The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has again ranked Missouri in the bottom ten in its annual Energy Efficiency Scorecard report.
Missouri was ranked as 43rd out of the 51 areas rated coming in just ahead of 44th placed Kansas and last-placed Mississippi. The report covers six aspects of energy efficiency. Utility and public benefits programs, transport-action policies and building energy codes- were the largest contributors to a state’s score.
Josh Campbell is executive director of the Missouri Energy Initiative, a nonprofit organization that promotes clean and reliable energy efficiency. He says Missouri has a bright future in efficient energy, despite the rankings. He points to the $200 million dollars being infused into residential and industrial energy efficiency operations.
“I think that next year you’ll see this report and Missouri will be closer to Illinois and Iowa than we are to Oklahoma and Arkansas,” he says.
Illinois and Iowa are both in the top 15 of this year’s report, while Oklahoma and Arkansas sit 39th and 37th, respectively. Despite the optimism, though, Missouri still sits far behind top-state Massachusetts, runner-up California and third-placed New York.