Climate Change & Energy

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NEW! City of Alexandria’s Releases Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy

The City of Alexandria’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy (EVRS) identifies strategic recommendations for the City to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Alexandria community. The EVRS’s development is an action identified in the City’s Environmental Action Plan 2040 to achieve the City’s greenhouse gas emission targets and goals. Moreover, the EVRS supports advancing many of the smart mobility goals under consideration in the City’s Alexandria Mobility Plan.

Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy.

NEW! City Names Energy and Climate Change Task Force and Sets First Meeting for May

The City of Alexandria announces the appointments to the City’s Energy and Climate Change Task Force to provide guidance to City staff's update of the Energy and Climate Change Action Plan. The first virtual meeting of the Task Force to occur on Tuesday May 4, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held virtually and is open to the public. Register to attend the first Task Force meeting and learn more about the Task Force at the City's Energy and Climate Change Plan webpage. 

NEW! SolarizeAlexandria program returns from April 12 through June 30, 2021 to make it easier and more affordable for residents and business owners to install solar power systems!

Adding solar power to your home is easier and more affordable than ever, thanks to SolarizeAlexandria, a program that reduces the cost and complexity of going solar by providing a one-stop shop for education and installation.Through June 30, sign up for SolarizeAlexandria to receive a free solar satellite assessment and home energy assessment, and gain access to discounted prices and vetted installers. Starting in 2021, SolarizeAlexandria is offering participants the opportunity to install battery storage systems, in addition to solar arrays and EV charging stations. Since 2015, nearly 75 Alexandrians have installed solar through the SolarizeAlexandria program, totaling nearly 480 kW of installed solar energy system capacity. More information is available, including registration for upcoming virtual information sessions.

Alexandria Earns SolSmart Gold designation

The City of Alexandria has earned SolSmart Gold designation from the national designation program recognizing cities, counties, and regional organizations that foster the development of mature local solar markets known as SolSmart. To learn more about the SolSmart program and what else the City is doing to further solar development, see City's renewable energy page.

City of Alexandria Joins the U.S. Department of Energy's Bettering Building Challenge

On October 22, 2019, the Alexandria City Council approved the City of Alexandria to join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. The U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge is a national leadership initiative which aims to improve energy efficiency in buildings. By joining as a Partner, the City has made a public pledge to improve the energy intensity of its publicly-owned building portfolio by 25 percent over a fiscal year 2018 baseline by fiscal year 2027. Read the press release and visit the City of Alexandria’s Better Buildings Challenge Partner page .

Alexandria City Council Declares a Climate Emergency

On October 22, 2019, the Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted a resolution declaring a climate emergency, recognizing that climate change poses a grave threat to everyone in Alexandria and around the world. For more information about the Climate Emergency Resolution read the City's news release. To learn more ways to reduce your carbon footprint check out the focus areas below!

Office of Energy Management

The City of Alexandria established the Office of Energy Management in 2009 when it hired the City’s first Energy Manager. Energy Management helps to execute the City’s goal of an accountable, effective, & well‐managed government. Energy Management delivers the following services: Utility Acquisition, Management, & Analytics; City Operations Energy Management; City Electrical Infrastructure Management; Energy Assurance and Reliability; Utility Regulatory and Policy Affairs; and Community Energy Management. The Office of Energy Management is also responsible for executing the City’s Climate Change and Energy goals from the Environmental Action Plan. The Office is a creative, entrepreneurial group located within the Department of General Services. To learn more about the Office of Energy Management click here!

Focus Areas

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What Would You Like to Learn More About?

How do I install solar power on my home or business in the City?

How much does the City government contribute to the City’s greenhouse gas emissions?

What is the City doing to reduce energy use?

What can I do to reduce my greenhouse gas emissions?

What can I do to reduce my energy use?

What are the benefits of owning an electric vehicle?