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May 23, 2013

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks New Jersey 16th in its state scorecard, primarily due to its having a clean energy office with a set of programs and incentives.

In its summary, the ACEEE noted that New Jersey has myriad policies to promote energy efficiency, including special appliance standards; mandatory building codes that support energy efficiency; support for clean energy distributed generation; and planning policies that promote public transit.

Also noting that it provides financial incentives for the implementation of energy efficiency, the council pointed out that Gov. Chris Christie has reduced spending in the area by reallocating much of the funding. The state was also dinged for pulling out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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