By Alexander Landa, Outreach and Communications Manager
On September 28th, 2016, The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard yesterday, with the good news that Massachusetts is still ranking #1, and tied with California.
In the press release from Acadia, MA's score – its highest to date – increased in thanks to adopting the most recent IECC 2016 and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 as part of the state building code. All of these factors contribute to a lower energy cost for new homes and businesses.
“Massachusetts is on the winning path, but there is still plenty of work to do to make the most of this low-cost, clean resource,” said Amy Boyd, Senior Attorney at Acadia Center. “We should celebrate our success, but then return to the hard work that it takes to accelerate strategies to reach the homes and businesses that still need help lowering their energy costs,” Boyd said. “Making smart use of all the data that new technologies can provide utility companies will reduce costs, make processes more transparent, and keep us on track to stay on top of the ACEEE rankings,” Boyd concluded.
The state of Massachusetts is incredibly devoted to energy efficiency. The state's current three-year plan is expected to bring $8.1 billion in economic benefits, among other positive impacts.