Southwest States Recognized for Energy Efficiency in ACEEE Scorecard

Colorado achieved top ranking overall among six southwestern states in the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Arizona retained its “Best in the West” ranking for energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs.

The annual scorecard measures states’ progress on a variety of energy efficiency efforts, including utility programs and policies, transportation policies, building energy codes and state government initiatives.

Colorado
Colorado placed 13th in the nation—moving up three positions from its ranking in the 2013 State Scorecard. Colorado received a boost from actions taken to promote electric vehicles and promote more efficient freight transport.

“Colorado is demonstrating that advancing energy efficiency makes sense in a state with moderate energy costs,” said Howard Geller, executive director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), which works to advance energy efficiency in AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT and WY. “Consumers, businesses and the environment are benefiting from Colorado’s commitment to greater energy efficiency.”

Arizona
Arizona placed 15th in the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, doing especially well in the category of utility policies and programs. Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard for electric utilities was recognized as second highest in the nation, and Arizona achieved more electricity savings as a percentage of electric sales than any other state outside of New England. “

The ACEEE Scorecard demonstrates once again that Arizona’s utility energy efficiency policies and programs are highly effective and a model for other states in the West,” said Jeff Schlegel, SWEEP’s Arizona representative.

Utah and New Mexico
Utah ranked 23rd and New Mexico 25th in the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, placing them in the middle of the pack. “New Mexico could benefit from taking additional actions to increase the energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs, strengthen building energy codes and increase the energy efficiency of transportation,” said Tammy Fiebelkorn, SWEEP’s New Mexico representative. Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy, said those actions also would benefit Utah.

Nevada
Nevada ranked 29th in the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, an improvement from its showing of 33rd in 2013 but still nothing to brag about. Nevada fared poorly in the categories of utility energy efficiency policy and programs and transportation policies.

“Nevada’s utility energy efficiency programs have contracted in recent years. Nevada should move forward with energy efficiency resource standards and adopt other policies to deliver additional energy and dollar savings for consumers,” said Tom Polikalas, SWEEP’s Nevada representative.

Wyoming
Wyoming ranked 50, just ahead of North Dakota.

Geller urged Nevada, New Mexico and Utah to take concrete action to improve their rankings in future ACEEE Scorecards. He also encouraged Colorado and Arizona to set their sights on becoming “Top 10” energy efficient states, a goal in reach for both states.

For more information about SWEEP, visit www.swenergy.org.

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Contacts:

For information on Colorado’s energy efficiency policies/programs and ACEEE Scorecard in general: Howard Geller, Executive Director of SWEEP, (303) 447-0078 ext. 1; 720-313-9337 (mobile)

For information on Arizona’s energy efficiency policies and programs: Jeff Schlegel, Arizona Representative for SWEEP, 520-907-1088 (mobile)

For information on New Mexico’s energy efficiency policies and programs: Tammy Fiebelkorn, New Mexico representative for SWEEP, 505-410-3884 (mobile)

For information on Nevada’s energy efficiency policies and programs: Tom Polikalas, Nevada Representative for SWEEP, 775-386-7411 (mobile)

For information on Utah’s energy efficiency policies and programs: Sarah Wright, Executive Director of Utah Clean Energy, 801-673-7156