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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Report Ranks Connecticut in Top Three for Energy Saving

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked Connecticut third in the country in a 50-state scorecard based on energy efficiency policies, programs, and practices, according to an announcement made Wednesday morning.

California was ranked first followed by Massachusetts. Joining Connecticut and Massachusetts in the top ten were three other New England states: Vermont (sixth), Rhode Island (9) and Maine (10th).

ACEEE is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit focused on advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. This is the third year that the organization has compiled the scorecard, which examines six state energy efficiency policy areas.

The areas in which the states were reviewed are:

-Utility-sector and public benefits programs and policies.
- Transportation polices.
- Building energy codes.
- Combined heat and power.
- State government initiatives.
-Appliance efficiency standards.

Steve Nadel, executive director of the ACEEE, said the impact of the current recession, "has not put a dent in the vast majority of state programs."

"Energy efficiency is the only resource that can actually reduce energy consumption while growing the economy – making efficiency the ‘first fuel’ states can use to balance their energy portfolios,” Nadel said


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