Fayetteville is committed to being an energy efficient, resilient community. We pursue this goal in order to create the most affordable, safe, and healthy neighborhoods, for current and future citizens. We are committed to reducing harmful climate impacts and promoting resource efficiency through decreased energy, water, and materials use.
City Government Energy Updates
Current City Projects
Energy Action Plan The Energy Action Plan was adopted by City Council on January 2nd, 2018. The plan outlines steps to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate while achieving better resource efficiency in four key sectors: buildings, energy supply, transportation, and solid waste. The actions and strategies in each sector contribute to the overall greenhouse gas reduction goals at the heart of the plan. More information can be found on the Energy Action Plan webpage.
On February 21st, 2017, the Fayetteville City Council adopted a new Solid Waste Reduction, Diversion, and Recycling Master Plan. The plan aims to reduce waste, increase diversion from the landfill, and drive up recycling participation across the city. The plan sets a target goal of 40% waste diversion from landfills by 2027, which would more than double the current diversion rate of 18%. Read more about the plan and its effects here.
The City of Fayetteville has made available information, data, and research from the EPA archived Climate Change website. While this information may not be readily available on the EPA's website right now, Fayetteville is committed to providing our citizens with information about climate change and the actions we can take in response.
The City of Fayetteville and Ozarks Electric Cooperative teamed up to complete an LED street light pilot project in late 2017. Ozarks Electric Cooperative replaced 16 traditional bulbs with LED bulbs and measured resident responses to perceived safety, quality of light, and light color, The pilot had an overwhelmingly positive response from residents. Read more here.
SWEPCO's Energy Improvement Rebates Program offers rebates for the quality installation of eligible products and services that improve the energy efficiency and comfort of the existing homes of SWEPCO residential customers. These rebates are designed to reduce the initial costs associated with energy-efficient home improvements. The Program also enrolls qualified contractors to provide customers with access to a network of experienced and licensed contractors to perform installations and energy efficiency services.
Home Energy Lending Program (HELP) Ozarks Electric is joining with electric cooperatives across the state to offer the innovative Home Energy Lending Program (H.E.L.P.), which can help identify energy problem areas and even help finance the fix. H.E.L.P. is a comprehensive energy- and money-saving option that has no upfront costs and includes an energy assessment, low-interest financing for energy improvements and a no credit check loan with payback terms that are added to your monthly electric bill.
Source Gas Rebate and Incentive Programs : Natural Gas in America's most popular heating fuel. And thanks to efficiency gains, the average American home uses 22% less natural gas than it did in 1980. There's a lot you can do to manage your energy bills. Using energy wisely has always been the best way to control costs, so Source Gas has gathered some energy-saving tips from the Department of Energy to help you do everything you can to manage your energy use.
The City of Fayetteville has created, by ordinance, Energy Improvement District No. 1 (Reference Appendix A) that is authorized to create special tax assessments for financing renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation improvements on real property. This was made possible by a program called A2E2 (Arkansas Advanced Energy Equity).
The Community Resources Division offers free Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Kits for qualifying low-to-moderate income residents of Fayetteville. The kits are intended to improve living conditions and reduce energy usage and cost by installing simple energy efficiency upgrades to dwellings. Each kit includes energy efficient light bulbs, caulk, weather stripping, low-flow faucets and several other essential energy saving items.
Americans generate 25% of the total garbage on the planet and Arkansans are well above the national average. You can make a difference by reducing waste at home and saving money in the process. The City of Fayetteville rewards people for producing less waste through its Pay-As-You-Throw and recycling programs. This website will explain how to do just that! Everything from what to look for when purchasing items at the store to using your organic waste for composting.