Each year when we set out to research and write the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, we find that states are rapidly moving forward on energy efficiency policies, achieving real results by helping people to save money and stop wasting energy. The quick pace of progress makes compiling states’ information quite challenging, which is why we have developed a foolproof strategy to engage the states and enlist their help as we draft the report.
Scorecard data and policy information goes through a rigorous review process to make the report a highly reliable, fact-based analysis of where the states currently stand on efficiency. Central to the review process is our “State Network,” which is made up of around 200 representatives from each state with extensive knowledge of the most recent energy efficiency developments happening in and around their state. People in the network primarily come from the following agencies and organizations:
- State government, particularly State Energy Offices
- Public Utility Commissions
- Private sector energy efficiency program administrators
- Non-governmental advocacy organizations
- Federal government officials
Scorecard information directly corresponds to what is on our State Energy Efficiency Policy Database. By linking the Scorecard and Database, users can see the detailed information behind our state rankings. Throughout the year, ACEEE reminds the State Network to review the Database and send any updates or corrections, which allows us to keep it up-to-date throughout the year.
The 2010 Scorecard incorporated comments from over half the states and we hope that over the coming years every state gets engaged and helps us keep the Scorecard and our Database as accurate and timely as possible. Know of an energy efficiency achievement in YOUR state that’s not captured here? Tell us!
Learn more about the 2010 Scorecard, coming out Wednesday October 13, here.