ACEEE State Scorecard: Massachusetts Edges Out California as Most Energy-Efficient State, Maryland Among Most Improved
Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard: MA, CA, VT, RI, OR, CT, MD, WA, NY … With MN and IL Tied for 10th; Five Most Improved States: MD, IL, DC, CA, and TX; and Five States in Most Need of Improvement: MS, LA, SD, WY, and ND.
Massachusetts Tops California as Most Energy-Efficient State, while Arkansas, D.C., Kentucky, and Wisconsin are Most Improved
Top 10 States are MA, CA, RI, OR, VT, CT, NY, WA, MD, and MN; 5 States Most in Need of Improvement are ND, WY, SD, MS, and AK
Washington, D.C.—Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states’ energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Massachusetts Most Energy-Efficient State in 2013 with California Close Behind at #2, Mississippi is Most Improved
Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard: MA, CA, NY, OR, CT, RI, VT, WA, MD, and IL
5 States Most Needing Improvement : ND, WY, SD, AK, MS
5 Most Improved States: MS, ME, KS, OH, and WV
Utilities and policymakers are increasingly turning to energy efficiency as a low-cost way to meet or curtail rising energy demand. One policy tool in particular—an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS)—has been instrumental in providing a framework for energy efficiency across the nation.
A new frontier for energy efficiency has been evolving quietly in the Southwestern United States as the region’s electric utilities have increasingly invested in energy efficiency as a least-cost, low-risk energy resource. In ACEEE’s 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which was released last week, five of the six Southwestern states rank in the top half of states for Utility Programs and Policies.
Utilities in the southwest are making major strides in energy efficiency, quickly raising the region’s status as a leader in utility-run demand-side management (DSM) programs. A number of the region’s investor-owned utilities have incorporated aggressive DSM program plans into the integrated resource planning process, which allows utilities to carefully plan and establish energy efficiency savings and spending goals.
In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA). This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures, which have largely been overlooked in recent discussions and analyses of ACESA. When analyses ignore the readily available benefits from energy efficiency they distort how energy and climate legislation, such as ACESA, could affect American consumers and the U.S. economy.
In addition to Maryland, many other states are also working on new energy efficiency policies. From New Mexico to Minnesota, from Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, legislatures are moving an array of energy policy bills.