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Minnesota tied for 9th on 2012 Energy Efficiency Scorecard


Minnesota ranks 9th in the country (tied with Maryland) in energy efficiency, according to the 2012 Energy Efficiency Scorecard compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Massachusetts ranks first for the second straight year and is followed by California, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Washington, Maryland, and Minnesota.

The Scorecard rates all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to policies and programs that encourage the efficient use of energy in many sectors of the economy. The report examines six policy areas: utility and public benefits programs and policies; transportation policies; building energy codes; combined heat and power; state government-led initiatives around energy efficiency; and appliance and equipment standards.

Minnesota achieved the second highest score in the utility and public benefits programs and policies category, with 19 points, just behind Massachusetts. This category is weighted the heaviest in the scoring and accounts for 40 percent of the grade.

Part of ACEEE’s assessment of Minnesota says: “Minnesota has a long record of customer energy efficiency programs offered by both investor-owned and publicly owned utilities. Minnesota has achieved significant savings from these programs, which have been in place in various forms for well over two decades. These programs and efforts have remained steadfast in Minnesota without any of the interruption or upheavals that occurred in other states that restructured their electric utility industries.” Learn more about the Scorecard.