Oregon is one of the top five states to make energy efficiency a priority, according to a new 50-state scorecard on energy efficiency policies, programs and practices from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Oregon, which ranked fourth in the nation, is in the company of California, Massachusetts and Connecticut for doing things like having strict building energy codes and encouraging energy efficiency, such as combined heat and power systems.
“The governor is pleased with the ranking,” said Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s spokesman Rem Nivens. “He sees energy efficiency as the best way to reduce greenhouse gases and move toward energy independence.”
While Oregon’s overall score remained the same as last year, its state-to-state ranking dropped: from second in the nation last year.
The 2009 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard is the nonprofit’s third edition of its annual state-by-state ranking on the adoption and implementation of energy efficiency policies, which intends to recognize leadership among the states and identify best practices.
The scorecard examines six state energy efficiency policy areas: utility-sector and public benefits programs and policies; transportation polices; building energy codes; combined heat and power; state government initiatives; and appliance efficiency standards.
Oregon’s tax credits for electric vehicles — up to $1,500 for a hybrid — is one example of the incentives that were cited as reasons for the state’s high marks.
According to the scorecard, the 10 states doing the most to implement energy efficiency are: California; Massachusetts; Connecticut; Oregon; New York; Vermont; Washington state; Minnesota; Rhode Island; and Maine.
By Beth Casper, Statesman Journal – http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20091022/GREEN/910220342/1001/NEWS