Each year at ACEEE we release a State Energy Efficiency Scorecard that ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to their policies and programs that encourage the efficient use of energy in buildings, transportation, and industry. We’ve been creating the Scorecard for five years now, and in addition to serving as a resource for decision makers and industry professionals, it is our hope that the Scorecard will also inspire friendly competition among states to adopt strong energy efficiency policies and programs to climb to the top of the rankings.
This year when we set out to research and write the Scorecard, we found that states are again rapidly moving forward on energy efficiency policies and achieving real results that help people save money and stop wasting energy. While the quick pace of progress has been exciting to track, it makes compiling states’ information quite challenging, which is why we actively engage the states and enlist their help as we draft the report.
Scorecard data and policy information goes through a rigorous review process to make the report a highly reliable, fact-based analysis of where the states currently stand on efficiency. Central to the review process is our “State Network,” which is made up of around 200 representatives from all states and the District of Columbia who have extensive knowledge of the most recent energy efficiency developments happening in and around their state. People in the network primarily come from the following agencies and organizations:
- State government, particularly State Energy Offices
- Public Utility Commissions
- Private sector energy efficiency program administrators
- Non-governmental advocacy organizations
- Energy Consultants
- Federal government officials
Scorecard information directly corresponds to what is contained in our State Energy Efficiency Policy Database. By linking the Scorecard and Database, users can see the detailed information behind our state rankings. Throughout the year, ACEEE reminds the State Network to review the Database and send any updates or corrections, which allows us to keep it up-to-date throughout the year.
The 2011 Scorecard incorporated comments and information provided by almost every state. We hope that over the coming years every state stays engaged and helps us keep the Scorecard and Database as accurate and timely as possible.
Click here to learn more about the 2011 Scorecard release event on Thursday, October 20th, 2011.