Minnesota ranked 11th in the seventh annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released in early November by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The scorecard ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and program efforts and provides recommendations for ways that states can improve their energy efficiency performance in several policy areas.
Minnesota dropped two spots from a year ago, “largely due to changes in scoring methodology,” according to the report. But it figures to move up in 2014 when new state building codes will be implemented. Minnesota scored high in two areas: utility policies and state government-led initiatives. Minnesota earned 15 points out of a possible 20 for its utility policies and programs, and 4.5 points out of 7 for state-led energy efficiency programs.
Looking ahead, ACEEE said: “Minnesota remains a leader in energy efficiency, but its drop in position reflects the need for continual improvement in polices and outcomes. Maintaining its position will require continued investment in a variety of policy areas. Upgrading building codes would go a long way toward improving the state’s position, as would improving incentives for CHP and focusing on innovative transportation efficiency policies.”