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November 6, 2013
Kansas Improves Energy Efficiency Ranking
Topeka, KS - Today, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released their 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard in which Kansas was listed as one of the five most improved states. Kansas improved its score to 39th, from 43rd in 2012, and 48th in 2011.
"Kansas is making great strides in improving energy efficiency. Over the last two years, Kansas has made dramatic improvements in its score. The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) will continue to encourage energy efficiency that keeps the utility costs down for all Kansans and compliments a business-friendly environment," stated Kim Christiansen, Executive Director.
While the ACEEE Scorecard provides a score for government and utility programs, private sector projects are left out.
"Kansas has worked hard to become a great place to do business. With reliable and affordable energy, world-class companies like Mars, Frito Lay, Sprint, IKEA and more are able to make their own investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy," said Christiansen.
"In two years, Kansas has moved up nine spots in the ranking. We look forward to continuing this trend," stated Christiansen.
Christiansen thanked the stakeholders who fully engaged with Energy Division staff and committed to timely submitting scorecard data.
Since 2011, the Kansas score has more than doubled. 2013 represents another move up the rankings. Kansas remains one of 17 states to receive the maximum number of points in the category of Leading by Example. Kansas ties for seventh place (with four other states) for state government led initiatives. This is a reflection that Kansas government prioritizes energy efficiency when it is cost-effective and valuable for the Kansas taxpayer.
While Kansas does not mandate a statewide energy efficiency building code, preferring to allow local jurisdictions to make the determination, local jurisdictions have made great strides in energy efficiency codes. In 2011, 41.4% of building permits in Kansas were in jurisdictions that are subject to the 2009 Energy Code. By the end of 2013, that number is expected to increase to nearly 60%.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) benchmarks the states annually according to the policies and programs that encourage the efficient use of energy in the utility, buildings, industry, transportation, and public sectors. The results are released in a scorecard that ranks the states. To access the full report, go to http://aceee.org.