Nevada Loses Ground in Energy Efficiency

Nevada fell 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 has steadily fallen in this ranking from being 15th in the nation in 2008, 19th in 2010, 31st in 2012, and 29th 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.

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

In order to improve Nevada’s ranking, Geller urged expansion of NV Energy’s energy efficiency programs for homes and businesses, adoption of energy savings standards or goals for both electric and gas utilities, adoption of up-to-date building energy codes throughout the state, and additional support for mass transit and electric vehicles.

Key points about Nevada’s ranking from the report:

  • Nevada dropped to a tie for 31st among all states in the 2015 rankings due to its relatively limited utility policies and programs, weak support for energy efficiency in the transportation sector, and lack of up-to-date building energy codes.
     
  • Nevada also ranks poorly in its support for combined heat and power (CHP) as an energy resource.
     
  • Nevada gained in the 2015 scorecard in the category of state government initiatives. 
     

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