Best States for Energy Efficiency

http://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/most-energy-efficient-states.aspx

Let’s all stop and applaud California. This year, the state ranks first on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) list of U.S. states that use energy efficiency policies, programs and practices as the first step in improving their economies. Among the top 10 — along with the golden state — are Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

ACEEE first started ranking states in 2006 as a way to encourage each state to promote energy independence and efficiency. The 2008 scorecard rates and ranks each state on a 50-point scale for their energy efficiency policy initiatives, including:

  • Utility-sector and public benefits efficiency programs and policies
  • Transportation and land use policies
  • Building energy codes
  • Combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Appliance efficiency standards
  • Energy efficiency in public buildings and fleets
  • Research, development, and deployment (RD&D)
  • Financial incentives for efficient technologies

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