American Cities Climate Challenge
GEM Energy Burden Reports

We interviewed over 30 experts in cities and community-based organizations to better understand how to make important energy and equity data speak to their work. In response to these interviews, we created these short reports of the 25 cities in the American Cities Climate Challenge showing their current energy burdens, how that burden has changed over time, and how other equity indicators are related to energy burden. Click your city below to find your energy burden impact report! 

Disparity is the factor difference between the least burdened quintile and the most burdened quintile.

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Albuquerque, NM

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

In 2013, Albuquerque’s median energy burden of 4.1% was above the national average, exceeding the national average, and below the New Mexico median of 4.9%. Energy burden in Albuquerque decreased by 0.6% by 2019, falling below the national average. This improvement was driven primarily by an increase in incomes, although average energy costs also decreased.

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Atlanta, GA

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Atlanta is currently the 7th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. As of 2019, Atlanta’s average energy burden is 4.5%, 1.25 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data show that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the southern portions of the city.

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Austin, TX

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Across the city, Austin's average energy burden is 3.2% as of 2019, 11% less than the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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Boston, MA

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Boston is currently the 9th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Boston's average energy burden is 4.3% as of 2019, 1.19 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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Charlotte, NC

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Charlotte is currently the 12th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Charlotte's average energy burden is 3.9% as of 2019, 1.08 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the northern inner portions of the city.

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Chicago, IL

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Chicago is currently the 11th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Chicago's average energy burden is 4.1% as of 2019, 1.14 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the southeastern portions of the city.

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Cincinnati, OH

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Cincinnati is currently the 4th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Cincinnati's average energy burden is 4.9% as of 2019, 1.36 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the center portions of the city.

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Columbus, OH

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Columbus is currently the 14th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Columbus’ average energy burden is 3.6% as of 2019, the same as the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data show that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the center portions of the city.

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Denver, CO

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Denver is currently the 24th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Denver’s average energy burden is 2.4% as of 2019, 0.6 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the midwestern portions of the city.

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Honolulu, HI

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Honolulu is currently the 17th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Honolulu’s average energy burden is 3.3% as of 2019, 0.9 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts some residents more than others.

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Indianapolis, IN

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Indianapolis is currently the 3rd most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Indianapolis’ average energy burden is 5.9% as of 2019, 1.6 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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Los Angeles, CA

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Los Angeles is currently the 16th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Los Angeles’ average energy burden is 3.5% as of 2019, 0.9 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in scattered portions of the city.

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Minneapolis, MN

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Minneapolis is currently the 19th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Minneapolis’ average energy burden is 3.1% as of 2019, 0.8 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the northeastern portions of the city.

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Orlando, FL

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Orlando is currently the 10th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Orlando’s average energy burden is 4.3% as of 2019, 1.2 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the center portions of the city.

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Philadelphia, PA

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Philadelphia is currently the most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Philadelphia’s average energy burden is 6.7% as of 2019, 1.9 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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Pittsburgh, PA

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Pittsburgh is currently the 6th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Pittsburgh’s average energy burden is 4.6% as of 2019, 1.3 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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Portland, OR

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Portland is currently the 21st most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Portland’s average energy burden is 2.7% as of 2019, 0.7 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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San Antonio, TX

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

San Antonio is currently the 8th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, San Antonio’s average energy burden is 4.5% as of 2019, 1.3 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the center portions of the city.

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San Diego, CA

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

San Diego is currently the 22nd most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, San Diego’s average energy burden is 2.7% as of 2019, 0.7 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in scattered portions around the city.

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San Jose, CA

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

San Jose is currently the 25th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, San Jose’s average energy burden is 2.1% as of 2019, 0.6 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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Seattle, WA

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Seattle is currently the 23rd most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Seattle’s average energy burden is 2.6% as of 2019, 0.7 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents throughout scattered portions of the city.

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St. Louis, MO

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

St. Louis is currently the 2nd most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, St. Louis’ average energy burden is 6.7% as of 2019, 1.9 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the northern portions of the city.

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St. Paul, MN

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

St. Paul is currently the 13th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, St. Paul’s average energy burden is 3.7% as of 2019, just above the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the southern portions of the city.

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St. Petersburg, FL

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

St. Petersburg is currently the 5th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, St. Petersburg’s average energy burden is 4.7% as of 2019, 1.3 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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Washington, DC

6 Years of Energy Burden Impacts

February 2021

Washington DC is currently the 20th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Washington DC’s average energy burden is 3.1% as of 2019, 0.8 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the southeastern portions of the city.