These are the most energy efficient states in America
- 26 November 2013
NEW YORK: In a new study, Massachusetts, California and New York ranked as the top states in the US for energy efficiency measures.
The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which was released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today, ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and efforts in six specific areas including building energy codes, power policies and state government-led initiatives around energy efficiency.
The seventh annual Scorecard reveals that the state of Massachusetts has kept its top spot in the rankings for the third year in a row, followed by California, New York, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Maryland and Illinois.
The ACEEE also lists the states that are most improved, which includes Mississippi, West Virginia, Maine, Kansas and Ohio. View the full 2013 Scorecard Rankings.
Last month an industry report also highlighted Massachusetts' green leadership, as the state's clean energy economy grew for the third year in a row. Energy efficiency was the top clean energy employer in the state, with a total of 46,613 jobs across 3,002 firms and boasting a 15.9% growth rate.
The report stated that bold clean energy economic development policies enabled the jobs growth and energy efficiency leadership, specifically Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Green Communities Act in 2008, which includes the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, known for setting the most aggressive targets for energy efficiency in America.
Energy efficiency was also highlighted in separate research carried out by Philips and Ecofys and launched at Climate Week NYC 2013, which found that greater investment in energy efficiency in America could create 750,000 new jobs by 2020, and up to 1.5 million jobs by 2030.