Most-improved states Idaho, Florida, and Virginia
Online — An annual assessment of energy-efficiency standards shows that states around the country are pushing forward programs to reduce pollution and save people money, even as the Trump administration works to roll back these sorts of programs at the federal level.
While liberal-minded states tend to invest more in energy efficiency — Massachusetts, California, and Rhode Island got top marks — the efforts underway defy the normal partisan spectrum.
One Texas school district switched over to better lighting and climate-control systems, saving it almost $1 million a year.
Around the country, utilities spent $7.6 billion to improve energy efficiency in 2016, the equivalent of shutting down five coal power plants in terms of emissions.
Even as the EPA and Department of Energy work to defang energy-efficiency rules, states continue to follow the basic logic of paying less money for less pollution.
This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Despite Trump, states keep getting more energy-efficient. on Oct 2, 2017.