Oregon was ranked the fifth most energy-efficient state—up two spots from last year’s seventh place ranking and noted as one of the 10 most-improved states—according to the 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Massachusetts preserved its top ranking for the seventh consecutive year, followed by California and Rhode Island.
The 2017 state scorecard benchmarked states according to policies and programs designed to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, industry and transportation. States were scored on six policy areas: utility and public benefits programs and policies, transportation policies, building energy codes and compliance, combined heat and power policies, state government-led initiatives around energy efficiency, and appliance and equipment standards. The work of Energy Trust of Oregon, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, Avista, the Oregon Department of Energy and Bonneville Power Administration contributed to Oregon’s rank, as well as state policies and Oregon Public Utility Commission regulations.
In ACEEE’s 2016 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard Report, Portland was ranked the fourth most energy-efficient city in the nation, in a tie with Los Angeles. Portland scored high in all five ranking criteria: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, energy and water utilities, and transportation policies.
These report findings demonstrate that states and cities investing in energy efficiency programs and policies are saving energy and money, encouraging technological innovation and improving the resiliency of communities.