From the Hartford Courant:
Connecticut moved up one place, to fifth, in an annual ranking of energy efficient states released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Other states in the top five include, Oregon, New York, California and Massachusetts, which topped the list for the third year.
Annie Downs, state policy analyst and lead author of the efficiency ranking, said that electricity savings from efficiency programs increased 20 percent from 2010-2011.
The seventh annual ranking noted one of Connecticut’s major energy bills passed by the General Assembly in June that called for benchmarking of state buildings, an expansion of its combined heat and power program, and doubling funding for the state’s efficiency programs.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said that each dollar spent on energy efficiency in Connecticut returns $2.40 in savings on energy bills. “Energy efficiency is at the heart of my Comprehensive Energy Strategy because the cheapest energy is the energy that we don’t use through efficiency measures we all can undertake.”
Outside of the top five, other New England states made a strong showing, with Rhode Island ranking sixth and Vermont ranking seventh.
Seth Kaplan, head of policy and climate advocacy for the Conservation Law Foundation, said in a written statement: “The residents of these states are not only enjoying reduced air pollution, but are saving money on their electric bills as a result of those commitments.”
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