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, scores the 100 largest cities in the country in five categories ranging from local government to energy and water utilities.

Phoenix finished 19th in the ranking, while Tucson was 68th and Mesa was 76th — all three slightly lower rankings than the cities got on 2019’s scorecard.

That surprised Caryn Potter, a utility program manager with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, who considers Arizona “an energy efficiency success story.”

Read more from the Phoenix Business Journal.