Colorado 15th Most Energy Efficient State

Colorado is 15th — tied with Maine and Hawaii — in a ranking of the 50 states the the District of Columbia in energy efficiency. The rankings were compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in Washington, D.C.The rankings looked at eight energy efficiency policy categories: Spending on utility and public benefits energy efficiency programs; energy efficiency resource standards; combined heat and power; building energy codes; transportation policies; appliance and equipment efficiency standards; tax incentives; and research and development.

Colorado scored highest in energy efficiency and resource standards and lowest — with zero out of a possible five points — in transportation policies  and appliance standards. The state’s relatively good showing among the 51 state governments demonstrates mostly the dismal state of affairs in the nation regarding energy efficiency efforts.

But at least it wasn’t Mississippi, Wyoming and North Dakota, which scored one point, one point and half a point, respectively, out of a possible 15 while finishing tied for 49th and 51st.

New England and the West Coast fared well in these measures. Vermont, Connecticut and California tied for first. Eight of the top ten states were from those two regions.

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