According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), yes, California is the most energy-efficient state. Each year, the ACEEE comes out with a State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and California has been at the top in recent years. The scorecard looks at six different energy-efficiency areas: 1) utility-sector and public benefits programs/policies, 2) transportation policies, 3) building energy codes, 4) combined heat and power, 5) state government initiatives, 6) appliance efficiency standards. Some other top scoring states are Massachusetts, Oregon, Connecticut, and New York.
California tops the 2009 scorecard of the most energy efficient states released each year by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Vermont, Washington state, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Maine fill out the rest of the top ten. The ACEEE rates states based on incentive programs and policies of the public sector including utilities, transportation polices, building codes, state sponsored initiatives, appliance requirements and more. Wyoming (in last place), North Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama, Nebraska, West Virginia, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri and Arkansas are the worst offenders on the list.
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