Which State Leads the Union in Energy Efficiency? 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Says California
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard shows the United States took major strides in energy efficiency this year, despite failing to pass new energy policy.
Some advances in energy efficiency highlighted in the 2010 Scorecard include: nearly a two-fold increase of state budgets for energy efficiency measures compared to 2007 budgets; adoption of long-term, fixed efficiency savings targets by half of the states; a two-fold increase in the number of states that have adopted the latest energy-saving building codes for homes and commercial buildings.
For the fourth straight year California ranks number one for investment in energy efficiency programs. Utah represented the state that made the most improvement moving up 11 spots from its 2009 ranking to be ranked number 12 in the nation this year. The states that regressed the most in 2010 were Texas and New Hampshire; each dropped nine spots on the Scorecard.
The Top 5 Energy Efficiency States:
- New York
The Bottom 5 Energy Efficiency States:
- North Dakota
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Executive Director Steven Nadel said: “Even as Washington dawdles on climate and clean energy, states are moving ahead with considerable vigor on these vital matters, with energy efficiency initiatives leading the way. In particular, states are moving forward and advancing energy efficiency policies and programs in an effort to create jobs and stimulate their economies during a period of considerable economic uncertainty."
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