The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released The 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which grades and ranks each state on the basis of its energy efficiency policies and programs. The ACEEE seeks to recognize those states implementing effective energy efficiency polices and encourage other states and the federal government to follow the examples being set by the top performers.
The ACEEE report considers the following policy categories to grade and rank the energy efficiency performance of each state:
- Utility and public benefits energy efficiency programs
- Combined heat and power
- Building energy codes
- Transportation policies
- Appliance and equipment efficiency standards
- State government initiatives
After the grades were tallied, Washington finished in the top 10, ranking 8th. States in the Northeast and on the West Coast accounted for 8 of the top 10 states, with Massachusetts occupying the top spot, followed by California and New York. Of Washington’s neighboring states, Oregon (4th) ranked higher, while Idaho (22nd) ranked behind the Evergreen State. Mississippi finished at the bottom of the rankings, just behind North Dakota and West Virginia.
INFO: Contact the ACEEE at 202-507-4000 or visit their website.