California Leads the Energy Efficiency Race: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases 2008 Scorecard

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So you think you're doing everything you can to improve your home's energy efficiency. And if you haven't done everything you can do personally, both TreeHugger and Planet Green have plenty of tips on how you can get up to speed on saving energy. But the bigger question is how is your state doing as a whole?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy calls efficiency improvements the "first fuel" of energy independence and has just released its 2008 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. From the title you know that California comes out on top, but this is how the other states compare:West Coast, Northeast Rank Highest in Energy Efficiency
In their state-by-state analysis (2008 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard), the ACEEE found that California ranked first in "promoting energy independence with cost-effective energy efficiency instruments". Oregon, Connecticut, Vermont, New York and Washington rounded out the top six places. Minnesota and Massachusetts tied for seventh place. Wisconsin and New Jersey were ranked ninth and tenth.

In the most improved from the 2006 scorecard category: Idaho moved up from 25th place to number 13; Florida moved from 29th to 19th; Maryland from 20th to 12th; Louisiana from 42nd to 35th; Arkansas from 45th to 38th; and Virginia from 38th to 32nd.

In the burning up fuel like there's no tomorrow category: Alabama came in 49th and Wyoming 50th.

What Does the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Measure?

The scorecard examines eight state energy efficiency policy areas: 1) utility sector and public benefits programs and policies; 2) transportation policies; 3) building energy codes; 4) combined heat and power; 5) appliance efficiency standards; 6) Lead by Example in state facilities and fleets; 7) research, development and deployment; 8) financial and information incentives. States can earn up to 50 possible points in these eight policy areas combined, with the maximum possible points in each area weighted by the magnitude of its potential impact on energy savings. (ACEEE)

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