Massachusetts has been named the state that's doing the most to advance energy efficiency by landing the top spot on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's annual state scorecard.
In moving to the lead position from second place, Massachusetts knocks California from its long-held No. 1 spot. The Golden State had a four-year run as the top scorer and now moves to second place as the ACEEE rankings celebrate their fifth year.
"It's nice to be No. 1, we have earned it," Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said in a news conference this morning when ACEEE scorecard results were released.
Below is a map showing the results; darker-colored states scored higher in energy efficiency:
The ACEEE compiles its rankings of the 50 states and the District of Columbia based scores in six areas:
• Utility and public benefits fund efficiency programs
• Building energy
• Combined heat and power
• State government initiatives
• Appliance efficiency standards
Here are the states that made the top 10 this year:
3 New York
5 - 7 Three-way tie for fifth place: Vermont, Washington, Rhode Island
8 - 9 Tie for sixth place: Minnesota, Connecticut
10 Maryland, which makes it into the top 10 for the first time
Here are the bottom 10:
42 South Dakota
44 - 45 Tie: Missouri, West Virginia
46 South Carolina
51 North Dakota
And here's a list of the states showing the most improvement:
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