Massachusetts Named Most Energy-Efficient State
In the five years that the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked states’ efforts at energy efficiency, California has come out on top–until this year.
For the first time, Massachusetts came in at No. 1 on ACEEE’s 2011 State Energy Scorecard, which measures states’ efforts in areas such as utility programs, building and appliance standards, and transportation policies.
Rounding out the list: California, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Maryland (which was also cited as a most-improved state).
What put Massachusetts over the top? In a press conference Thursday, Gov. Deval Patrick credited the state’s investment in clean technology and legislation such as the Green Communities Act of 2008, which gave a