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Michigan Ranks 12th for Energy Efficiency

PHOTO: Thanks to the growth of clean energy sectors such as wind, Michigan continues to score high marks for energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Photo credit: pedrojperez/morguefile.com.
PHOTO: Thanks to the growth of clean energy sectors such as wind, Michigan continues to score high marks for energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Photo credit: pedrojperez/morguefile.com.
November 3, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – When it comes to taking steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution and save consumers money, Michigan can be proud of its efforts, according to a recent ranking that puts the state in the top third in the nation for energy efficiency.

Maggie Molina, director of utilities, state and local policy program with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, says states such as Michigan are leading the way when it comes to U.S. energy policy.

"Governors, regulators and state legislators are embracing energy efficiency as a key tool for job creation, meeting energy demands in a clean and reliable way, and also putting dollars back into customers' pockets," she says.

The rankings are based on criteria such as utility rebate programs, transportation, building energy codes, state initiatives and appliance standards.

Legislation passed in 2008 requires Michigan utilities to produce 10 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2015.

Molina says when states lead by adopting ambitious energy policies and programs, it creates a ripple effect that in turn leads consumers to make more environmentally friendly decisions in their daily lives.

"For example, efficiency gives us more choice about the technologies we use in our homes, the way our businesses manage and control energy use, or what type of transportation we use to get to work every day," she points out.

Michigan has steadily moved up in the state scorecard rankings over the past decade, holding steady at number 12 for the past two years.

The full report is available on the ACEEE website.


Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI