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5 Key Highlights from 2015's Biggest State Energy Efficiency Ranking

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How do states stack up in energy efficiency?  

That's the focus of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)’s highly anticipated 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

The ninth edition of ACEEE’s annual assessment — which was released just yesterday — scores all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia on six different energy efficiency categories: utilities, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat & power (CHP), state government-led initiatives, and appliance standards.

The 2015 scorecard echoed some familiar themes from previous rankings and also presented a few new surprises. Here are some of the key highlights from this year’s ranking. 

Massachusetts took first place…again  

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Massachusetts took the crown as the most energy efficient state for a fifth consecutive year. The Bay State was buoyed by perfect scores in the utility and CHP categories as well as near-perfect scores in transportation, building codes, and state-led initiatives. 

Texas jumped eight spots and was recognized as a most-improved state

The Lone Star State improved its score by three points and moved up eight places for its stringent building codes, expanded CHP capacity, and statewide energy efficiency investments. Beyond ACEEE's analysis, innovative partnerships — like the rooftop solar partnership between H-E-B, SolarCity, and Direct Energy Business — are also paying huge dividends in improving the state's overall sustainability and efficiency. 

California and Illinois led the way in building codes and compliance

As the report notes, buildings now account for 40 percent of the nation's total energy consumption, making them a prime target for energy savings —
something that Illinois and California have both prioritized, especially with the recent signing of SB 350 into law. Cutting-edge technology — such as Wireless Electricity Monitoring by Panoramic Power, the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat, and BuildingIQ — can help buildings unlock additional savings for businesses. 

New York was top 10, in large part for its heating and building policies 

The Empire State has come a long way — especially with New York City's aggressive Clean Heat Initiative, which requires building owners and operators to convert to cleaner fuels. Natural gas and improvements in building efficiency are expected to play a large role in the city's fuel conversion by 2030

Energy providers continue to invest heavily in efficiency

ACEEE estimates that U.S. energy providers invested more than $7 billion in energy efficiency over the past year. These investments — combined with advances in technology and customer engagement — are helping consumers and businesses save like never before.

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For ACEEE’s complete analysis, check out the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. To learn how your business can boost its own efficiency, check out this recent piece on Wireless Electricity Monitoring by Panoramic Power

Posted: October 22, 2015

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