Seven Emerald Cities in Top 10 Energy-Efficient States
Seven local Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) sites are in the top 10 states for energy efficiency, as rated by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in its eighth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard: Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, Portland, Ore., Providence, San Francisco and Seattle.
In a statement, ACEEE said governors and state legislators “continue to make major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution and save consumers money by increasing their states’ energy efficiency.”
The statement also notes that even in Ohio – home to ECC’s Cleveland and Cuyahoga County program – where the legislature froze and substantially weakened the state’s energy efficiency resource standard, utilities “have indicated they will continue running efficiency programs, albeit at levels below what would have been required by the standards.”
“We are pleased to be working in five of the nation’s top 10 most energy-efficient states,” observed ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild. “We look forward to continuing to help conserve energy resources while pushing the margins to ensure that these investments in energy savings also rebuild the middle class and create opportunities in disadvantaged communities.