Massachusetts is again the top state on an energy efficiency scorecard

Massachusetts is once again number one on a list that ranks states by their energy efficiency initiatives.

The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard is compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group advocating energy efficiency policies. This is the sixth year that the group has released a scorecard. And this is the second time that Massachusetts has held the top spot.

Other states that scored well on the latest scorecard include California, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The three most improved states are Oklahoma, Montana, and South Carolina, the council said.

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In ranking the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the council said it looks at their policies and programs that encourage the efficient use of energy in buildings, transportation, and industry.

In a statement, council executive director Steven Nadel offered his take on the scorecard.

“These findings show that energy efficiency is being embraced by Republicans and Democrats alike at the state level,” Nadel said. “That nonpartisan status is crucial because too many conversations about US energy policy begin with the false premise that the only way to safeguard our reliable energy future is to expand our supply.”

In a statement of his own, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick suggested that the state’s Green Communities Act was partly responsible for the Commonwealth’s high standing on the scorecard. A Patrick priority, the act was passed by the Legislature and signed by Patrick in 2008. It empowers communities to invest in local solutions that expand renewable energy adoption, boost the clean energy industry, and cut overall energy use.

“We are proud to have maintained the number one spot in the nation because of our continued focus on innovation and investments in energy efficiency,” Patrick said. “Our Green Communities Act is cutting our dependence on imported energy sources, creating jobs, and leading the way to a more sustainable energy future for Massachusetts.”