Vermont in top-10 list energy efficient states

States across the United States have voluntarily achieved major new strides in energy efficiency, according to the 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the nonprofit and independent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The key state-specific rankings in the 2010 ACEEE scorecard are as follows:

California retained its no. 1 ranking for the fourth year in a row, outpacing all other states in its level of investment in energy efficiency across all sectors of its economy.

The balance of the top 10 states:

Massachusetts (no. 2, holding steady), Oregon (no. 3, up from no. 4), New York (no. 4, up from no. 5), Vermont (no. 5, up from no. 6), Washington (no. 6, up from no. 7), Rhode Island (no. 7, up from no. 9), Connecticut (tied for no. 8, down from no. 3), Minnesota (tied for no. 8, holding steady), and Maine (no. 10, holding steady).

The 10 states with the most room for improvement in the Scorecard (which includes the District of Columbia) are: Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi (no. 50, down one spot); and North Dakota (no. 51, down two spots).

Other findings:

Texas (no. 32) and New Hampshire (no. 22) dropped the farthest in the 2010 Scorecard, down nine spots each.

State budgets for energy efficiency in 2009 are almost double the level of spending in 2007, increasing from $2.5 billion to $4.3 billion.

Reported electricity savings from energy efficiency programs across all states increased 8 percent between 2007 and 2008 (the most recent available data).

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