The ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy) has released the results of its annual scorecard awards for energy efficiency, and coming in first was … it’s a tie!
Released Tuesday, ACEEE’s tenth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard awards are a ranking of states employing energy efficiency measures. California and Massachusetts tied for first place, with a total of 45 out of 50 points each. It is Massachusetts’ sixth consecutive year in first place, and the Golden State hasn’t been in this position since 2010. It is the first time the two states have shared the honor.
The remainder of the top ten is Vermont (#3), Rhode Island (#4), Connecticut and New York (tied for #5), Oregon (#7), Washington state (#8), Maryland (#9) and Minnesota (#10).
You can view the full results here.
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The scorecard awards rank states based on policies, regulations and government-led initiatives in these six categories.
- Utility and public benefits programs and policies
- Transportation policies
- Building energy codes
- Combined heat and power (CHP) policies
- State government–led initiatives around energy efficiency
- Appliance and equipment standards
All of these categories impact green builders looking to create the most efficient projects possible, with category three a notable distinction. You should study up on awards and statistics such as these to see how you can pursue the greenest options available in your market.
Also worth noting, the three most improved states are Missouri, Maine and Michigan. The states most in need of improvement are Louisiana (#47), Kansas (#48), South Dakota (#49), Wyoming (#50) and North Dakota (#51).
Steven Nadel, executive director of ACEEE, says that 2016 has been an extremely exciting year for energy efficiency.
“States are spurring efficiency investment through advancements in building energy codes, transportation planning and leading by example in their own facilities and fleets,” he says. “These investments reap large benefits, giving businesses, governments and consumers more control over how and when they use energy.”
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