California Takes Top Spot in Second Consecutive Year in State Energy Efficiency Report ’22

A study titled “2022 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Report” has been released by the ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy).

To reduce emissions and satisfy state clean energy targets, this analysis rates U.S. states based on their policy and program initiatives to promote equity, pursue efficiency, and save energy. California takes the first position in the State Scorecard for a second consecutive year. The Golden State sets an example for other states by adopting strict automobile emissions regulations, cutting-edge sustainable energy-building rules, and industry-leading appliance requirements.

California’s low-emission vehicle rules have been adopted by 17 additional states as well as the District of Columbia. The Advanced Clean Cars II rule, which the state of California just enacted will aid in the achievement of its carbon neutrality goals. If more states implement the rule, it will significantly expand the market for zero-emission cars and bring about major improvements in clean air and climate. In comparison to the previous year, annual savings from ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs decreased somewhat (by 2.43%), totaling about 26 million megawatt-hours nationwide. In 2021, this savings will be equal to 0.68% of all retail electricity sales in the US, providing a full year’s worth of electricity for over 2.4 million families.


The Scorecard compares states across six policy areas

  • Utility and public benefits programs and policies 
  • Transportation policies 
  • Building energy efficiency policies 
  • State-government-led initiatives around energy efficiency 
  • Industrial energy efficiency policies 
  • Appliance and equipment standards