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Not "Efficiency" but "Spending"
dox   10/8/2012 11:22:18 AM
I find it interesting that (based on this article) the ranking seems to have nothing to do with energy efficiency, just spending and planning.

If my state spends big $$$ to save "x" energy, but the effort required to build and implement these changes uses "2x" energy, I come out on top.  Why would anyone do this?  We do it now, with products that use more energy to manufacture and distribute than they will save in their lifetime.  We do it with ethanol, which also generates more pollution than it saves.

Jon Titus
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Requires registration... argh!
Jon Titus   10/5/2012 6:14:20 PM
People must provide personal information and register on the ACEEE site before they can download the report.  I don't know whay sites do this sort of thing, but it presents a barrier that keeps me from going any farther.

Charles Murray
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Re: Wealthy states seem to do better
Charles Murray   10/5/2012 5:50:59 PM
Rob, any idea how a state's energy mix plays into the scoring? If a state has a high percentage of coal, nuclear, natural gas, wind, solar, etc, does it score any more or less?

Rob Spiegel
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Wealthy states seem to do better
Rob Spiegel   10/5/2012 1:45:22 PM
Given the results of states on energy efficiency, the pattern seems to be that wealthy states do better than poor states. That fact that Massachusetts is at the top and Mississippi is at the bottom says a lot.

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