Climate Change & Energy
The ways in which we consume energy are a significant driver of climate change but are also part of the solution to mitigating it. Important mitigation pathways include developing and procuring more renewable energy, improving energy efficiency to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, transitioning to electric vehicles, and more. On this page, learn about the City’s energy and climate action efforts and how you can take steps to reduce energy use and emissions in your life.
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SOLARIZE ALEXANDRIA 2022!
The SolarizeAlexandria program will run from April 1 through June 30, making it easier and more affordable for residents and business owners to install solar power systems on Alexandria properties. SolarizeAlexandria also enables participants to purchase battery storage and an electric vehicle charging station, in addition to a solar energy system. When battery storage is used in conjunction with a solar energy system, property owners can store the electricity generated by the solar energy system for use, even when the sun isn’t shining.
Informational webinars will be held:
- Tuesday, April 5, noon–1 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 27, 6–7 p.m.
- Thursday, May 19, 3–4 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 7, 1–2 p.m.
Visit the SolarizeAlexandria page to get started with a free, no-obligation virtual solar site assessment or for more information about the program.
ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN COMMUNITY WORKSHOP MATERIALS POSTED
The City of Alexandria hosted a virtual Energy and Climate Change Action Plan Community Workshop on Tuesday March 1, 2022 from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. A video recording and presentation slides are now available.
LEARN ABOUT THE CITY'S ENERGY AND CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATE
The City is in the process of updating the Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECCAP). The ECCAP will support the City’s response to climate change impacts and environmental emergencies; align with the 2019 updated Environmental Action Plan 2040 (EAP2040); and build upon existing City energy, greenhouse gas reduction, and climate action efforts. The City’s Energy and Climate Change Action Plan update process leverages regional priority actions identified in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) 2030 Climate and Energy Action Plan, as well as the climate action planning efforts underway or completed by the City’s regional and national peers. Learn more about the City’s Energy and Climate Action Plan update here.
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (C-PACE) PROGRAM
The City has launched a new Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program that will enable owners of commercial, multifamily (5+ units) and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, resiliency, and stormwater management improvements. Visit the City’s
C-PACE page for more information.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA’S 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.
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. The Office of Energy Management's mission is to support the City's work towards accountable, effective, & well‐managed government. In addition, the Office of Energy Management is responsible for executing the City's climate change and energy actions to meet the greenhouse gas emission and climate action targets and goals of the City's Environmental Action Plan 2040. The Office of Energy Management includes six core services, including: Utility Acquisition, Management, & Analytics; City Operations Energy Management; Engineering and Operations Support; Energy Assurance and Resiliency; Utility Regulatory and Policy Affairs; and Community Energy and Climate Action Programs. 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!