Municipal Energy Use

Efficient use of energy in City operations continues to be a high priority for the City of Cambridge. In addition to electricity and natural gas, the City uses heating oil, propane, gasoline, diesel and solar electric to power its municipal facilities and operations. Streetlights, athletic fields, youth and senior centers, waste trucks, plows, emergency generators, schools, water and sewer pumps, pedestrian pathways, libraries and traffic signals are just some of the many services provided by the City that require energy. Over the past five years, the City has taken tremendous steps toward reducing this energy use through building efficiency projects, greening the vehicle fleet, and employee education programs.

Click here to read the full report (pdf) of the City's FY12 Municipal Energy Use.

The chart below (pdf) illustrates how municipal facilities account for the vast majority, or 78%, of the City's total energy use in FY12. Buildings are further broken out by facility type.

 FY12 Municipal Energy Use by Category

Click on the graph above to view larger image (pdf).

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