Florida and Texas, the states hit hardest by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, have made strides recently in improving energy efficiency.
Florida jumped three spots on the annual American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard to number 22. Texas’s ranking improved to number 26. Both states have an opportunity to place greater emphasis on energy efficiency policy and implementation as they rebuild in the wake of the recent hurricanes, according to ACEEE.
Massachusetts was ranked first, breaking its 2016 tie with California, as the Golden State slipped to second place. Over the past year Massachusetts has focused on increasing access to efficiency programs for low- and moderate-income ratepayers, and invested in peak demand reduction projects.
Rounding out the top five states were Rhode Island, Vermont, and Oregon. Rhode Island opened the nation’s first offshore wind generation farm, and achieved a perfect 20-out-of-20 score in the utility programs category for the fourth year in a row due to its Three-Year Energy Efficiency Procurement Plan. Virginia enacted an energy performance contracting plan for public agencies.