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Honolulu ranks 24th out of 100 cities nationwide for clean energy initiatives

Ken Lund

Honolulu is nationally ranked for its efforts in advancing clean energy and improving energy efficiency — and it's the third most improved city this year.

Honolulu is 24th out of 100 cities in the country for its efforts to improve green energy initiatives, according to an annual scorecard from the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The organization scores and ranks cities based on buildings and transportation policies, community initiatives, utilities and government operations. Honolulu received an overall score of 41.5 out of 100.

This year, Honolulu earned a "most-improved" city award by the nonprofit – jumping 17 places from 2020. But it was third most-improved behind Madison, Wisconsin and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The ACEEE recognized the city for adopting a new climate action plan, as well as scoring well in transportation policies and utilities.

However, the nonprofit made several recommendations where Honolulu can improve.

Among the suggestions were adopting policies and programs to mitigate urban heat island effect and contribute to the development of a clean energy workforce.

As far as the number one city in clean energy efforts — that belongs to San Francisco... followed by Seattle, Washington, Minneapolis — and tied for fifth are Boston and New York.

Casey Harlow is an HPR reporter and occasionally fills in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Contact him at or on Twitter (@CaseyHarlow).
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