California ties for first place in energy efficiency

California finished in a tie with Massachusetts for first place in a ranking of states employing energy efficiency measures released Tuesday. “The states continue to be a laboratory for change, where we get some of the best ideas for energy efficiency,” said Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which has compiled its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard for the past 10 years. California and Massachusetts each finished with 45 out of a possible 50 points, five points better than Vermont, which came in third. Rhode Island finished fourth and New York and Connecticut tied for fifth. The scorecard awards points to each state for the policies, regulations and government-led initiatives they have put in place in six different categories. California received high marks for energy-efficient transportation policies, setting appliance standards and bolstering energy codes and compliance for buildings.

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