The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released their 11th annual report on state energy efficiency last week, ranking all states on their energy efficiency goals. This year, Maryland fell one spot behind last year to number 10 but still out-performed states in the region. The well-established EmPOWER Maryland program has set ambitious energy savings goals, but “will require a continued commitment by Maryland to adequately fund and continually improve” the program and achieve its targets. Maryland earned a perfect score for its combined heat and power (CHP) policies; however, Maryland scored ZERO on appliance efficiency standards (current standards are a decade old) and the state’s utilities earned a measly 8.5 out of 20 for advancing energy efficiency programs and policies. Click HERE for the Maryland scorecard.
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