Las Vegas Raises Its Stake in Energy Management with Hara Software

Las Vegas Raises Its Stake in Energy Management with Hara Software

The glittering city of Las Vegas has become the latest local government to deploy Hara Environmental and Energy Management software to accelerate municipal sustainability initiatives.

The city and the environmental software developer, which is based in Redwood City, Calif., said today that Las Vegas has decided to work with the Hara product.

Just a day earlier, the company and a national association of municipalities, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA, announced a strategic partnership which, in effect, promotes Hara's software system among organization members as a robust alternative to efficiency management tools they may already use.

Las Vegas is Hara's 35th client (the startup launched in June 2009) and its third municipality following the cities of Palo Alto and San Jose. In all, Hara has relationships with five local governments and support organizations: The fifth is Sustainable Silicon Valley, which signed up with Hara in December.

Increasingly, U.S. cities are turning to sophisticated environmental software to help manage ambitious green goals.

In May, Chicago chose Carbonetworks to manage environmental performance and progress toward targets set by the city's Climate Action Plan. The Windy City aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The city's plan requires action in five key areas energy efficient buildings, clean and renewable energy sources, improved transportation options, reduced waste and industrial pollution and  adaption.

Las Vegas's three-pronged sustainability strategy, approved by the city council In September 2008, lays out goals in three broad areas:

  • Goals for city operations include reducing the city's carbon footprint by 10 percent in 2011, 20 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030; and cutting electricity consumption by 5 percent per city unit by 2011.
  • Goals for city codes, regulations and policies include adopting an energy code that is 30 percent more efficient (compared to the code in 2008) by 2011.
  • Goals for community involvement include implementing a solar rebate program by 2009, which the city outlined along other sustainability offerings on July 1 last year.

Las Vegas plans to use Hara software to consolidate data on its resource consumption and emission. "We hope to more efficiently track the effectiveness of our initiatives and make progress toward our sustainability goals," Mayor Oscar B. Goodman said in a statement released today.

"The city of Las Vegas is striving to build a more sustainable community by investing in long-term strategies to conserve energy and increase efficiencies from renewable resources," said Goodman, who is a board member of ICLEI's U.S. organization.

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