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in the City of Raleigh


Energy is a key consideration for municipalities, given its high cost and importance in operations. For many local governments, energy is one of the largest budget items, and volatility in fuel prices can make these expenditures unpredictable.

The City of Raleigh has taken many strides to ensure sustainable practices are an essential part of everything it does, all while following its fundamental principles of economic strength, environmental stewardship, and social equity. The City not only encourages its citizens and local businesses to implement sustainable practices, it sets an example through policy and practice, such as requiring all new municipal buildings to meet a LEED Silver standard, implementing initiatives that save energy and tax payer dollars, and completing an energy assessment on a number of City facilities. Raleigh is also home to many households and businesses that already utilize clean energy, in part because the City has successfully communicated the many economic and health benefits that come with sustainable practices.​


To learn more about Raleigh’s Sustainable Energy Leadership visit

The City of Raleigh recently worked with the NC Sustainable Energy Association to create its ­Renewable Energy Overview, an analysis of energy needs and recommendations for the City’s future energy use. The end result is a fully-customized analysis that identifies opportunities and recommended next steps to equip the City of Raleigh for increased incorporation of renewable energy.


The full report is available on the NC Sustainable Energy Association website. ​


The City of Raleigh's Plan

Megan Anderson
Sustainability Manager at the City of Raleigh

Check out a few of the City's projects 


Raleigh is currently ranked 12th in the nation for electric vehicle (EV) chargers (Source: AFDC). In 2015, there were approximately 3,300 EVs registered in North Carolina, with vehicles registered in 92 of the state’s 100 counties (Source: DOE). According to the City of Raleigh, their public EV chargers have been used 9,401 times, delivering 48,436 kWh, and offsetting about 24 tons of CO2 emissions. 

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