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Minnesota ranks 8th in nation for energy-efficiency policies

Minnesota makes the Top 10 list in a national survey of energy-efficiency policies and practices, conducted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The group compared energy efficiency in six areas: (1) utility and public benefits programs and policies; (2) transportation policies; (3) building energy codes; (4) combined heat and power; (5) state government initiatives; and (6) appliance efficiency standards.

The group said that, overall, energy efficiency efforts have improved in the country despite the bad U.S. economy, tight state budgets and a failure by Congress to adopt a comprehensive energy strategy.

The Top 10 states:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. Oregon
  5. Vermont
  6. Washington
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Minnesota
  9. Connecticut
  10. Maryland

They also listed the lowest-ranked states, from the bottom:

  • North Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Mississippi
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia
  • Missouri
  • Alabama
  • South Dakota.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/20/2011 - 04:19 pm.

    Any survey where California finishes second in efficiency is bogus. There’s no need to read any further.

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