photo: Ian David Blüm
California, Connecticut and Vermont are the most energy-efficient states in the U.S., according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit analyzed federal energy data and surveyed state policies to rank states based on, among other things, their spending on energy efficiency programs, appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards, building codes, and tax incentives for energy efficiency. The 74-page report was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The top 10 most energy efficient states in 2006:
- California, Connecticut and Vermont (tie)
- New York
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island, Minnesota (tie)
The 10 least energy efficient states:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
"The top 10 states are generally characterized by having limited in-state supplies of conventional fossil energy resources," the report’s authors wrote. "They have long understood that they cannot rely on conventional resources for security of supply or other reasons. By contrast, the lower-scoring states have been typically endowed with abundant amounts of traditional energy resources that have been historically inexpensive."
The green states’ investments in energy efficiency have paid off, according to the report, in job creation, lower air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, less expensive energy bills and a more sustainable growth in energy demand.