In case you missed it, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 10th annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard last week. Top spots in the Scorecard have been increasingly coveted by states looking to lead or improve with their energy efficiency programs and policies.
NEEP congratulates Massachusetts for once again landing first place, though it must share the honor with California this year. Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York rounded out the top five, with Maine earning a nod as one of the most-improved states, and Delaware climbing two spots in the ranking.
The 2016 ACEEE State Scorecard zeroes in on six policy areas in which states 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. Here are the leaders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states:
- Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont are the top states in utility-sector energy efficiency programs and policies. A total of 26 states enforce and adequately fund energy savings targets to drive investments in utility-sector energy efficiency programs. The states with the most ambitious targets include Massachusetts and Rhode Island. New Hampshire earned credit as the most recent state to adopt energy savings goals for its utilities.
- Massachusetts and New York are out in front on energy-efficient transportation policies. Massachusetts promoted smart growth development in cities and municipalities through state-delivered financial incentives. New York is one of the few states in the nation to have a vehicle-miles-traveled reduction target.
- Several states — including Massachusetts, New York and Vermont, achieved top scores for building energy codes and compliance this year. A growing number of states have taken major steps toward the adoption of the most recent DOE-certified codes for both residential and commercial new construction. These include Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Vermont.
- Massachusetts and Maryland score highest for their combined heat and power policies.
- Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York set the pace in state government-focused initiatives.
The Scorecard helps give states a bar to shoot for in a number of key areas, as well as creating some friendly competition on energy efficiency. For more details on the ranking and methodology, visit aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard.