In 2017, Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the seventh consecutive year. On the other side of the country, California was ranked a close second after tying with Massachusetts for the top spot in 2016.
To anyone following the news, California’s runner-up status may come as a surprise. In the past year, the Golden State has issued mandates requiring solar panels be added to all new buildings; spearheaded efforts to integrate distributed energy sources with the grid; and became the first state to approve efficiency standards for desktop computers, laptops and monitors.