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Illinois Ranks 13th for Saving Energy

Illinois scored high on the latest energy efficiency report card but actually fell three places from last year.
Illinois scored high on the latest energy efficiency report card but actually fell three places from last year.
September 30, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois has been ranked 13th for being energy efficient. The 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) looked at efforts that states and utilities are making to reduce waste.

Westin Berg is a research analyst and the lead State Scorecard author for the ACEEE, he said Illinois continued to generate high levels of electricity savings during the past year.

"They're pursuing sustainable transportation policies, have high electric vehicle registration rates, and have promoted reductions to vehicle miles traveled," he said. "And most of the states that are doing very well are keeping up to date on their building energy codes."

The report said several states joined California and Illinois this year in achieving top scores for building energy codes and compliance. Illinois is praised for adopting the most recent DOE-certified codes for both residential and commercial new construction, but overall the state dropped in rankings this year. In 2015, it was 10th.

Berg said over the past 10 years, they've found that many if not most innovative policies and programs that promote energy efficiency originate at the state level. He said the coastal states tend to score highest in the rankings.

"There are a number of states in the Midwest that are doing really well," Berg added. "Minnesota, certainly Michigan as well as Arkansas, have also set high standards and are doing very well."

California and Massachusetts both won the top spot in this year's ranking. Wyoming and North Dakota were last on the list. Berg said no state scored a perfect 50 out of 50 points, so there's still need for improvement across the nation.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IL