Iowa moved up from the 12th most energy efficient state to 11th over this past year. These rankings come from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Six criteria are used to rank the states: transportation, government initiative, spending and policies by utilities and government to encourage efficiency, building codes, combined heat and power systems and efficiency standards for appliances.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that Iowa’s commitment to energy efficient utilities propelled the state to their high ranking:
[The report’s principle author Michael] Sciortino said Iowa’s move from 12th to 11th is noteworthy for staying ahead of the general progress by all the states in such energy efficiency concepts as giving incentives to weatherproof homes, setting standards for appliances, encouraging combined heat-and-power systems, setting statewide energy-saving goals and supporting new “green” technologies.
Iowa scored high in utilities encouraging energy savings, Sciortino said. “Their utilities are very committed to energy efficiency, and they also have support from the (state) regulatory commission to really go ahead and do these types of things.”