Pennsylvania makes progress on list of most energy efficient states

October 4, 2012

Progress has been made around the U.S., in terms of local governments and companies starting energy efficient renovations and retrofits projects, but there is still ample room for improvement.

Though Pennsylvania did not make the top of a list touting the most energy efficient states, it has made significant progress in terms of becoming an area that is centered on the idea of green building and sustainability.

Part of the push has been made by the state government, but several organizations have led efforts to lower emissions and increase efficiency across the board.

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) is a Department of Energy-sponsored effort that looks to limit waste and has begun to lead a change in the commercial real estate market in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The EEB Hub has helped to stimulate change in the real estate market in the city due to the presentation of the economic and environmental benefits for using efficient and green products in new structures. Though progress has been made here, the state in which it exists still has much room for improvement in terms of overall progress.

The most recent research indicates that Pennsylvania is just one of many states that has made giant leaps forward in terms of energy efficiency.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recently released its 2012 Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and it highlighted areas of the country that were adopting measures to move up the list, according to a release.

"We find that more and more states are taking action to improve energy efficiency and move up in our rankings, and it's no secret why they want to accomplish that: energy efficiency is a pragmatic and effective strategy for promoting economic growth, creating jobs, and securing environmental benefits," said Steven Nadel, executive director of the ACEEE. "The Scorecard serves as a benchmark that encourages states to continue strengthening their commitment to energy efficiency.

One of these specific states that was said to have made significant progress was Pennsylvania, as its government has increased the budget for energy efficiency and related projects under the statewide energy savings goals set by lawmakers.

Governor Tom Corbett has helped to lead this charge and he recently spoke at a conference in Harrisburg in order to inform Pennsylvania residents of how energy efficiency in the state will lead to cost savings for consumers and businesses, according to a government release