SALT LAKE CITY – Utah places 23rd overall in a new report ranking states on energy efficiency.
Sarah Wright, executive director at Utah Clean Energy, says the <a href=”http://database.aceee.org/state/utah” target=”parent”>State Energy Efficiency Scorecard</a> from the <a href=”http://database.aceee.org” target=”parent”>American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy</a> ranks states based on several factors.
“It measures utility investments in energy efficiency, transportation policies, and whether or not you have up-to-date building efficiency codes,” she says. “It looks at how much combined heat and power you’re using.”
The report ranks Massachusetts and California first and second, while several states tied for third place.
Wright says energy efficiency policies are good for the economy, because it means more money in the pockets of Utahns.
“It’s definitely good for the economy,” she says. “There’s a number of studies that show when individuals save money on their utility bills, that money goes back into the economy and creates more indirect jobs.”
Wright notes Utah could improve its ranking by implementing a more modern building code, and says residents would start saving money if buildings were more energy efficient.