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Massachusetts vs. Pennsylvania: Who Will Win This Year’s Energy Showdown?

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Massachusetts vs. Pennsylvania: Who Will Win This Year’s Energy Showdown?

The coveted Energy Bowl Champion title is up for grabs once again!

We’ve run through both teams [states’] playbooks to see how well they fared in overall energy consumption for 2017.


After crunching the numbers... we present to you the two combatants — and their stats — for this year’s energy showdown.  

The Massachusetts (MA) Scorecard

Massachusetts, after last year’s no-contest blowout victory over Georgia, is poised to go after Pennsylvania.

For starters, Ma. tops all 50 states with an energy efficiency ranking of #1. Huge start.


Next, their statewide energy savings targets are a strong 15% by 2020. In the ENERGYSTAR-certified buildings category, Boston alone has 209 - encompassing 56 million square feet, which prevented 199,000 MTCO2e of emissions and saved $88 million in costs.


On the renewable energy front, Massachusetts installed 1,328 MW of solar capacity, 115 MW of wind power capacity and 1,247 alternative fueling stations. A win-loss-win in our estimation.


Finally, the state’s energy choice is two-fold: natural gas and electricity, while their corporate clean energy procurement ranking was a sweet number 6.


Overall, an impressive showing.


Next up, Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania (PA) Scorecard

Pennsylvania, a new entrant into the battle for energy supremacy had an impressive run of its own in 2017. So without further adieu, here’s the keystone state stats.


In the energy efficiency ranking category, Pennsylvania was just above the median, tied for 19th. Not outstanding, yet not anything to sneeze at either.


What is impressive is their statewide energy savings targets of 18.5% by 2020-2021


Up next, ENERGYSTAR-certified buildings. Philadelphia PA held its own with 175 encompassing 41 million square feet, which prevented 181,000 MTCO2e of emissions and saved $36 million in costs.


Between Philly and Boston, all that square footage equals a lot of football fields.


Pivoting to the renewable energy side, Pennsylvania installed 999 MW of solar capacity, an astounding 1,369 MW of wind power capacity (literally blowing Massachusetts away in that category), and 960 alternative fueling stations.


Pennsylvania (like Massachusetts) is deregulated in both electricity and natural gas. 


Lastly,  the Keystone State’s corporate clean energy procurement ranking was a very respectable 15.


Overall, PA gave a good showing, especially in renewable energy.

And the winner of the 2018 Energy Bowl...

A hard-fought battle, for sure.  And though Pennsylvania had some mind-blowing energy stats, we crown Massachusetts as two-time, back-to-back champion.


Check out the cool infographic below for the quick-hitting details.

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Great energy flowing in Minnesota

Not only do this year’s teams, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, have powerful energy showings,


Minnesota (home to 2018’s big game) has some real game when it comes to ENERGYSTAR-certified buildings and renewables.


In Minneapolis alone, there’s 113 ENERGYSTAR-certified buildings encompassing 39 million square feet, which prevented 325,000 MTCO2e of emissions, saving $57 million in costs.


Meanwhile the rise in wind and solar power — 16% from 2015 to 2016 according to Clean Energy Economy Minnesota — is causing coal mining jobs to drop precipitously, with six coal-firedgenerators set to close in the next 10 years.


Most impressive, Minnesota tops the country in wind power, accounting for 18% of the state’s electricity and 7% of all U.S. electricity generation in the first half of 2017.


Talk about being blown away… between Massachusetts, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, we found many things to be excited about in the world of energy.


One of North America’s largest retail energy suppliers, we’re committed to helping businesses achieve a win-win with their energy use. Good luck to New England and Philadelphia in this Sunday’s other big game!


Cities are conquering the game of energy, see how the City of Pittsburgh is using smart energy choices to monitor their electricity use and reduce consumption in this case study.


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Posted: January 29, 2018