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Energy Efficiency Scorecard: Granite State Drops to 22nd Place

Photo: The Granite State ranks No. 22 in a new American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy scorecard that compares states for energy-efficiency. Credit: Kuster House/NH Gov
Photo: The Granite State ranks No. 22 in a new American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy scorecard that compares states for energy-efficiency. Credit: Kuster House/NH Gov
November 3, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. - The Granite State dropped again in a new national report card that ranks states for energy-efficiency. Annie Gilleo is a state research analyst with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which issues the annual rankings. She says the Granite State's ranking dropped another notch in 2014.

"New Hampshire ranks 22nd in the State Energy-Efficiency Scorecard," says Gilleo. "It has some policies in place to promote energy efficiency, but the state really lags behind other states in the Northeast and has dropped in our rankings for several years in a row."

The report does credit New Hampshire for providing financial incentives for energy-efficiency investments and for leading by example by requiring efficient buildings and fleets. Massachusetts and California rank first and second, while several states tied for third place.

Lack of action by lawmakers and regulators is a big reason the state is lagging behind its neighbors according to Jim O'Reilly, director of public policy with Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships.

"Of all the states in the New England region, and I'll throw New York in there as well, there is no law on the books in New Hampshire that says they will capture all cost-effective energy-efficiency," says O'Reilly. "A lot of people are working hard up there, to try to change that."

O'Reilly says when the next legislative session rolls around, enough study has now been done on the issue, that he thinks the state will move forward with legislation that mirrors energy-efficiency efforts elsewhere in the region.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH