Connecticut got some good news on the national rankings front this week as the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named the state the fifth most energy efficient state in the nation—up from No. 8 last year.

In the new ACEEE scorecard, Connecticut is joined by Massachusetts, California, New York, and Oregon at the top of the list. Said ACEE Executive Director Steven Nadel, “Over the past year, Connecticut has made major strides in creating a sustainable framework that will help its citizens reap all of the benefits of energy efficiency."

ACEEE called Connecticut a state “on the move” as a result of Public Act 13-298 that implements Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy and authorizes a virtual doubling of energy efficiency program opportunities for residents and businesses to reduce their monthly energy bills.

Gov. Malloy said the focus on efficiency will further reduce energy costs in Connecticut by building on other initiatives that already contributed to a 12% decline in the cost of electricity since 2010.

CBIA has been supportive of the state’s efforts to help businesses and residents reduce their energy bills through greater energy conservation and efficiency.

“We are pleased that state energy policy leaders, including Governor Malloy, DEEP Commissioner Esty and legislative leaders all recognize that our economic and environmental future are tied to providing Connecticut businesses and citizens with cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy,” said Eric Brown, CBIA associate counsel and director of Energy and Environmental Policy.

For more information, contact Brown at 860.244.1926 or eric.brown@cbia.com.