New Mexico Loses Ground in Energy Efficiency

New Mexico dropped to 31st state in the nation in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The state fell in the rankings from 22nd nationally in 2010, 27th in 2012, and 25th in 2014.

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.

“New Mexico is failing to keep up with other states in advancing energy efficiency, and consumers, businesses and the environment are losing out as a result, ” 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.

“There is much that New Mexico can and should do to raise its ranking and help households and businesses save energy,” Geller said. “We’d like to see New Mexico move into the top 20 states nationally within the next few years.”

In order to improve New Mexico’s ranking, Geller urged expansion of utility energy efficiency programs for homes and businesses, adoption of a decoupling policy that would separate utility revenues from electricity sales, adoption of an up-to-date building energy code and additional support for electric vehicles.

Key points about New Mexico’s ranking from the report:

  • New Mexico dropped to a tie for 31st among all states in the 2015 rankings due to its relatively limited funding for and energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs, weak support for energy efficiency in the transportation sector, and lack of an up-to-date building energy code.
     
  • New Mexico also ranks poorly because of its weak support for combined heat and power (CHP) and lack of appliance efficiency standards.
     
  • New Mexico received points in the 2015 ACEEE scorecard for its sustainable building tax credits and its actions to save energy in government buildings and vehicle fleets.

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT and WY. For more information, visit us at www.swenergy.org.

FOR COMMENT: Howard Geller, SWEEP Executive Director. (303) 447-0078 ext. 1; (720) 313-9337 cell; hgeller@swenergy.org