ACEEE releases 2017 state energy-efficiency scorecard

WAPA salutes six states in our territory that ranked in the Top 20 most energy-efficient states, according to the annual ranking by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. You are leaving

The 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard rated California as the second most efficient state in the nation behind Massachusetts. Minnesota came in at ninth place, Colorado scored a 15, Utah and Arizona tied for 17th place and Iowa rounded out the group as the 19th most efficient state.

ACEEE annually ranks the energy efficiency of each state in six categories. How did your state do?

ACEEE annually ranks the energy efficiency of each state in six categories. How did your state do? (Artwork by American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy)

The state of Nevada showed improvement, rising three positions from 2016 to rank 34th, partly as a result of state efforts like the Home Energy Retrofit Opportunities for Seniors You are leaving (HEROS) program overseen by the Governor’s Office of Energy. Michael Jones of Carson City used the program to properly seal his home, saving money and—just as important for a person with disabilities—improving his comfort.On average, participants like Jones reduce annual electricity use by 5,143 kilowatt-hours and natural gas consumption by 266 therms, saving $927 on their energy bills annually.

For the first time this year, the state-specific score sheets included stories of individuals and communities. The ACEEE found schools that improved lighting and taught students about sustainability, state facilities that secured more reliable electricity and senior citizens who improved the comfort of their homes. The stories demonstrate the effect smart energy-efficiency policies and programs have on our wallets, local economies, productivity and quality of life.

Now in its 11th edition, the ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard benchmarks state progress on efficiency policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting growth. The scorecard ranks states in six categories—utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state initiatives and appliance standards—using data vetted by state energy officials.

You can download the report for free (registration required) and check out your state’s scorecard, compare it with others and learn about programs that are driving efficiency gains.

Source: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, 9/27/17

Energy Department creates PEV Readiness Scorecard

To help cities, counties and states put more plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) on the road, the Energy Department’s Clean Cities initiative created an online, interactive Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Scorecard.

The Scorecard allows community managers to measure their regions’ current ability to meet the needs of electric vehicle drivers—their “PEV-friendliness.” Users calculate their scores by answering a series of multiple-choice questions based on best practices. The questions range from the time required to issue a residential charger permit to incentives available to PEV drivers.

Because a number of city agencies, non-governmental organizations and even local businesses may be involved in the decisions that affect PEV readiness, every Scorecard account allows multiple users to enter information for the same region.

Read more about the PEV Readiness Scorecard, and start your account today. Then you can share your score with Energy Services, and let other Western customers know what you are doing to become a PEV-friendly community.

Western states take lead on energy efficiency

Several states in Western’s service territory showed their leadership and achieved significant gains in energy efficiency, according to the 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The results, released earlier this month, placed California in the top spot for the fourth year in a row, outpacing all other states in its investment in energy efficiency across all sectors of its economy. The state tallied 45.5 out of a possible 50 points in six categories: utility and public-benefits programs and policies; transportation policies; building energy codes; combined heat and power; state government initiatives; and appliance efficiency standards.

Of the four states making the greatest improvements, three of them were in the Southwest.  Utah, tied for 12, up 11 spots from 2009, while Arizona finished at 18, up 11 spots, New Mexico came in at 22, up eight spots. Alaska rounded out the list, moving up eight spots to #37.

Western customers did their part to contribute to the progress these states made in the last year, and we congratulate them. To our customers who want to see their states rank higher next year, we suggest you contact your Energy Services representative today. We have ideas and programs that can help your customers save money and resources—and give neighboring states a little competition in the energy-efficiency sweepstakes. Everyone will be a winner!