Electricity Use

Local governments usually have indirect Scope 2 emissions associated with the purchase and use of electricity from utilities.

In some cases, indirect emissions from electricity use may comprise the largest source of a local government’s GHG emissions.

There are a number of approaches to calculating emissions based on the data that is available at the time of the inventory. There is also a specific approach to utilize for calculating emissions related to streetlight electricity usage.  To learn more about these approaches, click the links below:

Recommended Approach: Known Electricity Use

Alternate Approach 1: Leased Space

Alternate Approach 2: Proxy Year Data

Alternate Approach 3: Comparable Facilities and Square Footage

Alternate Approach 4: Streetlights ONLY – Installed Wattage