America's Most Energy-Efficient State
Although America is not listed as one of the 10 most energy-efficient countries in the world on the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, what it does have are some promising states that could lead the way in making the U.S. more energy efficient. Today, we take a closer look at some U.S. states and see how they are becoming pioneers in energy conservation.
In other parts of the world, conserving electricity and utilizing green energy are being taken very seriously. In fact, of the top five ranking countries on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE's) 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, four are in Europe!
In the UK, scientists are creating underwater turbines in order to harness the region's powerful tides in creating tidal energy. In Africa, more and more companies are building solar energy facilities to provide electricity to the far reaches of the region that don’t have access to traditional sources of power. In Spain and India, engineering company Sulzer has been supplying pumping solutions for concentrated solar power projects since 2012.
But there's hope in the U.S. Here are three states that have been ranked as some of America's most energy-efficient states:
Massachusetts - Massachusetts’ “Green Communities Act” dictates a number of provisions that encourage investment in renewable energy, making it the leader in clean technology. It has topped ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Scorecard for four consecutive years.
Included in the provisions are the order for electric utilities in the state to increase their energy efficiency measures that reduce demand and deliver savings to customers, as well as design and implement 3-year energy efficiency plans for gas and electric utilities.
New York - New York positions itself as a leader in green technology by giving out incentives to buildings that utilize improved technologies and practices in conserving power. A recent Forbes article discusses how the state has passed major energy legislation that provides power plant developers “a more streamlined approval process, and (that) should ease the roll out of smaller renewable energy projects.”
Vermont - Vermont spends the most budget on finding new solutions in energy efficiency compared to other states and in turn sees the highest savings in electricity. The ACEEE says that Vermont’s strong commitment to conserving energy allows it to save massive amounts of energy across all economic sectors.
As more states jump on the efficiency bandwagon, it will be interesting to see if the U.S. ranking improves in the next release of the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
Special thanks to guest blogger, Amanda Taylor, for submitting this article.