The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released its new report card, ranking the 50 states and Washington, D.C., on their measures of energy efficiency. While Massachusetts claimed the top spot for the third year in a row, Maryland broke into the top 10, placing ninth overall.
According to ACEEE's database, Maryland had somewhat fallen off the map back in the late 1990s, when the state discontinued many of the efficiency programs it began 10 to 15 years prior. This trend was reversed, though, in 2008 thanks to the passage of the EmPower Maryland Energy Efficiency Act. This new legislation created statewide power consumption standards with the goal of reducing electricity usage by 15 percent by 2015. In response, utility companies across the state have dramatically increased their portfolios for customers looking for options to adopt energy-saving lifestyles at home.
"Energy efficiency is a critical tool for cutting harmful carbon emissions and the best way to reduce energy bills for America's families," said Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, in the ACEEE press release. "We applaud the continued progress in energy efficiency nationwide and stand ready to help states as they make their communities cleaner and more sustainable, while saving taxpayer dollars and fostering greater economic growth."
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