New Jersey ranks only 16th in the country when it comes to state energy efficiency policies, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. That's behind states such as Massachusetts (ranked 1), Connecticut, New York, California, Illinois, Arizona, and Michigan but well ahead of states such as Florida, Texas and Alaska.
The report examines six of the primary policy areas in which states typically pursue energy efficiency: utility and "public benefits" programs and policies; transportation policies; building energy codes; combined heat and power (CHP) policies; state government-led initiatives around energy efficiency; and appliance and equipment standards.
The Garden State earned 24.5 points out of a possible 50 on the scorecard, basically getting about half of all possible points in every category. Massachusetts, the first ranked state, earned 43.5 points primarily through requiring utilities to implement energy efficient programs.