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Worst States for Energy Efficiency -- Alaska to be Named One of 10 in U.S. Most of Need of Improvement

ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard to Spotlight AK among States with Most Opportunities for Improvement

ANCHORAGE, AK.///News Advisory///Alaska will be highlighted during a live, in-person and phone-based national news conference (6 a.m. AKDT) on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 as one of America’s 10 states most in need of improvement on energy efficiency.

The major Alaska-related announcement will be given  by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) with the release of the 2012 edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. 

The ACEEE ranking will cover all 50 states and the District of Columbia, but special attention will be paid to the top 10 states, the 10 states with the most need for improvement, and the seven states showing the biggest movement up the rankings. The 27 states in the spotlight are (in alphabetical order): Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , Michigan, Minnesota,  Mississippi, Missouri , Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Speakers at this Alaska news event will include:

* ACEEE Executive Director Steve Nadel;

* Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin;

* Massachusetts Energy Undersecretary Barbara Kates-Garnick;

* ACEEE Senior Policy Analyst and State Energy Efficiency Scorecard lead author Ben Foster;

* National Association of State Energy Officials Executive Director David Terry;

* U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan; and

* U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy (invited).

Among the key themes that emerged for the release of the 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard are: the consistently non-partisan nature of energy efficiency at the state level, where it is widely embraced in both “red” and “blue” states; and the enthusiasm with which once low-ranked states are now seeking to improve their energy efficiency efforts.

FOR REPORTERS OUTSIDE OF D.C.: A live, one-way audio feed from this Alaska news event will be available to reporters outside of Washington, D.C., starting at 5:55 a.m. AKDT on October 3, 2012, by dialing (800) 734-8583. Ask for the “ACEEE 50-state ranking report” news event. Reporters in the D.C. area will be directed to the live news event at the National Press Club.

FOR D.C.-BASED REPORTERS: Members of the media in the Washington, D.C. area are invited to attend this live Alaska news conference starting at 10 a.m. EDT on October 3, 2012, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, White/Murrow Room. Reporters are encouraged to RSVP by no later than 3 p.m. EDT October 1, 2012.

CONTACT:  Ailis Wolf at (703) 276-3265 or aawolf@hastingsgroup.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An electronic copy of the ACEEE 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard report and a high-resolution image of the ACEEE “logo” will be made available upon request on October 3, 2012.

ABOUT ACEEE

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visit http://aceee.org.

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