Energy Efficiency: US State Rankings
The last post talked about the importance of energy efficiency (EE). The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit aimed at promoting EE has come out with a 2008 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. It ranks states based on practices to promote EE, which it calls the “first fuel”, as in first fuel we should use to address (or redress) our energy needs. California was first in the rankings followed by Oregon and then Connecticut. The rankings have been conducted since 2006, so one can track movements of states up or down the rankings over that time. The authors point out how states have been leading the way in EE, so the rankings serve to recognize that and to encourage the federal government to “catch up”. See the above map, the press release and the full report (follow the press release link).