Last month the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released their annual ranking of each state’s policies and programs related to energy efficiency. The ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard provides states with a detailed comparison of how their efficiency efforts measure up. The scorecard offers recommendations for how each state can improve their rank, encouraging progress toward a more efficient future.
Each state receives a score out of 50, which is totaled from six weighted categories. State government policies, building efficiency, combined heat and power, utility efficiency (which includes efficiency programs), transportation efficiency, and appliance efficiency standards are all factored into the scores.
Many states made noteworthy improvements since the 2013 report was released. Washington D.C. and Vermont, home to two VEIC-administered efficiency utilities (the D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) and Efficiency Vermont), made significant gains in the overall rankings. Vermont jumped from seventh place in 2013 to tie Oregon and Rhode Island for third place in 2014, and Washington D.C. gained an impressive nine spots, moving from 30th to 21st. First place was once again claimed by Massachusetts with a total score of 42.
Washington D.C.’s scorecard improvements can be attributed to the District Department of Environment’s Sustainable DC Plan, and to the work of the DCSEU, which helps District residents and businesses implement efficiency measures to reduce their energy usage and costs. In 2013 the DCSEU served 46,500 Washington D.C. households and saved a total of 50,000 MWh of electricity. Vermont’s statewide energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, has been a significant driver of the state’s progress. In 2013 Efficiency Vermont helped 2,500 businesses and 37,800 residential customers save a total of 88,000 MWh. Both utilities, under VEIC leadership, are working to ramp up their efforts and set ambitious energy saving goals for the coming year.
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