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October 20, 2010

2010 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard Cites State Leaders

States across the country made strides in energy efficiency, according to the 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released on October 13 by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Among the highlights in the fourth edition of the scorecard are: a near doubling of state energy efficiency budgets from 2007 spending levels from $2.5 billion to $4.3 billion; the adoption or active consideration by more than half the states of energy efficiency resource standards that establish long-term, fixed efficiency savings targets; and a one-year doubling of the number of states that have either adopted or have made significant progress toward the adoption of the latest energy-saving building codes for homes and commercial properties.

California retained its first place ranking for the fourth year in a row, outperforming all other states in its level of investment in energy efficiency across all sectors of its economy. Massachusetts again placed second. The four most-improved states were Utah (up 11 spots from 2009 to number 12), Arizona (up 11 spots to 18), New Mexico (up 8 spots to 22), and Alaska (up 8 spots to 37). California, Massachusetts, and Washington have implemented transportation-specific greenhouse gas reduction targets while several other states have adopted policies to encourage the creation of compact and transit-oriented communities.

The fourth edition of ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Scorecard examines six energy efficiency policy areas: utility and public benefits programs and policies; transportation policies; building energy codes; combined heat and power; state government initiatives; and appliance efficiency standards. See the ACEEE press release, the complete report online, and the Energy Scorecard Web site.