Mass. wins top spot on energy efficiency scorecard

State retains title for 5th year in a row, edging CA

MASSACHUSETTS ON WEDNESDAY WON THE TOP SPOT in the 2015 state energy efficiency scorecard for the fifth year in a row. Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut were all in the top 10.

The scorecard, compiled each year by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy with support from the US Energy Department, attempts to rank states based on how they perform in several key energy conservation areas.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Massachusetts scored 44 out of a possible 50 points. It earned a perfect score of 20 for its utility programs, which are funded by ratepayers and support measures that reduce energy consumption, including energy audits. The scorecard said Massachusetts utility programs achieved electricity savings of 2.5 percent in 2014.

The state earned 8.5 points out of a possible 10 for its transportation initiatives, 6 out of 7 points for its building energy code program and compliance, 4 out of 4 points for combined heat and power policies, and 5.5 out of 7 points for state-led energy efficiency efforts. Overall, Massachusetts edged out California in the rankings by a half-point.

In a statement accompanying the release of the scorecard, Gov. Charlie Baker said “energy efficiency is the most cost-effective, accessible way for Massachusetts to meet our clean energy goals and help ratepayers manage their energy costs. Being recognized for the fifth consecutive year by ACEEE as the nation’s leader in energy efficiency underlines the commitment Massachusetts has made to pursue a diversified energy portfolio and my administration is seeking more, renewable energy sources like hydropower to continue this important effort.”