Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Most Energy Efficient States

Once again, the place at the top of this list is another that I absolutely wouldn't have guessed as the Number 1 state in the country, but it is. At this moment, California takes the spot out of all the states in the country.
Some of the factors considered when "judging" the states were things like utility efficiency programs, building-code policies, appliance standards, and transportation just to name a few.

Following California in the race towards efficiency are:

  • 2. Massachusetts
  • 3. Conneticut
  • 4. Oregon
  • 5. New York
  • 6. Vermont
  • 7. Washington (state)
  • 8. Minnesota
  • 9. Rhode Island
  • 10. Maine
Now, the states at the opposite end of the spectrum are:
  • 41. Arkansas
  • 42. Missouri
  • 43. Louisiana
  • 44. Georgia
  • 45. Alaska
  • 46. West Virginia
  • 47. Nebraska
  • 48. Alabama
  • 49. Mississippi
  • 50. North Dakota
  • 51. Wyoming
And, yes, I am aware that there are only 50 states in the U.S. However, Washington D.C. was included in this ranking, putting the numbers at 51.
Here's a little extra information:
  • Some of the states noted as "most improved" were Delaware, Colorado (Ranked at 16! We're getting there!), Tennessee, South Dakota, and the District of Columbia
  • Some of the states that dropped significantly were Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia and Alaska.
  • Massachusetts seems to be set to try and take away the top spot from California, as they have decided to use $1.1 billion dollars over the next three years to improve their energy efficiency, twice as much as what California is doing and the largest amount in the country.
Here are the rest of the states, rankings shown in the graph below.

For more information, check out this website: http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes./2009/10/21/main-rhode-island-rise%20in%20efficiency-ranks/

By Ninja and Shaneekwa

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