For the 12th year in a row, Oregon ranks in the top 10 most energy-efficient states in the country—according to the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the . Massachusetts preserved its top ranking for the eighth consecutive year, followed closely by California and Rhode Island.
The 2018 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, , , , , , , the and contributed to Oregon’s rank, as well as state policies and regulations.
Last year Oregon was ranked in the top five, however this year the state was surpassed by two close competitors, Connecticut and New York. Connecticut expanded the state’s renewable portfolio standard and passed legislation to, while New York announced an aggressive .
In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order in November 2017 to increase energy efficiency in the built environment. This is a step toward helping Oregon get back in the top five in 2019.
In ACEEE’s 2018 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard Report,in the nation, close behind our northern neighbor Seattle. 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.
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