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Wyoming second to last in energy efficiency

Posted: Monday, Nov 11th, 2013

PINEDALE – The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its annual national energy efficiency scorecard last week, and the Cowboy State scored 5.5 points of 50, putting it in second to last place in energy efficiency.

Only North Dakota, which earned a score of 3.5, was lower than Wyoming, and the Cowboy State dropped two places from last year’s scorecard.

Despite being one of the highest energy-producing states in the U.S, the ACEEE believes Wyoming’s lack of energy efficiency programming is the reason why the state continues to struggle.

Scored in six categories, Wyoming claimed a zero in state government initiatives, out of seven, and appliance efficiency standards, out of two, 0.5 out of 20 in utility and public benefits programs and policies and in combined heat and power. For transportation policies, the state earned a single point, out of nine, and the highest rating of 1.5, out of seven, came in building energy codes, despite the fact Wyoming’s residential and commercial building codes are voluntary, the ACEEE found.

For the complete article see the 11-12-2013 issue.

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