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.
A quick glance at ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard over the past few years will reveal some distinct regional divides. States on the east and west coasts and in the upper Midwest occupy the most spots at the top of the list, while the Southeast consistently ranks low in energy efficiency. Considering the region’s economic reliance on fossil fuels, it is no surprise that the concept of saving energy is met with skepticism.