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Three-peat: Massachusetts ranked as nation’s leader on energy efficiency for third straight year

  • By Barry Fischer
  • November 6, 2013

For the third consecutive year, Massachusetts has received the nation’s top honors for energy-saving policies and programs. That’s according to the 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, published today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Massachusetts, which continues to excel across the board, earned a score of 42 out of 50 possible points. (Opower, through its strong partnerships with the utility companies National Grid and Northeast Utilities, is proud to be an important component of Massachusetts’ overall energy efficiency prowess.) Some of you will also recall that, in September, Massachusetts’ very own Boston was crowned America’s most energy efficient city.

Source: ACEEE (November 2013) 

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.

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. Mississippi, for instance, moved from dead last to 47th place this year, after passing comprehensive energy legislation in July that prioritized efficiency and building codes. 

See how your state ranked in the map above. 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 2013 scorecard analysis here.

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