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California finished in a tie with Massachusetts for first place in a ranking of states employing energy efficiency measures released Sept. 27.
"The states continue to be a laboratory for change, where we get some of the best ideas for energy efficiency," said Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which has compiled its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard for the past 10 years.
California and Massachusetts each finished with 45 out of a possible 50 points, five points better than Vermont, which came in third. Rhode Island finished fourth and New York and Connecticut tied for fifth.
The 2016 ACEEE State Scorecard zeroes in on six policy areas in which states pursue energy efficiency: 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; and appliance and equipment standards. Here are the leaders in each category:
States continue to be standouts in other regards when it comes to energy efficiency. New York posted an increase in electricity savings. Earlier in the year, the Empire State also completed major updates to its state building energy codes. Utah and Tennessee made similar gains thanks to updates to state building energy codes this year. Arkansas committed to extend its energy efficiency goals and gained points for state government-led policies, having recently closed its first commercial PACE project.
Download the full State Energy Efficiency Scorecard here.