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The seventh annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard was released this month by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), with Massachusetts coming in first as the top state for energy efficiency. It’s the Bay State’s third year in a row ranking first, largely due to energy efficiency measures under its Green Communities Act.
Massachusetts isn’t the only states making strides to cut down energy waste. California’s strict greenhouse gas emission requirements and advanced energy efficiency standards place the state at second for energy efficiency. Many states adopted energy-efficient strategies to save on costs in the uncertain economy, with Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, Vermont, and Rhode Island making strides in energy savings due to state policies. California, Washington, and Rhode Island are the leaders in building energy codes and compliance.