SALEM — For the thirteenth year in a row, Oregon ranks among the top 10 most energy efficient states in the country, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. ACEEE’s 2019 scorecard ranks Oregon at No. 9.
Each year, the ACEEE releases its State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which measures states based on utility and public benefit programs and policies, transportation policies, building energy codes, combined heat and power policies, state government-led initiatives around energy efficiency, and appliance and equipment standards.
The scorecard acknowledged Oregon for leading by example, awarding five out of a possible six points for government-led initiatives. The report highlighted Oregon’s transportation initiatives for zero emission vehicles, its Home Energy Scoring program, work with appliance efficiency standards, and leadership around building energy codes. The report also outlined Governor Brown’s Executive Order 17-20, which established a plan to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in the built environment, including public buildings.
ACEEE wrote that Oregon has “established strong policy structures, incentives, and standards to drive savings through utility programs, efficient new construction, and improved sustainability in the transportation sector.”
The announcement is well-timed, as we celebrate Energy Efficiency Day on October 2. “Oregon is proud to be considered a leader in energy efficiency,” said ODOE Director Janine Benner. “The Oregon Department of Energy is committed to working with our utility partners and fellow Oregonians to continually improve our energy efficiency and reduce energy use. Together, we can meet our energy and climate goals – and keep Oregon in the top ten.”
Learn more about Oregon Department of Energy programs on its website: www.oregon.gov/energy.