Energy & Water Benchmarking Ordinance 

 
Questions about compliance and technical assistance: czorn@southportland.org, 207-347-4147

The Portland and South Portland Sustainability Offices will be hosting two benchmarking workshops for building owners on March 25th and March 30th from 12pm-1pm over Zoom. Visit the Training & Additional Resources page to access the Zoom link.

The Energy & Water Use Performance Benchmarking Ordinance was approved by City Council in October 2021. The Benchmarking Ordinance will be a significant step towards incorporating sustainable development into the growth of South Portland.

The building sector accounts for roughly 40% of all energy consumption in the United States and nearly 40% of carbon dioxide emissions in the country. The invisible nature of energy use and emissions make it difficult to identify opportunities for improvement.

By requiring property owners to collect and report annual energy and water use, the Benchmarking Ordinance will help to make the invisible visible and:

moneyFind Cost Savings: Energy use performance will provide insight into building efficiency, helping property owners make informed decisions about building policies and upgrades, and identifying opportunity for savings.

growthTransform the Market: Disclosure of energy use information into the market will enable property owners, potential buyers, tenants, realtors, and others to make decisions that create a value for energy performance.  

cityInform Initiatives: Energy use data will inform City initiatives and programs developed in the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.