Where Does Your State Rank in Energy Efficiency? ACEEE Can Tell You
Hey, Californians, look out. You're not number 1 anymore. Nope. You're number 2 now. In their annual assessment of how the states are doing with energy efficiency, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has pronounced Massachusetts the best for energy efficiency in 2011. The map below shows the rankings of all 51 states. Oh, wait...DC isn't a state, but it's counted nonetheless, which is why North Dakota has achieved the ignominious honor of being ranked number 51. (Click the map to see a larger version.)
The rankings are based on how states are doing with their energy policy in these 6 areas:
- Utility and public benefits programs and policies (20)
- Transportation policies (9)
- Building energy codes (7)
- Combined heat and power (5)
- State government initiatives (7)
- Appliance efficiency standards (2)
Each category was worth the number of points shown in parentheses above, and if a state got the maximum in each category, their total score was 50 points. Massachusetts ended up with 45.5 points total, to take the top spot from California by 1.5 points.
In contrast to those at the top of the list, Georgia scored 13 total points out of 50, good for a ranking of 36. But hey, we improved by one spot over last year's scorecard, and I'm proud to see it's because of an area that I work in — building energy codes. The new Georgia energy code rocks! It's not because of my personal efforts since I wasn't on the state's energy code task force, but still, I'm happy to be working on the part that we're good at.
As you can see above, the maximum number of points available for building energy codes was 7, and four states (CA, MA, WA, OR) actually got all 7 of them. Even though our overall rank is 36 in Georgia, we're sitting pretty ranked number 5 in building energy codes, as we earned 6.5 points in this area.
Dang! That's half our total of 13 points. Somebody better get those laggards in the other 5 categories moving.
In the biggest category, utility and public benefits programs and policies, worth 20 points, Georgia earned a <sarcasm> big fat 1.5 points </sarcasm>. Now that's just embarrassing. We rank number 44 here. Come on, Georgia Power! (And I know some of you are reading this.) That's mainly on you. I loved your energy efficiency dog ads, but it's time to step up your game.
You really should go download and read the report (pdf) because its 122 pages are loaded with good info. (You'll have to create a free account there first, but ACEEE is a great organization.)