If 2018 were an energy-saving roller coaster, the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard would be your souvenir photo capturing a year of promising highs and a few stomach-churning lows in efficiency policy.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will soon release the 12th edition of the Scorecard, an annual report ranking all 50 US states and the District of Columbia for their work on energy efficiency and highlighting the best practices of top-achieving states, as well as those showing marked improvement.
While energy-saving efforts were challenged on multiple fronts this year, particularly federal-level vehicle and appliance standards, the 2018 Scorecard provides plenty to celebrate at the state level, such as the rollout of ambitious plans to ramp up savings in states including New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.
The progress is even more evident when contrasted with our inaugural report in 2007. Since then, the buildings sector has seen four major updates to strengthen efficiency in IECC and ASHRAE building energy codes.
Also, the number of states with an energy efficiency resource standard―setting clear long-term utility savings targets―has more than doubled, jumping from 12 to 27.
For more information about the State Scorecard, click here.