There are a million rankings done by organizations far and wide in the U.S., but one set of rankings published recently by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) gives us a good idea of how U.S. states are becoming more energy efficient. The number-one state for energy efficiency, for the second year in a row, is Massachusetts, followed by California, New York, Oregon and Vermont. Rounding out the bottom five? South Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota and, dead last, Mississippi.
Exactly what are some states doing well and others not doing as well? Looking deeper into the ACEEE rankings offers some clues.
Ben Foster, a senior policy analyst at the ACEEE, and lead author of the “State Energy Efficiency Scorecard,” explained that the organization bases its rankings in six policy areas: Read more