Laramie, Wy – State Energy Efficiency
October 26, 2009
Wyoming is ranked last of all states on a scorecard for energy efficiency. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recently put out its third annual scorecard. Its author, Maggie Eldridge, says Wyoming has scored near the bottom each year. She says a good start to improving efficiency would be for the state to start implementing programs to use less energy itself.
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"Whether it is by executive order or another form, showing that state government is committed to lowering or improving energy efficiency in the state's own facilities and the state's own vehicle fleet is a powerful example."
Eldridge says then Wyoming could move onto creating programs that make energy efficiency more affordable for everyone.
She says these programs also create a lot of jobs and that would be beneficial right now.
A report says that Wyoming is way behind the rest of the nation when it comes to encouraging energy efficiency. The report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy puts Wyoming last among states for policies and programs that cut down on the amount of energy that is used.
The report's author, Maggie Eldridge, says it's very important that the state government play a role in this effort.
"Customers might go off and try and accomplish or improve efficiency on their own, but what we find is the barriers we find to efficiency are too extensive and too persistent that we need state government programs and policies to overcome those barriers."
Eldridge says Wyoming has finished in the bottom tier for energy efficiency for three years in a row. She says the one improvement the state made was to pass a law that provides an incentive to utilities to help customers to cut down on the amount of power they consume.