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.
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.
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.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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