Sunday, October 7, 2012

State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released – Colorado Ranked 14th

Source: ACEEE
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released their report ranking states by energy efficiency (via Triple Pundit). Massachusetts received the number one ranking for the second year in a row. Colorado didn't make the top 10, but is getting ready to knock on the door with a ranking of 14. Kudos to Oklahoma, Montana, and South Carolina for being the most improved states for energy efficiency.

Per the ACEEE website the report "examines six of the primary policy areas in which states typically pursue energy efficiency: utility and “public benefits” programs and policies; transportation policies; building energy codes; combined heat and power (CHP) policies; state government-led initiatives around energy efficiency; and appliance and equipment standards." Energy efficiency has the ability to make a large impact towards reducing our carbon footprint, increasing our personal comfort, and saving money on fuel costs. If you live in some of the states that were at the bottom of the rankings, don't fret, you can help move your state up the rankings by working with the electric and gas utilities in your state, local government, and your public utility commission.

3 comments:

Kris said...

Sadly, the link doesn't display for me full-size, but I'm guessing my new home state of Virginia doesn't fare so well?

I'm really enjoying reading--thank you!

Justin A. Rickard said...

Hi Kris,

Virginia ranks 37th. Lots of room for improvement! Thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog.

-Justin

PENNY STOCK INVESTMENTS said...

Great scorecard

Wishful Thinking

*Before adding PV, wind, or solar thermal to your residential or commercial structure, the first step is to analyze this structure's energy consumption through a professional energy audit. I'd like to see some public education on the importance of an energy audit for any structure. Remember Smokey the Bear's forest fire shtick drilled into our heads over the last few decades? How about something like, "Henry the House" desperately wanting to know how much energy he consumes and wastes throughout the day?

*With over 300 sunny days a year on the Front Range is it too much to ask for solar PV and thermal modules on every residential and commercial unit (after an energy audit of course)?


*How about affordable plug-in electric cars that go more than 100 miles on a charge with PV and wind powered recharging stations?

*Dreaming of companies large and small adopting business sustainability practices to maximize profits, reduce their carbon footprint, and enhance the lives of their employees and the communities that surround them.

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