New York State was recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency policy and program implementation in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 2011 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today.

The 2011 Scorecard provides an overview of the progress made by states in advancing energy efficiency programs and policy in the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. State rankings were determined in six areas that included utility and public benefits programs and policies, transportation policies, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state government initiatives and appliance efficiency standards.

New York moved up to third in the overall state rankings this year after ranking fourth in 2010. Massachusetts was ranked first this year, followed by California.

In addition to this recognition for New York State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) was called out as “the epitome of an effective and influential research and development institution” within the scorecard. In 2010, NYSERDA was presented with a national award from ACEEE for its leadership in innovative ideas and research and development of energy efficiency concepts and technologies.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has been recognized for its leadership in energy efficiency by ACEEE, which is a highly esteemed national organization with enormous impact on energy policy, research and education in this country,” stated Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “NYSERDA is pleased to be recognized for its research and development in energy efficiency and we remain committed to ensuring that New York continues to be a leader in the clean energy economy through energy-efficient programs focused on long-term sustainability for both its residents and businesses.”

“Energy efficiency is America’s abundant, untapped energy resource and the states continue to press forward to reap its economic and environmental benefits,” said ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel. “The message here is that energy efficiency is a pragmatic, bipartisan solution that political leaders from both sides of the aisle can support. As they have over the past decades, states continue to provide the leadership needed to forge an energy-efficient economy, which reduces energy costs, spurs job growth, and benefits the environment.”

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

To view the ACEEE 2011 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, please visit

Source: Green Biz

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