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A state to emulate: Massachusetts ranked as nation’s best in energy efficiency

  • By Barry Fischer
  • October 4, 2012

For the second consecutive year, Massachusetts has received the nation’s top honors for energy-saving policies and programs. That’s according to the 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, published yesterday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The scorecard evaluated all the states and Washington DC along six categories of energy efficiency activities — such as utility programs, transportation policies, and building energy codes — and awarded states “points” depending on how well they are currently performing in each category.  Massachusetts, which is excelling across the board, earned a score of 43.5 out of 50 possible points. (Opower, through its strong partnerships with the utility companies National Grid and NSTAR, is proud to be an important component of Massachusetts’ overall energy efficiency prowess.)

In addition, the scorecard report applauded states that are steadily improving in the energy efficiency realm, even if their comparative rank is still on the low side.  Oklahoma, for instance, moved from 47th place last year to 39th place this year.  And that promotion is well-deserved: among other things, the state recently instituted its first natural gas efficiency programs, and also passed a new law to reduce energy use by 20% in all state agencies and universities (by 2020).

See how your state ranked in the map below.  For more information on the specific policies and programs that determined the final results, and how states’ rankings have changed over time, check out the full 2012 scorecard analysis here.

Source: ACEEE (October 2012)

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