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Minnesota ranks 9th in national energy-efficiency survey

The scorecard, prepared by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, rated state policies on energy efficiency.

A ranking of the states on their energy-efficiency efforts puts Minnesota in ninth place.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released its scorecard Wednesday.

To come up with the scores, the group looked at “policies and programs that encourage the efficient use of energy in many sectors of the economy.”

It examined “six of the primary policy areas in which states typically pursue energy efficiency: utility and ‘public benefits’ programs and policies; transportation policies; building energy codes; combined heat and power (CHP) policies; state government-led initiatives around energy efficiency; and appliance and equipment standards.”

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The scorecard summary said nice things about Minnesota:

Minnesota has a long record of customer energy efficiency programs offered by both investor-owned and publicly owned utilities. Minnesota has achieved significant savings from these programs, which have been in place in various forms for well over two decades. These programs and efforts have remained steadfast in Minnesota without any of the interruption or upheavals that occurred in other states that restructured their electric utility industries.

The top 10 states were:

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

States in the bottom 10, starting with the lowest ranking, were:

  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • Alaska
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Louisiana
  • Nebraska

ACEEE says it is a nonprofit, started in 1980 by energy experts, and works to improve energy efficiency by:

  • Conducting in-depth technical and policy analyses
  • Advising policymakers and program managers

  • Working collaboratively with businesses, government officials, public interest groups, and other organizations

  • Convening conferences and workshops, primarily for energy efficiency professionals

  • Assisting and encouraging the media to cover energy efficiency policy and technology issues

  • Educating businesses and consumers through our reports, books, conference proceedings, media outreach, and website.