US Scorecard: Leading states cutting costs for residents with energy efficiency, but more progress needed

(ACEEE blog, 6 Dec 2022) As Americans struggle to pay rising energy bills, leading states have instituted energy efficiency policies that cut utility bills—especially for those who need it most—while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the 2022 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

These policies can serve as models for the dozens of states that have yet to prioritize energy-saving upgrades to reduce costs for disadvantaged households. 

California comes in first place in the 50-state scorecard (which also includes Washington, DC) from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). California, which earned 47 of 50 points possible, centers equity in its energy policies and administers wide-reaching programs to reduce emissions from transportation, buildings, and industry. Rounding out the top 10 are Massachusetts (#2), New York (#3), Vermont (#4), Maine (#5), Washington, DC (#6), Maryland and Rhode Island (tied at #7), Connecticut (#9), and Minnesota (#10).  

Regional leaders are California (#1) in the West, Massachusetts (#2) in the Northeast, Minnesota (#10) in the Midwest, Colorado (#13) in the Southwest, and Virginia (#20) in the Southeast. Each of these states has enacted sweeping clean energy laws in recent years and expanded energy efficiency efforts to achieve climate goals. The scorecard is accompanied by one-page evaluations of each state’s performance, including possible ways to improve performance.

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ACEEE blog, 6 Dec 2022: US Scorecard: Leading states cutting costs for residents with energy efficiency, but more progress needed