The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released its annual ranking of energy-efficient states in the union. The top ten states yielded no surprises:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. Oregon
  5. Connecticut
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Vermont
  8. Washington
  9. Maryland
  10. Illinois

However, several states not typically associated with energy efficiency made significant strides in improving their status. Mississippi, Maine, Kansas, West Virginia, and Ohio all received accolades. Mississippi, which was ranked on ACEEE’s “most in need of improvement” list, passed laws in 2013 that called for a mandatory energy code in commercial and state-owned buildings. In June, Maine also passed sweeping legislation to fund energy-efficiency programs that had long been neglected. Kansas and West Virginia updated their building codes, and Ohio augmented its utility programs to meet energy-efficiency resource standards (EERS). The full rankings as shown on a map.

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