The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked Maryland sixth in the nation for energy efficiency, placing the state in the top ten for the tenth year in a row.
ACEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard tracks individual policies and reviews states using 32 metrics. States are then awarded points based on their efforts to reduce energy use, such as vehicle rules or energy-saving goals. Maryland received 34.5 out of a possible 50 points due largely to its 2 percent utility energy reduction goal, the EmPOWER efficiency programs, its early adoption of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and efforts to reduce transportation emissions through encouraging electric vehicle adoption.
From the scorecard:
The state has also shown a commitment to leading by example; HB 662, enacted in 2020, incorporates the governor’s 2019 Executive Order setting new energy savings goals for state-owned buildings calling for 10% savings by 2029 over a fiscal year 2018 baseline.
For more information, view Maryland’s 2020 scorecard.