Portland ranks as the nations second-best large city in the nation for energy efficiency measures, based on a study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Portland scored a 70 out of a potential score of 100, second to Boston, which scored 76.75, in an analysis of the nations 34 largest cities.
Portland received the top energy efficiency rating in two of the five categories used to set the ratings: local government operations and transportation policies.
This is an honor for a smaller city, said Mayor Charlie Hales, noting that most of the other cities are larger in population.
Boston was tops among the 34 cities in community-wide initiatives and tied with San Francisco for tops in its utility public benefit programs, which include energy and water utilities. Portland tied for sixth in community-wide initiatives and placed fourth in the utility category.
Seattle won top honors for its building policies; Portland finished seventh in that category.
To see the full study or an executive summary of the study: http://aceee.org/research-report/e13g.